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Set report from a new Night of the Living Dead documentary!The tiny quiet city of Evans, Pennsylvania, looks like thousands of others in the nation. The rolling hills and lush belts of trees give the city a peaceful appearance, its serenity broken only by the occasional bleating of sheep or cow mooing in the pasture. Behind a railroad track, up an unassuming road, is a single-lane path that leads up a hill, marked by an old wooden sign marked “Evans City Cemetery.” Ask anyone in the town and the citizens smile and point the way, knowing full well that their little town has historic significance not only to horror fans, but to the world of cinema. The tiny cemetery is the site where, forty years ago, a young woman witnessed her brother brutally killed and eaten by a corpse risen from the grave just moments after he uttered the phrase so dear to the hearts of horror fans around the world.

Set report from a new Night of the Living Dead documentary!“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”

On Tuesday, August 14th, exactly forty years to the day since Night of the Living Dead began shooting, cameras once again visited the cemetery, and I was privileged to be there with them. In honor of the historic film, a new documentary is being shot that is unlike any done before. Though they still haven’t settled on a title for it, this documentary has set visits and interviews with George Romero, as well as all the original stars who are still living returning to the sites, many for the first time since zombies first walked the grounds.

Set report from a new Night of the Living Dead documentary!With cameras in hand, head writer Billy Gram, producer Chris Roe, cameraman and co-producer Jesse Bryden and cameraman and co-producer Robert Lucas were joined by Russell “Johnny” Streiner and the lovely Judith “Barbara” O’Dea. Also joining was NOTLD production manager George Kosana, who also played the Sheriff. As the three stars stood at the same headstones at which they’d stood so long ago, O’Dea noticed a man walking through the cemetery, smiled and, recalling Streiner’s famous line, laughed “Oh look, here comes one of them now.” Imagine her shock when she realized that the man walking toward her was, in fact, none other than the original zombie, Bill Hinzman, repeating his approach, a planned surprise by Roe and Gram.

Sure, there have been other NOTLD documentaries, admits the crew. But according to producer Chris Roe, there are two reasons why this one was necessary; a true in-depth documentary on the film has never been done well, and this is the first such documentary to include all of the original cast members, sharing their memories as well as visiting the sets again.

Set report from a new Night of the Living Dead documentary!Evident from this set visit is the amount of respect the documentarians have for the source material, and for the people who made the movie special. On the set, while waiting for the actors to arrive or for microphones to be wired, conversations among the crew always turned two directions: the first time they’d seen NOTLD and the fan-boy giddiness we all felt to be not only in the cemetery, but in the presence of these people who scared the collective pants off us. For their part, none of the actors had any inkling that NOTLD would have such a long life, that it would be studied, and that people would actually remember what O’Dea called the “grainy little black and white film.” When asked how they feel about being forever connected to the film, the four on-hand agreed that the response has been tremendous, and they are very grateful to horror fans who remember them.

Set report from a new Night of the Living Dead documentary!With a length that promises to hit around the two-hour mark, Roe says they’re not sure how fans will be able to get their hands on this unique look at the production, but that he would like to see it released as its own entity instead of a DVD extra on an anniversary edition of the film. “This is going to pay tribute to those who are no longer with us, it will pay tribute to the movie, and it will pay tribute to all those who worked on the project,” says Roe.

Keep it here for more info on the doc as it comes to light, and check out a few more pics from the set below!

Set report from a new Night of the Living Dead documentary! Set report from a new Night of the Living Dead documentary! Set report from a new Night of the Living Dead documentary!

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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.

PRE-ORDER HERE

Synopsis:

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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Edward James Olmos Says Shane Black’s The Predator is Really Funny, Yet Deadly

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When we first heard that writer-director Shane Black (Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Band, The Nice Guys) and his main collaborator Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad) were going to be taking on a big-budget reboot/sequel of Predator we were excited as hell. As we’re sure you were as well.

We knew the film was going to be, at least in some aspects, the funniest Predator film we have seen thus far. I mean with Black and Dekker penning the script how could it NOT?

But just how funny will The Predator be?

Well, if we are to believe ScienceFiction.com and co-star Edward James Olmos, the movie is going to be hilarious… yet still deadly.

The Blade Runner actor was recently out and about promoting the new Disney film Coco, and dropped some all-new info on Shane Black’s The Predator.

“Oh, my goodness. That’s an interesting story,” Edward James Olmos told the site. “I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don’t get me wrong. You’re gonna be inside of it. But the characters are… what he did — Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he’s a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn’t be laughing in the scene. ‘I’m sorry guys. Really, I’m sorry.'”

“Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane, they’re paired off in groups of three groups,” he continues. “Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”

I’m not surprised at all that the film is going to be funny, and the thought of a humorous Predator movie doesn’t worry me in the slightest either. I have utter faith that Black and Dekker will give us one of the best Predator films in the franchise.

What do you think? Let us know below!

The Predator stars Thomas Jane, Edward James Olmos, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Yvonne Strahovski, Augusto Aguilera, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are producing.

The Predator comes out August 3, 2018.

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