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Exclusive: Co-writer and Star Noel Clarke Talks Storage 24 and MoreIn the upcoming British creature feature Storage 24, we follow two former lovers who pick the wrong day to sort out their shared storage unit- while inside their locker, London has descended into chaos as a military plane crashes into the city, unleashing a deadly alien in the area.

While our pair remain unaware of the looming danger around them, the otherworldly predator makes its way inside the storage facility, hunting down anyone that happens to cross its path.

Directed by Johannes Roberts, Storage 24 stars Noel Clarke, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Colin O’Donoghue and Laura Haddock. Clarke also produced and co-wrote the project, and Dread Central recently caught up with the UK actor (best known for his work on “Dr. Who”) to hear more about the story of Storage 24, what classic comic book villain inspired the look of the alien and his plans for a sequel to the micro-budgeted indie horror flick.

Read the highlights from our exclusive interview with Clarke below, and make sure to check out Storage 24 now that it’s currently on ultra VOD and will arrive in limited theaters on January 11th courtesy of Magnet Releasing.

Dread Central: You wore a lot of hats on this project, but I want start off by talking about your involvement in writing Storage 24 and what inspired you guys to take a different approach to this story since it’s not your usual creature feature at all.

Noel Clarke: Thanks! The idea to set the film inside a storage building came after recently visiting one and the endless corridors of bland doors that you see inside. The more and more doors that we would pass began to freak me out a bit, and I then realized just how creepy those places are. It’s not hard to get lost in there; it’s almost disorienting. You lose time in there, too.

I’m also a huge sci-fi fan so I knew I wanted this to be a sci-fi movie from the start. I brought in a writing team to do a pass after my first draft, and then I brought in a writer who was also a huge horror fan to give the story more of a horror punch; I knew it was important to get someone in there who loved horror, and I’m not saying I couldn’t have done some of it myself, but he really elevated the more horror-esque aspects of the film.

At the same time, we also scripted Storage 24 to be different in the sense that this was always a story that was more about the people and wanting them to survive. There had to be a heart beating beneath all the scares. And I think the storage facility itself even became a character in the movie, too.

Dread Central: You went with a guy in make-up for your creature, which was admirable; can you discuss the design process- was that something you were heavily involved with as well?

Noel Clarke: I was; I had ideas in mind for the creature even back when I was working on the original script. Originally, I wanted him to have shades of Carnage to him but also felt wholly unique, too. So we kind of went with the humanoid approach to designing the alien with these really long arms that made it easy for him to crawl and run quickly, too. I didn’t want the alien to look like a dog, though, so he had to be more human-ish; I thought that would be scarier. A human shadow standing at the end of a dark hallway just seemed scarier to me than if you’re looking at a shadow that’s shaped like a dog.

Dread Central: I know you guys didn’t have the largest budget to work with on Storage 24, but you seemed to overcome that because there were a lot of moments in the film that felt ‘bigger’ than the budget- what would you say was the key element in getting a smaller budget to work for you instead of against you then on this movie?

Noel Clarke: You know, I think the key is to always write to your budget; there’s never a point in writing something you don’t have the budget for because it’ll end up getting cut anyway so it’s a wasted effort. At the same time, you also have to be ready to adapt when you write to budget and things happen that affect your budget and then you have to get creative. In the case of our ending, originally it was written with 20 SWAT guys showing up at the storage building, but in reality we just couldn’t afford 20 guys in full costumes so we went with the ending that is in there now. And honestly, I think it works a little better even than it would have with a SWAT team showing up so sometimes these things work out a certain way and it ends up being a blessing.

Dread Central: And if things go well with the release of Storage 24, have you already given any thought to where a sequel might go if you get the opportunity?

Noel Clarke: Yes, I definitely do have a complete idea for a part two if we get to move forward on that. There’s definitely a lot of possibilities when it comes to aliens landing here on Earth so we’ll see. For now I’m focusing on a project that’s just been greenlit; we start shooting in April, and I’m acting and directing on this one so it should be quite the interesting experience- for everyone (laughs).

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

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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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