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AFM 2017: Day 3 Recap and Takashi Miike!

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Alright folks, so this day of AFM was a little bit different. That being said, it was still a very productive, very busy, but very rewarding day!

It started by waking up, yet again, before the sun was out. When in Los Angeles, the early bird gets the worm…or in this case, the early writer gets the scoops! But before I could head to the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for more of the American Film Market, it was off to the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for an interview with only one of the most prolific and well-known horror directors: Takashi Miike! Yes, that’s right, yours truly got to sit down across from Miike, chat it up a little bit, and then write it all up for you to enjoy!

Then, and only after this was completed, was I able to make my way to the Loews Hotel for more AFM shenanigans. So, one UberPool ride later, in which I shared my trip with a rather, ahem…”charming” woman (translation: what a self-centered, self-important, person), I was back in Santa Monica.

There was a meeting with Tank Pictures to discuss their currently-in-production gory and intense horror film Angel of Death. While I can’t go into specifics of the movie (since it’s still being filmed), just know that it’s very, very brutal. Just look at this picture and tell me you don’t cringe, even a little bit!

After that, I stopped by the Room in the Sky Films office to check out a promo for The Clearing, which stars Liam McIntyre (“Spartacus”), Sydelle Noel (“Glow”), Steven Swadling, and newcomer Aundrea Smith. While the footage I saw was still very much in post-production, it’s clear that a lot of love – and practical FX! – went into this title. As more information becomes available, we’ll be sure to get it up for you all!

Through it all, there was the constant deluge of emails, meetings being scheduled, meetings being REscheduled, yadda yadda yadda, and we were able to leave the hotel for the time being.

At night, I met up with some friends of mine, who are pals of the horror community: our very own Matt Donato, PR wizard Brittany Sandler, and last but most certainly not least, Collider’s own Editor of Horror, Haleigh Foutch! A few drinks were had, some business discussed, and then we moved on to singing along with the music, which I’m happy to let you know was Depeche Mode’s Violator.

Hell.

Yes.

Alright folks, that’s all for today. It may not seem like much, but trust me when I say it was quite the opposite. I’m exhausted, and we’re not even halfway through. I may have to start drinking caffeine again…

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