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Interview: Director Christopher Chapman Talks Inoperable Starring Danielle Harris

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Last week we shared the trailer for the upcoming horror-thriller Inoperable starring Danielle Harris and featuring makeup FX by the legendary Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps.

This past weekend, we had the opportunity to sit down with Inoperable co-writer/director Christopher Chapman and talk about his new film and what might be in store in the near future.

You can check out our quick interview with the Chapman below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to see Inoperable in the comments below!

Dread Central: Tell our readers a bit about Inoperable.
Christopher Chapman: Inoperable is basically an adventure through a haunted hospital where all the sights and sounds cause one to feel slightly claustrophobic and a little panicked as various things outside of one’s control seem to be closing in, trapping you inside a hellish location where there is no safe harbor. (thankfully for us at the theaters, or at home, we can’t smell the content of a movie otherwise this one might smell like burnt rotting flesh or that eerie smell of bleach mixed with that strange hospital odor). One could possibly even think of Inoperable as a creepy 3rd person video game where you are playing the part of Amy (Danielle Harris) as she navigates the halls of the hospital, looking for the pieces of a puzzle in order to effect an escape. We use some pretty cool camera angles, shots, and we keep the camera moving a good bit. We use plenty of oners / long-takes, which are really fun to watch.

DC: How did the film come about?
CC: Jeff Miller, whom I met on Clowntown (where I was a producer and acted in it), asked me if I was interested in creating a horror movie. Personally, horror movies slightly creep me out, and since I’m a visual person, the images get stuck inside of my head for a good while. Anyway, I had never even considered writing a horror story, until Jeff asked me to give it a try. I love writing and have written a few novel-length stories, one of which is already out there on Amazon, iBooks, etc., and so I was up to the challenge. I first thought about what was personally creepy to me, and my thoughts took me back to a while ago when I was admitted into an emergency room at a hospital for a bout of food poisoning, while a hurricane lurked closer toward the area in which the hospital was located. While by myself in this room inside the emergency room, I could hear activity outside of my room, and I let my mind wander. I thought about how freaky it would be if, during an approaching hurricane, a serial killer was on the loose or something, while the power went out and there was no way for the police or help to come and catch the killer. I felt helpless there, and very exposed to a potential threat, which is not a fun feeling, especially with a brewing hurricane. This was the premise behind the story, and I wanted Amy (Danielle Harris) to experience horrors as a hospital and its staff became slightly possessed and began performing demented acts while a hurricane kept everyone inside and help far from being able to effectuate any sort of rescue.

Jeff and I then played with it in script form, tweaked and re-tweaked until we were happy.

DC: How did the casting of beloved scream queen Danielle Harris come about?
CC: I felt that the part of Amy should be played by someone a little older and more mature than maybe the more typical rolls would call for. Inoperable is a thinking film, and its lead needed to be someone with the range and ability to “learn” inside of her environment, and it be believable, growing with each “reset” back into the hospital. I wanted the viewers to feel like they were learning along with Amy and I did not want the audience to be ahead of the lead(s), especially Amy.

Jeff had his finger more on the pulse of the right people for casting. We had some names, some bigger, and some smaller, which we were interested in, but when Jeff mentioned Danielle, we thought more and more about it, realizing that she would be perfect. And perfect she was!

DC: The film was completely shot in Dade City here in Florida. What was it like producing a movie in Florida?
CC: Producing a film in Florida is amazing. For starters, I live here in Florida, and I love filming here. Inoperable is my second longer film to be shot here, the first being The Accident (available on Amazon, iTunes, GooglePlay) which we shot in the greater Tampa Bay area.

Florida has a special feel, unique, and even outside of Miami, has wonderful locations. I really support filming in Florida, and although not always practical, I’ll even make some sacrifices to do it. However, with Inoperable, our location was incredible. We looked far and wide for a hospital or at least a location which could play for a hospital, and through a series of people connecting me with other people, I was able to locate this “hospital” in Dade City, FL. The location was owned by the Pasco County Government and they were very supportive with helping us with our location needs. When you see the film, keep in mind, that we had to bring all the props, hospital equipment, monitors, computers, etc., into the location. Bobby Marinelli, the production designer, did an absolutely wonderful job.

Although incentives in Florida are not in the same league as some other states, I still love shooting here, using some local cast and crew, and giving the film a look you don’t often see.

DC: What were some of the films that inspired Inoperable?
CC: I can’t really think of any films that inspired Inoperable. I like to approach a story with a clean mind and with as little influence as possible. However, I can tell you, there are some movies which generally hit home with me as being especially interesting from a quasi-horror genre type of film. I would say that if I were pressed to think about, in retrospect, which films Inoperable may feel like I might say that the following were deep-seated in my conscience as being more relevant as a whole when it comes to what gets my thoughts churning:
ALIEN, SILENT HILL, SHUTTER ISLAND, JAWS, EDGE OF TOMORROW and TWILIGHT ZONE.

DC: How long have you been a fan of horror films?
CC: Although not a historic fan of horror films, I’ve grown to like them over the recent years. I’m more a fan of Science Fiction but until I’m getting much larger budgets, horror films are deployable and fun to tell a story on a lower budget. However, I really like horror films that make you think, ones that aren’t just about gore and frights, and I think that horror films in the last 15 years, or so, have really become great stories worth telling.

DC: What was the film that spawned your love of the genre?
CC: I really liked The Blair Witch Project, Jaws, 28 Days Later, The Others, Silent Hill, Alien, World War Z, I am Legend, but I also like the more eerie films too like The Village, and series like The OA, Stanger Things, The Walking Dead, and, of course, Twilight Zone.

DC: What’s next?
CC: Well, I am a producer on another horror film which will be shot in west central Florida early next year. Stay tuned…

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Thanks for chatting with us, Chris!

Inoperable is directed by Christopher Lawrence Chapman from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Miller. The film stars Danielle Harris, Katie Keene, and Isabella Sofia Menna.

Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps handled the film’s makeup effects, with David Henson Greathouse (Syfy’s “FaceOff”) supervising, and he, Barry Aslinger, and Beki Ingram handling the bulk of the effects. Philip Jessen is unit production manager, Ashley Eberbach is first assistant director, and Bobby Marinelli is production designer.

Inoperable hits select theaters December 1st.

Synopsis:
A young woman wakes up in a seemingly evacuated hospital with a hurricane approaching. She realizes the storm has awakened malevolent forces, trapping her in a time loop. She must escape the hospital before the storm passes or she will be trapped in its halls forever.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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Someone Figured Out How Many Miles the It Follows Creature Walked

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It Follows

For the most part, the horror community adores David Robert Mitchell’s 2014 It Follows. In my opinion, it’s a magnificent film, one that brilliantly utilizes tension and paranoia to an extent that few other films can even hope to achieve. Telling the story of a young woman who, after a sexual encounter, is pursued by a strange supernatural force that will kill her if it reaches her. Never stopping its pursuit, it walks relentlessly towards wherever she goes, never stopping, never resting, and always following.

During the course of the film, which is set in Michigan, Jay and her friends go across the state in an effort to protect her from this strange entity. But just how far do they, and “it”, actually go in that time? Reddit user LundgrensFrontKick has put together an interesting hypothesis that aims to answer that very question. Using the film’s information, it seems that the creature, “…walked 1,017 miles while hunting Jay.” How was this number reached? Let’s give the floor over to LundgrensFrontKick.


In an effort to track the movements of the monster I searched for all the filming locations and have come up with an estimated travel total that I’m quite pleased with. Director David Robert Mitchell didn’t make it easy because there are moments during the film in which you have no idea where Jay was going or why it took about 14-hours to make a five-hour drive up North (I’m guessing sleep). However, after getting a feel for the locations and timeframe I know how far the creature traveled because the layout of the locations fit its movements.

Here are some assumptions and timeframes I’ve come up with.

1) The creature moves at a 20-minutes per mile pace and is always moving. Thus, the total for any 24 hour period is 72 miles.

2) Jay first becomes cursed around 9:00PM at night while at the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital. This is when I’ve started clocking the miles of the monster

3) The film takes place over the course of 15 days. This may seem like a long time frame but the trip that our heroes take to a northern beach house in Whitefish Point in northern Michigan covers 10 of those days. I chose Whitefish Point because it is on the furthest tip of Michigan and the mileage works out almost perfectly when taking the speed of the monster into account. Also, the gang started their trip around 9:00PM and drove through the night and arrived at the beach house around 12:00PM. The total trip was around 15 hours so I’m assuming they slept, got supplies and had a long breakfast to cover the 15 hours. The total mileage is 702 miles (9.75 days walking).

4) I’m assuming that the creature always reroutes itself and follows the quickest route when its prey changes locations. Since it can’t just walk through homes I think it uses surface roads, alleys, and areas that aren’t fenced off to get to its prey.

5) The director David Robert Mitchell uses Detroit as a character so I’m going to use the filming locations as the actual locations in the story. The neat thing is they actually work really well in regards to the creature’s movements.

Below is a breakdown of the days and locations I know Jay visited. I could’ve easily just added up the hours and miles walked and called it a day, but I wanted to give you a feel for the creatures travels and show you the above assumptions make sense.

Sidenote: There is a 0% chance of actually knowing how far the creature followed Jay. However, since you won’t get an exact answer I wanted to make sure the timeline and math were correct to give you the best representation of the following.

Day One 9:00PM – 12:00AM – Jay becomes infected with the horrible curse at the abandoned Northville Psychiatric Hospital and is driven back to her house and eventually to the local hospital.

Day Two – Jay leaves the Hospital and goes home to get ready for school. She heads to the University of Detroit around 9:30AM where she first sees the creature. The timeframe works because it had about 12 hours to pinball around and make it to the school. During this time Jay covered 63 miles. However, since the creature didn’t have to walk those 63 miles due to its course correction, it makes sense that 12 hours would only be needed because the creature started towards the house/hospital and was able to course correct to the university which is only 17 miles away from the abandoned building. After Jay runs away from the creature she goes to Clark’s Ice Cream and Yogurt then drives around for a while and goes home.

Day Three – Jay is still awake late at night (for good reason) when a window is smashed in and the creature comes after her. She runs to a park and meets up with the rest of the gang. From there they drive to an abandoned house, Clawson High School, Jeff’s home in Troy and eventually head to Jay’s house to pick up supplies and clothes. The gang then starts driving overnight to Whitefish Point. The creature is pinballing all day over Detroit and surrounding areas and because of this it never catches up to Jay (must be annoying).

Day Four – The crew posts up at a sweet Beach house.

Day Five – Beach

Day Six – Beach

Day Seven – Beach

Day Eight – Beach

Day Nine – Beach – The creature finally gets to the beach after a 352-mile walk and it gets its hands on Jay. However, Jay escapes and the creature has to walk all the way back to Detroit.

Day Ten – Hospital – She passes the curse over to Greg

Day Eleven – Hospital

Day Twelve– Hospital

Day Thirteen – Hospital – We know she has been in the hospital for three days because Greg mentions that “it’s been three days and there is nothing following me.”

Day Fourteen – Jay finally goes home and watches Greg get killed by the creature. She drives away and spends the night in some woods.

Day Fifteen – Jay wakes up and walks toward a boat with some dudes in it. She then drives home and concocts a plan with her friends to kill the creature at a swimming pool that night around 11:45PM (the exterior for the pool is a different location than the interior. I’m sticking with the exterior location). I don’t want to spoil the rest because I’m not a jerk and there is some ambiguity.

The creature walked 1,017 miles while hunting Jay. I think this is a solid guess and the timeframe works if the following monster moves at the assumed pace. I think this total makes it more frightening because the dang thing never stops and is always moving towards you at a leisurely pace in hopes of bending you up like a pretzel.

72 x 14 = 1,008 (14 full days). 3 x 3 = 9 (first day 9:00PM – 12:00AM). 1,008 + 9 = 1,017.


WHEW! That’s one helluva project to take on and I’m impressed by the amount of work put into it! Whether or not it’s accurate, I think we can all agree that LundgrensFrontKick definitely put a lot of care and thought into this riddle.

What other random questions like this have you always had about other horror movies? Let us know in the comments!

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