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Exclusive: Dee Wallace Discusses the Enduring Legacy of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and MoreWhile it not may necessarily be a horror film, there’s no arguing the longstanding effects of Steven Spielberg’s modern sci-fi classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and how it defined a generation of cinema and still continues to capture the hearts and imagination of movie lovers all over!

Considering its contributions to the world of modern genre films (albeit mainly family flicks) and the fact that the titular alien hero is so damn irresistible, Dread Central couldn’t help but jump at the chance to chat with star Dee Wallace during a recent press day held for the 30th Anniversary Blu-ray release of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

During our exclusive interview we spoke with Wallace about her experiences working on the project alongside Spielberg, how E.T. changed everything in her career and looked back at some of the actress’ favorite moments from the film.

Read on for more from Wallace, and look for the digitally remastered 30th Anniversary Blu-ray of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial hitting shelves everywhere on October 9th courtesy of Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Dread Central: Looking back at this movie and seeing its impact on fans for 30 years, personally for you, what sort of impact has it had on your life? We hear about your professional life, but what about you as a person? Is this something that you look back on and say, “I can’t even believe that this is something that I was a part of”?

Dee Wallace: No, I look back and go, “Wow, how blessed I was to be a part of this and still am!” I think I’ve lived this movie. I think, in retrospect, I did E.T. so I could really learn the message of E.T. in my own life, which is, “No matter what happens, keep your heart light open and keep it on and stay in love.” I think that’s the message for everybody and that’s the truth that we all get. On whatever level we get it on when we watch this film is that if we’re going to create the world we want, and get back home, we have to start with ourselves. We have to believe we can and we have to be authentically open in our hearts to the love that we were created with.

Dread Central: Mary became such an iconic character for so many people; I think she sort of defined what mothers were in 80s cinema and your character became a template for a lot of other mother characters that followed. What were your first impressions of Mary when you read the script and what was it about her that was relatable to you?

Dee Wallace: Well, I wanted the role because of Steven. I wanted to do the movie because Steven Spielberg was getting to be Steven Spielberg. But I also wanted to do the movie because of Melissa Mathison’s script and the beauty and truthfulness of it.

I just got Mary because Mary was very much like my mom. I had a dad, but he was a very unpresent dad. He was an alcoholic who ultimately committed suicide so for most of my life, my mom raised me and supported us by herself, even though he was there. So I knew that dynamic of “I have to go to work. Oh my god my kid is sick! How am I going to go to work if my kid is sick?” I remember my mom going, “I shouldn’t leave her at home by herself but I don’t have anybody to watch her, we’re too poor.” That whole frenetic “How do I keep my life going and support my kids and create a happy life for them?” at the same time.

And did my mom know what was going on in my life half the time? No, she didn’t.

Dread Central: Family is so important in this; did you have favorite moments with the kids? I always enjoyed the dynamic between your family because it was so believable; there was such a realism to that, and I think that relatability is just one part of the reason why this movie endures.

Dee Wallace: I think that A- a lot of that was because you had two very young actors that had never acted; they were just brilliant actors, because they were real in the moment. And then B- because Steven, throughout the entire film, would throw things out while we were shooting, “Okay Drew, now say this line. Okay Drew, take a bite of your hamburger and say this line.” And so he would keep it fresh all the time, but also he would take all of us and go, “Okay, say this line but don’t tell Dee. Dee, you say this line but don’t tell the kids you’re going to say it.” And I love working that way, because you just become the character and you have those real moments that you’re talking about and relating to right now.

Like when Elliott (Henry Thomas) said “penis breath”, I didn’t know he was going to say “penis breath” so that reaction was a genuine real reaction instead of a studied reaction. I could have gone, “Okay well, I should turn around and really get on him about this in front of the other kids.” That’s where your mind goes but your talent wants to come from the real thing which is a laugh- “Oh my god, my kid just said ‘penis breath.'”

So there were all kinds of moments like that where we just bonded as a family. We played basketball together, I helped them with their homework, you know- stuff like that.

Dread Central: So what’s your favorite E.T. moment then?

Dee Wallace: Oh my favorite hands down is when he walks behind me in the kitchen; when I’m doing the groceries and I don’t have a clue that any of this is going on. A little interesting note, by the way, that was done by a boy, I wish I had his name, who had no legs. They put him upside down in the costume and that’s how we got that great E.T. walk, he was walking on his hands.

Dread Central: Since this is my last question, I just wanted to ask one thing; I know you had worked steadily in the film industry before E.T., but was this the film that really changed everything for you?

Dee Wallace: Oh sure, absolutely. Dee Wallace was a household name in the biggest blockbuster of all time. How could that not change your business? It was an absolutely remarkable experience.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

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A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

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It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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