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TIFF 2012: No One Lives - Interview With Director Ryuhei KitamuraIt has been four years since admired Japanese director Ryuhei Kitamura unleashed Midnight Meat Train to audiences, and aficionados of his work showed their support for his latest American horror flick, No One Lives, by attending the lively Midnight Madness premiere during TIFF 2012.

Known for his cheeky style of humor as well as his unrelenting and creative kill sequences, Kitamura gave hard-core fans what they were waiting for, and although the film has garnered very mixed reviews in the horror community, it’s difficult to deny the fact that Kitamura is one the horror genre’s crème de la crème when it comes to brutality.

Dread Central had the chance to talk to Kitamura while promoting No One Lives (review) at the film festival and chatted about the challenges of working on the film, the incredible talent he assembled and details on the possibility of the sequel to Versus.

When asked what drew him to directing No One Lives as his next American film, Kitamura had no problem candidly admitting that the script at first wasn’t necessarily an easy sell.

The producers found me and gave me this script that was written a couple years ago, and the title says it all. Everybody dies. At first when I started reading the first ten pages, I wasn’t too impressed. I thought it was going to be another torture porn film. I actually didn’t want to do it. Although, when I kept reading, I discovered that in the first fifteen minutes there was a big twist and the movie turned into a completely different movie. After I finished reading the script, I thought it was pure fun. It was very different from the last movie I did, Midnight Meat Train. This film is a very simple movie, and I felt like I wanted to do it.

One of the biggest questions after the premiere of the film was whether No One Lives was supposed to be taken seriously or if it was a comedy in disguise. We asked Kitamura to give us his interpretation of what he wanted audiences to experience while watching the film.

I did have some control when it came to the script. I always love the fun moments. From the moment I first read the script, my goal was to just make it fun. I don’t want to make a movie that depresses the audience. My movies are always full of mixed sentiments. Yes, I want my audience to scream, but I want to make them laugh, too,” he revealed.

The film’s biggest strength that most critics have collectively agreed on was the use of bloody and practical special effects that were created by popular special effects artist/director Robert Hall. Kitamura then dished on how it was to work with the man who is becoming a legend in his field.

Robert Hall is great. He’s also a director so he really understands from different directors’ point of views. He understood what I wanted. I told him I was tired of CGI blood. It’s cheesy and it never looks great. He agreed and was there for every step of the way, and it was really fun working with him.

With a lower budget than he had for Midnight Meat Train, Kitamura also talked about the many challenges he had to work with on set.

For some reason the producers decided to shoot in June and July in Louisiana. It was hot, and those months had the shortest nights of the year and 90 percent of the movie takes place at night. Every movie I have worked on, doesn’t matter how big or low the budget is, it’s always a race against time and money. We shot the film in 25 days. It was almost like ‘mission impossible.’ It took me a while to convince the financiers that we could do this. I survived worse, though, with making independent Japanese films. My record is 46 hours non-stop shooting without lunch breaks.

Kitamura then went on to discuss his decision to cast up and coming actor Luke Evans and why he thought he was the perfect candidate to take on the important role of the anti-hero, Driver, in the film.

I love Luke Evans. He’s a class act actor. The character Driver and his twisted relationship with his female victims was something that I knew was going to be challenging to shoot. I really needed someone to do the role justice because the movie is not just about blood and guts. Luke is good looking, can be scary and exudes a mysterious aura and is very intelligent. He was the perfect choice.“

Considering the film has already garnered a backlash of negative reviews from the online world, we asked Kitamura if there was anything he would change after witnessing the movie with a massive crowd.

Of course, there are hundreds of things I want to change. There are always continuity errors and actors throwing tantrums that I wish I could have resolved earlier. It’s difficult when you are the one who is left responsible for the errors when the movie is done. But I set up to the best I could do, and that’s what really matters.

To conclude our interview, Kitamura talked about the possibilities of a future installment and if fans will indeed get the Versus sequel they have been patiently waiting for all these years.

I hope so. It depends how the movie plays. The Driver character is great, and the relationship between Emma and Driver could definitely be explored because you never know what’s going to happen. I’ve never done a sequel before. The only thing I’m thinking of doing as a sequel is Versus 2. If I’m going to do a sequel, it will be that one since I’m sick of people asking me when I will do another Versus,” he joked.

We would like to thank Ryuhei Kitamura for taking the time to talk to us during the very busy Toronto International Film Festival. Make sure to check our site for any news of the status of No One Lives.

A ruthless criminal gang takes a young couple hostage and goes to ground in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. When the captive girl is killed, the tables are unexpectedly turned. The gang finds itself outsmarted by an urbane and seasoned killer determined to ensure that no one lives.

No One Lives, written by David Cohen and directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, is a smart and original horror movie with at its heart a killer in the grip of a dark and twisted love affair.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD



VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!


A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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