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Last week Dread Central was on the red carpet for the upcoming Season Three premiere of “The Walking Dead,” where we had a chance to speak with many of the cast and crew in attendance about what fans can expect when the new season kicks off on AMC this Sunday, October 14th.

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While working the press line, we had the opportunity to speak with both executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and showrunner Glen Mazzara as well as several cast members including Andrew Lincoln, Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan and Emily Kinney. Read on to see what everyone had to say about the upcoming third season of “The Walking Dead,” their loyal fans and much more.

Andrew Lincoln (“Rick Grimes”):

On What Changes We’ll See in Rick for Season Three: The one thing that has been tossed around the writers’ room for the last few years now is, what is Rick’s breaking point? And you will find out this season. Things are going to get very dark for all of us before we even get to our mid-season break. I can’t wait to see what happens in the second half; I don’t even know yet in fact.

Gale Anne Hurd (Executive Producer):

Why “The Walking Dead” Resonates So Strongly with Fans Worldwide: First of all, we have fantastic underlying material in Robert Kirkman’s comic; it’s now in fact one of the most successful series of all time. Issue 100 sold over 350,000 issues, which is just amazing. So what I think really resonates with people is the cast of characters. Their likability and performances make it easy for viewers to put themselves in their shoes and ask, ‘What would I do in this situation? Who would I be like the most if there were zombies?’ and that’s all relatable stuff.

When you make that kind of emotional investment in a television series, you want everyone to know about it and to watch it, too, so our die-hard fans from the very beginning have been wonderful about getting people they know, maybe people who wouldn’t necessarily watch a show about zombies, interested because these are really thought-provoking stories and characters to watch each week.

Discussing the Tonal Differences for Season Three: There’s not a huge tonal change because we always take everything in the show as dead-real so that doesn’t change at all really. But the difference for Season Three is that we now have a contrast between the town of Woodbury, the Governor’s community, and our survivors. You get to see the tensions as they’re building between the two groups and see how they clash eventually. It’s going to be something pretty remarkable.

Red Carpet Report: Dread Central at the Walking Dead Season Three Premiere

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Danai Gurira (“Michonne”):

Her Thoughts on the Fan Anticipation Surrounding Michonne for Season Three: It is really cool; I love that she’s this entity in this world because it was very strange for me as an actress to step into this role that already had this huge fanbase but had never been a living character before. There is a certain level of pressure I think, but it’s also pretty amazing because the fans are so incredibly supportive of this show; they’ve been so positive about my involvement since the announcement despite not really even seeing me in action. It’s amazing.

What She Loves about Playing Such a Badass: She’s an intense chick, you know, and she’s had to do a lot of things to survive so you have to kind of live like that. That’s an intense realm to be in for a long time; that’s a lot of energy to step into and have to bring on set every single day. But I loved connecting to her intensity.

I also love that she functions from this sort of level of clarity where she always seems to know what she has to do, when she has to do it, why, how- those kinds of things. She’s not ‘wobbly’ at all; Michonne is very specific.

Glen Mazzara (Showrunner):

On Whether or Not He Faces Any Added Pressure as the Fandom Surrounding “The Walking Dead” Grows: You know what? We have such a terrific team of writers, producers, cast and crew, and one of the things I try to do as the showrunner is make this a collaborative process. I want to hear what people say and what they like and don’t like. So our internal process revolves around this idea of a continuous test audience, and nothing gets filmed until we all love it and we think that the fans would love it, too. All I can do as a filmmaker or a storyteller is make the best possible work that I can put forward.

Discussing ‘Going Darker’ for Season Three: Things get pretty dark for everyone; it’s less about the theoretical issues like ‘What does all this mean? How did it start?’ and more about ‘Hey, you’re in my way of what I want, and I’m not afraid to kill you to get it’ so things are going to get more intense. Definitely.

His Thoughts on the Hopeful Nature of a Show About the Zombie Apocalypse: This show is really about hope and always has been. To me, it’s about a group of survivors – a family that’s been forced together – and so you have to care about those characters. You, as a viewer, have to have a vested interest in wanting to see them survive this ordeal. In some episodes there are losses of course – big losses – but there’s also huge wins, and that’s essentially the human experience whether there’s zombies or not.

Chandler Riggs (“Carl”):

Discussing the Biggest Changes in Carl for Season Three: I think Carl is having to put all that stuff with Shane and Dale behind him because if he doesn’t, he’ll break down and won’t be able to live in that world anymore. So I think he’s trying to move on from that. But I do have a lot of physical scenes this time, which is cool. Last season I think we developed our characters in different ways, and for this season we all got to be a lot more physical. That was a big change to me.

I actually don’t even have a stunt double so I get to do all my stunts myself; it’s pretty awesome.

On Why Carl Is Never in the House When He’s Supposed to Be: You know, I don’t really know. I guess because he’s a normal kid and never listens (laughs); you’d think he would with zombies all around, but nope. I think it’s pretty awesome, though, that I’m my own meme and I’m on t-shirts now, too. It’s so cool. I think it’s pretty funny really.

Red Carpet Report: Dread Central at the Walking Dead Season Three Premiere

Lauren Cohan (“Maggie”):

Maggie’s Evolution in Season Three: The place that Maggie is at in Season Three is that she is still the same young woman she was at the start of Season Two except that she’s now rising to these new challenges of life on the road and becoming a stronger woman. She’s scared, but she’s strong and wants to survive at all costs.

I’m going to have really great character stuff to do involving a lot of different characters, which is fantastic. Maggie is also getting more physical, which really excites me because I get to explore new sides of her character that I hadn’t been able to before. She definitely goes through some huge emotional challenges, too.

Emily Kinney (“Beth”):

What Fans Can Expect for Beth in Season Three: You know, once Beth went down that route (suicide) last season and decided that’s not what she wanted, she’s decided that she has a lot to live for so we see her a bit more hopeful in Season Three. Despite everything that’s happening around her, she still wants to find something to live for, and a lot of that is her family. I do get to take on some zombies, too – maybe not like you’d expect because we all have our different roles and we all play them in different ways – but I did have to deal with a lot more physicality to my role for Season Three. It was great!

Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, Iron E. Singleton, Emily Kinney, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, and Danai Gurira. The series is executive produced by showruner Glen Mazzara, Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero, Denise Huth, and Evan Reilly as co-executive producers.

Synopsis:
The 16-episode Season 3 of “The Walking Dead” will air in two parts with the first eight hours kicking off October 14th and returning in February, 2013 with the final eight episodes. In the highly anticipated new season, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his fellow survivors continue to seek refuge in a desolate and post-apocalyptic world and soon discover that there are greater forces to fear than just the walking dead. The struggle to survive has never been so perilous. Season 3 also introduces new characters, including the Governor (David Morrissey) and fan favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira), along with her zombie pets.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.

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Todd and The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End Coming to Blu-ray

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If you were a fan of the kickass Canadian series “Todd and The Book of Pure Evil,” then you’re in for a real treat as the final chapter of the terrifyingly funny series, Todd and The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End, is coming home.

Continuing where the critically acclaimed cult TV series left off, Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End (review) returns to Crowley Heights to find Todd, Jenny and Curtis grieving the loss of their dear friend Hannah, whose death may or may not have been caused by Todd’s banishing of the Book. The three must reunite to fight evil when the Book of Pure Evil returns to Crowley High, bringing with it some familiar faces (Guidance Counselor Atticus Murphy Jr., Jimmy the Janitor, and The Metal Dudes) as well as some new foes, such as the Sweater Vest Beast and an Acidic Acne-Faced Teen. But these enemies are merely warm-ups to the final battle with their greatest nemesis yet: The New Pure Evil One, whose intimate knowledge of our heroes may ultimately lead to their destruction! Todd & The Book of Pure Evil: The End of The End is loaded with the same juvenile jokes, gore gags, and satanic sing-alongs that made the original TV series a world-wide hit.

Featuring the original award-winning cast providing their voices – Alex House, Maggie Castle, Bill Turnbull, Melanie Leishman, Chris Leavins and Jason Mewes, among others. The animated flick is directed by Craig David Wallace (co-creator and showrunner of the live action series) and Richard Duhaney, with a script by Wallace and co-creator Charles Picco, and original music by Shawn Pierce.

Raven Banner’s limited edition includes a 3-disc Blu-ray/DVD/CD combo of the feature film (all region), a “Mini Book of Pure Evil” 20-page colour limited edition “making of” booklet, English commentary, never-before-seen artwork, exclusive special features, bonus CD soundtrack, and more!

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Metro Exodus Gets a Haunting New Cinematic Trailer

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One of the biggest horror games of 2018 is Metro Exodus, the third installment in the critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic first-person franchise based on the novel by Dmitry Glukhovsky. We haven’t heard much about the game since it was announced at E3, although a brand new cinematic trailer debuted at the Game Awards ceremony. And while it didn’t show any actual gameplay footage, it did give us a look at some of the hideous monsters we can expect to encounter in the Russian wasteland when Metro Exodus launches on PS4, Xbox One, and PC late next year.

Like the previous entries in the franchise, Metro Exodus will be developed by Maltese developer 4A Games and published by Deep Silver.

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Children of the Fall Review – This Israeli Slasher Gets Political

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Starring Noa Maiman, Aki Avni, Yafit Shalev, Iftach Ophir, Michael Ironside

Directed by Eitan Gafny

Reviewed out of Utopia 2017


Slashers are a subgenre of horror that are often looked down upon. After all, what can a movie about a killer slaughtering multiple people have to say about, well…anything. Those of us in the community know full well that this is nonsense and that any kind of horror movie can be a jabbing (no pun intended) commentary on society, culture, politics, art, etc… And that’s precisely what Eitan Gafny aims to do with Children of the Fall, one of the few Israeli slashers ever created.

Set on the eve of the Yom Kippur war, the film follows Rachel (Maiman), a young American woman who comes to Israel to join a kibbutz after suffering some serious personal tragedies. Her goal to make aliyah (the return of Jews to Israel) is however hampered by some rather unpleasant encounters with local IDF soldiers and members of the kibbutz. Pushing through, she makes friends with others in the commune and her Zionistic views are only strengthened, although they do not go untested. Once Yom Kippur, one of the holiest holidays in Jewish culture, begins, a killer begins picking off the kibbutz workers one by one in violent and gruesome ways.

Let’s start with what Children of the Fall gets right, okay? As slashers go, it’s actually quite beautiful. There are wonderfully expansive shots that make use of the size and diversity of the kibbutz. The film opens with a beautiful shot of a cow stable, barn, water towers, and miscellaneous outbuildings, all set against a dark and stormy night. The lighting of this scene, and throughout the film, is also very good. I found myself darting my eyes across the screen multiple times throughout the film thinking I’d seen something lurking in the shadows.

The kills, while unoriginal, are very satisfying. Each death is meaty, bloody, and doesn’t feel rushed. In fact, the camera has no problems lingering during each kill, allowing us to appreciate the practical FX and copious amounts of blood used. And if you believe that a slasher needs to have nudity, you won’t be disappointed.

The acting is middle of the road. Maiman is serviceable as Rachel but the real star of the film is Yafit Shalev as “Yaron”. His range of emotion is fantastic, from warm and welcoming to Rachel when she arrives to emoting grief and pain during his Yom Kippur announcement where we learn that he was a child in a concentration camp. The rest of the cast are perfectly acceptable as fodder for the killer.

So where does Children of the Fall stray? Let’s start with the most obvious part: the runtime. Clocking in at nearly two hours, that’s about 30 minutes too much. The film could easily have gone through some hefty editing without affecting the final product. Instead, we have a movie that feels elongated when unnecessary.

Additionally, the societal and political commentary is very in-your-face but the film can’t seem to make up its mind as to what it’s trying to get across. Natalia, a Belarussian kibbutz worker, raises the concept of Israeli racism, misogyny, and xenophobia, her hostility unabashedly pouring out in the midst of IDF soldiers, locals, other kibbutz members, and more. Is there validity to what she’s saying? Undoubtedly. But there is also validity to Rachel’s retorts, which include calling this woman out on her own vitriolic views. This back-and-forth mentality frustratingly prevails throughout the film, as though Gafny was unwilling to just commit.

The dialogue is also quite painful at times, although I attribute this to difficulties with translating from Hebrew to English. Even the best English speakers in Israel don’t get everything perfect and the little quirks here and there, while charming, are quite detracting. Also, why is this movie trying to tell me that Robert Smith of The Cure is a character here? While amusing, it makes absolutely no sense nor does it fit in Smith’s own timeline.

Had this film gone through a couple rounds of editing, I feel like we’d have gotten something really great. Eitan Gafny is definitely someone that we need to be watching very closely.

  • Children of the Fall
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While Children of the Fall has a lot going for it, it has just as much working against it. Overly long, you’ll get a really great slasher that is bogged down by uneven social and political commentary.

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