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Exclusive: Tibor Takacs Talks Spiders 3DMaking its debut this week at the Los Angeles 3D Film & Music Festival, Spiders 3D is ready to bring 8-legged arachnid mayhem back to the silver screen… in 3D! Read on for our exclusive interview with the man behind this latest web of destruction!

Directed by seasoned sci-fi filmmaker Tibor Takács (The Gate, I, Madman) and starring Christina Campbell (Drive Angry, Hyenas) and veteran giant bug slayer Patrick Muldoon (Starship Troopers, Stigmata), Spiders 3D aims to mix a bit of old school, nostalgic monster movie flare with a more modern twist. Giant, mutated, evil spiders from space! It doesn’t get any better than that!

Recently Dread Central was able to chat with director Takács about Spiders 3D, his inspirations for giant alien arachnids, getting the tone right in a monster movie, what’s next on the horizon and more!

Dread: When you hear about a movie called Spiders 3D, it kind of conjures up pictures of the old school Hollywood creature features. Can you talk a little about where you got your inspirations and how this film got off the ground?

Takács: It’s sort of an evolved process. I approached Millennium about doing a moderate budget 3D movie. We could take kind of a Syfy Channel budget and turn that into a big screen 3D movie. Nu Image had some success with spider movies, and we wanted to do a giant spider movie because, well, spiders lend themselves to 3D very well, flying through the legs and everything. *laughs*

Most of the inspiration comes from current films, actually. I don’t how much this comes across in the film itself, but a lot of my inspiration actually came from films like Cloverfield. I wanted there to be a nostalgic tone, but not necessarily feel exactly like those films from the 50s. I wanted it to be an homage, but not a parody. I didn’t want people winking at the camera and stuff like that.

Dread: The film is set in New York, and I know on your relatively small budget you probably didn’t shoot there. Where did you guys film this thing?

Takács: Yeah, we couldn’t really get them to shut down the streets in New York. *laughs*

We shot in Bulgaria. They have a 6-block backlot that they call Greenwich Village that was the stand-in for New York. We used their subway system as well. It doesn’t really look like the real New York subway system, but we brought in extra set pieces to make it look a little closer to the real thing.

Dread: One of my favorite things about this movie was the designs on the spiders themselves. They were familiar, but they also had a very otherworldly look to them. Can you talk a little about how you came up with the design?

Takács: Regular spiders, no matter how exotic, are still just earthly spiders. I wanted these to be mutated spiders, alien spiders. They’re also victims of botched scientific experiments. If they were just freaks of the earth, would it be as scary? Probably not.

Dread: Can you talk a little about the cast? In a movie like this, you really need to be able to walk the line between being serious and being a little more lighthearted and funny, and I think they really nailed it. How did you go about casting?

Takács: Everybody who came on board knew what they were in for with a movie like this. I chose people that I felt could play along. There’s a certain attitude that you need to have in order to pull that off. There are so many moments where people had to react to stuff that wasn’t there. You almost need a childlike imagination to react to it, to put themselves there and take it seriously. I wanted the audience to feel like the characters were actually there.

Dread: Kind of going off that, a film like this really lives or dies by its tone. I mean, if you really think about it, it’s kind of a ridiculous situation, alien spiders attacking and all. How were you able to balance that?

Takács: This is a really tricky part. Personal taste really becomes a factor. It’s hard to bet on what the audience will feel. To me, the whole thing is a black comedy. Invasion of the Body Snatchers is one of the funniest films ever made, but also one of the scariest. You have to be able to land on certain positions.

A film I did a few years ago called Ice Spiders was supposed to be much more comedic, but the studio kept saying, “Make it more serious. Make it more serious.” With this one I got a lot more freedom to hit the notes I felt were right.

Dread: With Spiders 3D now under your belt, do you have anything exciting coming up on the horizon?

Takács: I’d like to do another 3D creature movie. I have a few things in the works, but I can’t really talk about them just yet. I’ve always loved 3D, but I never made a 3D movie before. I’d definitely like to do another one.

Dread: Since this was your first 3D movie, did you run into any challenges that you weren’t expecting?

Takács: Everything went as smoothly as it could have expected. I actually thought it was going to be a lot worse, cameras breaking down and taking hours and hours to fix, things like that. But that never really happened; we had a great crew that took care of any of the problems that came up.

I wanted to make a medium budget 3D movie, and I felt the technology was at the right point to do it. The cameras were the right size that we could almost take a 2D type approach; the technology caught up for us to be able to do it. There were a couple of tight moments, but for the most part everything went very well.

Dread: One last thing really quick. I know you said you couldn’t really get into any specifics about what’s coming up next, but when the time comes for your next project, do you think you’ll want to do a classic monster type movie, or is it going to be something a little different?

Takács: I’d like to do something a bit newer. I have to say that Cloverfield is one of my favorite movies. I’d like to do something along those lines.

Synopsis
Following a crash of an old Soviet space station in New York City’s subway tunnel, a new species of poisonous spiders is discovered. Inadvertently the spiders mutate to gigantic proportions and wreak havoc on the entire city.

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Whatever Happened to Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

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Back in April of 2007, we all sat in our local darkened theater and watched as Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s exploitation double feature Grindhouse (review) blew the roof off the place for 3 hours straight.

Well, it’s ten years later, and I think we are all asking ourselves the same question: Where the hell is Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving?

Like every other human out there, I enjoyed both Tarantino and Rodriguez’s films – along with the fake trailers by Rob Zombie and Edgar Wright – but the big takeaway was Eli Roth’s faux trailer for the greatest 80’s slasher that never was.

So what happened to the feature?

Well, Roth was originally working on the feature back in 2007 after finishing his work helming Hostel: Part II, telling Cinema Blend:

“I’ve been working on the script with my co-writer, Jeff Rendell, who plays the pilgrim in the trailer,” Roth told the site. “And it’s me imitating Jeff’s voice [for the narration]. But Jeff has been working. I said that his deal is he has to work on the script while I’m promoting The Last Exorcism, and as soon as I’m done in mid-September he’s going to fly to California, we’re going to sit down, and bang out the script.”

But then the planned film died out as Grindhouse flopped at the box-office. Following the film’s underperformance, all talks surrounding Edgar Wright and Eli Roth’s Grindhouse double feature spin-off were silenced in a single weekend.

In fact, the last update we received on the possible standalone Thanksgiving film was last year when Roth did a Reddit AMA, and said this about the film’s current development:

“Have a draft not totally happy with. I want to put some more work into it so the film lives up to the trailer. We have the story and mythology cracked so now it’s about getting the kills right.”

Nice. Seemed like the film was making some headway. Nothing to do but gut the T’s and cut the heads off the I’s. But then nothing happened. At all. No updates. No nothing.

With that in mind, we here at Dread Central decided to reach out to Roth personally and see if there were any new happenings in regards to the film. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach him so I guess we’ll all just have to keep wondering and waiting.

Maybe it’s the pressure he no doubt feels making the much loved faux trailer into a feature. After all, he did say this back in 2007: “No matter how many movies I make my whole life, that two-and-a-half minute trailer is what I’ll be remembered for: ‘Eli Roth — he had a guy fucking a turkey with a decapitated head on it.’”

Or maybe the rights to the film were just tied up with the now infamous Weinstein company. But with that company finally going under (thank God) maybe now the rights could be sold off to new producers and finally, we’ll see not only Thanksgiving but features based on Don’t and possibly even Werewolf Women of the S.S.

But I dream…

Until we get the full-length feature flick of Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving, we can always look back on the comments he made to Rolling Stone way back in April of 2007, in which he talked a bit about the Pilgrim’s backstory.

“My friend Jeff… we had the whole movie worked out,” Roth told the magazine. “A kid who’s in love with a turkey and then his father killed it and then he killed his family and went away to a mental institution and came back and took revenge on the town.”

Jesus, please us. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the f*cking perfect setup/backstory for an 80’s slasher throwback flick set on Thanksgiving.

So ten years later, let me be the one to come right out and say it: Please, Eli Roth, make Thanksgiving. Please. Every horror fan in the world would thank you. Forever.

Sigh…

We’ll make sure to update this article in another ten years.

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Charles Manson Has Died: These Are the Victims of His Murderous Cult

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Sharon Tate

Yesterday brought the news that famed cult leader Charles Manson had passed away at the age of 83. He passed away from natural causes after spending the last 48 years in jail. While he was supposedly never present at any of the murders caused by his “family”, he was convicted of ordering the deaths of several people and sending his followers to commit the horrible acts.

But let us not dwell upon him anymore. Another psychopath passes on and we should continue about our lives. That being said, instead of discussing him any more, I think we need to take this time to say the names of the victims of Manson and his “family”:

Abigail Folger
Wojciech Frykowski
Gary Hinman
Leno LaBianca
Rosemary LaBianca
Steven Parent
Jay Sebring
Donald Shea
Sharon Tate

These people were each taken from this world too soon, robbed of their lives by those who wished to start a “Helter Skelter” race war. They had families. They were sons, daughters, wives, husbands, fathers, mothers… They were innocent people who were murdered by the worst of the worst.

Today, I do not mourn the death of Charles Manson. Rather, I mourn again the death of nine people who had yet to experience and offer all that life brings. I mourn the death of Sharon Tate’s unborn child, who never even got to breathe the same air we breathe now. I feel saddened by the devastating impact that these murders had upon their families, a pain still felt to this day.

Rest in peace to the victims of a man who wanted to incite war and cause divisiveness. May his passing bring you some semblance of peace. And may we forget his name as quickly as possible.

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This Valentine’s Day Experience the Death of Love

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On the hunt for a new comic and like a bit of humor with your horror? Then the upcoming Death of Love from Image Comics should be right up your alley! Dealing with a broken heart? Even better!

Writer Justin Jordan (The Family Trade, Spread) teams up with artist Donal DeLay (You are Not Alone, My Geek Family), colorist Omar Estévez (Heavy Metal Magazine, Batman ‘66), and letterer Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Vertigo Quarterly) for the least romantic Valentine’s comic ever: Death of Love.

“Love is funny. Chainsaws are funny. Love AND chainsaws, therefore, is gonna be super funny,” says Jordan. “Basically, if you’ve ever wanted to see Cupid torn apart in increasingly hilarious ways, this is definitely the comic for you.”

“I just want everyone to laugh the same way they would watching Army of Darkness or This Is the End,” added DeLay.

Issue #1 arrives on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) next year, and we have a preview of several pages to share below.

Synopsis:
Love sucks. And Philo Harris is going to do something about it.

After a particularly bad, drunken decision, Philo gains the ability to see the Cupidae, the creatures responsible for all the love in the world, and declares war on love itself. With a chainsaw.

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