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Interview: Alex Barima Discusses The Exorcist and Acting in Horror

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One of the big surprises in horror in the past few years was when Fox’s “The Exorcist” turned out to not only be watchable but it was actually quite fantastic! Many people were hesitant about such a beloved property getting the small screen treatment but the end result was something truly special, to the point that when a second season was hanging in the balance, fans rallied behind the show and demanded a second season! Obviously that worked as we’re in the middle of that second season right now and fans are still relishing every possessed moment!

Here today to talk about the show is Alex Barima, who plays Shelby in this season. In our interview, we discussed what it’s like coming aboard the show, the role of Shelby, his love of gaming and anime, and more!

Season 2 picks up with Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and the now-collarless Marcus Keane (Ben Daniels) out of Chicago and on the road, searching out evil. Across the Atlantic, Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) attempts to weed out those within The Vatican who have turned against God. Ultimately, Tomas and Marcus are led to Andrew Kim (John Cho), a former child psychologist who runs a group home for five at-risk foster children on a secluded private island off the coast of Seattle. When one of the children under Andrew’s care is targeted by a powerful force, the two priests head west, setting themselves on a collision course with Hell.

Dread Central: Tell me about coming aboard “The Exorcist” and what that process was like.
Alex Barima: Being a part of The Exorcist has been a life-changing experience for me. I’ve never been so heavily involved in a film or TV project before, so it has been an unforgettable experience. I’m learning new things every day, and I get to work with amazingly talented individuals. Coming on board was a bit of a whirlwind, as I landed the role just two weeks before we started filming. After meeting the producers and the cast though, I knew this was going to be a fun ride! It’s hard to believe we’ve only been together a few months, and our journey is almost over, but I’m sure many of us will remain close after the show ends.

DC: Many people were, at first, very hesitant about a show based on The Exorcist. However, it became a horror fan favorite and people are extremely excited about the second season. What was it like for you knowing about this initial hesitation and then overwhelming love and support?
AB: Given the scale of this project, I was certainly nervous when we started production. I knew I was ready to work, but I put a lot of pressure on myself nonetheless. I was a fan of the first season and I wanted our season to live up to that. The entire cast and crew were breaking their backs making this, so we all wanted it to be successful. Once the premiere aired, the reviews and reactions started coming in, and I found it truly moving; it’s a blessing to be creating something people deeply care about and appreciate.

DC: Tell me a bit about Shelby and the role that he’ll play through the season.
AB: Shelby is one of the best characters I’ve ever played. I don’t watch much horror, but I know that if I was just watching the show as a fan, Shelby would be my favourite. He’s brave, smart, and intuitive, which are all qualities I’d certainly like to have. He’s the first to catch on to the imminent danger threatening his family, and he’s ready to do anything to save them. His relationship to God is so distinct from that of other characters on the show, which I find refreshing. I love the way he is portrayed in the writing, and i thank the writers for letting me explore his personality. It makes my job much more enjoyable and it really feels like we’re creating the story together.

DC: Horror has long been the outcast genre in entertainment. However, many of the greatest names in Hollywood have a strong connection to horror. What are your thoughts about the genre, especially since you’ve been a part of it prior to “The Exorcist”?
AB: I’m very easily scared, so I don’t watch much horror, except around Halloween. I find that many horror films and shows don’t get enough credit though. Being in The Exorcist has definitely changed my perspective on horror. It’s so much fun to work on, and I would certainly be open to working on more horror projects in the future. However, I’m not sure I’ve actually become any braver.

DC: I’ve heard that you’re a fan of gaming. Have you dabbled in the world of horror games? What are some of your favorites?
AB: I’m even more frightened by horror games than films! My roommate is a huge horror fan, so I’ll watch him play them sometimes. I’ve seen him play Resident Evil 7 and Outlast, but I couldn’t bring myself to try them. I have played the Friday the 13th game, but never alone.

DC: I also heard that you’re into anime. There are some fantastic animes that are fueled by horror. Are you a fan of any of those?
AB: The closest thing to horror anime I’ve seen is Death Note, which I still think is one of the best anime of all time. I usually gravitate toward shounen series like Dragon Ball and One Piece. My favourite TV show of all time is Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood.

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Blumhouse Halloween Will Make Us “Very Happy and VERY Scared”

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Bring. It. On.

It was only last week that we let you guys know that Jamie Lee Curtis had wrapped filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today we have another Instagram post from the legendary scream queen where she not only shows us a creepy-ass painting of Michael Myers, but she lets us know that Blumhouse’s Halloween is going to make us all “very happy, and VERY scared.”

Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to just go ahead and trust Jamie Lee Curtis on this one. She’s been around the Halloween block more than a few times and I trust her judgment… other than Halloween: Resurrection.

You can check out her post below and then let us know how excited you are for Laurie Strode’s return!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is 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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Get a Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Pre-Production for Marcel Walz’s New Film

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The Blood Feast remake directed by Marcel Walz has been generating quite a buzz (read our review here) so we’ve been wondering what’s next for him, and over the weekend Walz provided us with an answer… sort of.

He sent over the following photos for us to share with our readers, some of which also appeared on his social media accounts.  Marcel is in pre-production on a new film that will start shooting in Los Angeles next month.

Right now the title and primary cast members are being kept under wraps, but you can expect an official announcement soon.

In the meantime check out the images, and let the guessing games begin!

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Death House Theatrical Release Delayed One Week Due to Black Panther Success

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Death House

If you were excited to see Death House this week, you’re going to have to pump your brakes as the film’s theatrical release has been postponed one week due to the success of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther.

Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House in theaters, states, “Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”

The plan is to now launch Death House on Friday, March 2nd, with a special media event and public opening at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California, where 20 cast members, along with additional crew, will be present. From there, the film will spread to other markets on March 9th and March 16th. If performances are strong, additional markets will be added following those dates.

This shift in release also pushes back the home video and digital release dates to July, although no official date has been locked.

Director Harrison Smith recorded a video asking the horror community to turn out in droves when the film hits their market. You can see it below.

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