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Exclusive Interview: Sam Upton Talks Summit Films' Latest Thriller GoneUp-and-coming actor Sam Upton stars alongside Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carpenter, and Wes Bentley in Gone, and we had an opportunity to chat with him about his experiences making the film and what we can expect from the thriller, which hits theaters today.

In Gone Seyfried plays 20-something Jill Parrish, who comes home from her night shift at work to discover that her sister Molly has been abducted. Jill, having escaped from a kidnapping the year before, is sure that the same serial killer has come back and taken Molly. Unable to convince local police officials of her suspicions, Jill sets out alone on a heart-pounding chase to find the killer, expose his secrets and save her sister, all while the police, particularly Officer McKay, played by Upton, are hot on her trail so they can find her before she hurts herself or anyone else during her quest to get her sister back.

Dread Central: Can you tell us how you became involved with Gone and landed the part of Officer McKay?

Sam Upton: “I had worked with Brad Furman on a movie called The Take – he’s such a great up-and-coming director – and we had talked about working together again after that. A few years later he worked on The Lincoln Lawyer so he called me up and asked me to be a part of it, which was great. But I guess as he was editing everything together, suddenly my storyline went by the wayside and I got a call from Brad saying, ‘Hey, man, I am so sorry, but we had to cut you.’ That was pretty surreal.”

“But because of The Lincoln Lawyer, I met producer Tom Rosenberg, who really enjoyed what I did on the film, despite it all ending up on the cutting room floor. He said he wanted to work with me again, and then Gone came up. So it certainly wasn’t a great feeling necessarily being cut out of one movie, but it has led to a lot of other great stuff, including this movie, so you always have to look at these things positively.”

DC: What can you tell us about your character without giving away too much on Gone?

Sam Upton: “Well, Officer McKay is the ‘guilty until proven innocent’ kind of cop; he’s an alpha male, and he’s got arrogance to spare, which is pretty much the opposite of me – or so I hope (laughs). But I think that’s why I liked playing him so much because as an actor I enjoy losing myself inside a character. Those are the most fun to me because it makes me push myself and see just how far I can go as a performer.”

DC: You had a great ensemble to collaborate with on Gone; can you talk about your experiences working on the movie in Portland?

Sam Upton: “Working on Gone was a truly great filmmaking experience. Our director Heitor (Dhalia) captured Portland so wonderfully in the film, and he’s done such a fantastic job with Allison’s (writer Burnett) story that I think fans are going to really enjoy it because it’s not your average thriller, by any means. I think the cast all gave wonderful performances, and I loved seeing how Amanda’s work turned out; she was incredible to work with, too.”

DC: With Gone hitting theaters on February 24th, what’s up next for you?

Sam Upton: “I have some big things I wish I could talk about right now but I can’t – not yet. The news will be out soon, though, and I’m really grateful to be doing this and, well, having news at all (laughs). I do enjoy working on thrillers, but I know I’d love to branch out in some other movie genres, too. Who knows? I’m just glad to have a job that I truly love.”

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating



Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations



The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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Totem Review – It’s Not Always A Bad Thing To Look Up From The Bottom Level, If You Like That View



Starring Kerris Dorsey, James Tupper, Ahna O’Reilly

Directed by Marcel Sarmiento

Following the untimely death of a family’s matriarchal figure, a young woman finds out that managing to hold all of the pieces in place becomes increasingly more difficult when otherworldly infiltrators make their presence felt. We’re going to have to work our way up this Totem, as

17 year old Kellie is the leading lady of the home following the passing of her mother Lexy, and with a needy father and tiny tot of a baby sister, she still keeps things in working order, regardless of the rather large hole that’s been left in the dynamic due to the death. Kellie’s dad after a while decides to ask his lady-friend to move in with the family, so that everyone can move onto a more peaceful existence…yeah, because those types of instances always seem to work seamlessly. As fate would have it, Kellie’s sense of pride is now taking a beating with the new woman in the mix, and her little sister’s new “visitor” is even more disturbed by this intruder – only question is, exactly who is this supernatural pal of sorts? Is it the spirit of their dead mother standing by to keep watch over the family, or is it something that’s found its way to this group, and has much more evil intentions at hand?

What works here is the context of something innately malicious that has found its way into the home – there are only a couple moments that come off as unsettling, but the notion of having to weave through more than half the film acting as a sullen-teen drama is rather painful. The presentation of the “broken family” is one that’s been done to death, and with better results overall, and that’s not to say that the movie is a complete loss, it just takes far too much weeding through at times stale performances and even more stagnant pacing to get to a moderately decent late-stage conclusion to the film. Under the direction of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), I’d truly hoped for something a bit more along the lines of a disturbing project such as that one, but the only thing disturbing was the time I’d invested in checking this one out. My best advice is to tune into the Lifetime channel if you want a sulky teen-melodrama with a tinge of horror, or you could simply jump into this one and work your way up…but it’s a LONG way to the top.

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Sulky, moody, and ridden with teen-angst buried in the middle of a supernatural mystery – SOUNDS like a decent premise, doesn’t it?

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