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In Sean Byrne’s Australian darkly comedic horror flick The Loved Ones, we see what kind of hell gets unleashed when a “Daddy’s Girl” named Lola doesn’t get her way after she asks her fellow schoolmate Brent to the prom and he declines.

When Lola has Daddy (John Brampton) capture Brent for her own “special dance”, it’s up to Holly (Victoria Thaine) – Brent’s girlfriend – to get to the bottom of things and rescue her boyfriend before Lola and her power drill go too far.

Over the weekend The Loved Ones finally hit limited US theaters courtesy of Paramount Pictures and Tugg, which allows fans to vote for screenings of the flick in their respective cities. In honor of the recent release, Dread Central had the chance to catch up with Thaine briefly to talk about her experiences working on The Loved Ones, the film’s long journey Stateside, the potential for more dastardly fun with Lola and Daddy, as well as more on her future projects.

Exclusive Interview: The Loved Ones' Victoria Thaine on Good Girls and More!

Dread Central: What were your first impressions of this story when you initially read the script for The Loved Ones?

Victoria Thaine: I honestly didn’t know what to think (laughs). It’s really hard sometimes to read a script and get a feel for it, especially with The Loved Ones because there was a lot of screaming and stuff so it’s hard to get a sense of the rhythm. I really had no idea what the final film would look like until I saw Sean’s short film. That clinched the deal for me; I saw how he approached the story and how it wasn’t like a lot of horror films out there, which caught my interest. I thought if someone like him was behind The Loved Ones, it could be great. And I was right!

Dread Central: Tell us about Holly and how she fits into this world.

Victoria Thaine: Well, Holly is Brent’s girlfriend, and she is the all-around nice girl that has a maturity about her. She’s very active about saving Brent from Lola, which I think is great; most times the girlfriend just sits around and waits, but not Holly. She does something about what’s happening, and she’s not afraid to take on Lola to get her man back either.

I really liked Holly because she wasn’t the typical popular girl characters you usually see in these movies; she was actually nice and had character development as well, which was all due to Sean. He really knew how integral her character would be to this story so he focused on that a lot. I think Sean has a natural gift for these kinds of stories; he’s got this amazing visual style, and all the characters and different horror elements are really well drawn so you actually care about the movie and what’s happening onscreen.

Dread Central: The Loved Ones has had quite the journey before getting its Stateside release; how has this process been for you as a whole? Any thoughts on the Tugg initiative Paramount is using for the film’s US release?

Victoria Thaine: It has been a few years, hasn’t it? (laughs) But the entire thing has been amazing. When the film played at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, it had such a great response from the fans, and just seeing how warmly the film was received was pretty amazing. I guess that’s why we were all a bit disappointed that it didn’t pick up distribution immediately, but I think that was more about the financial climate than anything.

I think Tugg is a pretty clever way to screen movies with your friends, and it definitely lends itself well to a movie like The Loved Ones. The business model for the industry is continually changing, which means so is the theatrical model. It’s exciting, and I hope fans find our movie and really enjoy it.

Dread Central: Do you think there are any future plans to revisit these characters and the world of The Loved Ones anytime soon?

Victoria Thaine: Well, I haven’t heard anything recent from Sean about it, but I do know that at one point he was quite interested in doing a prequel rather than a sequel because he created quite a detailed backstory for both Lola and Lola’s father so I do think that if we do ever see anything more, it would be a prequel not a sequel.

Dread Central: And what are you working on now?

Victoria Thaine: I’m also a writer so right now I am working on a short film that I am shooting next month. It’s called The Kingdom of Doug, and it follows a cult on the day they decide to commit mass suicide so it has some horror elements to it. It’s set in an ice skating rink, too, which is kind of fun and weird; we are crowd-funding at the moment, and I’m hoping we get to start shooting at the end of next month. In an ideal world, it would hopefully get in to Sundance next year because I’d love to experience that.

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

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The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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