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Exclusive Interview: Harold Perrineau Talks Seeking Justice, Reflects on Lost and Chats Upcoming ProjectsIn Anchor Bay’s upcoming thriller Seeking Justice, actor Harold Perrineau co-stars alongside Nicolas Cage as Jimmy, an old friend of Cage’s who finds himself torn when his buddy’s wife is assaulted and a shadowy organization moves into help him take vengeance.

However, all is not what it seems with Perrineau’s character Jimmy, which is a perfect metaphor for the actor’s career – he’s turned in brilliant performances in a vast array of cinematic subgenres as well as on a number of fantastic television series since the early 80’s.

Recently Dread Central caught up with Perrineau for a brief chat to talk about his experiences filming Seeking Justice as well as his thoughts on working in a post-Katrina New Orleans, the conflicted characters he’s portrayed throughout his career and more on what’s next for him, including Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming Osama bin Laden feature film project.

Dread Central: I’ve always enjoyed how varied you’ve kept your career throughout the years. Can you discuss what drew you to Seeking Justice?

Harold Perrineau: Well, I was trying to find some stuff to do after “Lost”, and this was one of a few projects that came my way. I thought the script was great because it kept viewers guessing and because it was a character-driven action movie with a good story to it. I also knew that I wanted to work with both Nic Cage and (director) Roger Donaldson, too, and shooting in a great city like New Orleans was gravy on top of everything.

I really feel like the story has this 70’s thriller vibe to it, and that’s something I don’t get to be a part of too often so this felt like the right project at the perfect time.

DC: Well, let’s talk a bit more about that – you and Nic – and the relationship between your characters because things gets pretty complicated between you two in the second and third acts of Seeking Justice.

Harold Perrineau: Will and Jimmy are definitely great friends, but things do end up getting tricky in this movie between them, and their friendship and trust are both pushed to the brink because Will has no idea just who is on his side by the third act.

And that’s what I liked- I liked that Jimmy isn’t the guy you think he is at first and there’s a lot of complexity to the character even if it isn’t necessarily the biggest role in the movie either. There’s a lot of duality going on in Seeking Justice, and I’m definitely part of that.

DC: What I thought was really interesting about the film was that the city of New Orleans itself becomes a character of sorts, and when you’re watching this, you can feel that sort of haunted-like energy of the city, especially the scene inside the abandoned mall.

Harold Perrineau: You know what got me the minute I stepped foot in New Orleans? The smell. The city just has all this beauty amongst this layer of decay, and that really made for a great atmosphere while making Seeking Justice. I mean, things down there are still pretty messed up, and it’s surreal to see the amount of abandonment that went on there. It hangs over everything but so does the spirit of the people, too- it’s vibrant and I think that’s what makes New Orleans so interesting; it has such a dichotomy to it and that makes it a perfect setting for a story like this.

The city itself ends up being a really great character in the film without you being beaten over the head with it. It’s there, and it’s subtle. I like those little things that you have to keep looking at, adding things up to get the answer. I really like that about it.

DC: I feel like you really nailed a lot of ‘conflicted’ characters over the years- is that something you tend to look for when taking on a role; do you find that kind of material ‘meatier’ as a character actor?

Harold Perrineau: You know, I’ve been very lucky throughout my career to get so many great roles, and sure, I guess a lot of them have been conflicted or tortured souls of sorts. That is fun, for sure. Take Michael on “Lost”- I really liked Michael, but he was a victim of circumstance. His wife takes his kid, she dies and then he’s stuck on this mysterious island after his plane crashes. Then his kid gets kidnapped and well, things just go even worse from there. It’s hard to play a character like that- a guy you truly like but have to see him go down all these dark paths in his life, through no fault of his own. You start to feel bad and have to work on separating yourself a bit from your character when that happens.

DC: Can you discuss what’s up next for you? I know it was just announced that you were added to the cast for Kathryn Bigelow’s next film, which is pretty fantastic.

Harold Perrineau: Thanks! I know, right? After Hurt Locker, everyone’s been anxious to see what she was going to do next so it’s great to be a part of that. I really don’t know much yet except that I’m heading overseas in a few weeks to start shooting. I also recently did a bit part in this movie called Snitch- that was just me going in to do a role for my buddy Ric Waugh (director), and it was pretty great working alongside Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon just for a day. 2012 has been very good to me so far; I’m pretty lucky.

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Knock Knock! Who’s There? An 80s-Inspired Horror Comedy

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The 80s have never been hotter! Hell, not even in the 80s! The decade of high hair gave us plenty of horror classics, some of which are revered and emulated by younger filmmakers around the world. Case in point: the new short film Knock Knock, which was inspired by the love of VHS monster movies like Fright Night, The Monster Squad, and Evil Dead II with a dash of Scooby-Doo and a bitchin’ John Carpenter-esque soundtrack!

From writer/director/producer Toby Canto, Knock Knock stars Saul Arteta, Rachel Atterson, Lucas Ayoub, and Jennifer Bennett. Even cooler? You can check it out on Vimeo now!

Synopsis:
Knock Knock tells the story of down-on-his-luck former boxer Sam Grant, who one night finds himself caught in a whirlwind of conjecture and conundrum as his colorful and quirky neighbors come to him with scary tales of their apartment’s mysterious new resident. Inspired by the retro horror classics of VHS days gone by, Knock Knock is sure to be a treat for any horror fan and aficionado.

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Shriekfest Announces its 2018 Call for Entries!

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Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one sitting there with a newly minted horror flick you’re trying to get attention to! Shriekfest, the Los Angeles International Film Festival & Screenplay Competition, has just announced that they’re already looking for 2018 entries!

Read on to find out how you can submit your flick and more!

Shriekfest, the Los Angeles Horror/SciFi Film Festival continues its tradition as Los Angeles’ premier horror film event, presenting an exciting program of films each fall with beautiful Los Angeles as its backdrop. Now, in its 18th year, Shriekfest L.A takes place at the legendary Raleigh Studios, which is the largest independent studio operator in the country.

Shriekfest Orlando takes place at the famous Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, which was originally founded in 1923. They offer filmmakers and film fans alike an ideal setting in two world-famous cities. Both established and emerging filmmakers gain media exposure, connect with the region’s diverse audiences, and participate in an acclaimed event attended by industry professionals as well as horror and sci-fi fans. Every film accepted into Shriekfest has the opportunity to screen on both coasts for the price of one admission! Over the past seventeen years, Shriekfest has welcomed numerous indie icons into its family, and they are always looking to add to the Shriekfest Family!

They are looking for original films and screenplays and are accepting them in five categories: narrative feature, narrative short, narrative super short, music video, feature screenplay, and short screenplay. And in these genres: horror, comedy horror, thriller, sci-fi, and fantasy.

Festival Founder and Director Denise Gossett says, “We are already planning some exciting things for our 18th year! Last year’s festival was a great success. We had our biggest audience yet, and we had more than 55 filmmakers/screenwriters in attendance. Plus, we were able to introduce some amazing indie horror films to Los Angeles and Orlando!

HOW TO ENTER: You’ll find the entry form and additional information at shriekfest.com!

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Golden Globes TV Edition: Stranger Things and Kyle MacLachlan Score Nominations

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Yesterday we brought you guys the exciting news that two genre films – Get Out and The Shape of Water – scored big nominations at this year’s Golden Globes.

Why did we split all of this up, you may ask?

Most sites are grouping all of these nominations together, and we felt that while it is exciting enough for one quality genre offering to get some awards love, multiple nominations each deserve their own sets of Dread Central love as well.

That said, we’re going to combine this next one. Forgive us. We’ll call this the “TV Edition.”

Anyhow, it looks like Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ original series “Stranger Things” got a nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, and Mr. Kyle MacLachlan score a nod for Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his dual role in David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return”!

Pretty cool, huh?

I think both nominations are very well deserved with “Stranger Things” Season 2 being one of my favorite genre offerings all year and “Twin Peaks: The Return” being one of the others. Congrats on both counts!

Make sure to hit us up and let us know if you get as excited about genre awards love as much as we do in the comments below!

The Golden Globes airs live on NBC January 7, 2018, at 5:00 PM PT/8:00 PM ET.

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