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The Victim Interview with Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-BiehnWidely known for his iconic bad-ass roles in The Terminator, Aliens, Planet Terror and last year’s sleeper hit The Divide, Michael Biehn is a legend to movie buffs worldwide.

So it came as no surprise that many film-goers came to Montreal’s prestigious Fantasia Film Festival to see the man kick some much deserved ass in his own grindhouse directorial debut, The Victim, which was also produced by his wife and co-star, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.

For readers out there that are unfamiliar with the plot of the film, The Victim starts with an unexpected bang (or should we say “crack”?) when Annie (Jennifer Blanc-Biehn) witnesses the murder of her friend in the middle of the woods and is forced to take refuge in the home of a stoic hermit named Kyle (Michael Biehn) even though she is being hunted by two crooked cops desperate to get rid of any witnesses to their crime.

Considering the film is full of sex, violence, cocaine and exploitative elements throughout, it came as a welcome surprise to see that both Michael and Jennifer are polar opposites of the characters they played and envisioned onscreen. In fact, before the film screened, the amorous couple offered up their own reserved seats to the general public to make sure no one was left out at the screening, which is almost unheard of in the festival circuit.

After the successful screening, Dread Central had the opportunity to talk to “The Biehns” about their new film, their future projects and what had inspired them to tackle the gritty world of low-budget horror.

When asked about his interest in taking on his first writing and directing venture, Biehn expressed much gratitude to his greatest muse, Grindhouse: Planet Terror director Robert Rodriguez.

I had thought about directing for quite some time. [James] Cameron always said I would make a good director. However, I wasn’t that aware of grindhouse films until I worked with Robert Rodriguez on Planet Terror. After that, I started watching all types of these films. I knew with my name that I couldn’t make a five-million-dollar movie, but I could make a smaller one. Jennifer [Blanc-Biehn] actually raised the money for the project, and then the opportunity presented itself. My real inspiration came when I was in Canada shooting The Divide and read Robert Rodriguez’s book A Rebel Without a Crew in my spare time. Reading that book gave me the confidence I needed.

Jennifer also had some loving words to say about her husband in terms of his directing skills.

Michael has always helped me in terms of directing me. He helped me with my screen test for “Will & Grace,” and when I did a film with Shannen Doherty called Friends Til The End, he coached me for the part. He has always had these directing skills, and it wasn’t until Robert [Rodriguez] inspired him that he truly knew he could this.

During the Q&A after the film, Biehn had revealed that the final script for The Victim was one that he polished after he was not happy with it (he had agreed to just star in it at the time). He took away the SAW-like torture porn aspect and injected an entirely new plot, making it a psychological grindhouse thriller instead. During our own interview, he elaborated in more detail why he made this crucial decision.

Believe it or not, I don’t like gory movies that just show violence for the sake of violence. I know there are good filmmakers that have made these types of films, but it just didn’t interest me. I’m more interested in stories of the human condition, and even though [The Victim] is a pulp version of that, to me this is the story of what happens to men when attractive women are around and they don’t think straight and they get into trouble. I didn’t want to just make a violent movie, but rather I wanted to focus on men with too much power and how they can do anything they want. Behind every powerful man is a mistress. I wanted to explore that. Men have so much to lose as far as respect and their jobs when it comes to falling for alluring women. That’s the story I wanted to convey.

While talking candidly, the duo also revealed that their film was shot amazingly enough in twelve days. We talked to Jennifer, who is the protagonist of the film and the challenges of her having to perform emotional, physical and sexual scenes on screen in such a short period of time.

It was just fast and furious. I was having a really good time because I was literally running around non-stop 24/7. Even on my days off, I was still busy producing and was always up for the challenge. Don’t get me wrong; there was fighting off-screen, and that could be seen in the making-of featurette. There’s all this kind of drama that went on. But for the most part I had a really good experience, and I trust Michael’s direction. Right from the start, I told him I didn’t know how to do this in the time frame, the crying, the fighting, the whining, the running. Although I relied on him, and he really did help me through it.

The couple spoke glowingly of not only their current film but also their upcoming project under their production company Blanc/Biehn Productions, Treachery, which stars the pair and I Spit on Your Grave’s Sarah Butler.

We made The Victim on a low budget—way under a million dollars, but what we did after was the opposite of what we thought we’d do, and we made our next follow-up [Treachery] for a quarter of the budget we had with this film. It was like an experiment, and we did it in eight days!” Jennifer exclaimed.

Ninety percent of the new film is cut, and we’re really happy about it,” Biehn added.

For those of you who could not make it out to the festival circuit to see The Victim, you will be excited to know the film will make its DVD and Blu-ray debut on September 18, 2012. The filmmaking couple and team also added some words on the cool features to be expected.

According to Jennifer, “There is a half-hour featurette; it is full of interviews and candid footage. And there is an audio commentary with both Michael and I so there will tons of cool things to see that you haven’t seen with the theatrical version.

Make sure to support Michael and Jennifer and buy The Victim this September on Blu-ray or DVD from Anchor Bay. The film will also have exclusive theatrical engagements at select theatres in New York starting August 24th and in Los Angeles starting September 7th.

Fantasia 2012: Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn Talk The Victim and More!

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3



“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.


A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie



One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review



Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith

I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

  • Trick or Treat (1986) 3.5


Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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