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In the last of our Frankenweenie roundtable interviews, Dread Central was on hand to catch up with two of the funniest cast members of the flick- Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short.

Both “SCTV” and Tim Burton alums, O’Hara and Short also pull triple duty on the filmmaker’s latest stop-motion animated flick, both lending their voices to three different characters in the flick. During the recent press day held at Disneyland, we heard more from Short and O’Hara about reteaming with Burton, voicing their characters and a whole lot of funny business in between.

Check out the highlights from the Frankenweenie roundtable below and look for movie to arrive in theaters everywhere tomorrow!

Question: Had you guys seen sketches of your characters and sketches of the environment you’d be working in before you began doing the voices for the film?

Catherine O’Hara: Absolutely.

Martin Short: What’s amazingly rewarding for an actor to work with Tim is that he, you know obviously he’s hired you. So the buck stops with him and starts with him. You see a sketch and then for the first session or two he wants to hear how you see it and when he starts laughing, then you know you’re on the right track. And not necessarily laughing out of something’s funny been said, but laughing because now it’s fitting in to how he saw it.

Burgermeister would be an example of someone he didn’t know what he would sound like, but he knew he should be disturbing, weird, odd, and uh… I remember at one point I said uh, what if he just had been a four packs a day smoker but had recently quit. With Tim that’s just the kind of thing he looks for (laughs).

Catherine O’Hara: Yeah. They had these drawings on easels in the first recording session; these beautiful drawings of these characters that you see in the movie and then they tell you a bit of the story and-and I find with that kind of work, when you have such a beautiful thing to work from – these images, that it is of course…

Martin Short: Did you say from or with?

Catherine O’Hara: I’m working from it.

Martin Short: I thought you were talking about me again (laughs).

Catherine O’Hara: No, dear. So yes- that you want to honor that because first of all, Tim did the short film twenty years ago, so that’s been in his head. Then people are imagining that this is a more personal story for Tim than some of his other movies so I felt a great responsibility and it was also a great honor to be able to voice those characters that had been in his head and we get to be a part of that.

Question: Both of you have worked with Tim before, so how did he approach you for these roles? And because you’re doing voice acting as opposed to live action acting, how different was it working with him as a director?

Catherine O’Hara: Well I got a call from my agent saying Tim wants you to come in and do three voices and I went ‘Really?’ My agent told me it for was the Mother, Weird Girl, and Gym Teacher and I thought, ‘Okay, that’s great!’ But I thought at the time that he was just giving me a shot at three voices; I did not for a second assume I was going to be playing all three characters. But actually each time I went in and they still had me doing all three characters which was great.

But when you see Tim again, he’s just the same as he was for me on the set of Beetlejuice; really fun and loose but absolutely knows what he wants. And when you first open your voice I think it’s scary, whether it’s live action or recording but especially if it’s voice but Tim makes you feel safe so you just sort of jump in and start playing and have fun with him. He’s the same guy in that way.

Martin Short: I worked with him on a film called Mars Attacks and I wasn’t sure what it would be like to work with Tim Burton you know. Right away you’re struck by that he’s just like a funny guy who wants to laugh and isn’t particularly dark at all; just joyful, really enthusiastic and very much wants to hear what your take on it.

I remember we were doing a scene in Mars Attacks, which was complicated blocking and he said well just go and try it. Then when you think about it, as I said earlier, that Tim has hired you but to keep you involved is his decision. I found that he was the exact same now ten or fifteen years later; I don’t find that he was particularly different, it was a new piece of art that he was creating.

Catherine O’Hara: Oh yeah Tim’s work is, I think, ever-growing and ever-changing and although he certainly has great consistency in taking care of his characters and his visuals but he seems like the same guy to work with. I remember how they were waiting to see how Pee-wee’s Big Adventure was going to perform before they would give more money for Beetlejuice and I saw back then how everything was resting on his shoulders- how that movie was going to do. But Tim nailed it- he always nails it- but when you spend time with him now, he’s the same guy.

Question: Obviously you guys had seen sketches and read the script when you came on to the project, so when the movie was completed sometime after you’d done your voiceover work and you saw it, was there anything different about the film that you weren’t expecting to see? Given that you’d had access to all those materials ahead of time.

Catherine O’Hara: Oh yeah, I was blown away especially by the stop frame animation. You totally appreciate it as a story and you care about the characters and it’s just this beautiful, touching, funny, great movie. But it’s almost impossible to appreciate the work until you actually see it. The meticulous millisecond by millisecond handling of the characters in the set that goes into the flow. When you see that dog Sparky in the movie and the way he moves and jumps around, the little ball, it’s just so real and so alive. I can’t imagine what goes into all that work; you need to watch a six-month making-of to appreciate the artistry that goes into a movie like this.

Martin Short: I agree and what I think is kind of endearing about this project particularly is that you know that Tim is a wealthy, successful man so when he takes on a project, particularly something this personal, his agenda is to make it as good as possible. There’s no like ‘uh yeah, do whatever- I gotta go to dinner now, you take care of things’ mentality with him at all; Frankenweenie a real work of love and art.

The Frankenweenie voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands), Catherine O’Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas), Martin Short (Mars Attacks!), and Martin Landau (Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow), along with Charlie Tahan and Atticus Shaffer.

A heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, ‘Frankenweenie’ will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.

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Honest Trailers Takes on Stephen King’s IT



Who out there loves Screen Junkies Honest Trailers?

Well, then today is your lucky day as the YouTube channel has just released their Honest Trailer for director Andres Muschietti’s take on Stephen King’s IT.

I don’t tend to watch these Honest Trailers videos but I have to admit this one was pretty fun. I’m not for mercilessly poking fun at movies that don’t deserve it, but when someone can point out issues I never realized (that are kinda valid) then I’m all in.

You can check out the Honest Trailer for Stephen King’s IT below and then let us know what you think!

Stephen King’s IT is now available on Blu-ray.



Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.

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Before We Vanish Review – A Quirky and Original Take on Alien Invasions



Starring Masami Nagasawa, Ryûhei Matsuda, Hiroki Hasegawa

Written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

During the J-horror rampage of the late 90’s and early 2000’s, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Kairo (aka Pulse). A dark, depressing, and morose tale of ghosts that use the internet to spread across the world, the film’s almost suffocatingly gloomy atmosphere pervaded across every frame of the film. Because of my love of this film, I was eager to see the director’s upcoming movie Sanpo Suru Shinryakusha (aka Before We Vanish), which follows three aliens who recently arrived on Earth and are preparing to bring about an alien invasion that will wipe humanity from the face of the planet. Imagine my surprise when the film turned out to be barely a horror title but was instead a quirky and surreal dramedy that tugged at my heartstrings.

Admittedly, I was thrown completely for a loop as the film begins with a scene that feels perfectly at home in a horror film. Akira (Tsunematsu), a teenage girl, goes home and we enter moments later to blood splashed on the walls and floor and bodies strewn about. However, the disturbing visuals are spun around as the young girl walks down a highway, her clothes and face streaked with blood, Yusuke Hayashi’s music taking on a lighthearted, almost jaunty attitude. From there, we learn of the other two aliens (yes, she’s an alien and it’s not a secret or a twist, so no spoilers there): Amano (Takasugi), who is a young man that convinces a sleazy reporter, Sakurai (Hasegawa), of his true form and tasks Sakurai with being his guide, and Shinji (Matsuda), the estranged husband of Narumi (Nagasawa).

What sets these aliens, and their mission, apart from other invasion thrillers is their means of gathering information. They’re not interested in meeting leaders nor do they capture people for nefarious experimentations. Rather, they steal “concepts” from the minds of people, such as “family”, “possession”, or “pest”. Once these concepts are taken, the victim no longer has that value in their mind, freed from its constraints.

While this may seem like a form of brainwashing, Kurosawa instead plays with the idea that maybe knowing too much is what holds us back from true happiness. A man obsessed with staking claim to his family home learns to see the world outside of its walls when “possession” is no longer a part of his life. A touchy boss enters a state of child-like glee after “work” has been taken. That being said, there are other victims who are left as little more than husks.

Overly long at 130 minutes, the film does take its time showing the differences between the aliens and their individual behaviors. Amano and Akira are casually ruthless, willing to do whatever it takes to send a beacon to begin the alien invasion, no matter how many must die along the way, while Shinji is the curious and almost open-minded one, whose personal journey finds him at one point asking a priest to envision and describe “love”, a concept that is so individualistic and personal that it can’t be taken, much less fathomed, by this alien being. While many of these scenes are necessary, they could have easily been edited down to shave 10-15 minutes, making the film flow a bit more smoothly.

While the film begins on a dark note, there is a scene in the third act that is so pure and moving that tears immediately filled my eyes and I choked up a little. It’s a moment of both sacrifice and understanding, one that brings a recurring thread in the story full circle.

With every passing minute, Before We Vanish makes it clear that it’s much more horror-adjacent than horror. An alien invasion thriller with ultimate stakes, it will certainly have appeal to genre fans. That being said, those who go in expecting action, violence, and terror will certainly be disappointed. But those whose mind is a bit more open to a wider range of possibilities will find a delightful story that attempts to find out what it means to be human, even if we have to learn the lesson from an alien.

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Before We Vanish is a beautiful, wonderful tale that explores what it means to be human when faced with the threat of extinction.

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Director Doug Liman Says Edge of Tomorrow 2 Could Be His Next Film



I don’t know if you ever bothered to see the Tom Cruise/Emily Blunt sci-fi action flick Edge of Tomorrow, but if you missed out, you should make time for the stellar flick.

I kept putting the film off myself, but then when I finally peeped the Groundhog Day-style shenanigans contained within, I was a fan signed, sealed, and delivered D.O.A.

It is with this in mind I’m excited to share the news that Edge of Tomorrow 2 just might be director Doug Liman’s next film! Recently the director spoke with Collider and dropped some new info on the possible sequel.

“We’re just working on the script…,” Liman said. “[We’re no longer working on scheduling issues]; now it’s down to we have a window where we could go do it, and we’re frantically working on the script. It’s one of those movies that we’ll only go make if we love the script. It’s not one of those things where the studio is pushing us to make it and they don’t really care if it’s good or not. If the movie happens, it will be because Emily Blunt, Tom Cruise, and myself are passionate about making it, which is a great place to be. She doesn’t need this movie, he doesn’t need this movie, and I don’t need it. We’re gonna make it if we really believe in it. We have [a] story that the three of us love, so we’re working hard on the script.”

So when he was asked if the film could be his next flick, he said: “It could be. It has the possibility of being my next film.”

Good enough for me!

You can check out the trailer for the original film out again below; and for your own good, if you’ve been passing on the film for the last few years, give it a shot tonight. You will not be disappointed.

When Earth falls under attack from invincible aliens, no military unit in the world is able to beat them. Maj. William Cage (Tom Cruise), an officer who has never seen combat, is assigned to a suicide mission. Killed within moments, Cage finds himself thrown into a time loop, in which he relives the same brutal fight — and his death — over and over again. However, Cage’s fighting skills improve with each encore, bringing him and a comrade (Emily Blunt) ever closer to defeating the aliens.

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