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Exclusive Interview and New Clip: The Woman Speaks! Dread Central Chats with Actress Pollyanna McIntosh



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After first bringing the titular character to life in Andrew van den Houten’s 2009 flick Offspring, Scottish actress Pollyanna McIntosh is back in co-writer/director Lucky McKee’s hugely controversial sequel The Woman, which features the actress returning to square off against a demented family who capture her animalistic character in an effort to domesticate her.

As you can imagine, this does not go well, and soon The Woman must rise up against her captors and find freedom once again outside of their twisted little world.

Dread Central recently spoke with McIntosh, who discussed the controversy surrounding McKee’s sequel as well as her initial concerns with some of the physical demands of the script and the director’s clever treatment of the shocking material within the film’s story.

We asked McIntosh her thoughts on returning to the role of The Woman in a sequel catered specifically for her brilliant performance three years prior now. “It’s pretty wild, actually! It’s hard to turn down a movie written specifically for you, that’s for certain. Back when I did Offspring, I read Jack Ketchum’s novel and was floored by his insight into the character and the detail about her thought process and her doctrine for living; he created such an amazing character, and to see where he and Lucky were able to take her in this movie was a remarkable gift to be given as an actress.

“Lucky has a great way of managing darkly comedic elements in horror films, and his work on The Woman really took his skills to an entirely new level,” added McIntosh. “To me, it’s his way of relieving the audience of the heightened tension he continuously builds throughout his story or even letting them in on ‘the gag’ so they get pulled deeper into his story. The Woman is the kind of character and story that is so ultimately ridiculous when you think about it that, if handled by the wrong storyteller, could be complete crap. Thankfully, Lucky knew exactly what he was doing.”

Despite her enthusiasm for The Woman, McIntosh did admit she experienced some reservations of her own at first about McKee and Ketchum’s disturbing portrait of the ideal ‘American Family.’

The actress explained her initial apprehension, “You know, I did have some major concerns about the role the first time I read the script, but mainly that was over the fact that 90 percent of the movie involves me being tied up. In fact, every time you see me shackled up in The Woman, I’m really locked up, which can be a bit terrifying if you aren’t mentally prepared for it. But the first time I chatted with Lucky about everything, we just connected so well that I soon got over those concerns, and I always had two guys next to me ready with the keys so if I needed to get out of the cuffs quickly, I could.”

“I also know a lot of people had issues with the rape scene in particular, which is completely understandable- I didn’t want to do a rape scene just for the sake of shocking viewers either. Rape is a terrible thing, and I think the way Lucky handled it, without being exploitative, was brilliant. In fact, I’ve had a lot of women come up to me during our festival run and share with me their own personal stories of abuse and how they appreciated the way we treated it in The Woman, which I think speaks volumes far more than those complaining about our ‘shocking’ movie that goes too far.”

“I think there are a lot of people out there who believe that just because you make a movie that explores really dark and disturbing issues like we do in The Woman, that you are that kind of person or it’s an extension of the director’s personality, which is just ludicrous. Lucky celebrates women with his movies; he doesn’t exploit them, and anyone who missed that while watching this film really didn’t understand the story at all,” added McIntosh.

Exclusive Interview and New Clip: The Woman Speaks! Dread Central Chats with Actress Pollyanna McIntosh

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Syfy Renews Z Nation for a 5th Season; Season 4 Finale Airs Tonight!



Syfy’s popular zombie series “Z Nation” just keeps shambling on, and tonight the two-episode Season 4 finale, “Mt. Weather/The Black Rainbow,” airs. If you’re a fan of the show, we have good news for you… it’s not over yet as David Latt of The Asylum has announced on Twitter the pickup of “Z Nation” for a 5th season! So you can expect lots more adventures with the gang in 2018.

Below is the official word from David along with a brief synopsis of what’s ahead tonight in the finale, which kicks off at 9/8c.

In the mind-bending two-hour Season 4 finale, Warren and the team must stop Zona from launching operation Black Rainbow, which will cleanse the landscape of both zombies and humans. In Part 2 the secret of Warren’s Black Rainbow dream is unlocked when they reach their final destination. The cast includes Kellita Smith as Roberta Warren, Keith Allan as Murphy, Russell Hodgkinson as Doc, Nat Zang as 10K, Gracie Gillam as Sgt. Lilley, DJ Qualls as Citizen Z, Ramona Young as Kaya, Justin Torrence as President Donald Trump, Michael Berryman as The Founder, Micheal Daks as Mr. Sunshine, Anastasia Baranova as Addy, Sydney Viengluang as Sun Mei, Joseph Gatt as The Man, and Natalie Jongjaroenlarp as Red.

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First Look at Chris Alexander’s Space Vampire



Who says all vampires have to be all extra-broody or sparkly or take up residence in Transylvania? Certainly not indie filmmaker Chris Alexander, who has just unveiled the first images and posters for his latest foray into film, Space Vampire!

The movie stars Ali Chappell as a beautiful female alien parasite who falls to earth with an intent to drain women of their life forces. As if women don’t have enough problems in this day and age!

Alexander wrote, directed, edited, filmed, and even provided the score for this intergalactic terror tale. Talk about a jack of all trades, eh?

Enough talk! Dig in!

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Rob Zombie Narrates Charles Manson’s Last Words to a Wider Audience



Charles Manson. The name alone lives on in infamy even long after his physical remains lay rotting… and rightly so. A new docudrama entitled Charles Manson: The Final Words is on its way, and we have new details and behind-the-scenes imagery for you. Check it out!

The flick made its premiere on the REELZ Channel, and Breakthrough Entertainment has announced that they’ve acquired worldwide distribution rights to the project that features narration from Rob Zombie and is home to the final interview given by America’s most notorious and now deceased cult-leader and mass murderer, Charles Manson.

The opportunity that we have to offer this distinct and truly unique documentary to our international clients is beyond exciting for Breakthrough Entertainment,” said Craig McGillivray, Vice President, Distribution at Breakthrough Entertainment. “We are continuously focused on sourcing captivating new premium content that pushes the envelope and generates mass attention such as this amazing film from James Buddy Day and Pyramid Productions.

The two-hour film narrated by musician Zombie focuses on the so-called Manson family murders told from Manson’s perspective using never-before-seen case files, pictures, and exclusive interviews with Manson himself from inside California State Prison. The feature documentary reveals new details that unveil the true story and motives behind the grisly murder spree. The audio used in the doc contains the last recorded interviews with the infamous killer conducted by director and producer James Buddy Day.

It has been a truly distinct project for us and an experience that very few producers encounter. This film has the potential to captivate global audiences, and we are very excited to have Breakthrough Entertainment on board to share this one-of-a-kind documentary,” says James Buddy Day, Executive Producer at Pyramid Productions.

Look for more on this one soon!

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