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A recent trend is taking the stereotypical horror heroine who would normally be resigned to get naked…and then get beheaded…and butch her up. A strong female lead can be every bit as compelling as an overly masculine hero, even more so.

Our heartstrings always pull for a nubile nymph with a chainsaw and heaps of bloody intent.

Adelaide Clemens steps up as the latest femme horror hero, following in the footsteps of the original ladies of Silent Hill (the movie) and actually picking up where one left off. Adelaide plays Heather, formerly Sharon, that timid little girl with a vengeful, vicious dark side in Alessa. Rose (Radha Mitchell) has found a way to send Sharon back to our world, and now daughter and father (Sean Bean) must flee for their lives from the members of a religious sect related to those lost souls who love burning “witches” in their churches.

Adelaide Clemens Talks Silent Hill: Revelation, Battling Monsters, Channeling Ultimate Evil, and More

Adelaide expands on what transpires, “They’ve been on the run for 6 years, and I don’t think she really knows why. There’s a lot of her past that she’s still trying to figure out. She has these experiences that are getting increasingly frightening, and eventually that leads her to the world of Silent Hill.”

Adelaide plays a younger version of her character, the central 18-year-old Heather character, and her evil alter ego, Alessa, remarking that channeling ultimate evil was no easy task. She loves playing with vocal dynamics and toyed with the way that Alessa holds herself to conjure up a creature evolved from that playful young thing we last saw dancing in a shower of blood. Adelaide went to the video games and pored over the first film to fill out her performance. “Losing your mind is one of the scariest things for me. Not knowing your own identity… I think that character had desperation to her. She was essentially going to lose her identity. What would you do if you were going to lose your mind? Your identity? You’d fight pretty hard.”

Shooting in 3D brings with it a new set of challenges on top of making an audience feel your terror. Adelaide notes that working in this medium is way more time consuming than just shooting a standard film. She also mentioned this was the most physically taxing role she has ever taken on, a fact that surprised the avid runner and former gymnast.

“Every day for 4 months… running and jumping and screaming and doing stunts was really strenuous but also made me feel like I was Heather! So it was great. And in 3D I can’t just be shoving my hand into the lens because then you’ll have a hand in your face… and I wouldn’t want to do that to you.”

With only one CGI monster (the mannequin creature we talked about with director Michael J. Bassett), Adelaide had plenty to work with to enhance her visibly jarred performance and make for a surreal life on set. “Red Pyramid was a wonderful stunt man on stilts. He was 10 feet tall [notice he is growing from Bassett’s prior mention of 8’2″ (read our interview with him here)] and holding a huge axe double my height, and he’d just be walking around set. And then there’s all the nurses – incredible body contortionists – you see in the film and in the games. They all had individual personalities! You’d see them at lunch, and Jenny would take off her mask and you’d stand there thinking, ‘This is VERY weird,’ but at the same time they have personalities, they can perform; it’s not like guys at a computer. There’s life breathed into these characters. I’ve seen the film, and I think it creates a totally different feel. I was genuinely petrified most of the time! We’d be off set kind of walking around having a chat, and then Michael would call action and then YEA! I’m expected to FIGHT RED PYRAMID! I’m just a chick from Australia. Give me a break. That was just insane.”

We couldn’t miss the opportunity to ask Adelaide if there was one monster on set that creeped her out the most. Her response was a resounding YES!! And she made a little tongue roll noise as if the mere mention were giving her chills as she prepared to relive the moments.

“There was this monster that I wasn’t familiar with… it’s like the Lobotomy Monster? [See our Michael J. Bassett chat again for details.] We had this incredible actor who was insanely tall, 6’7″ or something. There was a part of his body which we… enhanced. I think they enhanced it digitally, and his face had repeated lobotomies done to it – so imagine that.” We’d rather not because that’s just some McFarlane Tortured Souls stuff right there.

Adelaide continued, “And then… it didn’t have a face. It was just his brains coming out of his nose and eyes, and I had to do a fight sequence with this man… monster… thing… I don’t know. And then I have Michael going, ‘NOW SHOOT HIM IN THE FACE!!’ I had my eyes closed because it was so grotesque, and I kept missing the head! And he’d yell, ‘NO! IN THE FACE!!’ He doesn’t have a face!” *wimpers* *fake sobbing* “Ya know, it was just another day in the life of Silent Hill! *laughs*

So we know Adelaide was familiar with the franchise, and she built on that saying she’d always stepped over the games in her home where her two brothers enjoyed scaring themselves silly, playing for hours. On a personal note, she admits to being a poor, poor gamer, taking a half-hour just to set up a profile.

“To be honest, I think I lasted like 32 minutes the first time I played. I just…DIED. I last longer in the film than I do in the game, but I’m a huge fan of the games. I think they are petrifying. I get a very sick feeling when I’m playing them. I think that’s Konami’s intention.”

Obviously, in such a horrific circumstance, Adelaide would have to draw on the power of heroines from past films to find her strength. She mentioned Kill Bill as a film she watches over and over and Lara Croft as being kind of awesome.” “I love strong female leads.” When asked if she’d jump at the chance to play Lara Croft, she instantly replied, “TOTALLY!! If I can look anything like Angelina Jolie…”

Look for our chat with Kit Harington, the final installment in our interview series for the film, tomorrow.

Open Road releasef Silent Hill: Revelation (review) on October 26th. Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, and Radha Mitchell return from the original film. In the sequel, directed by Michael J. Bassett, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father (Bean) have been on the run from mysterious and dangerous forces. She discovers she isn’t who she thinks she is, leading her deeper into a demonic world.

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For years, Heather Mason and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.

Director Michael J. Bassett Talks Silent Hill: Revelation; Read the Review!

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: November 21, 2017

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We have kind of a slow week for you, folks. Aside from 1957’s Daughter Of Dr. Jekyll, all seven of our other releases are from the past five years, and I hate to admit this but I don’t know much about them.

I can say that American Mary, is always a fun title to watch. Fans of Katharine Isabelle, take notice. You can grab this on both Blu-ray and DVD.

For more information on some of this week’s other titles, from other Dread Central contributors, check out the following links:

Dark Signal

The Night Watchmen

Scarecrowd

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Under The Bed

Keep checking back each week, folks. Next week is another smaller list but they will begin picking up again for the Christmas season. As always, pleasant viewing.



MOVIES:

American Mary (2012)

Starring:

Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk

Synopsis:

Strapped for cash while putting herself through medical school, medical student Mary Mason takes a job as a waitress at a strip bar, run by Billy Barker. As she becomes increasingly disillusioned with her studies, Billy introduces Mary to a new and extremely lucrative sideline, performing extreme body modifications to an odd collection of flesh-obsessed characters. Subsequently forced to drop out of medical school, she soon takes refuge in her new career. But as her demeanor steadily darkens, and her actions take on an altogether more vengeful twist, she begins to be known and feared as ‘Bloody Mary’.

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Dark Signal (2016)

Starring:

Siwan Morris, Gareth David-Lloyd, Joanna Ignaczewska, Duncan Pow

Synopsis:

The spirit of a murdered girl returns with a message. Now a stranded woman must team up with the staff of a local radio station to solve the mystery of her death.

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Daughter Of Dr. Jekyll (1957)

Starring:

John Agar, Gloria Talbott, Arthur Shields

Synopsis:

Janet, a young woman discovers she is the daughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll. She begins to believe that she may also have a split personality, one of whom is a ruthless killer after the bodies start to pile up around her. However, all is not what it seems…..

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Housebound (2014)

Starring:

Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiati, Glen-Paul Waru

Synopsis:

Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is all the more unbearable because she has to live with her mother, a blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. But soon Kylie has reason to believe that her mother may be right.

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The Night Watchmen (2016)

Starring:

James Remar, Matt Servitto

Synopsis:

Three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie and a fearless tabloid journalist, fight an epic battle to save their lives. A mistaken warehouse delivery unleashes a horde of hungry vampires, and these unlikely heroes must not only save themselves but also stop the scourge that threatens to take over the city of Baltimore.

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Scarecrowd (2016)

Starring:

Fabrizio Occhipinti, Gabrielle Bergère, Antony Ferry

Synopsis:

Radiation from a nearby meteor strike turns farmer Tony Maio in a crazed mutant. He hides his appearance in the guise of a scarecrow, hunting down and killing nearby town folk to satisfy his newfound blood lust. The town will dread sundown and screams will be echo in the dark night when this Scarecrow hunts them down.

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Teenage Slumber Party Nightmare (2014) (Limited Edition, Just 100 Sold)

Starring:

Kaitlyn Yurkiw, Lauren Richardson, Hillary Kaplan, Martha Staus, Kirk Munaweera, Payton John Bonn, Kevin Paynter

Synopsis:

Four teens on Spring Break plan the ultimate slumber party… Beer! Porn! Dancing! Girl Talk! There’s a first time for everything – including the deranged stalker who’s followed them home. He leaves them love notes, but the girls laugh it off. He spies through the windows, but they don’t know it. Soon he sneaks in, masked and carrying his rusty power drill. A young man’s obsession becomes a nightmare in this driller killer slasher.

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Under the Bed (2012)

Starring:

Jonny Weston, Peter Holden, Musetta Vander

Synopsis:

Two brothers team up to battle a creature under the bed, in what is being described as a “suburban nightmare” tale.

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Three 1970’s Horrors That Remind Us Why We Enjoy Getting Mental at the Movies

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Crazy is always creepy in horror movies, and it usually comes in two forms: insane escapees or the sane among the crazies.

It’s one storytelling technique when a mental patient escapes and enters our own ordered, peaceful world. It’s quite another when a film drops us in the middle of an asylum to cope with crazy people who, in those movies, always seem to want to stab us.

First off, let me say the mentally ill are one of the most misunderstood and scapegoated minorities in movie history. Other stereotypes have disappeared from the silver screen over the years, but it’s still convenient to blame a killing rampage on an escaped mental patient. We’ll just chalk this up to lazy writing and move on.

Yes, “mentally ill” has become shorthand for “bloodthirsty and lacking in social etiquette.” Kudos to “American Horror Story’s” second season, subtitled “Asylum,” for adding some subtlety to that convention. Seventies horror movies, though, were riddled with stereotypes, enough so that when we travel back to that groovy and dangerous time, we can merrily ignore them and enjoy the scare.

Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972) is a fairly standard who-is-the-killer flick that turns terrifying in the last 20 minutes, when all hell breaks loose and the inmates, quite literally, take over the asylum. There is a nice, icy buildup throughout.

The populace of a small town are suspiciously nervous when a local mansion that had once been a mental institution goes up for sale. Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul) plays it numbingly cool throughout, until the climax, adding punch to the big reveals.

Also known by Night of the Dark Full Moon and Death House, this film is directed by Theodore Gershuny and written by Gershuny, Jeffrey Konvitz and Ira Teller. It’s always a good sign for consistency of vision when the director is also a writer.

I don’t know a lot of people raving about this film. It’s certainly not perfect, but a solid effort in that ’70s B-movie category, seriously creepy, and worth watching. Recommended.

Asylum (1972) has everything I enjoy about well-done, early ’70s horror: a fairly simple premise, creepy sets, and solid acting. The anthology setup works well here, stringing four Robert Bloch stories together. Peter Cushing and Herbert Lom show up along with Britt Ekland and Barbara Parkins.

The effects are not at all bad. Hope you view a cut of this movie that shows a stagehand rather obviously moving a prop in the “Frozen Fear” segment because those kinds of mistakes are fun to see.

Directed by Roy Ward Baker, Asylum delivers like any of the Amicus horror movies: similar to Hammer in that you know you will be entertained. Recommended for classic pre-slasher horror movie fans.

Then there’s Don’t Look in the Basement (1973). I was smart enough to see this in a theater when it came out… but dumb enough to bring a date. What a terrible first date movie!

On the other hand, Don’t Look in the Basement is a very creepy horror film due to several elements that come together beautifully:

– First, it has that grainy, cheap look to it like many early ’70s B-movies that, for me, adds to the mood. That look tells me positively this is not a big studio production. “Oh, this is one of THOSE movies,” says my head. “Anything can happen!” Tension builds.

– Second, it has an obviousness to it that can be unnerving when filmed correctly. Hitchcock used to do this well: We in the audience know the danger, but the hero on screen is completely clueless. We know from the minute the blonde nurse accepts her new job she shouldn’t be there — heck, we knew she shouldn’t even have come into the house!

– Third, most all of the characters may be insane, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own distinct stories, personalities and phobias. Crazy is not random. As Grant Morrison wrote in Batman: Arkham Asylum, the thoughts of the insane are not unpatterned. Each person has his or her own complex view of reality, no matter how wrong that perception might be.

There’s also a good deal of blood. And a surprise reveal. Don’t Look in the Basement has been recognized as a B-movie classic, and I enthusiastically recommend it here.

Three 1972 to 1973 horror movies and all three recommended! You may or may not disagree, and if so, I want to hear why! What are your favorite asylum flicks? Comment below or on social media.

Gary Scott Beatty’s graphic novel Wounds is available on Amazon and Comixology. Is madness a way to survive the zombie apocalypse? The strangest zombie story ever written, Wounds throws us into a world where nothing is beyond doubt, except a father’s concern for his wife and daughter. If you enjoy that “What th-?” factor in graphic novels, you’ll enjoy Wounds.

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Samuel L. Jackson Wraps on M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

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That was fast. It was just two weeks ago that we shared your first on-set look at Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass in M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming Unbreakable/Split sequel, and today we have news that Jackson has wrapped his role.

The update comes to us directly from Shyamalan himself who took to Twitter to let us all know that not only has Sam Jackson wrapped his role in Glass, but there is only one week left of filming overall.

Here is his tweet:

Does this mean the crew has gathered up enough footage to give us all a teaser trailer in the near future? I would think so, so let’s not be too surprised if that’s just what we get before the end of the year.

Fingers crossed.

The film is written & directed by M. Night Shyamalan and stars Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Anya-Taylor Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, and Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass.

Glass hits theaters January 18, 2019.

Synopsis:

Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

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