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This week the silly, sexy and ultra-gory creature feature romp Piranha 3DD is hitting DVD and Blu-ray shelves everywhere, and to get you guys ready, Dread Central recently chatted with horror’s dynamic duo of writing: Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton!

The duo penned the sequel for a frequent co-collaborator of theirs, director John Gulager (the madman behind the Feast trilogy and a “Project Greenlight” winner alongside Dunstan and Melton in Season Three).

Check out what both Melton and Dunstan had to say about their sequel, pushing boundaries, deconstructing “The Hoff,” sequel potential and more in our exclusive interview with the screenwriting team below.

Exclusive: Writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton Talk Piranha 3DD, Sequels, and More!

Dread Central: Can you guys talk about what kind of touchstones you made sure to keep from the first movie for Piranha 3DD? Clearly the location was different and – I would imagine – more challenging.

Marcus Dunstan: There were challenges, but having Piranha 3DD take place in a water park was also a prime testing ground for just how far we could push things. We wanted to push the lines in regard to that weird kind of glamour that’s associated with a sleazy adults-only type of place; sort of that same feeling you get when you’re swimming and you accidentally pick up a Band-Aid floating in the water and it’s not yours (laughs).

Patrick Melton: We knew from our work on the first one that this one was going to have to do something more extreme like a water park so we found two great locations down in Louisiana with Gulager- one in Shreveport and one in Baton Rouge. We just decided to stay down there and wrote the first draft while we were there. We just always had to be conscientious of the budget; that was a big challenge.

Dread Central: I was a huge fan of the humor in Piranha 3DD, particularly “the line” Katrina Bowden drops later on in the film–

Marcus Dunstan: Isn’t that great? She just nailed that so perfectly, I loved it! (laughs) It really was a make or break moment in the film, and her delivery really paid off and sold that moment.

Patrick Melton: You know, for that we had a studio mandate…

Dread Central: Wait, that was a studio mandated moment? Wow. (laughs)

Patrick Melton: Oh yes, really. (laughs) We really had a mandate that said there needed to be a moment when a piranha comes into a woman’s…um…’hoo-ha’ and then out of it so we just went with that and kind of worked backwards with the concept. It ended up being sort of the unintentional centerpiece moment of the movie, but yeah, it’s a lot of fun.

Oh, and that didn’t even end up being the weirdest note we had on Piranha 3DD either; that involved another location on a dude, if you can imagine (laughs).

Marcus Dunstan: We really cranked it up to 17 on Piranha 3DD; we originally wanted to have an homage to Humanoids from the Deep where a baby piranha would bust out of a pregnant woman’s stomach, but we had to keep our budget in mind.

Dread Central: Let’s talk about another great part of Piranha 3DD– David Hasselhoff; was he entirely on board with this role from the start? This kind of deconstructive role isn’t usually the type of thing we see a lot of actors do in movies- sometimes people aren’t very good at poking fun at themselves.

Patrick Melton: Our original idea was to have this water park that was filled with D-list celebrity lifeguards who hate being there, but we had to scrap that idea and eventually went with the idea of the lifeguard being The Hoff because he is really the best. He has been around for like 20-30 years now and was great about everything, but of course we had a line with how far we’d go with it just so he didn’t come off as really unlikable.

It really came down to the humor of The Hoff’s general reluctance to help anyone around him when things go bad at the water park; that humor really helps bridge the story in the movie and especially all the different horror and comedy elements.

Marcus Dunstan: People ended up really caring about The Hoff’s character in the end, which was great (laughs).

Dread Central: Since I have time for one last question, I wanted to know whether or not the three of you (Dunstan, Melton and Gulager) have talked about another sequel if there’s a chance to do a third Piranha flick?

Patrick Melton: We would love to come back and do another one, definitely. And of course we’d love to work with John again because he really gets what these movies are all about.

Marcus Dunstan: We’ve already set up for what the third movie could be since the piranha are continuing to evolve, and there are plenty of common-place water systems like plumbing in your home or in office buildings so yes- there is plenty of carnage out there to be had if we get to do a third Piranha.

Exclusive: Writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton Talk Piranha 3DD, Sequels and More

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1



SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene



One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival



The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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