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Exclusive: Christa Campbell Talks Spiders 3D, Texas Chainsaw 3D and More!Recently Dread Central was able to chat with star Christa Campbell about Spiders 3D, Texas Chainsaw 3D, and much more! Read on for the latest from one of the horror genre’s loveliest scream queens.

Dread: How did you initially get involved with Spiders 3D?

Campbell: Well, working primarily in the horror genre, I got the script, and they said, “Read it; let us know what you think.” I read it and thought, “Wow, this is great! Fantastic! I just hope they’re not going to have real spiders. But I need a job so let’s do it!” Thankfully, they didn’t use real spiders; it was all CGI. *laughs*

Dread: You guys shot this film in Bulgaria. What was it like shooting so far away from home?

Campbell: I love working in Bulgaria. I’ve done several films there. I have a saying for when I do things like that: “It’s like an adventure.” I had my own car and was able to drive myself around, but I couldn’t read any of the signs. I love meeting and communicating with the people there; I get a thrill out of it.

There’s a studio there called Nu Boyana; it’s twice as big as Paramount. It’s just like home. You had everything you needed. It’s an enormous studio. I think there were like 5 or 6 films filming there at the same time, but you never really saw anybody from them. It’s huge.

Dread: Spiders 3D is a lot of fun, but it’s also fairly serious in tone. How were you able to keep the balance between having fun and keeping it serious?

Campbell: I’m not really a comedy girl so I try to keep it very serious. There’s funny moments where I want to laugh my ass off, but I have to try to be serious. There was a moment during filming where a guy is hanging off a ledge, and he has what’s supposed to be a spider web hanging off his foot, but it’s actually just a piece of cotton or something. That struck me as really funny and I wanted to crack up laughing, but you have to keep it serious.*laughs*

The thing about a movie like this is that it’s fun to work on. Even though it’s fairly serious, there’s no deep crying or anything overly emotional. It’s not about murder or anything like that. Every morning you go to work and just have fun.

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Dread: You’re also a producer on the upcoming Texas Chainsaw 3D; how did you get involved with that?

Campbell:I had a meeting with Twisted Pictures about auditioning for “Scream Queens” or something like that, and I asked them, “What are you doing after Saw?” After that we had meetings with a few writers. I went off to film Spiders, and they got the rights for Texas. We said, “Let’s bring it to Millennium, and Lionsgate will put it out.”

Millennium does make horror movies from time to time, but it’s not really their kind of film. We kind of had to explain it to them; after they knew what it was we had to figure out if we could make it or not. Carl Mazzocone is the one that’s doing the bulk of the producing; he calls us if he needs help. He’s basically the one that’s at it on set every day.

Dread: It’s a sequel to the original series, right? Can you tell us anything about the story?

Campbell:Yes, it’s a sequel to the original films, not the remake series. I can’t really say anything outside of that. I don’t like getting angry phone calls. *laughs*

Dread: Earlier you mentioned that you were glad when you found out the spiders were going CGI and not real. Is that something you were really worried about before you knew for sure?

Campbell: I’m sort of that kind of person where I’m fearless; even if I’m afraid, I’ll take it on. Not knowing if the spiders were real was a little nerve-racking, but if they were, I’d just to have to take it on. It’s just a fear that I’d have to overcome.

Dread: Being a veteran of the horror genre, what are the kinds of horror films that you like personally?

Campbell: I like the horror movies that aren’t really in your face with the blood and gore… Orphan, The Orphanage, The Shining, Poltergeist, films like that. The blood and gore are okay, but the films I really love are the ones that get in my head and stay with me.

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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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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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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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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