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Exclusive Q&A: Writer/Director Joe Nimziki Talks The Howling: RebornThirty years to the day that Joe Dante’s original The Howling hit theaters, writer/director Joe Nimziki is breathing new life into the long-dormant franchise with his contribution, The Howling: Reborn, which arrives on DVD and Blu-ray everywhere today, October 18th, courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Starring Lindsey Shaw (“Pretty Little Liars,” 10 Things I Hate About You), Landon Liboiron (“Terra Nova,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation”) and Ivana Milicevic (Casino Royale, Vanilla Sky), The Howling: Reborn (review here) is centered around a young man named Will (Liboiron) who discovers on the eve of his high school graduation that he’s a descendant from a long line of powerful werewolves, forcing Will to choose between his destiny and his desire for a normal life.

Dread Central recently caught up with Nimziki for a Q&A style interview to talk about the latest entry into the Howling franchise and whether or not there will be more werewolf mayhem in store for the series (and for himself).

Dread Central: Can you talk a bit about how you got involved with The Howling: Reborn– was the script something you had done independently or had the studio approached you for the project?

Joe Nimziki: I was approached to write and direct. I was a fan of the original but was asked to write an original new story with The Howling name.

DC: Had you known while working on the script that you were going to be the one at the helm? Do you think carrying dual roles helped while directing since you were so close to the source material?

Joe Nimziki: Yes, when writing I knew I would direct, which was nice. For example, when you’re writing for yourself, you’re extra careful to make sure whatever you’re coming up will work and is doable on your budget. And while directing, being the writer often came in handy on the set. Besides having little time and money, we had so many issues like bad weather, losing our lead actor for a few days with an eye infection, etc., and I could redo the script on the fly or know what story cuts to make to keep us on schedule.

DC: Had you been a fan of the original or the franchise? Did they have any influence on the story you had wanted to tell with The Howling: Reborn, or was this a way to breathe some new life into the Howling series?

Nimziki: Yes, when I was young, I thought the creatures in the original were great and that the story had some interesting things to say about the human condition. And I did tip my hat to the original in my story several times… but everybody was really clear from the start that they wanted this to be new and fresh, or as you put it, “breathe some new life into” the franchise.

DC: What I think is interesting is that you have a cast of relatively fresh and up-and-coming talents in The Howling: Reborn who are all quickly making names for themselves within and outside of the genre- how closely were you involved with the casting process? Can you talk a little bit about what the cast brought to the table on this project?

Nimziki: I was very involved and had the ultimate say in the casting process. I auditioned actors and actresses for the leads in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto for two months. It was so great to find Landon and Lindsey (Will and Eliana in the film), and even better when I put the two of them together for a final audition… I knew in that moment I had found my leads. I think they’re wonderful together in the film and hope they both have great things ahead of them.

We were also lucky enough to have some great options for Kay, but Ivana is someone I’ve always been a fan of and thought she was perfect for the part. The rest of the cast I found with the casting company in Montreal… but it was tough finding actors for the roles with American accents. In fact, for the part of Roland I ended up reconceiving the part and hiring the great French actor Neils Schneider because it was our best option.

DC: I noticed that this was your directorial debut- did you feel any sort of added pressure coming onto The Howling: Reborn due to this being your first feature film?

Nimziki: Not really. I joke that between being a studio exec so many years, directing so many commercials along with TV (like “Outer Limits” for Showtime) and having been a movie doctor on so many big films (coming in to re-write, direct, edit, etc.), I’m the most experienced first-time director ever. Of course, having your name front and center on anything creates a lot of pressure. Also, when we were shooting, there were eight other, much bigger American features also filming in Montreal, and everyone on our crew could have made more money on any of them. They were on our movie because they loved the project, and that probably created the most pressure internally because I wanted them to look back in retrospect and know they made the right decision.

DC: Do you feel like The Howling: Reborn is the start to a new series of films now, and if so, have you considered at all where you’d love to see the story go from here? Also, would you want to return to direct a follow-up if asked?

Nimziki: I do feel like this could be the start of a new series of films. I think our end credits show where the story could be headed. In fact, the next story was the one I was initially going to write for this film, but based on our budget I needed to step back and write a prequel of sorts to set it up. Anyway, I hope we get a chance to tell that story. And yes, I’d be happy to come back and make the next Howling.

DC: So what’s up next for you then?

Nimziki: I love the horror genre, but I’ll probably take a little break and do something lighter next (an ode to the 70’s action-comedy entitled The Sinisters).

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Michael Bay Adapting Duke Nukem with John Cena in Talks For Lead Role



I think we can all agree that this may very well be one of those times when we see an announcement and go, “Huh… That actually makes 100% sense and I’m completely behind it!”

It’s been announced that the classic FPS shooter series Duke Nukem is getting a film adaptation out of Paramount with Platinum Dunes, the company owned by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, producing the movie. As of now, there is no script but the plan is to have WWE superstar John Cena taking on the lead role. As of now, it’s still in early stages but this is actually very exciting news as this combination seems like a match made in heaven.

Just think about some of Bay’s films, like Transformers, Bad Boys, The Rock, The Island, etc… Now imagine that kind of gleeful explosive action as the backdrop for Cena to kick untold amounts of alien ass. For those who worry that Bay won’t go hard enough in terms of violence or offensive language, don’t forget that both Bad Boys films as well as Pain & Gain were rated R for very good reasons.

Duke Nukem was originally released back in 1991 in the self-titled game made by Apogee Software. The character has since been in multiple sequels, although there are only four titles to the main storyline, and spin-offs as well as appearing in cameos in other games such as Death Rally, Blood, Serious Sam 2, Balls of Steel and can be seen in the trailer for Ready Player One. Nukem’s last video game appearance was 2011’s Duke Nuke Forever, a game that went through countless delays only to be met with critical panning upon release.

Horror fans who have played Duke Nukem will recognize many of the character’s iconic one-liners as being lifted from several horror films. Quotes from They Live, Army of Darkness, Aliens, Predator, Jaws, Full Metal Jacket, Evil Dead 2, and many more. The references were littered throughout and many delighted in their homages. However, Bruce Campbell wasn’t a fan when asked about the game back in 1999. He told IGN, “…they’re rip-off artists. Let them get their own damn material. It’s called hiring a writer.” [Source].

That being said, how cool would it be if Campbell made an appearance in the film to put Cena’s Duke Nukem in his place should he use one of those quotes? Apart from being a treat for fans of the games, it’d be a great moment in a film that’s meant to be chock full of bravado, machismo, and strong chins!

Coming back to Platinum Dunes’ adaptation, we’ll be keeping a very close eye on this project! In the meanwhile, why not tell us your favorite Duke Nukem moment in the comments!

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Ellen Page and The Cured Come Home to VOD



We’ve been talking about the new zombie flick starring Ellen Page entitled The Cured for quite some time now, and we’ll soon be able to sink our teeth into it courtesy of IFC Films.

The flick stars Page (Juno, Hard Candy), Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, In the Heart of the Sea), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Avengers: Infinity War, The Infiltrator), and Paula Malcomson (The Hunger Games trilogy, “Ray Donovan”) and is directed and written by David Freyne in his first feature film. Look for it in theaters and On Demand on February 23, 2018​.

What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? 

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#Brainwaves Episode 74 Guest Announcement: Creature Designer Mike Hill – The Shape of Water and More!



We’re getting monstrous on Episode 74 of Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio as joining us will be award-winning artist, filmmaker, and creature designer Mike Hill, whose work you can see right now in a little film called The Shape of Water.

Join us this coming Wednesday, January 24th, at 8:00PM PT/11:00PM ET for all the shenanigans fit to be had!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.


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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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