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Fruit Chan has done what few directors have been able to achieve: He’s made a genuinely disturbing and provocative art house horror film that has single-handedly shocked and challenged audiences across the globe. The feature length Dumplings has received rave reviews and appears in a truncated version in the upcoming anthology film Three…Extremes. I recently got a chance to chat with Chan about both the feature and short length films, as well as what’s next for the director.


Andrew Kasch: How did you first break into the film business?

Fruit Chan: I took some part-time courses in film making when I was a teenager and took up practice opportunities with a couple of the instructors who were filmmakers then. I worked as assistant director, production manager etc before I made my way to directing my own films.

AK: How did you initially get involved with Three…Extremes?

FC: Peter Chan of Applause Pictures approached me with the idea. The theme of Three…Extremes, horror that is, was set when Peter approached me.

AK: Did you have any communication with the other two directors?

FC: No.

AK: What did you think of the previous Three segments?

FC: I liked very much Peter Chan’s part.

AK: The content in Dumplings has shocked people all over the world, which is no small feat. What inspired you to craft this kind of story?

FC: I was only given a short span of time to come up with a horror story for the Three…Extremes and I didn’t have a clue what to do with it. Then I talked to Lillian Li, a well-known novelist in Hong Kong who wrote “Farewell My Concubine”, and who happened to finish a horror short story called “Dumplings”. We modified the story and came out with the script for “Dumplings in the Three Extremes.

AK: Judging from the look of Dumplings, it appears you had a much larger budget than with your early minimalist films. Do you feel that this give you more creative freedom?

FC: Yes, I did have a bigger budget for this film than my previous ones, which were more of an independent nature. A good budget did help with my creativity; for example, I could get Chris Doyle and other production professionals on board and had a choice for casting movie stars like Bai Ling. On the other hand, I had to give a lot more thought on the commercial elements of this film than my previous small budget films.

AK: Was it difficult to re-edit the film for Three…Extremes?

FC: It’s not easy to take out two-thirds of Dumplings for Extremes. The pace of it was a quicker than I would like it to be. I do hope audiences have the chance to view the long version of Dumplings.

AK: Christopher Doyle (read our interview with him here) mentioned that the shoot was very interesting because the approach between you, he, and Bai Ling were “radically different.” Can you elaborate? How do you think those differences shaped the film?

FC: It was great working with Chris Doyle and Bai Ling. This was my first time working with Chris Doyle, one of the masters of the Hong Kong film industry. My previous films due to limitation of budget never had the opportunity to employ masters like Chris. Chris’ professionalism and his hunger for perfection enlightened me. He has a way to make crudeness/rawness become fine art. It was first time for Bai Ling to work with a Hong Kong production team in a Chinese-speaking movie. She adapted very quickly with our pace of shooting. She shared with us some of her experiences in China and helped us mould her character in the movie. All three of us manage each other very well.

AK: With the current Chinese film laws, do you ever run into any problems over the content in your movies?

FC: My movies were not shown in public in China (excluding Hong Kong) due to their sensitive contents but they were quite well received in the pirated sector.

AK: The Hong Kong industry has had its share of ups and downs over the past decade. Do you think the future is looking brighter? Are you working on any new projects?

FC: The future is brighter in the sense that there are new markets e.g. DVD, online movie channel, cable TV, cell phone movies etc for movies, though it may not be good news for cinema owners. And yes, I’m hoping to make a ghost story next year.


Special thanks to Fruit Chan for taking the time out to speak with us, and extra special thanks to John Squires and Lions Gate Films for making this interview possible. Three…Extremes hits theaters in a limited capacity on October 28th, 2005, be sure to seek it out!

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

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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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Kevin Bacon Lets Us Know the Tremors Reboot Pilot Has Wrapped Filming

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Two weeks ago we let you guys know that Tremors mainstay Michael Gross, aka Burt Gummer, was, unfortunately, not asked to be a part of the upcoming Syfy reboot series starring Kevin Bacon.

While that news upsets us a bit, being that the series has only filmed its pilot episode, we feel that there is still a big chance we could see Burt return to kick some more Graboids in the tentacle-thingies with elephant guns.

Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the “Tremors Syfy pilot, recently star Kevin Bacon took to Instagram to let us all know that filming has wrapped!

You can check out The Bacon’s post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are for Syfy’s “Tremors” series in the comments below!

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

“Tremors” the TV series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about the series!

So long to NM. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots #Tremors

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Exclusive: Buzzard Hollow Beef Brings Cannibal Gore to the Holidays

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Holidays at the end of the year seem to be focused on one major aspect: food. From Christmas hams to Thanksgiving turkeys to Hanukkah latkes to who knows what else, eating is a very important part for end-of-the-year festivities. Personally, I’m totally okay with it because it means great food and TONS of leftovers, ensuring that I don’t have to concern myself with cooking for at least a couple of days.

But what if the holiday season were a bit more sinister and what if the food was a bit more…unsavory? Allow us to introduce you to Buzzard Hollow Beef, a new vision of horror that blends cannibal hillbillies, intense and terrifying hallucinations, and small town mysteries. If this sounds up your alley, then don’t fret about waiting because the film comes to Amazon Prime, iTunes, and other transactional platforms on Tuesday, November 21!

We’ve got a trailer, poster, and several stills for you to check out, so peruse at your will and enjoy!

Directed by Joshua M. Johnson, who co-wrote the film with Tara C. Hall, Buzzard Hollow Beef stars Bruce Jennings, Nadia Kamil, Scott C. Brown, Emily Letts, Janet Chiarabaglio, Amanda Spinella, Will Frazier, Gabriel Caste, and Doug Perkins.

Synopsis:
Still reeling from her divorce and struggling as the single mother of a 9 month old, Jordan Vollmer looks forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with her family and her best friend, Paige. As the group ventures into the small town of Buzzard Hollow, they are greeted with strange and unsavory characters, known around these parts as the Solomon family. Their suspicions surrounding the Solomons are aroused by the fact that they all seem unwilling to talk about the beef that they serve in their hamburgers and sell in their butcher shop. When the Vollmers experience horrifying hallucinations, they begin to suspect that the Solomons are somehow involved.

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