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Exclusive: I Spit On Your Grave 2010 Sequel Talk and What You Didn’t See!We caught up recently with I Spit on Your Grave star Sarah Butler, director Steven R. Monroe and producer Lisa Hansen, who weighed in on the status of a potential sequel to their 2010 redux as well as on the alternate ending to the which remake audiences didn’t see! Read on.

“We are thinking about it,” CineTel Films producer Hansen confirmed for us of a follow-up to filmmaker Monroe’s 2010 gut punch of a remake of Meir Zarchi’s original 1978 rape-revenge film. “The movie didn’t do well theatrically, but it did do really well on DVD so we are considering it, but until we have a really concrete story that we believe will work and which will deliver to the audience and not be a sell-out, we won’t be going into production. We just aren’t there yet.”

Catching up with director Monroe, who’s busy shooting an unrelated project in Canada, the filmmaker stated of his potential involvement in helming the follow-up to I Spit on Your Grave (review here) (hereafter ISOYG): “There has been discussion with me, but (at present) that is it. It will certainly be a complex one to do a sequel on.”

ISOYG star Sarah Butler, who played the victim-turned-avenger ‘Jennifer Hills’ to great effect in the remake, expressed her interest, too, in revisiting the material when we chatted with her and also delved into what audiences didn’t see in the redux.

“In the original script that I read, the ending found Jennifer back in the city,” revealed Butler, who recently wrapped her role in the psychological thriller The Stranger Inside, of ISOYG, “and that was in the script until probably a couple of days before we started shooting, and then they scrapped it. The whole film was actually book-ended with two scenes which took place in the city, and those were scenes between Jennifer and her literary agent.”

“The first one was just kind of exposition,” Butler continued. “It was Jennifer telling her agent that she was going to go work on her next novel in the woods, and I think that scene was somewhat unnecessary because obviously we find out in a matter of minutes that that was what was going to happen because it does happen.”

Here’s where things become interesting.

“At the very end there was another scene where Jennifer is having another meeting with her agent,” revealed Butler, “where she has previously presented her with a manuscript which she’s read, and they are having a meeting to talk about it. Over the course of the scene you realize that the book Jennifer has written is a true account of her ordeal and everything which she went through. So it kind of ended with the agent taking a phone call or something and being distracted for a moment, and she’s on the phone praising Jennifer saying, ‘Oh wow, this novel will just shock people, and this will really make her as a writer because it’s so mysterious and crazy,’ and that’s when Jennifer puts down Sheriff Storch’s badge on top of the manuscript and leaves and walks down the street. When the agent comes back from her phone call, she sees the badge and is shocked (as she realizes that the manuscript isn’t one of fiction).”

It doesn’t end there.

“The very last little bit was Jennifer walking into her apartment, and in the manuscript it was completely covered in white plastic from floor to ceiling,” Butler communicated, “and there was a man tied up and hanging from the ceiling, and Jennifer said something like, ‘Honey, I’m home.’”

As for why these scenes weren’t filmed, Butler said, “I honestly think that it was a question of budget as to why we didn’t shoot them because it would have required another few days to shoot in New York City. They were even trying to make it happen in New Orleans or downtown Shreveport where we were shooting and make it look like New York somehow, but the extra days of shooting would have really bumped the budget up, and so I think initially it was a money decision.”

“In the end, though, I think it’s good (that it wasn’t shot) because it kept the film so much more true, which was important for us in order to retain the fans from the original,” the actress concluded. “Also it seemed like a little cheesy to me, the ‘one-liner’ thing. I mean it could have been played fine, and I could have made it work I am sure, but I am glad that it ended up the way it did. The ending as it is has so much more punch to it, with just having that last shot of Jennifer bringing up that little smile as she listened to Sheriff Storch die.”

Director Monroe concurred.

“Regarding the (alternate) ending scene,” stated the filmmaker, “it was cut before shooting and never really fully written. There was no real meaning or intention with cutting it. It was something that was on the plate that we just didn’t go with, and I love that the remake ends with a mirror to the original. With Jennifer and what appears to be some kind of a smile.”

As for other future CineTel Films horror projects, Hansen teased, “We’ve got scripts in development and I think one that is going to go into production probably late summer would be my guess. It’s a really good script, and I think it will be really good film.”

Stay tuned.

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AMC Reveals When The Walking Dead’s Last Stand Will Begin



Last night “The Walking Dead” took one of its biggest detours yet from the storyline of the comics on which the series is based, but you won’t find any spoilers here aside for a peek at the show’s midseason return trailer.  In addition to the video, we have confirmation of when Episode 8.09 will be airing… read on for the details of when our survivors’ last stand begins!

Season 8 of “The Walking Dead” resumes on Sunday, February 25th, at 9/8c.  While you wait, if you’re not totally caught up, you can binge all the latest episodes on AMC.com or the AMC app.

Season 8 Synopsis:
Last season Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be.

Feeling powerless under Negan’s (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn’t be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors.

This season Rick brings “All Out War” to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless — but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive.

Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it’s not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie (Lauren Cohan) leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel (Khary Payton) leading the Kingdom — Negan and the Saviors’ grip on this world may finally be coming to an end.

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Beyond the Seventh Door DVD Review – No-Budget S.O.V. Canuxploitation At Its Finest!



Beyond the 7th DoorStarring Lazar Rockwood, Bonnie Beck, Gary Freedman

Directed by B.D. Benedikt

Distributed by Severin Films/Intervision

Two people trapped within a labyrinthine complex. Booby traps. Rigged doors. Death lurking around every corner. And a mysterious voice communicating clues every step of the way via recorded tapes. No, this isn’t the latest Saw film but a Canuxploitation entry from the shot-on-video market, 1987’s Beyond the Seventh Door. Oozing ambition and bolstered by a truly bravado performance from newcomer Lazar Rockwood – a man who looks like the love child of Tommy Wiseau and Billy Drago – this no-budget Canadian shocker delivers just as many twists and turns as Lionsgate’s dead-horse franchise. The main difference being that instead of having to mutilate yours or someone else’s body, the protagonists here are forced to solve obtuse riddles in order to move on to the next room; failure means death. Intervision has been crushing it throughout 2017 – and this release may be the best yet.

Boris (Lazar Rockwood) is a career thief and recent ex-con who is trying to turn his life around when Wendy (Bonnie Beck), a former flame, comes back into his life. She now works for a rich paraplegic, Lord Breston (Gary Freedman), who lives in an actual castle just outside of town. Desperate for “one more job” and a big payday, Boris begs for a gig and Wendy delivers; the plan is for the two of them to break into the basement of Breston’s castle and steal whatever treasures he has socked away, all while her boss is busy entertaining guests at his costume party. The next night, the plan is enacted and the duo clandestinely slip into the castle’s lower level, when suddenly the door locks behind them and a tape recorder begins to play. Breston’s voice is heard, welcoming the thieves into his home and offering up a challenge: use scant clues (or sometimes, none at all) and uncover a way out of each of the six rooms linked together down here. Succeed and a briefcase of money awaits; fail and you die. Truly motivating.

Going into this film blind is my best recommendation, and so for that reason no other plot points will be revealed here. Besides, the real motivation for watching this movie is to witness the raw acting prowess of Lazar Rockwood. Glad in a denim jacket and rocking the ubiquitous ‘80s bandana headband, Rockwood has the delivery of a porno actor stammering lines between sex scenes. His accent is impenetrably thick and the range of his acting could fit within a matchbox, but dammit the man is weirdly magnetic on screen. He’s clearly throwing everything in his arsenal onto the screen with tremendous bravado. Modesty must be a scarce commodity when you have a name that would go perfectly alongside Dirk Diggler on an adult theater marquee in the ‘70s. My favorite line in the entire film is when Wendy is trying to solve the first clue, which has something to do with rings. When she’s rifling through possibilities and says, “Lord of the Rings?” Boris replies with, “Lord of the ring… who the hell is that guy?” said with equal parts confusion and annoyance. The kicker is viewers will believe that query could have come from either Boris or Lazar.

The rooms aren’t likely to impress viewers with their intricacy or set design, but each has a clever solution that is often a stretch to imagine our leads managing to solve within the allotted time. The clues provided by Lord Breston are esoteric and Boris isn’t exactly the erudite type, but working together with Wendy they are able to move ahead, often with mere seconds to spare. Evidence of past would-be thieves’ unlucky attempts are glimpsed, including one room where a body remains. NON-SPOILER: I completely expected the body to in actuality be Lord Breston, “checking up” on his unwanted guests much like John Kramer in Saw (2004), especially since you can clearly see the actor breathing, but this is not the case. Instead, the he’s-clearly-not-dead guy is played by a local eccentric, whose life is briefly chronicled in the bonus features.

Viewers will already be hooked on Beyond the Seventh Door by the time the climax arrives, but the final twists are what drive this S.O.V. thriller over the edge and into the cult territory it so richly deserves. It’s crazy to think this film went virtually unseen for years, being impossible to acquire on VHS and never receiving the proper home video release until now. Director B.D. Benedikt offers up further proof that strong ideas can be realized on any budget, and fans of films like Saw or Cube (1997) will enjoy this “store brand” version of those bigger budgeted hits.

The video quality review for every Intervision title could probably be a copy/paste job since each one is shot on video, always with a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The quality here is comparable to a remastered VHS tape. There is a slight jerkiness to the opening but that passes quickly. Colors appear accurate and contrast is about as strong as can be. The picture is often soft which, again, is just something inherent to shooting on video. Film grain is minimized as much as possible; don’t expect a noisy mess just because this isn’t shot on film.

The English Dolby Digital 2.0 track plays with no obvious issues. Dialogue is clean and free from hissing and pops. The score is another awesomely cheesy ‘80s keyboard love-fest, with the three (!) composers – Michael Clive, Brock Fricker, and Philip Strong – getting plenty of mileage out of the main theme, which sounds like it would be the in-store demo default keyboard setting. No subtitles are included.

There is an audio commentary with writer/director B.D. Benedikt & actor Lazar Rockwood, moderated by Paul Corupe of Canuxploitation.com.

“Beyond Beyond the 7th Door features new interviews with Benedikt, Rockwood, and Corupe.

“The King of Cayenne” – Focusing on “legendary Toronto eccentric Ben Kerr”, a street performer who played the role of “dead guy in that one room”.

Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director BD Benedikt and Actor Lazar Rockwood, moderated by Paul Corupe (Canuxploitation.com)
  • Beyond Beyond the 7th Door: Interviews with Writer/Director BD Benedikt, Actor Lazar Rockwood, and Canuxploitation.com’s Paul Corupe
  • The King of Cayenne: An Appreciation of Legendary Toronto Eccentric Ben Kerr
  • Beyond the Seventh Door
  • Special Features


Virtually lost for nearly three decades, Beyond the Seventh Door deserves a wider audience and Intervision’s DVD should bring it. The then-novel plot and sheer ambition should be enough to get most viewers hooked, but if not the Yugoslavian wonder Lazar Rockwood will handily have them glued to the screen.

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The Movie Crypt Raises $22,574.68 to Save Yorkies With YOUR Help



This past weekend marked Adam Green, Joe Lynch, and Arwen’s second annual 48-hour LIVE Movie Crypt charity marathon in which they stayed up with the help of some truly awesome guests to raise money for SAVE A YORKIE RESCUE.

When all was said and done, that gang raised $22,574.68 for the charity and had a blast doing so! We’re talking barrels full of cute and cuddlies that were saved over the weekend with your help. Be proud. You guys helped do something incredible, and there should be no greater feeling.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to congratulate everyone involved and offer our sincerest of thanks to everyone who took part from listeners, to talent, to contributors… thank you for making a difference not only in the lives of the animals your money will help to save, but also the lives and loves of the kind folks inhabiting their prospective forever homes. Bless you all.

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