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For eight years Brian Krause was known to genre fans as Leo Wyatt from the WB series “Charmed.” While his portrayal of a good-natured whitelighter endeared him to millions worldwide, his latest performance in Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer is going to come as quite a shock. Krause has definitely shed his “good guy” personality in order to portray the demented “County Line Cannibal” who terrorizes a small town for decades.

Brian Krause, Cyrus: Mind of a Serial KillerRecently Dread Central had the opportunity to talk with Krause about what attracted him to Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer (review here), the difficulties he personally faced playing such a disturbed character, and what fans can expect next from the always busy actor.

Krause was definitely aware of the fact that “Charmed” fans might be somewhat shocked by his performance in Cyrus, especially since the titular character is a far cry from the nice guy most of them are used to seeing the actor portray. He discussed how Cyrus being unlike anyone he’s ever played was a huge draw for him to the project.

“Being someone I haven’t been before was the biggest appeal to doing this movie because I usually don’t get offered these kinds of darker roles,” said Krause. “I met Mark (Vadik, director) a year prior to working on Cyrus and he told me a little bit about it and I thought it sounded interesting. Then once I got the script, I really liked what he wanted to do with Cyrus’ story so that’s when I came on board.”

“Because Cyrus is such a cruel and dark character, I really had to do a lot of research myself on different serial killers just to get a sense of who a guy like Cyrus really was. Mark also gave me some music to use to get me into Cyrus mode, and I used that a lot when we were on set when I had to get into my serial killer mindset,” added Krause.

Despite enjoying the challenge of portraying a guy like Cyrus, Krause discussed how the disturbing role took a bit of a toll on him mentally throughout the shoot. “Even though I liked challenging myself with this role, it was also really hard to be a guy like that too because I’m not like him at all. Some days it felt like I carried the weight of Cyrus around with me even when I’d head home from set. There are a lot of scenes that were hard to get through because they were so disturbing and I think working in that realm can twist your own reality a bit at times.”

Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer DVD”Once we wrapped on Cyrus, I had to work pretty hard to get out of the dark places that character took me during the course of the shoot. Honestly, I loved challenging myself on this one, but I don’t think I could make a living at always playing serial killers. That’s some heavy stuff to carry around with you all the time,” added Krause.

With the release of Cyrus coming on June 28th, we asked Krause what’s been keeping him busy lately. Turns out he’s taken the leap to writer/director and is currently working on some of his own material. He teased a bit about both projects and talked about what prompted him to take his career to a new level.

“Lately I’ve been keeping myself busy while working on a few of my own projects. The first is a short (funny enough) about a serial killer. It’s like Jaws meets Seven, and we’re working on getting that finished up right now. The other script I’m working on finishing up is for a feature that’s in the same vein of The Hand That Rocks the Cradle so that’s the next thing I’d like to direct.”

“I think wanting to produce and direct was a natural progression for me- after spending so much time on the set of Charmed and so many movies throughout the years, I really got a sense for all the aspects of filmmaking. So before I took this step, I did some second unit work just to get my feet wet, and then I realized I was ready to take the next step. I guess I just wanted to have the ability to be able to tell my own stories too,” added Krause.

Even though the actor-turned-director is taking his career in a new direction, it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be game for a Cyrus sequel if the opportunity presented itself. “I would definitely love to come back for more Cyrus and I would especially love to get to do more with Lance too in the sequel. I don’t think his story’s done being told yet because this film truly feels like an introduction to the life of this very disturbed killer. I think there’s definitely more to him than we’ve seen so far, and I’d be very interested to see where Mark would take his story in the future.”

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Podcast/Book Series Welcome to Night Vale Being Adapted for TV

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Following in the footsteps of “Lore,” another popular podcast/book series is on its way to the small screen! That’s right, kids! Pretty soon we’ll be heading to a sleepy yet quite mad little place where your eyes and ears have been thoroughly spookified! “Welcome to Night Vale.”

Deadline is reporting that the podcast is being adapted by FX for the small screen in conjunction with Sony Pictures. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will executive produce the series alongside Gennifer Hutchison (“Better Call Saul”).

The site goes on to report that in addition, Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has signed up Fink and Cranor for new script books of Seasons 3 and 4 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. The companion volumes feature guest introductions by the authors and cast members and original illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth.

We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.

So many readers have passionately embraced the Welcome to Night Vale novels and script books,” says Amy Baker, Vice-President and Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial. “I can’t wait to see the same enthusiasm for what I’m sure will be an amazing television series from Gennifer and FX.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Fink and Cranor created the podcast in 2012, having met through the anarchic, award-winning theater group the New York Neo-Futurists.

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Exclusive: Cadabra Brings Chilling Eeriness With M.R. James’ Casting the Runes

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For those who haven’t heard of them, Cadabra Records is a boutique record label that specializes in creating audio plays of fantastic horror stories. They did it with The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers and have done stories from Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. Today, we’re thrilled to help them announce their new project, which is a full cast audio play of M.R. James’ Casting the Runes. Below is an audio sample, which give you a taste of the magnificent scope of the production.

Starring David Warner (The Omen, Star Trek, In The Mouth of Madness), produced by Bleak December, and adapted by Anthony D.P. Mann, the limited edition vinyl will be released on January 26th with the first edition of 500 copies to be pressed on 150-gram colored vinyl and housed in deluxe heavy weight gatefold tip-on jacket with newly commissioned art by Adam Burke.

Speaking about lending his voice to Casting the Runes, Warner states, “I was brought up only with radio, so it means so much to me to be able to imagine for myself what is being presented. And we can all imagine differently what is being presented to us via audio and radio, and that’s what the magic of it is – our own imaginations are able to take over. As an actor (and a voice actor, sometimes), I’m so glad to be able to contribute to peoples’ visual take on whatever it is we’re presenting. I just think it’s so invaluable, you know – the images and dreams in the mind.

You can follow Cadabra through their official website, Twitter, and Instagram. To order any of their records, head on to their online store.

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Beyond Skyline Clip Is Blinded by the Light

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Vertical Entertainment just dropped a new clip from the upcoming sequel Beyond Skyline (review), and we have it for you right here.

Visual effects artist and original Skyline screenwriter Liam O’Donnell directs the surprisingly well-received installment starring Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy & Election Day), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell), Jonny Weston (Project Almanac), and Iko Uwais (The Raid).

Beyond Skyline will not be getting a wide theatrical release. Instead, Vertical Entertainment will release the sequel on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD on January 16th.

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When the population of Los Angeles is vacuumed off the face of the Earth, Detective Mark Corley storms his way onto an alien ship to rescue his estranged son. But after crashing the ship in Southeast Asia, he must forge an alliance with a band of survivors to discover the key to saving his son and taking back the planet once and for all.

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