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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.

Check your local listings for exact times by you… and yes, sorry DISH customers!

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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HorrorPack Brings Soska Sisters’ Dead Hooker in a Trunk to Blu-ray!

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HorrorPack is finally bringing the Soska Sisters’ debut flick Dead Hooker in a Trunk to Blu-ray for the first time!

The exclusive release marks the nineteenth entry in the HorrorPack Limited Edition Blu-ray lineup and includes brand new cover art and an all-new commentary track by Jen and Sylvia Soska along with Kevvy from Fake Shark.

“This film is a miracle,” The Soska Sisters said about their debut film. “Its success is a huge leap of faith. The belief fans put in us and the way they rallied around us made our greatest dreams a reality. This film is proof that when you follow your stupid fucking dreams, great things happen.”

Special features:

  • Original Theatrical Version of the film
  • NEW audio commentary with Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska and frequent collaborator Kevvy
  • Behind the Scenes Featurette
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

Dead Hooker in a Trunk HorrorPack Limited Edition Blu-ray is available now as part of the February Blu-ray subscription pack.

BUY IT HERE!

Synopsis:

Set in beautiful Vancouver, four friends set out on an everyday errand and end up in a fight for their lives when they discover the body of a dead hooker left in their trunk.

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It’s been a little bit since I’ve helped give something away and I’m in a rather generous frame of mind! To that end, we’ve teamed up with the fine folk over at Comet TV to give you a chance to win a prize pack full of The Craft goodies, such as a t-shirt, a clamshell box, and more!

The prize includes the following items:
1 – Limited Edition The Craft COMET TV T-shirt: This The Craft exclusive T-Shirt features all four witchy guardians of the watchtower on the front and a quote from the film on the back! Welcome to the Witching Hour!

1 – The Craft Exclusive Comet TV Clamshell Box: Talk about retro goodness! This The Craft exclusive clamshell box features exclusive throwback artwork and will immediately take you back to the days of waiting in line for new release movies at the video store!

1 – The Craft “Witching Hour Cleansing” Kit: Earth, Wind, Water, Fire! This kit will bring a little sage, crystal and spell scroll into your life. Perfect for getting in touch with your inner earth goddess!

2 – Exclusive The Craft Comet TV Tarot Cards: While you may not be able to tell your future with these two cards, they are exclusive to this set and feature The Craft artwork.

Comet TV has several great films playing on their station this month on top of The Craft, including Bubba Ho-Tep, Labyrinth and several Edgar Allan Poe double features with titles such as The Raven, Masque of the Red Death, The Oblong Box, and more! You can see their schedule right here.

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What’s Next? 5 Horror Trends We Expect Within 5 Years

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Recently I penned an article based on the last Decade of Horror. In said post, I delved into the top three films of each year spanning 2010 – 2017 and attempted to decipher what the trends were throughout our decade thus far.

To say the least, the article was insightful to write up. Witnessing trends ebb and flow and analyzing what floats to the surface time and time again was a fascinating project to take on.

With that knowledge now in my big, bald noggin, I thought it would be interesting to dive a bit into what I believe will be the “Next Big Thing” in horror. We’ve seen found footage. We’ve seen 3-D. We’ve seen it all, right? Not so much.

So here are five trends I expect to see in horror over the next five years.

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Black & White & Red All Over

The resurgence of black & white films. This is the one I can all but guarantee is on the horizon and it is going to hit in a big, bad way in the very near future. Black and white creates atmosphere in spades, and it doesn’t cost any extra money.

With films like The Eyes of My Mother and A Girl Walks Home at Night bringing the “old-fashioned” technique back to the forefront of independent cinema – and the recent killer episode of “Black Mirror: Metalhead” directed by David Slade – I believe, like cinema tends to do, there will be a step back towards a more classic era of filmmaking. And black and white horror films will be at the head of that new reverse-renaissance. Mark my words.

Netflix of Horror

A horror streaming giant will rise. Bank on it. While Shudder appears to be the frontrunner, they have yet to become a household name. Unfortunately, I think this is due to too many obscure titles. I love Shudder don’t get me wrong – and I’ve kept my subscription going for several years (as I’m sure you have) – but that said, they seem to be too concerned with horror street cred than pulling in the mainstream crowd.

That’s, of course, not a bad thing, but throw some bullshit teen horror on there and get your subscription numbers up, and Shudder will become the top spot for horror (of all kinds) on these here internets… or continue to be cool and fade away. Make your choice. Again, nothing but love, Shudder. I’d just like to see you become the Netflix of Horror you deserve to be. Someone’s going to take the title soon. I only hope it’s you.

Drone Footage

This is just what it sounds like: movies shot almost exclusively with drones. More and more low-budget filmmakers are employing drones to stunning effect, and it is only a matter of time before someone says “F*ck it” and shoots a flick completely with a drone.

And I’m not talking about found footage here by the way. I’m talking about a movie that breaks down the walls of what we call typical coverage in a film – horror or not. But considering horror is always at the forefront of innovation in the world of cinema, I think drone movies will begin in the horror genre. No more steady-cams, no more cranes, tripods, helicopters, or dolly tracks. Imagine sweeping camera moves of not only landscapes but intimated conversations as well.

Imagine we’re close on someone’s eyes, then we pull out into an over-the-shoulder, then we begin to steady-cam around them as they kiss (or kill, whatever) and then we pull back higher and higher into a glorious wide of the sun setting behind the trees. Shots like this weren’t possible (on a low budget) before drones. Get creative. Forget the rules of coverage (other than the 180 rule) and push cinema to new heights.

That said, I concede that such dialogue scenes will need to be dubbed and shadows/reflections caused by the camera will need to be monitored closely, but these are already the issues any filmmaker takes on when making a flick. One day we will get epic drone films, and they are going to be low-budget stunning on the level of mega-budget movies ala Dunkirk. I cannot wait.

Fan Films

Sooner or later all of us fans are going to get sick and tired of waiting for someone at the major studios to get off the butts and make another entry in the TCM, Friday the 13th, NOES series. With technology what it is nowadays people are going to just start making them themselves. They’ll be putting real time and effort into these films as calling cards, and they might even break the studio system this way.

Hell, we’ve already seen the start with such quality flick as the Friday the 13th fan film Never Hike Alone. And I see no reason that the films couldn’t end up being ballsier and better than anything a studio could put out.

But they can’t make money. True. But again they will function as calling cards for future filmmakers. And have you ever seen how expensive film school is? Yikes. Better to slap a hockey mask and a GoPro to your dumbass friend Brian and have him chase your little sister around the backyard. Just work your way up from there.

One-Month Movies

One-Month Movies. Or Flash Flicks. Or something like that. It’s an appealing gimmick to be sure. Filmmakers will begin making movies for all intents and purposes as fast as they possibly can. Pure creativity without overthinking the final product.

Scary prospect. But a thrilling one as well. I know I’d be up for watching what filmmakers like Adam Wingard, Mike Flanagan, and hell maybe even John Carpenter could come up within one month’s time. It’s like DIY king Robert Rodriguez once said (and I’m paraphrasing here) digital filmmaking is like a painting; you can just begin and let the mood and inspiration take over.

These “One-Month Movies” will be exciting and fresh… or utter disasters. Either way, they will be worth watching. But these films will need a platform for their releases. And once the Netflix of Horror I described above comes to grandiose fruition, then we will be seeing these films more and more. At least I hope.

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And those are the 5 horror trends I expect to see over the next 5 years. Do you agree? Is there something you think I’ve left out? Let us know below!

Until then give the video below a quick watch. It’s simple and amateur but the (no doubt kids) behind the video have the right idea. Drones plus black & white footage, plus the score to The Shining creates killer atmosphere. Just wish the framing was a bit better. All the same, there are moments in the video that will sell these ideas to you instantly.

Enjoy?

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