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In Creep 2 (review) Desiree Akhavan plays Sara, a likable wannabe YouTube sensation who drives to a remote house in the forest to meet and film Aaron (Mark Duplass), a man claiming to be a serial killer. Red flags pop up, but Desiree needs something really cool to get her views up. After agreeing to spend the day with Aaron, Sara realizes that she made a deadly mistake.

We made the right decision in talking to Akhavan, to get the inside scoop on the anticipated Creep 2.

Dread Central: I’ll admit, I haven’t seen your previous films. But I did notice in my research that you act, write, direct, and produce – oftentimes at the same time! What was it like to just act for Patrick Brice, and give up that control?

Desiree Akhavan: It was so hard. Not hard in that Patrick is one of the best human beings I’ve encountered in my life, but it’ really hard to be such a control freak and to be vulnerable. But it was a very positive experience for me. Because I trust these guys [Brice and Duplass] and they did me proud.

DC: In a two-hander like this, chemistry is key. Did you and Mark know each other, or did you have rehearsal time?

DA: Mark and I had met a few times, we liked each other – or at least, I like Mark – and we didn’t have to work at it. From one scrappy indie filmmaker to another, we have that in common and we know what it takes to live this lifestyle. I have a lot of respect for him and I can really relate. So we have a lot of respect for each other, and that’s clear on screen.

DC: Did Patrick and Mark let you have some input as to the things you thought Sara would say and do?

DA: Oh definitely. They were really generous. Having said that, I found that my instincts were off. I’m not from the horror world. If there is any genre I’m not close to [it’s horror]. I make serious kinds of movies, so I’m not surprised that you are not familiar with by oeuvres (laughs). I make small gay films, and topical comedies for the most part, and they’re super indie. I was really out of my depth with a lot of this. I remember the first day we were spit-balling and all of my ideas were just way off! It took me a while of watching them and getting sense of what the formula of this film was, to get into the right frame of mind. They were really helpful and inviting in the process. So the truth is, it’s very much their own creation. It’s not horror, it’s not horror/comedy even, it’s sort of their own weird… it’s found footage but not really… it’s just a weird Patrick and Mark world. And at a certain point I had to do what doesn’t come naturally to me, let someone else lead, and that was a really good experience for me to have.

DC: Did you watch the first Creep movie before acting in the second one?

DA: Yes, I watched Creep. I thought it was really good and really strange. Like good in that how could it be so compelling and weird? These guys are just hanging out/ I love their bromance and I love that they were both just getting to know each other, and developing this male friendship that you can’t quite trust. You couldn’t tell if Aaron was trying to seduce him or murder him, and it kept surprising me. But I thought it was also super strange in way that I couldn’t place in that I had no idea what a sequel to that would look like.

DC: In a world where some of the most popular streaming content includes shows like “Making a Murderer” and “Mindhunter”, to what do you attribute our enduring fascination with serial killers, and how do the Creep movies fit into that?

DA: I think people like character-driven stories. When you’re following a serial killer, you have this one guy in common and you kind of fall in love with him, like the anti-hero. I think it makes sense to want to follow someone like Aaron – the whole point of successful storytelling is like, do you fall in love with those characters? “Friends” isn’t a particularly brilliant show, but everybody wants to keep hanging out with those guys because we have a familiarity with them. And when you have a serial killer, it’s like, ‘I’m on this guy’s side, even though he’s a murderer and I want to speak up but I kinda want him to kill.’ Now I get to go on that ride with someone.

DC: Since you’re not in the horror world, what would you say was the most challenging part of making this film?

DA: I felt really out of my depth with physical stuff. Like when we were running around in the woods, I felt that I was really bad at being convincing. I think you’re used to using your body like that or not – I did not think I was convincing with any of that stuff and so I found that particularly challenging.

DC: But Sara is a vlogger. She’s not supposed to be shape.

DA: Exactly! She doesn’t know how to run for her life!

DC: Since Creep 2 is not actually your typical horror film, how would you sum it up?

DA: I would say that it’s a psychological dick-measuring contest between two sociopaths. A serial killer meets his match in a desperate video artist, and you never know who’s in control. Their power balance is compelling and that’s something about the film that is incredible. The audience really doesn’t know who’s in control even though from the first frame you know that you’re following a serial killer and a girl who’s out of her depth. You still never feel like she’s completely the victim or completely the villain.

Written by Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass with Brice directing, Creep 2 stars Duplass, who reprises his role from the first film, and Desiree Akhavan.

The Orchard will see Creep 2 hitting all digital formats on October 24th.

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CREEP 2 stars Desiree Akhavan as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on, she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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Blumhouse’s New Halloween Will Change The Original Film’s Ending (Slightly)

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As you can imagine, one of the films all of us here at Dread Central are looking forward to the most is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new film is co-written by Danny McBride (as strange as that may sound) and David Gordon Green and will be directed by Green.

Speaking of Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, the actor was recently out and about promoting the new season of HBO’s “Vice Principals” and dropped some new insights into Halloween (2018).

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

Really? Interesting… But what about the new film’s tone? Should we be scared, Danny?

“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

Sounds good to us!

McBride then talked a bit about how original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis came back into the fold for this new installment.

“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

And finally, Kenny Powers spoke a bit about the huge pressures that are on him and his collaborator David Gordon Green with taking on such a beloved series.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”

What do you think of McBride’s new comments regarding Blumhouse’s Halloween? Do they make you more (or less) excited to check out the new installent?

Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Halloween (2018) is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green with Green directing. Creator and original director John Carpenter will be acting as executive producer on the new film with franchise regular Malek Akkad producing.

Look for the next Halloween film worldwide on October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Exclusive: This Nails Clip Proves Dingy Hospitals Will Always Be Creepy

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Today sees the VOD release of Dark Sky Films’ Nails, the directorial debut of screenwriter and Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution Dennis Bartok. Following the story of a woman who goes through a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped in her own body. She then becomes convinced that a strange and malevolent entity that she dubs “Nails” is set on destroying her marriage, her family, and, ultimately, her life.

To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that you can watch below. In it, Leah McNamara’s Gemma is walking through the bowels of a hospital when she stumbles across a bed with a working gas mask. When an alarm suddenly goes off, she jumps in surprise, knocking over a nearby tray, spilling sharp instruments across the floor. It’s while she attempts to clean the mess that Nails makes an appearance…

Nails also stars Shauna McDonald, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? Film Will Be Dark and Scary

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I don’t know about you guys, but I am a huge fan of Nickelodeon’s 90’s kid’s horror anthology “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”. I even own the entire series on DVD with some of my favorite episodes being “Laughing the Dark” and “Dead Man’s Float”.

It is with this in mind, we are excited as hell to pass along the news that the classic series will be making it’s way to the big screen in the near future!

Gary Dauberman the screenwriter behind such recent horror hits as IT, Annabelle: Creation and The Nun has been tasked with penning the script for the new feature film.

“The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones,” Dauberman told THR. “We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”

The flick will be hitting us via producer Matt Kaplan (The Darkness) and Paramount’s new division Paramount Players. Which is headed by Brian Robbins (Varsity Blues) and will work with Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and BET to generate projects.

Did you watch “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” as a kid on Snick? What’re your favorite episodes? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

We will let you know as soon as we hear more on Are You Afraid of the Dark? so stay tuned! Until then, you can buy the entire series on DVD starting right HERE!

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This spooky anthology series for kids recounts ghost stories told by the young members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire. Each episode opens with members of the Midnight Society at their secret spot in the woods, where they prepare their fire and the night’s storyteller announces the title of his or her offering. However, the cameras soon leave the storyteller and switch to the tale being told.

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