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Exclusive: 10 Questions with Elvira, Mistress of the DarkIn honor of the Halloween season, we thought we’d chat with one of the genre’s most iconic characters, the one and only Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, as portrayed by the lovely Cassandra Peterson. Read on for our ten questions with one of our favorite Scream Queens.

1. How did the Elvira character come about?

Elvira: I was with The Groundlings comedy improv group for four years before Elvira came along. My fellow Groundlings at the time were Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman), the late Phil Hartman of “Saturday Night Live” fame, Lorraine Newman, John Lovitz, Julia Sweeny, etc. etc. Many, many working actors have spawned careers at The Groundlings. (If you’re ever in LA, check them out at their theatre on Melrose Avenue.)

As budding actresses tend to do, I auditioned nearly every day so when I heard that a local Hollywood TV station was looking for a horror host, I was all over it, hoping that perhaps the money I would make would cover the cost of tuition at The Groundlings.

The ad for a horror host on KHJ-TV had been placed in the LA Times so needless to say, everyone and their mothers showed up. Unfortunately, I was the only one there out of hundreds of hopefuls who didn’t know they were supposed to wear a costume. Every man, woman and child wore black and had fangs, capes, brooms, you name it.

I think it was my comedy background and love of horror movies that helped me land the part. That and my boobs.

2. Which other horror hosts do you find inspirational?

Elvira: As a child, we were too poor to have our own horror host, but I did LOVE Morticia from “The Addams Family” TV show! The horror host I most admire is probably the East Coast legend Zacherley, the Cool Ghoul, who combined the macabre with a sense of humor so flawlessly.

3. What’s your favorite bad horror flick, and why?

Elvira: There are tons of them that I love, but I’d have to say that the new Elvira’s Movie Macabre (now available on DVD – plug, plug) features many of my faves. Wasp Woman is definitely one of my all-time favorites: a strong, sexy female character runs her own company, searches for a way to stay young forever… Hmmm…Art imitating life? And then there’s Manos: The Hands of Fate; it’s in a category all its own. And I hope it stays there.

4. What are your favorite non-Elvira roles?

Elvira: I have the dubious distinction of playing the first and only stripper on the TV classic “Happy Days” and a deaf-mute Gypsy on “Fantasy Island”, but I’d have to say my favorite role was a brief appearance in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, directed by Tim Burton. I play a biker chick who gets to rough up Pee-wee – every girl’s fantasy!!

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Exclusive: 10 Questions with Elvira, Mistress of the Dark5. I grew up listening to Elvira’s Haunted Hits and the music compilations you contributed to. Are you ever planning on another one of those collections or new songs?

Elvira: No, there are no plans currently.

6. What projects are you working on currently?

Elvira: This year I became part owner of a huge new pop culture convention called Comikaze, along with my pal Stan Lee of Spider-Man fame, and also began the first year of Elvira’s Horror Hunt, a film festival for indie horror films. The first of the year I’ll be gearing up to expand both of those projects.

I also have a live show in the works and am currently shopping a reality show. Check out Elvira.com, or follow @therealelvira on Twitter to find out more!

7. What’s the question you’re asked most in interviews?

Elvira: ‘Are those real?’ I assume they’re talking about my fingernails.

8. Do you see yourself in Elvira?

Elvira: I really don’t, but my closest friends tend to differ with me. I’ve finally decided that Elvira is me when I was a teenager… an overly confident, smartass know-it-all.

9. You’ve delved into so many branches of marketing: movies, games, perfume, music, and even beer. What would you like to tackle that you haven’t before?

Elvira: One product I’ve been trying to get out to the world for years is the famous Elvira BRA! For some reason that idea has always been a bust… ha ha. That thing could put cleavage on a dog! It really is an indispensable little item that every gal (and some guys, too) should have in their closets.

10. What has been the most fulfilling part about your role as Elvira over the years?

Elvira: The fact that girls and women actually look up to the character as a role model. You have no idea how many women I have spoken to over the years that have told me Elvira represented a strong, sexy, powerful woman to them growing up and that she has had a positive influence on them. Strange but true.

Well, Cassandra, I’m one of those very women. You’ve been an inspiration not to just me but to all the Dread Central female writers and readers, and we look forward to many more years of your quirky and quick-witted personality!

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Our thanks to Elvira and her team for coordinating this interview. Photos credits: Mathu Anderson, Victoria Pearson, and Austin Young.

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Edward James Olmos Says Shane Black’s The Predator is Really Funny, Yet Deadly

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When we first heard that writer-director Shane Black (Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Band, The Nice Guys) and his main collaborator Fred Dekker (Night of the Creeps, The Monster Squad) were going to be taking on a big-budget reboot/sequel of Predator we were excited as hell. As we’re sure you were as well.

We knew the film was going to be, at least in some aspects, the funniest Predator film we have seen thus far. I mean with Black and Dekker penning the script how could it NOT?

But just how funny will The Predator be?

Well, if we are to believe ScienceFiction.com and co-star Edward James Olmos, the movie is going to be hilarious… yet still deadly.

The Blade Runner actor was recently out and about promoting the new Disney film Coco, and dropped some all-new info on Shane Black’s The Predator.

“Oh, my goodness. That’s an interesting story,” Edward James Olmos told the site. “I haven’t seen any of it, but it’s gonna be funny. The kids in the thing. Yeah, the humor. Huge. Huge. I mean I was in shock, because, you know this is a really intense franchise, and it still is. Don’t get me wrong. You’re gonna be inside of it. But the characters are… what he did — Shane is an incredibly gifted writer, and he’s a great director, and so he ended up getting an incredible ensemble, and when I reached it they had already been filming for three months so they were a unit. So I jump in as the General and there were some moments where I just had to laugh in the scene and I couldn’t be laughing in the scene. ‘I’m sorry guys. Really, I’m sorry.'”

“Keegan (Michael Key) and Thomas Jane, they’re paired off in groups of three groups,” he continues. “Six guys. The way they work, they were all post-traumatic stress disorder guys who were inside of an insane asylum. A mental hospital. Then they put the lead character in there to kind of make them disappear, because they want them kind of out of the picture. And so he gets involved and then boom, the world goes crazy and these kids are released. But out of a freaky incident with some of the Predators. It’s crazy. It’s so crazy. I’m excited for it, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I got a good feeling about it. I mean if it’s really funny, and yet deadly like Predator is.”

I’m not surprised at all that the film is going to be funny, and the thought of a humorous Predator movie doesn’t worry me in the slightest either. I have utter faith that Black and Dekker will give us one of the best Predator films in the franchise.

What do you think? Let us know below!

The Predator stars Thomas Jane, Edward James Olmos, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Boyd Holbrook, Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn, Alfie Allen, Yvonne Strahovski, Augusto Aguilera, and Keegan-Michael Key.

Black is directing from a script by Fred Dekker. John Davis, Joel Silver, and Lawrence Gordon — who produced the original — are producing.

The Predator comes out August 3, 2018.

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The Girl in the Spider’s Web Snares It’s Bad Guy

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A few months back word dropped that “The Crown” star Claire Foy would be taking up the role of Lisbeth Salander in director Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web.

The movie is a sequel/reboot to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and before all of this gets too confusing, it breaks down like this:

There were a series of books based on Lisbeth Slander called the Millennium trilogy a few years back. The books were called “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, “The Girl who Played with Fire”, and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

These were made into a series of Swedish movies with Prometheus star Noomi Rapace as Salander.

The first in a planned trilogy of American remakes was produced by Fincher and starred Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth. But the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo wasn’t a smash success so all future installments were abandoned.

In the meantime, a new trilogy of Lisbeth books were published over in Sweden and the first was called “The Girl in the Spider’s Web”… and now Sony is just skipping all the other books and jumping right to the new trilogy for a reboot.

Make sense?

I know, it doesn’t but whatever. For the time being, let’s just call this new flick a sequel/reboot to David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and leave it at that.

Anyhow, today’s news concerns the new film’s villain who will be played by Claes Bang (The Square). On top of that, Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049) has also joined the cast as Salander’s twin sister.

The new installment is directed by Fede Alvarez from a script by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu, based on the book by David Lagercrantz

The film begins shooting this January in Stockholm before hitting theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

She is the girl with the dragon tattoo — a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the truth often brings him to the brink of prosecution.

Late one night, Blomkvist receives a phone call from a source claiming to have information vital to the United States. The source has been in contact with a young female superhacker — a hacker resembling someone Blomkvist knows all too well. The implications are staggering. Blomkvist, in desperate need of a scoop for Millennium, turns to Salander for help. She, as usual, has her own agenda. The secret they are both chasing is at the center of a tangled web of spies, cybercriminals, and governments around the world, and someone is prepared to kill to protect it…

 

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It was just earlier today that we brought you guys The Dude Design’s the newest poster for writer-director Lowell Dean’s horror-comedy sequel Another WolfCop.

And now we have the movie’s opening 2 minutes!

The clip showcases the new flick’s villain trying to sell us on his “Chicken Milk Beer” before losing his cool and taking it out the commercial’s crew. We then cut to a ragtag group of criminals, dressed as homeless Santas trying to outrun the cops.

A fun two-minutes if you ask me!

You can check out Another WolfCop‘s opening scene below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on social media!

The film is written and directed by Lowell Dean, produced by Bernie Hernando, Deborah Marks, and Hugh Patterson, and distributed worldwide by Cineplex.

Another WolfCop co-stars Amy Matysio, Jonathan Cherry, and Serena Miller. The film also features special appearances from Canadian music icon Gowan and legendary filmmaker Kevin Smith. It was executive produced by Sean Buckley, J. Joly, Bill Marks, Brian Wideen, Michael Kennedy, and Michael Hirsch.

The film is slated for a wide Cineplex theatrical release on Friday, December 8, 2017, with the film seeing a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018.

Synopsis:

A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime-fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou’s liquor-fueled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh – the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.

Prepare for the next chapter of WolfCop that will be more dirty and hairy than the original! Consider yourself warned.

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