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Throughout his career filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman has tackled several installments of Saw as well as launched a cult classic phenomenon with his 2008 horror infused musical REPO! The Genetic Opera.

Now his latest project finds him reimagining the Troma cult classic Mother’s Day which recently celebrated a limited theatrical release last Friday and will be heading to Blu-ray and DVD shelves everywhere on May 8th courtesy of Anchor Bay Films.

Mother’s Day follows a trio of brothers who head to their family home after a bank robbery goes wrong but once they arrive, they find that Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) has lost their house in a foreclosure. Once they’re discovered by the brothers, the new owners and their party guests become unwitting hostages who struggle to survive once they realize that there is nothing a Mother won’t do to protect her children.

Mother’s Day also stars Jaime King, Patrick Flueger, Shawn Ashmore, Deborah Ann Woll, Briana Evigan, Frank Grillo, Lisa Marcos, Lyriq Bent and Kandyse McClure.

Recently Dread Central had the opportunity to chat with Bousman about Mother’s Day as well as his latest endeavor, The Devil’s Carnival road tour which is currently under way.

Dread Central: First of all, congrats on making such a great flick; how much of a challenge was it to walk the line of paying homage to the original Mother’s Day but still taking enough risks to keep it interesting for everyone too?

Darren Lynn Bousman: I’ve never been a fan of remakes myself so I didn’t take this lightly, going into Mother’s Day. It was incredibly hard. I’ve learned in my career a very important lesson; when you’re making movies like Saw, you have a huge dartboard, so the target you need to hit is a lot bigger and when you’re making movies like Repo!, the dartboard is super tiny so you have to be incredibly precise. And remakes fall into that second category; there’s so much to take into consideration because it’s always a hard sell for the diehards out there and remakes are just a hard sell in general. That’s a lot of baggage just right from the start.

But at the end of the day, you have to take into consideration the story and whether or not it endures; this story did because the theme of family is timeless. The question of what would you do or how far would you go for your family is one that has been asked for a long time now and is still relevant to this very day.

Dread Central: Generally with independent films, the core cast is usually four to six people, but in Mother’s Day, you’ve got well around 15 or so. Was it difficult to manage an ensemble that size while still working in all the story elements as well to keep things moving forward?

Darren Lynn Bousman: You know, it was pretty ambitious to have to deal with 16-17 main characters in this and when you’re doing that, you have to work a little harder to make sure everyone gets their defining moment and that no one is left behind either. That was a huge challenge.

But see, the biggest thing I set out to do with Mother’s Day is that I wanted to make a movie about the different shades of gray in morality, where the people you’re watching weren’t wholly good or bad, they were just flawed in different ways. To me, that’s real life; people aren’t only criminals or victims- there’s always something more going on. I mean, if you’re brought up in a house where crime is normal, then you’re really not doing anything wrong by committing robbery or killing to take what you believe is rightfully yours. It’s a grey area and that was ultimately the appeal for me as a storyteller.

And the interesting thing is that this idea of moral ambiguity applies to the victims as well; none of them are perfect and their flaws come to light, it drives the story forward and I think making a story with all those kinds of layers in it is just incredibly fascinating.

Dread Central: I wanted to ask about your leading ladies- Rebecca and Jaime- because I thought they both were spectacular in their own right.

Darren Lynn Bousman: Rebecca was amazing and one of the coolest actors I have ever worked with before in my life; she really nailed this role and made it even better than it was in the script. And she called me out on all the BS moments that were originally in; if something didn’t work on paper when it came to her character, she let me know and I loved that. Her ideas were so precise.

I also loved Jaime’s performance in Mother’s Day, too; I’ve been such a huge fan of hers for a long time and I think this really was her best performance ever. She’s flawless in this.

Dread Central: Well I know that you’re deep in the middle of your road tour for The Devil’s Carnival right now; how are things going for you guys so far?

Darren Lynn Bousman: This road tour has been incredibly hard but really amazing at the same time; we’ve been selling out a ton of shows which is great because I can really see the momentum building behind this project as we go from city to city. I mean, let’s be honest- part of this really is somewhat self-indulgent on our parts; seeing fans every night and essentially putting ourselves front and center for all that attention. But the heart of what we’re trying to accomplish with The Devil’s Carnival road tour is to show how flawed the distribution system is, to show the power of connecting with fans and to prove that there is an audience for this kind of material.

Sure, it’s awesome to be on stage every night but there’s so much nerves that goes along with that too, especially for me. I still get nervous every single night but at the same time, I’ve also never felt more empowered than I do right now. I’ve also never drank as much as I have on this tour either (laughs); that’s what gets me past the jitters. It’s surprising that my liver is intact anymore in fact (laughs).

Look for Mother’s Day during its limited theatrical release currently or on DVD and Blu-ray starting on May 8th!

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

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A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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