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Director Corey Grant Talks Bigfoot: The Lost Coast TapesCorey Grant is an African-American director with such titles as Hip-Hop Task Force and its follow-up, Studio, on his resume. Stereotypically speaking, he’s not your typical horror director.

But this fearless filmmaker recently trekked to Northern California with his crew and brought back Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes, which opens this Friday, October 19th.

“It’s about a disgraced television host who was hoaxed by a fictional UFO story on a previous show, and it killed his career,” Grant said in describing Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes. “Now he stages his comeback when he finds out there is a Bigfoot hunter who supposedly has an image of Bigfoot. So he figures he can do a show, but this time do it about people who pull hoaxes. Then he can bring his career back. So, of course, they travel up to Northern California to find this Bigfoot hunter, but when they get up there, everything is not what it seems.”

In keeping with the Bigfoot legend, Grant hoped to really bring some of the key elements of the tale to his film. “Basically, we tried to make it as authentic to the Bigfoot legend as possible but, at the same time, add some core elements to it,” Grant said. “I think it gives a lot of accurate information about the legend of Bigfoot, but at the same time it’s entertaining, with some fictional elements added to it.”

Adding to the realism of the film is the fact that one of the writers had an intimate knowledge of the region. “[Co-writer] Brian Kelsey is a native of that area of Humboldt County,” Grant said. “He remembered seeing a Bigfoot print outside his home when he was growing up. Then over the years he’d owned this cabin in Humboldt County, and he would go up there by himself. It’s very secluded, and he would write. And he’d admit to being scared in this cabin, hearing the craziest noises outside. It spooked him. And that’s where the inspiration for the story came from. Before we shot the film, he took some of the crew up there in the night and we saw the environment in which he was writing, and it freaked us all out.”

To help capture the atmosphere of a television shoot, Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes was done as a found footage project. “Before this film I wasn’t really into the found footage style,” Grant said, “but in the story that was written by Brian Kelsey and Bryan O’Cain, the found footage style was a very intricate element to the actual script. I wrestled with the thought of not doing it that way and doing it traditionally. That’s what I like, that’s what I’m used to. But the more I looked at the script, the more I realized found footage was the best way to do it. So we tried to have a hybrid between that and a traditional style film.”

Grant also felt there were other advantages of the found footage style. “I really wanted to capture the atmosphere, to get the feeling that they’re up there on this journey, and I think the found footage element wasn’t so much for scares, but to make the audience feel like they’re along for this journey.”

Although this film is set in the woods of Northern California and another infamous found footage film, Cloverfield, is set in New York City, viewers of Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes may find similarities between the two movies. “Other than The Blair Witch Project years ago, Cloverfield is the only found footage movie I’d seen before shooting this. And what I liked about Cloverfield was they had special effects, but it was very subtle. That was one of the influences. We all watched Cloverfield… and [REC].”

Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes also has its share of effects and stunts, but Grant prefers to keep them as an accentuation to the film instead of the driving force behind it. “Eric Chen was our stunt coordinator,” Grant said. “He’s done a lot of Jackie Chan movies and is one of the top stunt coordinators in the world. He was gracious enough to come on board to help us. And we did a lot of special effects, but we did try to minimize it a bit to keep it more organic. We did a lot of neat effects that seem subtle in the movie but were pretty elaborate to put together.”

And certainly this was no easy shoot as the cast found themselves right in the region that the film was based on. “We shot an hour and a half into the forest every day,” Grant said. “No cell phone service or anything. And where we were shooting is referred to as ‘Bigfoot Central.’ When we initially got up there, we realized we couldn’t get our trucks the entire way up, but we found a logging road that we had to take as an alternate route, and we pulled it together.”

And Grant had nothing but stellar things to say about his cast. “They roughed it up there in the elements, and they were in it 100 percent,” Grant said. “No one ever complained at all, and I’m very happy with all of them.”

Grant continued on some of his stars, “To work with Frank Ashmore was a dream. I’m a big, big fan of his, and he’s probably the only guy I’ve been star-struck by in any of the films I’ve done. He brought a really sophisticated element to the way he attacked his character. Sean Reynolds is an excellent actor who’s very quick. He worked well with his co-star Rich McDonald, and I think the audience likes those guys. They’re really fun, and I thought they brought their characters alive.”

So just how does an African-American director with no horror credits on his resume find himself working in Bigfoot Central? “I’m a fan of movies,” Grant said. “I watch everything. I’m a big Star Wars buff, I work in a little horror. But I don’t consider myself a horror director as much as a storyteller. And I feel if you’re a director or a writer, you should be able to tell a story in the best way possible. And this was a story I approached in a different way just from being a fan of various different types of movies. I’ve done other movies that are completely different from this one. And then we have another supernatural film we’re going to be doing and then more comedy. I’m just a fan of movies. I’m a fanboy.”

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31



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.

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



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!”


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.

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



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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