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The Barn Opens Its Doors on Blu-ray with Stunning New Artwork by Graham Humphreys

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Justin M. Seaman’s The Barn (review) has finally arrived on Blu-ray, and it’s filled to the brim with extras.

Without meaning to sound like I’m tooting my own horn, I should mention that I appear in the bonus features. I was lucky enough to attend The Barn’s UK premiere, and after the screening most of the audience, myself included, were filmed talking about how much we loved the film (and I was also sure to proudly mention that I write for Dread Central). All of our interviews were shot and edited by filmmaker Emma Dark and can be found on the Blu-ray.

I also met Graham Humphreys at the premiere, and the two of us have remained friends ever since. You probably know Graham as the artist behind the UK posters for Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street. He painted the cover for this new Blu-ray edition of The Barn, and as you can see, calling it stunning is an understatement.

The original DVD artwork for The Barn was created by Sadist Art Designs, and the Blu-ray sleeve will contain their design on one side and Graham’s on the other, so have a look below to decide which one takes your fancy.

Reversible sleeve featuring artwork by Graham Humphreys.

Reversible sleeve featuring artwork by Sadist Art Designs.

In addition to the main cover image, Graham also provided me with some early sketches and work-in-progress images before he completed the final draft. All of the images are included below, and looking at them gives you a real insight into the design process that goes into Graham’s paintings.

The Barn stars Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Linnea Quigley, and the original Jason Voorhees himself, Ari Lehman. The film’s already well on the way to achieving cult status, so make sure you get in on the action.

The Barn Blu-ray Official Synopsis:
You can now bring home the critically acclaimed and multiple award winning indie Halloween horror hit The Barn on Blu-ray for $19.99 at thebarnmerch.com!

It’s Halloween 1989, and best friends Sam and Josh are just trying to enjoy their last “Devil’s Night” before graduating high school. Trouble soon arises when the two pals and a group of friends take a detour on their way to a rock concert, finding an old abandoned barn and awakening the evil inside. Now it’s up to Sam and Josh to find a way to protect their friends and defeat the creatures that lurk within The Barn…

The film stars Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Cortland Woodard, Nikki Darling, and Nickolaus Joshua with Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons, Return of the Living Dead) and Ari Lehman (the first Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th). Featuring an original score by Rocky Gray, former member of Grammy award-winning goth/rock group Evanescence.

This Special Edition Blu-ray is a jam-packed trick-or-treat bag full of over 90 minutes of bonus goodies. It also includes a reversible insert sleeve featuring the classic Sadist Art Designs artwork on one side and a brand new design by the legendary film poster illustrator Graham Humphreys on the other showcasing iconic scenes from the film.

“I’ve always been huge fan of Graham Humphreys’ artwork, so I was shocked when I heard he attended the film’s London premier at “World Wide Weird” and enjoyed The Barn so much that he wanted to create an original piece. I got in contact with him and told him I was looking to do some new art for the Blu-ray release, but this time I wanted to show scenes from the film and incorporate the cast. There is a bonus feature on the disc that includes audience reactions created by filmmaker Emma Dark from the London show, and Graham is one of them. During this filmed interview is when he actually suggests that I reach out to him about it, so it’s pretty cool to watch that and then pick up the Blu-ray cover and see that it actually happened,” said writer/director Justin M. Seaman.

“THE MAKING OF A NIGHTMARE” is nearly an hour-long documentary that tells the story of how the film began as a childhood dream and what it took for a group of dedicated individuals to create the finished project. Including interviews from the cast and crew as well as Linnea Quigley, Ari Lehman, and Rocky Gray.

Bonus Content Info:

  • Audio Commentary by Justin M. Seaman (Writer/Director), Mitchell Musolino (Actor – “Sam”) and Zane Hershberger (Director of Photography)
  • “The Making of a Nightmare” Documentary – Cast and Crew Interviews (Including Ari Lehman, Linnea Quigley, and Rocky Gray)
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • “Harvest” Music Video by Rebel Flesh
  • “All Hallow’s Eve” short film
  • “World Wide Weird” London premiere reactions
  • Trailers
  • Commercials
  • Original Storybook
  • Reversible Cover Artwork by Marc Schoenbach and Graham Humphreys

Now available for $19.99 at thebarnmerch.com

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Amazon Developing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower TV Series

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The Dark TowerIt’s been a while since we brought you guys an update on the planned TV series based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series.

But today it looks like we have confirmation via Deadline that, “Amazon… is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark Tower…”

The series is being developed by Amazon as part of their bid to move into bigger budgeted spectacles ala their recent acquisition of the rights to The Lord of the Rings.

No further info is available at this time but we will keep you up to date as we hear word on Amazon’s “The Dark Tower.”

Are you excited about this series? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

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Rutger Hauer Says There Was No Love and No Soul in Blade Runner 2049

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I don’t know about you, but I dug the hell out of last summer’s Blade Runner 2049. I found the film to be a tonally perfect addition to the Blade Runner universe and appreciated how it built on the story established in the original film.

That said, there are some out there that aren’t fans of the sequel – most of all, it seems, is the original film’s baddie, Rutger Hauer.

Recently, Hauer spoke with THR and didn’t hold back on his dislike of the new film.

“I sniff and scratch at it,” Hauer says. “It looks great, but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”

He continues: “In many ways Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants; it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”

Wow, don’t hold back, Hauer. Tell us how you really feel!

I’m kidding. And while I don’t agree with Hauer on this particular issue, the man has more than earned the right to think it IS “important what [he] thinks.

Do you agree with Rutger Hauer on Blade Runner 2049? Let us know below!

Synopsis:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Set Visit Part 2: Learning About Kelly, Pablo, and Brandy

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If you haven’t read through the first part of my set visit for the third season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, make sure to do so here.

After walking through the halls of Brandy’s high school, the sperm bank clinic that has been seen in the trailer, Brock’s house, and the streets of Elk Grove (all through the magic of set designs), it was time to sit down with stars Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, who told me about their characters Kelly and Pablo through this season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”! Oh, and there’s also a lot from Arielle Carver-O’Neill about her character Brandy as well, because who can resist hearing from Ash’s daughter?

After finding out that Dana, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, our interview nearly ended. After all, your boy is a Wolverine, through and through, and anyone who knows sports rivalries knows that Buckeyes and Wolverines don’t get along. That being said, we managed to put aside our differences so that I could learn a bit about Kelly and what she’ll be going through this season.

I really loved Kelly’s journey in season one and two. It was very exciting to play because, in a way, it mirrored my own as an actor coming into a franchise like this. Just like Kelly was dragged into this fight against evil and was caught completely off guard, it was very similar to the actor struggling for 10 years. I was living in Los Angeles working at a bar when I got this job. All of a sudden I’m being thrown into this with this incredible franchise, with the amazing producers of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, where a franchise that’s built upon one man, a lone wolf as we’ve said, who is the star of this show and now he’s going to have sidekicks, that was terrifying as well! But it was really cool because I feel like I got to grow with Kelly and every time Kelly did something new, it was me doing something new,” DeLorenzo explains.

Expanding on that, DeLorenzo starts telling me more about Kelly and how she specifically changes through the upcoming season, saying, “At the end of season two, there’s the parade. And if you look, you can see that Kelly isn’t happy. Kelly is the smart one of that trifecta, the ghostbeaters. She knows that evil is not gone for good, which brings us to season three. Now that she’s tasted blood, she’s constantly chasing that high. So, at the start of season three, Kelly is a warrior without a war. She wants to stay on her game for when evil comes back. Her journey for season three…evil paints Kelly in a bloody corner and sets up her to fail where she can’t do what she does best, which is kick evil’s ass. She’s put in these catch-22 situations that she can’t fight her way out of without someone she cares about getting hurt. I think fans will be shocked at her transformation [this season].”

The theme of family running throughout this season of the show is not lost on DeLorenzo, who recognizes that Kelly’s ultimate purpose throughout this series is called into question through events that she wasn’t able to elaborate upon. However, she did tell me, “It was always about protecting and staying by the side of Ash and Pablo because they are not her family by blood but they are her family by bloodshed.

When describing the ghostbeaters, she calls Ash the “brawn”, Pablo the “heart”, and Kelly the “brains”. Later, as I sat with Arielle Carver-O’Neill, I asked what Brandy represents, to which she stated, “the hope”. “They all become very protective of Brandy and are very supportive of her journey,” Carver-O’Neill explains.

I asked her to envision a world where a fourth season is confirmed and how she’d like to see Brandy’s role expanded. Pondering this for a couple of moments, she then told me, “I’d like to see her find herself a bit more. I think just because she’s a teenager, you go through that journey at that age where you are figuring out who you are and your parents, either consciously or unconsciously, play a large role in that. For her, she only had her mum and then she found parts of herself in her dad. But she’s got a lot of growing up to do and I think that’d be really fun to explore how she goes about that.

For Santiago, the character and evolution of Pablo throughout the series has a very personal meaning for him. “As a kid, I grew up watching horror films and I always wanted to be the hero saving people from the monster and I always wanted to be the person chased by the monster. I think, in this show, I have the opportunity do that every day as Pablo and I’m one step closer to becoming the superhero I wanted to be as a kid,” he states.

As for his evolution, Santiago sees Pablo as going from a pushover in the first season to someone very important and potentially very powerful in the third season. “We’ve seen Pablo go from this naive guy [in the first season] that’s pushed through the ringer to last season and…the Necronomicon and Pablo have an undeniable relationship that will never end. As we move into this third season, Pablo sees things differently. He’s not just tormented by his visions of darkness, we see that he may not be just a sidekick but also psychic! We’re going back to his family and we callback to his roots. Perhaps it wasn’t just a coincidence that he met Ash and that he himself was always destined to be somewhat of a Jefé. I think season three is where we see all that coming to fruition. He’s not just along for the ride, he’s become an integral part of the team.

Part III of our set visit coming soon!

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