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Danielle Harris Takes Us Inside The Hospital Walls Of Inoperable

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Ever since her appearance WAY back in 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers, Danielle Harris has been a noticeable face as far as horror films are concerned, and she keeps on truckin’ up until this day with her latest mind-bender, Inoperable (review). She was gracious enough to give us a few moments to discuss the film itself, as well as address the controversy of her supposed comments regarding the new Halloween film – park yer butts, read on and enjoy!


DC: Danielle, can you tell us what the film’s all about, and give us a look at your character, Amy?

DH: Amy was involved in a pile-up on the highway and finds herself in the hospital without knowing how she got there, and is forced to relive the day over and over again, Groundhog Day-style, and needs to put the pieces together to figure out how to get out of this hospital that she’s trapped in. All the time she’s in there, all of this crazy shit starts happening, and it’s just confusing the shit out of her (laughs) – she keeps meeting people that are giving her clues on how to get out and she’s basically trapped.

DC: With this being a physical role, are you at the point in your career where you’re embracing these roles where you’re getting beat up to an extent, or are you more inclined now to say “I want to hang back a bit and take it easy?”

DH: I think I’m more inclined to want to hang back and take it easy, but it depends – I know the first thing that I look at is “do I die, and how bad is it going to be?” I usually go there first – if I’m strangled and left on the floor, that’s ok…but if I’m getting chased for 5 hours, then cut & dragged, tossed in a cage, tortured and raped, I say “I just can’t do that” – been there, done that. Years ago I did a movie called Shiver, which was one of the most awesome roles for me that I’m super-proud of, but I definitely came home after shooting every night and had a bit of whiskey, because I could not shake it off (laughs). I’m a mom now, so I can’t exactly come home now and have a shot of whiskey – I can pick and choose more wisely these days.

DC: With you being a mom now – congrats, by the way! So, is this something that you’d like to pass the torch onto someday, and hope that your child will follow in your footsteps?

DH: Well, thank you – and HELL NO! (laughs) – I would hope that my kid wouldn’t want to be in the business. I mean, of course he can be if he wants to be a cinematographer or a composer. I find as I get older, it’s tough to differentiate in this business who really has a passion for it and who just wants to be famous, especially men…and I’ve dated a lot of them, trust me (laughs). That’s why I’m so lucky to have married a man who’s not even remotely close to the business and has no idea about the business. We could so use an attorney in the family – my husband is a financial adviser and his family is filled with doctors, and my side is more of the creative side, but I really hope that our child gets more of his father’s side of things.

DC: You’ve definitely earned the title of “Scream Queen” – what was the first film that reeled you in and made you say “Oh yeah, I’ve got to keep on with this?”

DH: I’d probably have to say when I came back in Urban Legend, because when I did Halloween 4 and 5, I was so young so I really didn’t know what I was in at the time – then I saw fans going “holy shit, she’s back!” My genre career really didn’t take off until Rob Zombie’s Halloween, and I had kind of an idea how big these things were, but I never knew it was that huge – I definitely owe Rob for casting me in the films and starting my career over again.

DC: Perfect segue into the next question – there’s been a lot made of your supposed “disapproval” of not being cast in the latest Halloween film – what exactly happened with all of this?

DH: It’s so funny, and I was just telling someone this story the other day – I was at a convention in Nashville and nobody came – I was so bored and Tyler Mane and Scout (Taylor-Compton) were there as well, so we went to our photo-op and nobody showed up, so we said “fuck this” and took a picture with all of us holding up our middle fingers, and they gave me a copy of it. I never had a conversation with either of them about the new movie, so I was looking for a good caption to use for the picture, and I just happened to say “this is how we all feel about not being cast in the new Halloween film – HAHA” – then everybody thought “Oh my god, she speaks!” I was going “wait a minute, what did I say?” When I went back and read the caption I thought “people take things so literally!” To be honest, I’m super-excited to see the movie, and Jamie-Lee is back, which is awesome and they’re bringing it back to the way it should have been. I love what Rob did with his versions, but I don’t know how it could have gone on from there, but this franchise has always been all over the friggin place – it’s been great, then a mess, okay, then a disaster – really good, then shit again. I was only bummed that she has a daughter now, and it’s not Jamie – that was the only thing about my “disdain” for it (laughs) – of course I’m going to go see it.

DC: Lastly, after the release of Inoperable, what’s coming up next on the work slate for you?

DH: I’ve got a movie called Camp Cold Brook, that I’m in with Chad Michael Murray, and it was directed by Andy Palmer – it’s a Joe Dante film, and I’ll be going to a screening of it next week. I’m excited to see it, and from what I’ve seen already it’s going to be pretty freaking awesome – it’s super old-school classic horror, and it’s a character that I haven’t done in a while so I’m happy about that. I also just completed a movie with Lew Temple called Come, Said The Night – I worked on it about a week and a half ago where I play his love interest so that should be interesting as well.

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Amazon Developing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower TV Series

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The Dark TowerIt’s been a while since we brought you guys an update on the planned TV series based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series.

But today it looks like we have confirmation via Deadline that, “Amazon… is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark Tower…”

The series is being developed by Amazon as part of their bid to move into bigger budgeted spectacles ala their recent acquisition of the rights to The Lord of the Rings.

No further info is available at this time but we will keep you up to date as we hear word on Amazon’s “The Dark Tower.”

Are you excited about this series? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

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Rutger Hauer Says There Was No Love and No Soul in Blade Runner 2049

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I don’t know about you, but I dug the hell out of last summer’s Blade Runner 2049. I found the film to be a tonally perfect addition to the Blade Runner universe and appreciated how it built on the story established in the original film.

That said, there are some out there that aren’t fans of the sequel – most of all, it seems, is the original film’s baddie, Rutger Hauer.

Recently, Hauer spoke with THR and didn’t hold back on his dislike of the new film.

“I sniff and scratch at it,” Hauer says. “It looks great, but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”

He continues: “In many ways Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants; it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”

Wow, don’t hold back, Hauer. Tell us how you really feel!

I’m kidding. And while I don’t agree with Hauer on this particular issue, the man has more than earned the right to think it IS “important what [he] thinks.

Do you agree with Rutger Hauer on Blade Runner 2049? Let us know below!

Synopsis:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Set Visit Part 2: Learning About Kelly, Pablo, and Brandy

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If you haven’t read through the first part of my set visit for the third season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, make sure to do so here.

After walking through the halls of Brandy’s high school, the sperm bank clinic that has been seen in the trailer, Brock’s house, and the streets of Elk Grove (all through the magic of set designs), it was time to sit down with stars Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, who told me about their characters Kelly and Pablo through this season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”! Oh, and there’s also a lot from Arielle Carver-O’Neill about her character Brandy as well, because who can resist hearing from Ash’s daughter?

After finding out that Dana, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, our interview nearly ended. After all, your boy is a Wolverine, through and through, and anyone who knows sports rivalries knows that Buckeyes and Wolverines don’t get along. That being said, we managed to put aside our differences so that I could learn a bit about Kelly and what she’ll be going through this season.

I really loved Kelly’s journey in season one and two. It was very exciting to play because, in a way, it mirrored my own as an actor coming into a franchise like this. Just like Kelly was dragged into this fight against evil and was caught completely off guard, it was very similar to the actor struggling for 10 years. I was living in Los Angeles working at a bar when I got this job. All of a sudden I’m being thrown into this with this incredible franchise, with the amazing producers of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, where a franchise that’s built upon one man, a lone wolf as we’ve said, who is the star of this show and now he’s going to have sidekicks, that was terrifying as well! But it was really cool because I feel like I got to grow with Kelly and every time Kelly did something new, it was me doing something new,” DeLorenzo explains.

Expanding on that, DeLorenzo starts telling me more about Kelly and how she specifically changes through the upcoming season, saying, “At the end of season two, there’s the parade. And if you look, you can see that Kelly isn’t happy. Kelly is the smart one of that trifecta, the ghostbeaters. She knows that evil is not gone for good, which brings us to season three. Now that she’s tasted blood, she’s constantly chasing that high. So, at the start of season three, Kelly is a warrior without a war. She wants to stay on her game for when evil comes back. Her journey for season three…evil paints Kelly in a bloody corner and sets up her to fail where she can’t do what she does best, which is kick evil’s ass. She’s put in these catch-22 situations that she can’t fight her way out of without someone she cares about getting hurt. I think fans will be shocked at her transformation [this season].”

The theme of family running throughout this season of the show is not lost on DeLorenzo, who recognizes that Kelly’s ultimate purpose throughout this series is called into question through events that she wasn’t able to elaborate upon. However, she did tell me, “It was always about protecting and staying by the side of Ash and Pablo because they are not her family by blood but they are her family by bloodshed.

When describing the ghostbeaters, she calls Ash the “brawn”, Pablo the “heart”, and Kelly the “brains”. Later, as I sat with Arielle Carver-O’Neill, I asked what Brandy represents, to which she stated, “the hope”. “They all become very protective of Brandy and are very supportive of her journey,” Carver-O’Neill explains.

I asked her to envision a world where a fourth season is confirmed and how she’d like to see Brandy’s role expanded. Pondering this for a couple of moments, she then told me, “I’d like to see her find herself a bit more. I think just because she’s a teenager, you go through that journey at that age where you are figuring out who you are and your parents, either consciously or unconsciously, play a large role in that. For her, she only had her mum and then she found parts of herself in her dad. But she’s got a lot of growing up to do and I think that’d be really fun to explore how she goes about that.

For Santiago, the character and evolution of Pablo throughout the series has a very personal meaning for him. “As a kid, I grew up watching horror films and I always wanted to be the hero saving people from the monster and I always wanted to be the person chased by the monster. I think, in this show, I have the opportunity do that every day as Pablo and I’m one step closer to becoming the superhero I wanted to be as a kid,” he states.

As for his evolution, Santiago sees Pablo as going from a pushover in the first season to someone very important and potentially very powerful in the third season. “We’ve seen Pablo go from this naive guy [in the first season] that’s pushed through the ringer to last season and…the Necronomicon and Pablo have an undeniable relationship that will never end. As we move into this third season, Pablo sees things differently. He’s not just tormented by his visions of darkness, we see that he may not be just a sidekick but also psychic! We’re going back to his family and we callback to his roots. Perhaps it wasn’t just a coincidence that he met Ash and that he himself was always destined to be somewhat of a Jefé. I think season three is where we see all that coming to fruition. He’s not just along for the ride, he’s become an integral part of the team.

Part III of our set visit coming soon!

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