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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Talks Intruders, Updates on Bioshock and Highlander Projects and MoreTo follow up his successful 2007 sequel 28 Weeks Later, filmmaker Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is introducing genre fans to a new “face” of horror: Hollow Face, the evil force who haunts and terrorizes children (and Clive Owen) in supernatural thriller Intruders.

The film recently played during the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, and is gearing up for a limited theatrical run on March 30th courtesy of the fine folks at Millennium Entertainment. Recently Dread Central had the opportunity to talk with Fresnadillo about the spooky inspiration behind the story of Intruders, collaborating with the film’s charismatic star and updates on two upcoming projects- the feature film adaptation of Bioshock and his plans for rebooting the Highlander franchise.

Check out our interview with Fresnadillo below, and look for more coverage from SXSW soon!

Dread Central: I’d love to hear more about how you came on board Intruders and why you felt like this was the right project to follow up 28 Weeks Later with since they’re such different films in terms of tone and feel.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: I waited a few years because I wanted to make sure whatever I did was right for me; I’m very deliberate that way. And then I began developing Intruders a few years back, and that’s when I had a conversation with my producers about how sometimes in your family there are secrets that you never know about as a kid. It’s about how the family tries to preserve the kids from the cruel, horrible reality and how they create monsters because of those secrets. There is nothing more dangerous than keeping secrets, and as we began exploring that idea, we started developing this movie.

DC: So that’s why this feels a little more intimate than 28 Weeks Later– this was personal for you then.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: Definitely. You know, every time I make a movie, I try to explore something in myself, and Intruders was all about my own fears that I felt as a child. I could never figure it out exactly, but I always had this feeling that there was something that my mother didn’t tell me when I was growing up, something she kept hidden to protect me.

But sometimes it’s better to face your fears so on some levels Intruders explores this theme that it’s better to reveal the truth, no matter how tough and no matter how cruel it is.

DC: So Hollow Face was born out of that fear?

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: In some ways, yes. See, I believe that supernatural manifestations come from somewhere but are usually linked to real human emotion, and that’s something I tried to incorporate in this movie. When you have a deep-rooted fear of losing someone you love, it’s like you’re feeding into the supernatural realm and giving power to those entities with your fear.

The real idea behind Hollow Face is that he’s a monster looking for his identity; I always liked the idea of a monster without a face who wants to steal your identity to stay alive. It was an early stage idea, but it really represents the biggest human fear: losing your identity. For most of us that’s almost worse than losing your life.

DC: Clive is a guy that I always love seeing in movies; can you talk a bit about what you thought he brought to this role?

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: From the very beginning Clive was my choice for this movie because he’s so likable and versatile that he always brings so much to any role he’s attached to. He’s also someone you trust who can represent the strong father figure, too. So when you put that kind of personality in this movie, it just works so well because little by little you’re witnessing this man becoming a boy and terrified by this monster.

And Clive has such interesting eyes; just looking at him, you can tell he’s been to some dark places emotionally, and I love that. He really is my favorite working actor.

DC: With Intruders coming out later this month, what’s up next for you? Are you still at work on the Bioshock project?

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo: Bioshock is on hold unfortunately for now. It’s just a huge undertaking and not something you want to screw up either so I’m not sure what will happen with that. But right now I’m in the midst of developing another project which is a reboot of the Highlander series – or rather the Highlander world because it’s a world deserving of it in my opinion.

It’ll be the same characters and the same universe, but we’ll be starting from scratch. I want to incorporate realism into this epic story, too. The Highlander movies have always been interesting to me because it explores something we all want – to live forever – but we never really think about what immortality truly means. It’s a dark concept at its core, and I think that will be rather interesting territory to explore as a storyteller.

SXSW 2012 Exclusive Interview: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo Talks Intruders, Updates on Bioshock and Highlander Projects and More

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

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KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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