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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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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler

While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Last Toys on the Left

Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can



It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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