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Fright Night Set Visit Series Part 4: KNB’s Howard Berger Talks Make-up Effects on Fright Night 3D

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If you’re a horror fan, chances are you’re already very familiar with the masterful special make-up work by legendary effects house KNB. Created by Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger in 1988, KNB EFX Group has been behind some of the most jaw-dropping make-up work in our genre.

KNB’s resume includes Army of Darkness, From Dusk Till Dawn, Spawn, Cabin Fever, Sin City, “The Walking Dead” and so many more. One of their current projects is Fright Night 3D, and while on the set of the upcoming film, we had the opportunity to chat with Howard Berger in the make-up trailer and take a look at what his approach was to updating the vampire look for the remake and the various stages of ‘vamping out’ fans will see Fright Night cast members go through in the film.

For Berger, his love for the original Fright Night is what initially attracted him to wanting to handle the make-up work on the DreamWorks’ remake. “The first thing about Fright Night that really attracted me was that I love the original movie and always have. I thought it was super-cool when I saw it when I was younger, and I still think it’s super-cool. So when I heard this movie was coming up, I called Dreamworks and said, ‘I have to be on this movie; end of discussion’, and they said ‘Okay.’ It was that was easy!’ It was interesting when talking to the execs at DreamWorks at first because they were thinking that this was not going to be a big makeup movie. More like, ‘Maybe we’ll do lenses and fangs and pale them down’, and I told them, ‘I don’t think that’s a Fright Night movie’, but I said we’d entertain that thought for a minute.

“But when executive producer Mike De Luca came on board (and who’s probably a bigger Fright Night fanboy than myself), he said, ‘No, there has to be tons of makeup and monsters in this movie’, and I was very relieved for that since that’s what makes the original so much fun- the monsters. So there are monsters and creatures in it, but Craig is really keen on keeping Fright Night based firmly in reality, too. That’s part of the unnerving aspect of it I think because everything looks and feels real. I think if we went into the giant monsters, it would move out of that universe and pull you right out of the experience of watching the movie,” added Berger.

Berger went on to discuss the meticulous approach he took while collaborating with director Craig Gillespie on creating the various vamp-out stages in Fright Night, only to have his careful planning fall by the wayside due to the spontaneity of some of the cast members who loved playing around with the various looks of their characters throughout the movie.

“We had five concepts that we had done for Colin’s look and that’s pretty faithful to what we ended up working with on set,” explained Berger. “We knew we wanted to start subtly and then just build and build and build on that until we got into a full-scale creature, which is the fifth stage with the big crazy ears and veins and all that good stuff. What’s neat about Craig’s concept was that it wasn’t just that Colin becomes a creature and wanders around the streets and has that goofy awkward ‘big monster roaming around giving dialogue,’ approach, which never ever works. Craig’s thought was that it was all adrenaline-based. Jerry flares up, and it’s anger and adrenaline that forces him into these different stages. It’s fun, and the stages bounce all over the place.”

“All of our makeup was originally very planned out, and we were very meticulous about what the stages were in which scenes. Then once we’d get to set, it would be ‘Maybe this should be stage one. No, let’s do stage 0.5.’ Then Colin might say, ‘I think I want to wear fingernails in this scene or maybe the stage four teeth and the stage one eyes.’ I soon realized that we were now working with like a thousand stages so we just got in the habit of bringing everything to set with us so we would be prepared for Craig and Colin’s spontaneity,” added Berger.

Berger also talked about two of the other big make-up gags in the film (WARNING: Consider this is a spoiler alert for any of you out there who have NOT seen the original Fright Night. And if you haven’t by now, shame on you!)- when “Evil Ed” gets truly evil and after Amy (Imogen Poots) gets bitten by Jerry. “Christopher Mintz-Plasse is our Evil Ed, and he was the perfect choice to play that part. He’s got three stages of makeup including a neck gash gag. For Imogen, who plays Amy, Mike De Luca wanted it to be very faithful to the original Amy makeup, the big ‘Dr. Sardonicus’ thing, so we’ve got a new concept using that original thought process and concept.”

“This time, Craig really wants the mouth to open up wide where she can really open that appliance up wide. Part of Amy’s look is that we want rows and rows of teeth, all in her mouth, going down her throat so that will all be done digitally. That will actually be one of the few things where there will be digital augmentation. We are really trying to also do very little digital on this movie; I think there are only 100 digital shots planned right now, which is unheard of these days. That number will probably grow, as we all know, but right now we’re trying to do everything as practical as possible or do a mix when we can, like with Amy’s vampire makeup,” added Berger.

Shooting Fright Night in 3D wasn’t just something that concerned the director, the cast and the other crew members- shooting in that particular format meant Berger had to create some 3D make-up effects as well in order to give fans a truly unique 3D horror movie experience when the flick hits theaters on August 19th.

“We had to use 3D transfers for this movie- they’re a bit like 2D tattoo transfers, but they’re fully sculpted with veins and stuff,” explained Berger. “That was a big thing, too, that the studio wanted- to use the 3D format to heighten the make-up work we were doing. On the first design pass they kept saying they wanted the transfers to be translucent and they didn’t want to have to go the route from I Am Legend and end up having huge digital augmentation which meant that they would be basically replacing our onset work. We were using silicone and found that by barely coloring the silicone and doing a lot of underpainting and things like that and being subtle with the paint work, we were able to achieve that level of translucency. I think this is one of the first times where vampire veins have been done that are pretty out there and have that translucency and organic feeling the studio really wanted. I think the 3D will really enhance the look of what we’re doing here.”

Fright Night Set Visit Series Part 4: KNB's Howard Berger Talks Make-up Effects on Fright Night 3D

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 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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