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This week, provocative filmmaker Jennifer Lynch’s latest project Chained hit DVD and Blu-Ray shelves everywhere courtesy of Anchor Bay Films and in honor of the occasion, we caught up with one of the film’s co-stars, Australian actor Eamon Farren.

Farren, an up-and-coming actor who has made a name for himself on the independent cinema scene in his native country, stars in Chained as the teenage version of Rabbit, a child taken in by a psychotic murdered named Bob (Vincent D’Onofrio) who kidnapped the young boy and his mom (Julia Ormond) during a cab ride gone wrong. After killing his mother, Bob keeps the child chained inside his home, condemning the youngster to a life of slavery, living out his life only to cater to the serial killer’s deadly whims.

During our interview with Farren, we spoke to the actor about what attracted him to the intense thriller, collaborating with both Lynch and D’Onofrio on Chained and how he prepared for the physicality of a role where your character is subjected to endless abuse. Check out our exclusive chat with Farren below and make sure to check back soon right here for more on the controversial flick with both Lynch and D’Onofrio.

Dread Central: Can you discuss what your initial thoughts were for the script of Chained and what made the biggest impression on you regarding the character of Rabbit?

Eamon Farren: The first thing that I read was Jen’s cover page letter to the reader. It was not so much a vision statement, but more of an insight into what she saw as the heart of the film- the characters, their emotional complexity and their reality. As soon as I finished reading that, I knew the material was in good hands.

So when I finished the script, I was just excited. Rabbit was a boy stunted; an innocent ruled by fear but also accustomed to great abuse and the witness of real terror. I remember imagining the possibilities within him – a nine-year-old kid in a 19-year-old body, living in darkness and right at the point of living there forever or breaking free. That’s some pretty excellent shit for an actor.

Dread Central: How were your experiences collaborating with Jennifer on the film?

Eamon Farren: I was heading home from a few months in LA, on the way to the airport, when the casting director Shannon Makhanian called me asking if I could meet with Jen. I couldn’t so I said I would put down a test when I got home. I read it and loved it and thought I’d blown it by not being able to meet with Jen. I sent off my test and a couple of days later I was talking to Jen on the phone. She just called me one morning and we talked a little about the script but mostly about family, nature versus nurture and ourselves. It was the warmest, funniest and easiest conversation I’ve ever had with a director I’d never met.

And working with Jen on Chained was incredible; we never really talked too much about Rabbit, just more about ourselves and tried to make each other laugh. And shooting the film felt like second nature, the scenes would be focused but loose, incredibly tense but hilarious. I never had to say too much to her, she would give me a look or whisper one word and I’d get it. There’s a beautiful empathy that Jen has, a passion for good stories and characters that burn off each other and I was just so lucky to be able to work with her.

Dread Central: I thought you and Vincent had incredible chemistry together on Chained – can you talk about working with him and fleshing out these characters together? Were you able to work together before shooting or did you guys have to find that chemistry on set?

Eamon Farren: I met Vincent just before we worked together. In our first scene, I had no lines, was pretending to be knocked out and Vincent did all the work- that was fine by me. But just before we shot, Vincent came up to me and said ‘this speech is about both of us, so let’s just listen to each other and we’ll find our way.’ And from then on I really believe we just listened to each other in all senses.

Of course, there was a lot of detail involved, but having the freedom to play every scene with an actor like Vincent was the best acting experience I’ve had. Being able to act alongside someone like Vincent D’Onofrio is something I will never forget; it was a master class in the craft- he’s an actor that demands specificity and is also one of the funniest people I’ve ever met.

Dread Central: There was a lot of physicality to this role – the way Rabbit looked, the way he moved, the abuse you took, etc. – how did you prepare yourself for those kinds of challenges on Chained? Did you have to ‘get inside his head’ at all?

Eamon Farren: Rabbit’s life essentially stopped at 9 years old; the trapped child manifested in everything physically and psychologically. The major physical key to Rabbit, for me, was an idea that he touched everything. Growing up in his prison, his world was immediate and tactile. It was, to me, about comfort and familiarity but also an almost developed, childlike OCD. Then there was his mum’s lipstick; Jen and I decided Rabbit would have one thing just for himself- Mum’s red lipstick, hidden under his bed. While shooting many scenes, I’d often just have it in my hand or hold it close and that was an amazing emotional and physical endowment.

Dread Central: So what’s coming up next for you?

Eamon Farren: At this point, I’m booked in to perform in George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” and as Mercutio in “Romeo and Juliet” in Cate Blanchett’s final programmed year of the Sydney Theatre Company, Australia in 2013. That’s all for now really but it’s all very exciting.

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Superheroes You Never Realized Battled Xenomorphs

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Though horror movie fans haven’t gotten an outstanding franchise crossover battle since 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason, superhero movies have been at the forefront of bringing disparate characters together for some serious carnage. Upcoming films like The New Mutants and Spawn are courting horror fans by promising suspense and violence (refusing to shy away from previously taboo R ratings), but many don’t realize comics have been delivering terrifying crossovers featuring some of our favorite villains for years.

With the pending sale of 20th Century Fox to Disney, the future of the Alien franchise has been called into question. Though we may never learn the fates of characters introduced in 2017’s Alien: Covenant, horror and sci-fi fans might want to explore the vast universe unfurled in numerous comics and graphic novels. Not only do they delve into the lives of characters only briefly seen in films, you can find some unexpected crossovers that make Alien vs. Predator seem uninspired.

Superman and Batman are just the two most famous superheroes who have gone toe-to-toe with Xenomorphs in comics. Keep reading for a detailed summary of Alien franchise crossovers in comics.


Superman vs. Aliens

The Man of Steel first crossed paths with Alien’s titular extraterrestrials in a 3-episode series from Dark Horse Comics. Written and illustrated by Dan Jurgens, Superman vs. Aliens ran from July through September 1995. The story found Superman lamenting his isolation when a signal from deep space renewed hopes that there may be other survivors of Krypton’s apocalypse.

His hopes are dashed, however, when he arrives at the decimated city of Argo, where a Xenomorph infestation has wiped out the once-thriving community. Deprived of the powers he receives from Earth’s yellow Sun, Superman must face the Alien Queen while seeking a cure for the Xenomorph embryo growing inside him!

The Kryptonian would battle these fearsome foes again in Superman vs. Aliens II: God War in 2002; the 4-episode series from Dark Horse was written by Chuck Dixon and illustrated Jon Bogdanove. This time, Superman comes to the rescue when a renegade ship full of Xenomorphs crashes into the homeworld of The New Gods. In this series, Superman’s commitment to protecting all life is challenged, as he contemplates finding a suitable planet for the Alien Queen.


Batman vs. Aliens

Dark Horse released Batman/Aliens as a 2-part series in 1997; it was written by Ron Marz and illustrated and inked by Bernie Wrightson. The Caped Crusader uncovers a Xenomorph threat while investigating Mayan ruins, leading to a confrontation unlike anything Batman’s ever faced before. The clash continued in 2002’s Batman/Aliens II, a 3-part series written by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Staz Johnson.

This time, the Xenomorph plague hits Gotham, when a sealed vault reveals unsettling artifacts from a doomed mission to the South Pole. Mayhem reigns when face-huggers invade Arkham Asylum, where Batman must contend with a shadowy black-ops agency in addition to the relentless decimation caused by the Aliens.


Green Lantern vs. Aliens

Green Lantern versus Aliens (2000) is actually a continuation of a series that saw several iconic superheroes battling Predator’s intergalactic bounty hunters—but that’s a story for another article! This 4-issues series (also from Dark Horse and written by Ron Marz and illustrated by Rick Leonardi) kicks off with a never-before-told chapter in the story of Hal Jordan, widely considered the greatest of those to have carried the Green Lantern mantle.

Jordan’s decision to contain rather than destroy the Xenomorph threat will haunt his predecessor, Kyle Rayner, who joins a group of former Green Lantern Corps members to rescue residents of a planet overrun by Aliens. Ultimately, he must face the Alien Queen while struggling with the ethical consequences of annihilating an entire species, no matter how insidious it is—the same conundrum that tortured Jordan.


Judge Dredd vs. Aliens

In 2003, the Xenomorph plague hit Mega-One City hard in the 4-issue series Judge Dredd versus Aliens: Incubus, a collaboration between Dark Horse and Rebellion Developments; it was written by John Wagner and Andy Diggle and illustrated and inked by Henry Flint.

When the Alien threat emerges, Dredd first suspects there’s a connection to an underground fighting circuit, but this case will force him to seek the very origins of the nefarious species. In addition to protecting the residents of Mega-One, Dredd must also contend with an embryo growing inside him.


Others vs. Aliens

Other unexpected Alien crossovers that took place in comics worth mentioning include Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In Space No One Can Hear You Slay! Courtesy of (you guessed it) Dark Horse and released in 2012, an ill-advised “spacecation” finds Sunnydale’s savior facing off against the galaxy’s greatest scourge. The species’ acid-blood makes Buffy’s usual method of dispatch uniquely problematic!

Back in 1998, the WildC.A.T.s crossed paths with horror fans’ favorite E.T.’s after an outer space escape pod crash lands in New York City. With StormWatch out of commission, the remaining team must rally all their resources to defeat an unprecedented threat in WildC.A.T.s/Aliens, a one-off first published by Image Comics, and later picked up by Dark Horse.

Perhaps the most bizarre matchup occurred in 2012 when Vampirella battled Xenomorphs in a whopping 6-episode series published simultaneously in digital format by Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse and (of course) Dark Horse Digital. Aliens/Vampirella takes place on Mars and also includes an ancient race of Martian warriors.

As creative minds and artists continue to collaborate, we can expect many more unexpected crossovers in the years to come. Whether any of these comic book match-ups featuring Xenomorphs ever come to fruition in the form of feature films, however, remains to be seen (though it seems unlikely).

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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