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SXSW 2012 Exclusive Interview: Fabianne Therese and Ryan Hartwig Discuss Battle Wounds and More for The Aggression Scale



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In The Aggression Scale a pair of meddling kids get the best of a group of killers after their house is infiltrated. Saying more about this ultra-violent flick would ruin many of its best surprises; suffice to say it’s like Home Alone if Kevin McAllister were the love child of Rambo and MacGyver.

Steven C. Miller’s The Aggression Scale recently debuted during the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, and while on hand for the fest, Dread Central had the opportunity to chat with the two younger ass-kicking stars of the flick – Ryan Hartwig and Fabianne Therese – who must face down a handful of murderous thugs who are hell-bent on retrieving $500,000 that was stolen from their criminal overlord of a boss.

Check out our interview with both Therese and Hartwig below for The Aggression Scale, and make sure to look for more on the flick closer to its home release date this upcoming May!

SXSW 2012 Exclusive Interview: Fabianne Therese and Ryan Hartwig Discuss Battle Wounds and More for The Aggression Scale

Dread Central: How much fun was it to take on adults and get to kick some ass in The Aggression Scale?

Ryan Hartwig: It was a total blast because there just aren’t movies anymore where you see the kids actually come out and win against 30 and 40-year-old men. The odds are against you and one of the cool things about Steven is that he’s a fan of 80’s movies like The Goonies and he wanted to see a modern spin on that kind of story.

To me, The Aggression Scale feels like Home Alone meets Rambo and what’s even cooler is that I got to do my own stunts. I never get to do these kinds of things so it was definitely fun to jump off the roof and do all that kind of cool physical stuff.

Dread Central: I really loved the brother/sister relationship in this and how that dynamic between you two shifted several times throughout the movie.

Fabianne Therese: Both Steven and I had a really distinct vision for my character’s relationship with her brother; it’s a typical kind of insecurity that comes from all that underlying stuff from being a teenager and having to move and adapt to a lot of family changes too. And because I’m older, I take more of a dominant stance over my brother at the beginning because that’s how I think it should be.

But once everything gets going, then suddenly it’s my younger brother being dominant over me because of my own fear and now I’ve seen what he’s capable of once he begins taking out the killers. And there is a lot of mistrust on my part during those moments of the movie because I don’t know if I can fully trust that he won’t kill me either.

Then there’s a moment where he shows his concern for me and I realize that we’re in this together and so things balance out between us and I liked that; I liked that our relationship had such an incredible arc to it.

Dread Central: Was it daunting at all to try and ‘sell’ the fact that you guys could take on grown-ups in this movie?

Ryan Hartwig: Steven is an awesome guy and he knows what he wants and how to get it so ‘selling’ that I could take these guys out came pretty easy, I think because of the way he was able to edit the movie together. But it was definitely more of a challenge for me than say Derek because I’m a kid who has to level the playing field against a group of adults. If I got into a regular fight with a 30-year-old man, I wouldn’t stand a chance. But because my character already has a hunch that bad things are coming, he can start preparing ahead of time so he can fight back.

Dread Central: I know making indie movies are never easy; how was it working on The Aggression Scale?

Ryan Hartwig: It was so hard but so worth it; I remember saying after we wrapped that I’m probably done working out for a good three years because we shot the movie in 12 days and we were always hustling. We had to get it perfect on the first shot or it would slow everything down and beyond the cost, if we had to do more than one take in the forest, it gets exhausting when you’re running back and forth a bunch of times.

Dread Central: Fabianne, I heard you actually got hurt during the scene when you put your hand through the window.

Fabianne Therese: I did! It was crazy; it was like six o’clock in the morning and I had like six Red Bulls and coffee on top of that and I was just all pumped up. The way the stunt was supposed to go was that I was going to run and open the window quickly and then jump out. But I guess my adrenaline was racing because I went running and somehow I smashed my hand straight through the window. I pulled it out and there was blood everywhere; since I couldn’t just stop shooting, we just worked with it. We wrote it in the story and I was back on set the next day with 24 stitches and running around with a bloody rag wrapped around my injured hand.

Dread Central: Ryan, how challenging was it for you to play a role that had to do so much without ever saying a word?

Ryan Hartwig: It was a really challenging role because you can’t say anything to get your point or your emotions across as easy as it would be if you could just come out and say the line. So you have to really do everything on the simplest level- facial expressions, body language, small smiles- and hope that it connects with the audience.

Dread Central: I know you both have other genre projects out there; can you talk about those?

Ryan Hartwig: I actually worked on another film with the producers Evan, Joe and Travis called The Thompsons which is a sequel to The Hamiltons. It’s a vampire movie that we filmed in London and it’s really dark like this movie. I can’t say too much but we play wanted vampires; I see it kind of like a hardcore road movie.

Fabianne Therese: It’s funny but I never really planned on my first projects both being horror films but that’s how it worked out. The other movie I did was John Dies at the End with Don Coscarelli and both of them are so incredibly different but both were so much fun to make. It’s pretty incredible.

For more visit the official The Aggression Scale website, where you can measure your own aggression level, and follow The Aggression Scale on Twitter.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2



Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

Ever wonder which of us knows more lyrics to Ice, Ice, Baby? Well, Patreon found out, but perhaps there’s more singing in the actual episode. Download to find out!

Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection



It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!



Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona

I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Director Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended!

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