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Final Destination 5 Interview Series Part Three: Dread Central Talks with Cast Members Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood



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For this third part of our roundtable interview series for Final Destination 5, we had the opportunity to chat with several more of the cast members including Miles Fisher (who played Tom Cruise in Superhero Movie), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (“The Bold and the Beautiful”) and relative newcomer Ellen Wroe.

We spoke with the trio about their thoughts on coming on board for the fifth film of the Final Destination franchise, the real-life perils of shooting the squirm-inducing laser eye surgery scene, how the sequel managed to raise the bar for the horror genre as a whole and why they wanted to collaborate with first-time director (and 3D guru) Steven Quale.

For genre newcomers Wroe and Wood, the pair of actresses talked about why they were excited to be a part of Final Destination 5 even though neither of them really knew much about the franchise going into the project.

“I really liked the story, I liked the deaths and I loved the dark humor throughout the script,” explained Wood. “It knew it was going to be a really cool movie with a lot of suspense where audiences won’t know what was going to happen next, but then you also had real relationships between the characters in the movie, and I really liked that about the script, too. I guess you’d say I became a huge fan of the Final Destination movies after reading this script. There’s just something really special about this movie, something smart and really clever about it, and just watching how Steven shot it- I think the bar has definitely been raised.”

Wroe added, “Well, I think when I found out who the director was going to be for this, it was just so exciting initially. I mean, Steve Quale has been James Cameron’s second unit guy for years so being able to be involved in his first directing experience was a great opportunity. I just knew he was going to deliver an incredible movie.”

When Fisher first read the script, he said that he initially jumped at the chance to bring the conflicted character of Peter to life on the big screen. “Peter was definitely a challenging role to play, but I was incredibly excited about the opportunity because he really goes through a wide range of emotions throughout the movie. And I think the character of Peter is one that the audience will really connect with because he’s faced with some difficult situations like watching hundreds of people die in front of you and then having to make some hard decisions like whether or not he could take a life in order to save his own life. I think some people would truly go crazy if put in the same position.”

“Peter is a guy who prioritizes logic and approaches everything rationally, and then there’s all this stuff that happens that he can’t control, everything’s taken away from him, and he just loses it. And I know I’ve played psychos before (Fisher hilariously parodied Bale in an American Psycho music video send-up in 2009) so I guess I’m just really good at going psycho from time to time,” joked Fisher.

For Wroe, her Final Destination 5 character of Candice Hooper mirrored her real life rather closely. In the film Candice is a professional gymnast, and Wroe herself is a skilled gymnast, having trained for many years before setting her sights on Hollywood.

“My background in gymnastics was a huge factor to me landing the role of Candice,” said Wroe. “And I didn’t want them to have to use a stunt woman to shoot any of the sequences where they didn’t need her to so I immediately headed to the gym once I got the role. I had about eight weeks to really prepare, and I probably spent the first three weeks just getting back all that muscle that I had lost over the years because there’s so much conditioning involved with gymnastics. I couldn’t really last more than an hour at a time in the beginning so I’d go in the morning and at night for two times a day. Then after three weeks I started jumping some tricks, and I eventually got up to about three hours a day for five to six days a week. It was exhausting but worth it.”

“What I thought was really funny was that my character was written to be really superstitious in the script because in real life I am very superstitious. I even wore the same rubber band in my ponytail for every gymnastics meet for like three years because I was convinced that it was going to help me do well. In fact, now that I think about it, I think a lot of athletes are pretty superstitious as a rule- especially gymnasts. I don’t know how Eric (Heisserer, writer) knew to put that into my character, but I thought it was clever,” added Wroe.

Wood, who is a self-professed daredevil, discussed how unprepared she was for how grueling it would be to shoot her soon-to-be-classic laser eye surgery gone awry scene in Final Destination 5. “It was incredibly challenging because I wasn’t sure how they were going to shoot the scene at first. I thought maybe some CGI, but no- they wanted my actual eye. We shot the scene from like 6 pm until 9 o’clock in the morning the next day, and that little metal speculum went in and out of my eye like seventy times. They numbed my eye over and over and over again and not to mention the head vice they had to have me strapped into too for extended periods of time.”

“At one point, when they put my prosthetics on, they accidentally glued my eyelashes to my eyebrow so it made it that I couldn’t sleep because my eye wouldn’t fully close. I couldn’t look up either until the glue wore off because it felt too weird to move your eye up like that when it’s exposed. Then one time I actually had ripped the speculum out without even noticing it because my eye had been numbed up. At first they thought I might have cut my eyeball right down the middle, but thankfully, it was just a scratch on the contact I was wearing. Oh my gosh, was it incredibly, incredibly challenging!” added Wood.

Fisher chimed in on why he thinks Wood’s laser surgery scene will prove to be a fan favorite once Final Destination 5 is released. “That’s such a killer scene! There’s just something so intimate about your eyeball and seeing your eyeball projected to be four stories tall on these big screens. That’s just insane to think about, and I think that scene is going to destroy fans.”

Death arrived in theatres today, August 12th. Check out the official Final Destination 5 website for more, and click here for our Final Destination 5 review.

Final Destination 5 Interview Series Part Three: Dread Central Talks with Cast Members Miles Fisher, Ellen Wroe and Jacqueline MacInnes Wood

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead




The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?

Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast



Wanna See Something REALLY Scary

“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer



Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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