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And the “Dispatches from the Set” of “The Walking Dead” continue with this week’s installment being a two-part report from the set of the series. The focus is on Andrew Lincoln, who portrays Rick Grimes, along with a few comments from Laurie Holden (Andrea) and special FX makeup artist Greg Nicotero. Check back tomorrow for Part 2!

On a misty morning 40 miles outside of Atlanta, actor Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes on “The Walking Dead”, stands beneath a tent on set. Behind him lies a Victorian farmhouse that will constitute a major setting within the show’s second season, but today the action will be taking place in a valley below, where the show’s production designer Greg Melton has built a menacing structure of splintered wood and rusted metal that looks like it’s been sitting in that spot for 100 years. (In fact, the barn was constructed for the series out of brand-new material.)

Lincoln and the rest of the cast are psyching themselves up for what’s to come: a major action scene that will be the culmination of Season 2’s first main story arc. Standing in a distant field, Jon Bernthal, who plays Rick’s partner, Shane, listens to his iPod, bouncing back and forth on his feet and jabbing his fists in the air, Rocky-style.

Lincoln, too, is listening to his iPod — a “Rick Grimes Mix” filled with country artists like Waylan Jennings to whom, he imagines, his character would enjoy listening. He speaks with a Southern drawl even when the cameras aren’t rolling, and his voice is hoarse from yesterday’s rehearsals, in which both he and Jon Bernthal had to scream at each other again and again. “I told Jon if we haven’t lost our voices by the end of the day, we haven’t done our jobs,” he says, “so we’re having a contest.

Lincoln looks different from the Rick Grimes we met in Season 1. He’s eschewed his sheriff’s uniform for a dark green button-up and black jeans (although the utility belt with his now-infamous “Python” revolver remains safely secured around his waist.) His hair is also longer, as is his beard. When the disheveled, bearded Rick from later issues of Robert Kirkman’s comic is mentioned, he nods knowingly. “Growin’ my beard, growin’ my hair,” he says, “depending on how much time passes between seasons, it’ll get even longer.” He hands off his gun to Clayton Neuman (author of the piece), and Neuman is surprised at how heavy it is. “That’s why Rick always grimaces when he fires it,” Lincoln jokes.

Next Neuman walks over to Laurie Holden, who plays Andrea in the show and is being misted with water to simulate sweat. Come the afternoon, when temperatures on the farm will reach 102 degrees, such measures will no longer be necessary. But for now the make-up break gives him an opportunity to ask her about what lies ahead today for Andrea.

I’m excited. It’s time for Andrea to get it together and stop crying over Amy,” she says, referencing her character’s sister — killed in Season 1. Neuman asks her about a particularly gory walker confrontation she filmed earlier for Season 2, and for a moment she’s baffled. “That feels like a totally different life, Andrea’s changed so much. She used to be all…” Here Holden raises her arms, rolls her eyes back and screams disorientedly. Now, she says, when she sees a walker, it’s just something to kill.

It’s 8AM now, and two vans approach the set: the day’s scheduled 21 walkers have arrived. They range from background extras — for whom the make-up is less comprehensive — to featured zombies whose roles are integral to the plot (Think Season 1’s Bicycle Girl or Morgan’s wife) to stunt zombies, for whom an arsenal of 150 “squibs” — miniature explosives designed to mimic a gunshot wound — are awaiting for the day’s festivities.

The zombies — along with “The Walking Dead”‘s Special FX Makeup Guru Greg Nicotero and his team from KNB FX — have been working since 3AM to be ready to shoot at first light. At 5AM the episode’s director Michelle MacLaren enters the makeup trailer to give notes on a featured zombie. “I think it’s important her face isn’t too horrific-looking,” Nicotero tells Andy Schoenberg, one of the makeup artists. MacLaren chimes in that it would be good if her face had some scratches on it so the CG artists know where to place the gunshot wound.

How’re they gonna make my face explode?” the extra asks. “I never know what’s practical make-up and what’s digital.

Sometimes we don’t either,” Schoenberg replies.

For Season 2 Nicotero has enhanced the zombie make-ups to emphasize the decay the creatures are going through. This means accentuating cheekbones and brow to give the extras sunken eyes and hollow cheeks. The prosthetics that create this effect are called “Lone Rangers” because they’re applied as a bandit-like face mask.

I look like my Aunt Fae who runs the Pentecostal church in Brunswick,” Amber, the aforementioned walker, says after her Lone Ranger is in place.

You look like a cross between Winona Ryder and Uma Thurman,” Nicotero corrects as he puts the finishing touches on another zombie.

You look more dead,” he tells a second zombie, whose hair has been given a healthy dose of conditioner to make it look greasy. “You don’t look quite as handsome.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.

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Exclusive: P.J. Starks Talks Volumes of Blood 3

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One of our favorite low-budget horror anthologies here at Dread Central is producer P.J. Stark’s Volumes of Blood (review). If you haven’t seen the film, get on it asap.

The film’s sequel Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (review) was also good horror times, and we would recommend that flick as much as – if not more – than the original.

It is with this in mind, all of us here at Dread Central are counting down the days until the release of the third (and final?) entry in the series, which is currently going by the killer title Devil’s Night: Volumes of Blood 3.

While the new film is still in the scripting stages, we had a chance to speak with creator and producer P.J. Starks this weekend, and he dropped all types of new info on the film, including how many stories the new film will present, and what we can expect.

Mainly that Devil’s Night: Volumes of Blood 3 may very well be the final chapter in the series, but a host of spin-offs are still very much a possibility.

You can read our quick interview with Starks below and then make sure to let us know what you think of the Volumes of Blood series in the comments below!

Dread Central: What can we expect from the third entry?

P.J. Starks: Eric and I want the third film to be everything fans of the first two films appreciate and more. The set pieces are larger, the stories are even stronger than in the previous two installments and the body count is probably the largest I know for any independent production. We wanted to really go out with a bang and I feel the script we’ve collaborated on will make good on that.

DC: How many stories will be included in this installment?

Starks: We’re going back to the basics with five stories. We’ve tossed around the idea of doing a sixth possible story, but nothing is set in stone. We don’t want to bog down audiences with too much. There’s a progressive story unfolding over two films already, so we’re being careful not to convolute things. We’re working hard to bring, what I’ve been calling the “Volumes of Blood Anthrillogy” to a smart and entertaining finale.

DC: Is it actually the final chapter?

Starks: Never say never. Right? We do have potential spin-offs planned. As for this being the nail in the coffin of an ongoing story arch, absolutely. I think that’s what separates our series from so many other anthologies. It’s not just a series of random shorts plucked off YouTube with some loose connective tissue. It’s a fun ride, but you still have to pay attention to details and follow the larger narrative developing. Wrap around segments tend to be throw away material, but that was never the intention on VOB.

Nice! Again we are all looking forward to the third entry in the VOB series and any spin-offs that may occur. The possibilities are f*cking endless. Bring ’em on!

Until we have further info on just when Devil’s Night: Volumes of Blood 3 will hit, you can always buy the first two Volumes of Blood flicks on Blu-ray HERE and HERE.

Thanks for chatting with us, P.J.!

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Read Darren Aronofsky’s Screenplay for mother!

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This past year we saw the release of writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (review) a film that was controversial, to say the least. Some loved it, others loathed it.

And speaking of mother!, Aronofsky has said before that he wrote the movie in a mere 5 days (!) and today we have the film’s screenplay for you to download. Paramount released it officially a few weeks back and I say it’s worth the download and the read.

Especially if you fancy yourself as a screenwriter, like me.

What I found most interesting about Aronofsky’s script is that he forgoes typical sluglines. Instead, he jumps from location to location, without any uses of INT./EXT. or DAY/NIGHT. For instance, instead of writing:

INT. HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – DAY, he just writes: LIVING ROOM.

Interesting approach.

You can download the screenplay for mother! right here.

After giving the script a read through, hit me up in the comments below and let’s start a dialogue about the screenplay, the format, the structure, and the finished film in general if you’d like. I’m big into the craft of screenwriting so let’s talk about it!

The film is written & directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, and Ed Harris.

mother! hits Digital HD Dec. 5 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs Dec. 19.

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A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.’.

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Bigfoot Horror Movie Cherokee Creek Gets Trailer and Poster

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I have always said that the last movie monster out there that has yet to get a quality flag-ship flick is Bigfoot. Everyone in the world knows Bigfoot (right?) so why the hell isn’t there a “Holy Grail” movie centered around the big, hairy sumbitch?

Don’t get me wrong, there have been a few quality motion pictures based on the big guy including Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek and Edwardo Sanchez’s Exists. But neither of those films blew the roof off the movie-going public.

Maybe Cherokee Creek will finally do the trick?

We’ll have to wait and see. But until the film has an official release date we can always take a look at the film’s trailer and poster – both of which you will find below.

Give them a look and then make sure to let us know what you think has been the best Bigfoot movie thus far (Harry and the Hendersons?) in the comments below!

The film is written and directed by Todd Jenkins and stars Billy Blair, Todd Jenkins, Justin Armstrong, Terry Dale Parks, Ray Hosack, Jeff Swearingen, Justin Duncan, CG Lewis, Nellie Sciutto, Steve Mokate, Jason P. Kendall, Anthony Phoenix, James Yeager, Elizabeth Jenkins, and Jinx Jenkins.

Synopsis:

A bachelor party in the woods gets crashed by the ultimate party animal.

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