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With Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (review) in theatres now, we recently had a chance to sit down with a few of the film’s stars, and so we’ll start up this series with the flick’s big bad, Rufus Sewell!

Rufus Sewell Talks Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Q: You’ve done your share of period pieces over the course of your career, but never something as revisionist as this and as entrenched in American history. As an English actor, was it fun to go into the project as somewhat of an outsider?

Well, I did “John Adams” and played Alexander Hamilton, so this is a nice alternative. It was very fun for me, and I hadn’t done anything like this before and had never played a vampire. I mean, I’ve certainly done my share of period films, I’ve done my share of bad guys. But for me, the mix and the fact that is was a vampire, which was a first for me, made me feel like I was almost being versatile.

Q: You have actually been approached to play a vampire before, though, right?

No, I’d approached people and they turned away. I was soliciting for vampire roles unwanted.

Q; So, when you first heard the title, what did you think? Did you just assume it was silly and ridiculous?

No, I didn’t. Listen, I’m familiar with deliberately goofy titles. I mean, Hobo With a Shotgun? I’m your man. I hear that and it sounds fucking awesome. And then the script either lives up to that potential or not, be it that kind of deliberately bad thing or whatever the particular angle is. I liked the idea of it, especially with the names connected. And then it’s a matter of looking at the script, and does it do what I want it to or not. The fact that, you know, like with the book, it took things relatively seriously, which I quite liked. I was certainly aware that you can do something that’s really funny for about fifteen minutes, but in terms of a long film it’s quite difficult to do.

Q: Was the idea of a secret society that’s pulling the strings from behind the curtain attempting to change history appealing to you? That’s one of the main aspects of the film I liked a lot.

Yeah, I liked the political struggles, and I liked the fact that he was a very, very, very old dude who had seen it all come and go and that he had ends he wanted to meet. He had a very clear objective, and if you were on his side, he wasn’t such a bad guy, and if you were in the war and were on the vampire’s side, this is the guy you would want looking after your interests.

Q: How much of the action were you actually in? It was hard to tell what was an effect and what was actually you.

I don’t know. I know that all those moves I made my attempts at, but I do also know that they didn’t look anything like that! So I don’t know how much was actually me.

Q: Yeah, that high kick was pretty impressive.

Oh, that was totally me. Totally me. (laughs) No, I think they’re very clever with it. You do as much as you can, and then the stuntman takes over and it’s a mixture of all of them. I’m appreciative of the digital and human help that my character got in some situations. From what I’ve seen, the action scenes are pretty awe-inspiring.

Q: It’s definitely a unique look. The film was just screened on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln. Were you bummed that you weren’t able to attend?

Yeah, a little bit. Well, they were there for a quite a long time. It looked like quite an involved trip, but yeah I was jealous as fuck. That would’ve been so cool, and I’ve heard that everybody loved it. Every time a vampire was killed they’d shout, “Get some!”.

Q What was the makeup process like for you throughout the shoot?

Well, we all had it better than [Benjamin Walker], who was in makeup as Lincoln for five hours. I was relatively fortunate because my character was pretty much together. He was the one that scrubbed up the best since he was kind of the friendly face of the vampires. Unless I was fully vamped out, as they put it in the script, I didn’t have the full…it was a little pale and a little this and that, but only when I turned did the eyes come into play and the veins and everything.

Q: So, what was the most fun thing to shoot? The fight scenes or maybe the ball?

Yeah, the ball was interesting for me. The fight scenes can go on for days and days and days, and you’re never quite sure of exactly what you’re doing. You do in terms of story, but in terms of the logistics and the physical demands of it, it would be very easy to lose the scene and just get caught up in the grunt work. That’s more exciting to watch because you’re blown and finally see what it is. But out of the scenes that were the most fun for me to do, the ballroom scene was quite nice for me. I got a chance to actually speak man to man, President to President, with Abe, because I consider him to be somewhat of an equal. That’s where this idea of the cigar room chat with a vampire came about. And that was one of the rare scenes where you have a sense of how it went at the end of the day.

Q: Are you looking forward to seeing how the film is going to do? It’s pretty original for the most part.

Yeah, it’s not an easy sell. There’s a group of people that kind of get the idea, and there’s a group of people that are still curious.

Q: The idea of combining genre with historical or literary fiction has been a trend that people responded to, and it has to feel good to be the first film out of the gate that blends the two in this particular way.

There’s no genre that I don’t want to be involved in if it’s good examples of. There’s no medium I don’t want to work in. I’m happy to do a bit of everything because to take the long view, I want my career to reflect that. I’ve always wanted to be in a film like this and to play a vampire, but that doesn’t mean I want to just play vampires.

Q: Genre films used to seem more set in their ways. You were were either in a hard science fiction film or a formulaic horror movie. Now it looks like there are a lot of mash-ups that are happening and you get to do a number of things in one role.

I think the difference is financial. They did exist, but it was more of the B and C movie strata. Tim Burton says that this sounds like the kind of movie he used to go see double features of in Times Square. They made them for like twenty-five bucks. They didn’t make them as tentpole movies. That’s the difference.

Q: I was actually surprised how epic the movie felt in scope at times.

That’s the trick it has up its sleeve.

Q: I mean, for better or worse, this film goes for it!

It does, completely unapologetically. This is this, and that’s it!

The Tim Burton-produced, Timur Bekmambetov-directed horror adventure Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker, Anthony Mackie, Rufus Sewell, Dominic Cooper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson, Alan Tudyk, and Robin McLeavy. Look for it in theatres now!

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Synopsis
The film explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war – and ultimately to the presidency – he chronicles in a hidden diary. The journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved.

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Joe Dante’s Matinee Starring John Goodman Blu-ray Special Features Announced!

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One of my favorite childhood movies was director Joe Dante’s Matinee starring John Goodman. I watched the flick all the time and still make sure to give it a peep as often as I can. In fact, I just rewatched the movie last month. Still holds up too!

As I’ve grown up and watched more horror movies, I have come to call this film “Popcorn for the whole family.” And visa versa, have labeled Popcorn as“Matinee for the 80’s slasher crowd.” Both of these statements as completely apt by the way.

It is with this love of the film in mind that I wanted to make sure to pass along the news that Shout! Factory is planning to release Matinee on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray January 9th, 2018. And it is a beauty.

You can check out the full list of special features below along with the Collector’s Edition cover art. Then make sure to let us know what you think of Matinee below!

Matinee hits Collector’s Edition Blu-ray via Shout! Factory January 9th, 2018!

PRE-ORDER HERE

Synopsis:

John Goodman is at his uproarious best as the William Castle-inspired movie promoter Lawrence Woolsey, who brings his unique brand of flashy showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida.

It’s 1962, and fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis (Simone Fenton) can’t wait for the arrival of Woolsey, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant! But the absurd vision of Woolsey’s tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crises places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast. With the help of Woolsey’s leading lady, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a premiere they’ll never forget. Anything can happen in the movies, and everything does in this hilarious tribute to a more innocent (and outrageous) time in American cinema.

Bonus Features:

NEW Master Of The Matinee – An Interview With Director Joe Dante

NEW The Leading Lady – An Interview with Cathy Moriarty

NEW MANTastic! The Making Of A Mant

NEW Out Of The Bunker – An Interview With Actress Lisa Jakub

NEW Making A Monster Theatre – An Interview With Production Designer Steven Legler

NEW The Monster Mix – An Interview With Editor Marshall Harvey

NEW Lights! Camera! Reunion! – An Interview With Director Of Photography John Hora

Paranoia In Ant Vision – Joe Dante Discusses The Making Of The Film

MANT! – The Full-Length Version Of The Film With Introduction By Joe Dante

Vintage Making-Of Featurette

Behind The Scenes Footage Courtesy Of Joe Dante

Deleted And Extended Scenes Sourced From Joe Dante’s Workprint

Still Galleries

Theatrical Trailer

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Exclusive: P.J. Starks Talks Volumes of Blood 3

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One of our favorite low-budget horror anthologies here at Dread Central is producer P.J. Stark’s Volumes of Blood (review). If you haven’t seen the film, get on it asap.

The film’s sequel Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (review) was also good horror times, and we would recommend that flick as much as – if not more – than the original.

It is with this in mind, all of us here at Dread Central are counting down the days until the release of the third (and final?) entry in the series, which is currently going by the killer title Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3.

While the new film is still in the scripting stages, we had a chance to speak with creator and producer P.J. Starks this weekend, and he dropped all types of new info on the film, including how many stories the new film will present, and what we can expect.

Mainly that Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3 may very well be the final chapter in the series, but a host of spin-offs are still very much a possibility.

You can read our quick interview with Starks below and then make sure to let us know what you think of the Volumes of Blood series in the comments below!

Dread Central: What can we expect from the third entry?

P.J. Starks: Eric and I want the third film to be everything fans of the first two films appreciate and more. The set pieces are larger, the stories are even stronger than in the previous two installments and the body count is probably the largest I know for any independent production. We wanted to really go out with a bang and I feel the script we’ve collaborated on will make good on that.

DC: How many stories will be included in this installment?

Starks: We’re going back to the basics with five stories. We’ve tossed around the idea of doing a sixth possible story, but nothing is set in stone. We don’t want to bog down audiences with too much. There’s a progressive story unfolding over two films already, so we’re being careful not to convolute things. We’re working hard to bring, what I’ve been calling the “Volumes of Blood Anthrillogy” to a smart and entertaining finale.

DC: Is it actually the final chapter?

Starks: Never say never. Right? We do have potential spin-offs planned. As for this being the nail in the coffin of an ongoing story arch, absolutely. I think that’s what separates our series from so many other anthologies. It’s not just a series of random shorts plucked off YouTube with some loose connective tissue. It’s a fun ride, but you still have to pay attention to details and follow the larger narrative developing. Wrap around segments tend to be throw away material, but that was never the intention on VOB.

Nice! Again we are all looking forward to the third entry in the VOB series and any spin-offs that may occur. The possibilities are f*cking endless. Bring ’em on!

Until we have further info on just when Devil’s Night: Volumes of Blood 3 will hit, you can always buy the first two Volumes of Blood flicks on Blu-ray HERE and HERE.

Thanks for chatting with us, P.J.!

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Read Darren Aronofsky’s Screenplay for mother!

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This past year we saw the release of writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s mother! (review) a film that was controversial, to say the least. Some loved it, others loathed it.

And speaking of mother!, Aronofsky has said before that he wrote the movie in a mere 5 days (!) and today we have the film’s screenplay for you to download. Paramount released it officially a few weeks back and I say it’s worth the download and the read.

Especially if you fancy yourself as a screenwriter, like me.

What I found most interesting about Aronofsky’s script is that he forgoes typical sluglines. Instead, he jumps from location to location, without any uses of INT./EXT. or DAY/NIGHT. For instance, instead of writing:

INT. HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – DAY, he just writes: LIVING ROOM.

Interesting approach.

You can download the screenplay for mother! right here.

After giving the script a read through, hit me up in the comments below and let’s start a dialogue about the screenplay, the format, the structure, and the finished film in general if you’d like. I’m big into the craft of screenwriting so let’s talk about it!

The film is written & directed by Darren Aronofsky and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brian Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, and Ed Harris.

mother! hits Digital HD Dec. 5 and 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs Dec. 19.

PRE-ORDER HERE

Synopsis:

A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice.’.

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