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For the final installment of our Resident Evil: Retribution interview series, we catch up with the returning Boris Kodjoe, who reprises his role as Luther West after leaving fans questioning his whereabouts at the conclusion of Afterlife.

During our exclusive interview with Kodjoe, we heard more from the actor on reuniting with his Resident Evil family for Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest, and he discusses his thoughts on what makes Luther West tick and teases us a bit when we ask about the upcoming provocative thriller Nurse 3D, which has had everyone buzzing since the smoking hot posters were released several months back now.

Check out our interview with Kodjoe below, and look for Resident Evil: Retribution in theaters everywhere now!

Exclusive: Boris Kodjoe Talks Resident Evil: Retribution, Nurse 3D and More

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Dread Central: Had you known since Afterlife that Paul would be bringing Luther back for this one, or did you have to wait it out a while before you found out?

Boris Kodjoe: Well, the thing is that you really never know until you ultimately get “the call.” But the cool thing about these movies is that they can bring you back anyway- they shoot you five times, it doesn’t matter. You’re still in the next one somehow. Paul always finds a way (laughs).

But I was elated to come back as Luther; this was one of the best experiences I’ve had in my career, and coming back is always like reuniting with family.

Dread Central: This time around Luther has a team of guys with him- Leon (Johann Urb) and Barry (Kevin Durand); did the three of you guys hang out beforehand to bond a bit? You know, doing dude stuff or whatever guys do? (laughs)

Boris Kodjoe: Oh yeah, we dude-ed out, bro-ed out – all of that (laughs). No seriously, we’re all great friends; both Barry and Johann are good friends of mine. I think we’ve all known each other for around 16 years now so a lot of that chemistry is just us. But yeah, we did do a lot of hanging out together before and while shooting. Milla, too, of course; our families are pretty tight.

Dread Central: One of my favorite moments in the movie was the Moscow scene with you guys and the Las Plagas zombies; it looked like a hell of a lot of fun to film- can you talk about your experiences working on that scene?

Boris Kodjoe: It was a really tough scene to shoot; we had to go through six weeks of training to get ready before the Moscow stuff. There were guns everywhere, Uzis blowing things up, breaking zombie necks, getting crazy with chainsaws and one of the most insane car chases I’ve ever seen. It was SO much work for just one part of the movie, but it was worth it; I just saw it a few days ago and it blew me away. It was so badass.

Dread Central: Considering there have been rumors of a sixth and final film, can you talk about where you’d love to see Luther go in the future if you do get to come back? What’s left for Luther to fight for?

Boris Kodjoe: I think Luther is just an Alpha dog; he’s just a leader, he’s a fighter and he wants to survive. At the same token, he also wants to protect his friends; he’s very close to Alice so he will do anything it takes to protect her. Whatever it takes to survive, Luther’s just right in there, brawling. He’s just as confused as everyone else; he doesn’t know who’s who or what’s what so Luther just has to operate on instinct.

Dread Central: I know there are pre-existing storylines out there and everything, but taking into consideration the world of just these movies, what do you think it is about Alice that Luther gravitates towards?

Boris Kodjoe: I think it’s numerous things; I think it’s because she’s a lost soul and he can sense that about her. There’s also the fact that she is a hot, ass-kicking chick, too, and Luther is drawn to winners so there’s that. I mean, let’s be honest- it is a post-apocalyptic world and I’m one of few survivors. There are a few dudes around, and then there’s this hot chick so…yeah (laughs).

Dread Central: Since this is my last question, I just have to ask about Nurse 3D; I was speaking to Doug [Aarniokoski, the director] a few weeks ago for The Day

Boris Kodjoe: What did he say? (laughs)

Dread Central: He just started laughing, much like you just did (laughs).

Boris Kodjoe: Oh, that’s great! All I know is that it was crazy – it was really crazy – when we shot it, and I have less of an idea on how it’s going to turn out so we should just go with what Doug said because I probably know about as much as everyone else does (laughs). But I love that, and this movie will definitely deliver on what people have been hearing about it. It was definitely one of the most interesting projects I’ve ever been involved with- it’s going to be great (laughs). Oh man.

Written and directed by Paul Anderson, Resident Evil: Retribution stars Milla Jovovich, Boris Kodjoe, Li Bingbing, Kevin Durand, Shawn Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Johann Urb, and Colin Salmon. Look for Resident Evil: Retribution in theatres NOW.

Synopsis
The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex. Without a safe haven, Alice continues to hunt those responsible for the outbreak; a chase that takes her from Tokyo to New York, Washington, D.C. and Moscow, culminating in a mind-blowing revelation that will force her to rethink everything that she once thought to be true. Aided by newfound allies and familiar friends, Alice must fight to survive long enough to escape a hostile world on the brink of oblivion. The countdown has begun.

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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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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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