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Jessica Rothe Talks Happy Death Day

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Jessica Rothe is in every single scene of Happy Death Day – the whole entire movie is from her character Tree’s perspective, and so you really have to care about her and want to follow her on her horrific and sometimes hilarious journey. What’s more, it’s technically a body-count slasher, and yet… the body is always hers. You see, Tree is reliving the day of her murder over and over again.

The balance between horror and comedy is a delicate one, and luckily Rothe – along with director Christopher Landon – nailed it. We caught up with Rothe recently to ask her about this most unusual role.

Dread Central: How would you describe the movie?

Jessica Rothe: It’s Groundhog Day meets Scream. It’s about Tree, a college student who is a little bit narcissistic. A little bit! [laughs] Anyway, it’s a lot of fun! Our director Chris Landon is so smart and funny. I love when I read scripts that truly pop off the page, capture your emotions and allow you to invest in the lives of the characters. This was one of those scripts for me. The amazing balance of humor, horror, action and heart is something you just do not find often.

DC: Tell us more about Tree.

JR: Tree wakes up on her birthday – and she does not like her birthday. She carries a lot of baggage with it. And as she is going through her day, everything and everyone is annoying. It’s all basically a fly that she wants flicked out of her way. But at the end of this day, she is murdered by someone who is wearing a baby mask. Which is pretty clever, because the baby is the school mascot, and so these masks are everywhere. It could be anyone. Anyway, she wakes up suddenly, as if from a horrible dream, and realizes it’s the beginning of the same day. It’s her birthday again. And she’s confused – is this déjà vu, is she dreaming, like, ‘What’s going on?’ After she wakes up on the same day for the third or fourth time, she realizes she’s trapped in this horrifying loop where she has a doomsday that’s slowly approaching every single day. She tries everything she can think of, from running away to facing it head-on, to just trying to find out who her killer is, and she never can quite crack it. Anyway, she goes through her life, thinking that she just doesn’t care what other people think, only to realize that she does care a great amount what other people think. And she’s also got a sense of nothing matters, like in one scene she eats a bunch of French fries – and she’s always on a diet of course – but she knows that the next day she’ll wake up again and those calories didn’t matter. I can dye my hair pink, and it won’t have happened. I can walk through the quad naked, and nobody’s going to remember it the next day.

DC: That scene was so funny. What was it like to shoot?

JR: Yeah, that scene was crazy to shoot. Well, the first thing I noticed was in the script it said “tasteful” and since it’s PG13, I knew nothing would show. But still, shooting it… and it was cold! So cold. There were lots of great women on set who would wrap me in coats and huddle around me between takes.

DC: Aside from the unique plot, what else made you want to take this movie?

JR: I knew I had to do this film was when I read the ‘Tree dies six ways while looking for her killer and living her life like a badass set to upbeat pop music’ montage”! This montage is everything that is brilliant about the film. She dates the bad boy, she dyes her hair hot pink, pigs out, and everything. We watch Tree become an active participant in her life instead of a victim, but it is fun, at moments scary, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Tree is a true modern-day scream queen, and her transformation from bitchy victim to badass heroine is one you do not get to see often. I knew that I had to play her, get in her skin, move around and take her out for a spin.

DC: Tell us about the men in Tree’s life…

JR: Well there’s Carter, who is played by Israel Broussard. One of the sweetest people I have ever met! He is the boy whose dorm room she wakes up in every morning. He doesn’t know it’s the same morning, every morning. Only Tree knows that. So as the story goes on, you’ll find out why she’s there – because he’s not normally the kind of boy Tree would spend the night with. He’s a bit of a nerd. A sweet nerd. Then there’s the guy she is sleeping with, one of her teachers. He’s played by Charles Aitken from that series “The Knick” and his name is Gregory. Gregory is married, so the affair is not a good choice on Tree’s part. Her decision to get involved with him is in line with her tendency to push boundaries…and truly seeing how far she can take things. I also think there is a part of her that is self-loathing and feels she deserves to be in pain. And then, someone who reminds her of a past pain is her father [played by Jason Bayle] who she is avoiding throughout most of the movie.

DC: Are you a fan of horror movies?

JR: Oh… hm. Yes and no. I love them but I get scared so easily. My first horror movie was Scream, and I saw it at a slumber party. I was the one kid who, hours later, was still staring at the ceiling while everyone else was asleep! But what I love about Happy Death Day is, yes, it’s scary. But it’s also funny and it’s touching. It’s just smart… and scary! [laughs]

Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon, who co-wrote the film with Scott Lobdell. Jessica Rothe headlines the film, which comes out Friday, October 13th.

Synopsis:
A college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Happy Death Day

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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