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Exclusive Q&A with Filmmaker Victor Garcia on Upcoming Supernatural Tale Gallows HillGallows Hill, the upcoming supernatural thriller from director Victor Garcia, is a film that only recently popped up on our radar, but once it did, we knew we wanted to hear more from the up-and-coming filmmaker, who is now currently in post-production with the project.

Peter Facinelli (The Twilight Saga flicks), Sophia Myles (Underworld) and Nathalia Ramos star in the film, which follows an American widower who flies to Colombia with his new fiancée to retrieve his rebellious teenage daughter, Jill. But when a car accident leaves the group stranded at an isolated inn, it’s there that they discover the old innkeeper has locked a young girl in the basement, and their decision to set her free has unintended consequences.

Written by Richard D’Ovidio, Gallows Hill was shot on location in Bogota, Colombia, and was produced by Launchpad Productions, A Bigger Boat and Bowery Hills Entertainment.

Check out our interview with Garcia below, and look for more on Gallows Hill later this week! In the meantime be sure to “like” Gallows Hill on Facebook.

Dread Central: Tell us how you got involved with Gallows Hill; what was it about this script that appealed to you as a storyteller?

Victor Garcia: My manager, Mike Goldberg, sent me the script back in February. After reading it a couple of times, I started working on my notes and a presentation for my meeting with producer David Higgins. At that time I was in Barcelona so I met him on Skype, and we shared our ideas and notes on the draft. After that I sent the producers my director’s statement and an animatic of one of the scenes to try to illustrate the visual style I was aiming for. A couple of weeks later I got a call saying that I got the job.

There were several things that attracted me to the project; the fact that it was an original story was obviously one of them, but I really dug the fact that it was a horror movie based on real characters and the emotional beats were as important to the story as the jump scares.

Dread Central: Did you work closely with Richard on the script or add any of your own touches at all?

Victor Garcia: I worked with Rich and David on the following four revisions of the script. We had long meetings, and we shared a lot of notes and ideas. Several of my ideas made it to the final draft; Rich and David were pretty much at the same page as me in regards of what kind of story we wanted to tell so it was a very easygoing process.

Dread Central: Colombia seems like such a wild (but great) shooting location- what was behind the decision to shoot the film down there? Can you talk about your experiences on location?

Victor Garcia: By the time I got the script, I already knew we were going to shoot in Bogota. My experience there was great; the crew was really awesome, and the local talent we used all delivered amazing performances.

Dread Central: I’m a big fan of both Peter and Sophia; can you discuss your casting choices and what they both brought to the table for their respective roles for this project?

Exclusive Q&A with Filmmaker Victor Garcia on Upcoming Supernatural Tale Gallows Hill

Victor Garcia: Peter and Sophia are both great actors; they got extremely involved in the whole process, adding their own ideas to their characters. They have been acting for a while so they have an amazing understanding about the whole process, and they are very aware of what’s going to work on screen. It’s been a pleasure to have them on this movie, and their performances and ideas have pushed the story several steps further.

Dread Central: What kind of story can fans expect from Gallows Hill then?

Victor Garcia: We’ve got a little bit of everything; the story moves from a spooky house story to a more action-driven movie, having always in mind that it’s a story about characters. I think we’ve used all the tricks in the book while keeping the story as fresh as possible and adding a couple of new ideas that I hope fans will appreciate.

Dread Central: Because you’ve worked on a bunch of modern horror films, I was wondering if you could talk about what you do to keep things interesting for yourself as a genre filmmaker. What are the stories you like to tell?

Victor Garcia: Gallows Hill is a perfect example of the story I like to tell. I’ve always thought that no matter how creepy, scary or gory your film is, nothing is going to fully work unless you’ve got a sense of real drama and real characters. I’m interested in horror for sure, but I’m more interested in developing real characters that must face their own demons. The horror setup is, to me, the best metaphor to explore the darkness in all of us.

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2



Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

Ever wonder which of us knows more lyrics to Ice, Ice, Baby? Well, Patreon found out, but perhaps there’s more singing in the actual episode. Download to find out!

Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection



It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!



Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona

I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Director Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended!

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