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Happy Monday! Per usual AMC has posted a new “Dispatch from the Set” of “The Walking Dead” to kick off the work week. On tap for today is director Guy Ferland, who shares the secret to orchestrating walker mayhem and weighs the pros and cons of living in either a post-apocalyptic prison or Woodbury.

Q: You’ve directed episodes in all three seasons. How does this season compare to the first?

A: There’s a little bit of first season peeking through this season. In the first season it seemed like everything we were doing was new, and there was a lot of discussion about who was going to live and who was going to die and what kind of tone the show was going to take. This year the same thing was introducing Woodbury. We were always asking the same questions: How self-sufficient do we make it? What are the citizens like? What kind of power does the town have?

Q: What’s the secret to directing big groups of walkers?

A: There were a lot of instances this season where the zombie action was relentless, but it wasn’t spelled out in the script specifically. It would be written [that] Rick and the others… dispatch the remaining walkers so it’s my job to figure out what I wanted. Where is Daryl stabbing people once he’s shot his bow? I’m always looking for new ways to execute the zombie action, and I think we’ve done a lot of shooting in heads so I was trying to bring something different.

Q: What are some twists have you’ve been bringing to the action?

A: Well, I really like to reveal everything — reveal the zombies’ geography and reveal the choice of how to kill the zombie — all from the hero’s point of view. So if you follow Rick when he has to deal with a zombie, you’ll see I reveal it when Rick sees it. You want it to feel like a funhouse with lots of surprises.

The Walking Dead: Q&A with Director Guy Ferland

Q: You’ve said that Alfred Hitchcock was one of your big influences. Any particularly Hitchcock-esque moments that you’ve worked into this season?

A: I think I channel more De Palma, who channels Hitchock, so it’s kind of the same thing. In Episode 4 we take the time to show Rick’s plan and how he’s executing, which I think is Hitchcockian. Just when the episode is about to get boring all of a sudden, wham, it gets relentless. There’s got to be a build — that’s a Hitchcockian structure.

Q: Who’s the biggest clown on set?

A: The biggest joker, who always lightens everything up and gets everybody to laugh no matter how big the scene, is Norman [Reedus]. Norman will always do something that is kind of jokey or comedic just to get people to laugh because he likes people smiling. One day they thought he might have injured his arm, but he still had to do some motorcycle riding in the next episode. A doctor came to the set and was doing check-up on him. I noticed that while he was getting his blood pressure checked, he was still smoking a cigarette. The show is full of moments like that.

Q: We’ve heard a lot about Woodbury and the prison. Having spent time on both sets, which one would you choose in the event of an apocalypse?

A: Even though Woodbury is surrounded by gates, there’s many places to hide and plot and get up on top of things and look around. When I left Woodbury after the episodes I worked on, what I left behind was basically a paradise. Unless the prison becomes more self-sufficient with crops and the like, it would be too confining. I would probably choose Woodbury — without the Governor of course.

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Interview: Jimmy Hayward Dives Into the Nautical World of Legend of the Seagullmen

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Musical supergroups aren’t a new thing. Bad Company, Audioslave, Mad Season, Them Crooked Vultures, Traveling Wilburys… Each of these, plus more, have created incredible music that drew listeners in because of the talent behind each instrument. For those who love such collaborations, I want to introduce you to Legend of the Seagullmen, a new rock group with names that may make your head spin!

Featuring Brent Hinds of Mastodon and Fiend Without a Face, Danny Carey of Tool and Volto, Pete Griffin of Zappa Plays Zappa and Dethklok, David Dreyer, Chris DiGiovanni, Tim Dawson, and Jimmy Hayward (Jonah Hex, Free Birds), Legend of the Seagullmen have just released their self-titled debut album through Dine Alone Records and it’s packed with eight tracks of blistering nautical-themed psychedelic rock. With lyrics focused on “…ship wrecks and giant mutant squid“, Legend of the Seagullmen aimed to create an epic conceptual album and it seems like fans are in agreement!

Today, we’ve got an interview with Hayward about the group’s debut album, how they all got together, and what their inspirations were. You can read it all below.

You can buy the album through the band’s official website and follow them on Facebook.

Dread Central: Let’s start at the beginning. How’d you get to know everyone in Legend of the Seagullmen?

Jimmy Hayward: Danny and I had been jamming for a long time when I did a movie with Brent. He introduced me to the Doctor who had this idea for a nautical western and the rest fell into place. It was very organic and we took our time.

DC: What brought all of you together to start creating music?

JH: Friendship and a shared love of music. We were all working together already so it fell into place around this organizing principle.

DC: Was it always the intention to release an album or did this start off as something just for fun?

JH: I think we knew fairly quickly that we had to record it and make a record but it started out as something we enjoyed doing. We knew we wanted to do something with it whether it was a movie or a record.

DC: The talent on this album is pretty incredible. What do you think Legend of the Seagullmen adds to the metal community?

JH: We don’t know what we add to any community but we know we are making stuff we love and we really hope other people dig. We are already all doing other stuff so we aren’t beholden to any schedule or demands. We just made what we wanted to make and really enjoyed it. We all dig the theme and concept and so it became something we couldn’t deny. If the metal community embraces it then we are stoked but we aren’t sure where we fit in.

DC: Giant sea creature lore is something that horror fans have a lot of love for, thanks to the immediate connotations of H.P. Lovecraft. You’re also known in the horror community for Jonah Hex. So, I gotta ask, were there any horror influences that played a part in the creation of this album?

JH: I think horror influences guide a lot of us. Brent loves ‘The Creature From The Black Lagoon’ and one of my favorite films of all time is Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’. I love horror pictures. Danny has a huge original painting by Clive Barker hanging over the control room where we record all the guitars and edit. I’d say we love horror and it’s a part of what we do.

DC: I’ve read that you all create pretty much everything in-house, such as merch and visuals. It feels like you’re creating a full package that makes people realize that music is more than just listening to some songs. Can you tell me a bit about the goal of maintaining that kind of control?

JH: Dr, myself and his brother Frank, who does most of our graphic design, work together to maintain a cinematic feel that represents the tone of the guiding concept. It grounds it in the lore and we feel like it’s really important to marry the music with a visual component. In movies I always maintain that sound is half the experience so in our music we feel like a strong visual representation helps tie the whole thing together. The music is very important to us and we feel like the visual component really augments that importance.

DC: What’s the plan going to be for Legend of the Seagullmen? Will there be a tour? Are there some tracks that might make their way onto a second album?

JH: We just played live with Primus and it was really great to realize these tunes in front of an audience. We fully plan to do a lot more and see festivals and short tours in our future. We are many demos into our second album.

DC: If you could tell people one thing before they hit ‘Play’ on the album to help set the proper expectations, what would it be?

JH: The Seagull God King thanks you for your soul.

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Trailer and Poster Revealed for Adam MacDonald’s Pyewacket Starring Laurie Holden

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Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat, the title Pyewacket refers to:

One of the familiar spirits of a witch detected by the “witchfinder general” Matthew Hopkins in March 1644 in the town of Manningtree, Essex, England. Hopkins claimed he spied on the witches as they held their meeting close by his house, and heard them mention the name of a local woman.”

Moving on, it was a whopping five months ago that we let you guys know that the new black magic horror flick had found a home with IFC Midnight.

The film is directed by Adam MacDonald – who we all know as the man behind the (no pun intended) killer bear flick Backcountry – and co-stars Laurie Holden aka Andrea from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

If just that quick collection of talent behind the camera wasn’t enough to pique your interest then maybe the film’s trailer and the poster will help. I’m really digging everything I’m seeing from this film thus far and I cannot wait to check it out once it hits theaters and VOD this March.

Peep the poster to the right and the trailer below, then let us know what you think!

The film is written and directed by Adam MacDonald and stars Nicole Muñoz, Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”), Chloe Rose, and Eric Osborne.

Pyewacket hits select theaters and VOD on March 23.

Synopsis:

When you’re dealing with demons, be careful what you wish for… In this ultra-unsettling occult nightmare, teenage Leah (Nicole Muñoz) finds solace from the recent death of her father—and from her strained relationship with her mother (Laurie Holden)—by dabbling in the dark arts. It all seems like harmless fun at first, until a blow out argument leads Leah to do the unthinkable: put a death curse on her mother. No sooner has the girl performed the ritual than she regrets it. But it may be too late, as an evil presence known as Pyewacket begins to make itself known—and threatens to destroy both mother and daughter.

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A Quiet Place Gets New Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

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A Quiet Place opens in April but before then we have an all-new featurette from the film for your viewing pleasure.

It features director John Krasinski talking a bit about the film and what we can expect to have nightmares about afterward.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

John Krasinski directs the film which will be the opening night entry at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, TX. It will then open wide on April 6. Emily Blunt stars alongside Krasinski, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds.

Synopsis:

In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

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