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Last week saw the release of Cody Carpenter’s Interdependence, the new solo album from musician Cody Carpenter. After several albums of material under the name Ludrium, Carpenter has decided to make a break and usher in an era of separation, syphoning off one part of his music for Ludrium, where all music will contain vocals, and one part that will go towards music under his own name, which will feature solely instrumental tracks.

An unabashed love letter to prog rock and jazz from the 70’s and 80’s, Cody Carpenter’s Interdependence is a throwback to the era of groups like Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Yes, Camel, Asia, and the like. Throughout the album, there is a sense of pure joy and delight that permeates through every note.

We caught up with Carpenter to discuss the album as well as question him a bit about his memories with his father, horror master John Carpenter, working with Italian synthwave artist Confrontational, and what he’s got coming up.

You can buy Cody Carpenter’s Interdependence through Blue Canoe Records. You can also follow him on Twitter.


Photo Credit: Joakim Reimer


Dread Central: Tell me about the inspiration for Cody Carpenter’s Interdependence and what spurred you to record and release your own solo album.

Cody Carpenter: After having released a number of albums I had done entirely on my own, I wanted to get some other people involved for my next project, so I asked Jimmy Haslip, whom I had worked with a number of years ago, if he wanted to play on my next album. He did! Everything went from there really…

DC: Obviously music has been a very important part of your father’s life and career, so I can only imagine that you grew up in a musical environment. For many families, there are rules put in place when it comes to music. Certain things are not allowed, certain things are looked down upon, the usual… What was it like with you?

CC: I was fortunate to have grown up in an environment where there were no rules in regards to music. My dad exposed me to the music that he liked rather than steer me away from the things that he didn’t like, so it was really more of ‘this is really cool check this out’ as opposed to ‘this is not good, stay away from this’. Musical inspiration can come from anywhere, so I think it’s beneficial to be accepting of all types and expressions of music.

DC: So many artists have credited your father as being the inspiration for their own music but I’m curious what influenced you on your album, be it music, movies, art, comics, video games… Whatever it is, I wanna know!

CC: I wear my influences pretty heavily on my sleeve. The 70s incarnation of Genesis and the keyboard wizardry of Keith Emerson were big ear-openers when I first heard them in high school. Before that, though, Vince DiCola’s soundtrack work and the video game music I grew up with implanted their seeds deeply into my soul, and continue to sprout in pretty much everything I write!

DC: You’ve worked in the past with Italian synthwave artist Confrontational. Can you go a bit into that relationship and what those experiences were like for you?

CC: Being a fan of my dad’s, Massimo contacted me a number of years ago and asked me if I wanted to contribute a synth solo to his album, ‘A Dance of Shadows’. I enjoyed the demo he sent and gladly laid down a solo. He’s a great, super-talented guy with a specific vision that shines through in his music! I have since contributed a little bit to his subsequent albums as well.

Photo Credit: Joakim Reimer

DC: What separates Cody Carpenter’s Interdependence from Ludrium?

CC: Thank you for asking that question! I think I’ve finally decided that, from here on out, “Cody Carpenter” albums will be instrumental, while “Ludrium” albums will have vocals.

DC: You spent a lot of time touring with your father for the Lost Themes shows. What was that experience like for you?

CC: It’s been a fantastic experience touring with my dad. It’s so much fun and everyone involved is beyond amazing in every way! Being on the road can be a grind, but it’s more than worth it to be able to perform the music for my dad’s fans!

DC: What is your fondest music-based memory you have of you and your father?

CC: I have so many! The first one that popped into my mind is from when I was a little boy, of us driving up to Northern California listening to the Beatles and the Beach Boys, both of us singing the different harmony parts and having too much fun!

DC: What’s the plan with Cody Carpenter’s Interdependence? Will you be taking the album on the road for a tour?

CC: I would love to play the music live! No plans at the moment, everything is more or less up in the air right now…

DC: What’s next for you?

CC: I’m deep into working on the next “Ludrium” album, [the] vocal project, and the next “Cody Carpenter” album, [an] instrumental project. I’m also working on some video game music stuff and hoping to be working with my dad again very soon!

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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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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