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This Friday, January 4th, Texas Chainsaw 3D is set to tear apart audiences everywhere courtesy of Lionsgate. The direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s original 1974 classic reunites many franchise vets and newcomers, including the newest chainsaw-wielding maniac of cinema, Dan Yeager.

During a recent press day, Dread Central sat down with Yeager to discuss his approach to Leatherface for Texas Chainsaw 3D and also heard more from the actor about the challenges of bringing a character to life while being stuck behind a mask. Yeager also discussed how this sequel celebrates and pays tribute to Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre more so than any of the other sequels and how he landed the iconic role.

Read on for our exclusive interview with Yeager below, and look for more on Texas Chainsaw 3 all week!

Dread Central: Was there any nervousness on your part to step into the shoes of Leatherface for Texas Chainsaw 3D?

Dan Yeager: You know… no, not really. It was such a gradual, easy process amongst friends. Carl Mazzocone and I were friends for a good year before we started talking about Texas Chainsaw. It was actually another friend who I had taken acting lessons from – Jeff Celentano, who directs now – that had been working with Carl on another project and he asked about how Texas Chainsaw was going at the time. Carl just responded to him with, “Oh man, I just don’t know…” and then they started talking more about it.

Jeff then asked him if he had any ideas for Leatherface and Carl didn’t at that point so he said, “Well you know, I think this guy Dan would make a great Leatherface.” And this was like in August 2010. But Carl and I never really talked about movies up until that point – that wasn’t our relationship. We were into building stuff together and working on those kinds of projects together. Construction stuff. But anyway, I think it was that conversation that got things turning in his mind.

And as they were developing the story of Leatherface and who he was, I think Carl began to see him almost kind of like how I am in real life and so it all just began to come together at the same time. I believe he mentioned me to John Luessenhop early on and said, “You know, I’ve got someone I’ve been thinking about for Leatherface.” But then he invited us both to the same Christmas party and just let it happen.

You know, I used to be a lot less lighthearted and gregarious than I am now so I confess that I was probably standing there scowling at everyone at the party. I used to tell people that whenever I walked into a room, I’d size it up first just so I could make sure that I could kill everyone in it if I had to (laughs). But John saw me across the room that night while he was having a conversation with Mark Burg, who did all the Saw movies, and he said to him, “Oh my god, I think I’m looking at Leatherface!”

And a lot of what has been done with the character since the original movie came out was where they cast more of the “bulked out” big guy types, and I have never really been one that has spent a lot of time in the gym; I can push cars and lift stuff, but I’ve never been into body building or anything like that. Plus I’ve always carried a few extra pounds- John calls it the ‘farm boy’ look (laughs). But it needed to be someone who looks like they work for a living, like Gunnar did, so they didn’t want Leatherface to be this oversized monster. He needed to look like a real person, and ultimately, I think that’s what makes this character work in this movie.

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Dread Central: How challenging was it for you having to always wear a mask in Texas Chainsaw 3D and getting your performance as Leatherface across then? Especially considering we see the character a bit differently in this story than we ever have before.

Dan Yeager: In cinema it’s moving pictures that tell a story and everything means something so if you kind of have that and if you know that, if you don’t manifest something physically in some way, you’ll lose the audience. You have to rely on things like how you carry your hands, how you stand and how you’re moving and use all that when you’re juxtaposed within a scenario and give it all meaning. When we shot a certain scene where someone touches Leatherface’s face, we have a moment of fear from him that’s all in a head movement that’s only just a few inches. But you can see all that just from him moving back and that was the thing – when you have a monster that moves back from, or retreats from, something – that’s a jarring image. It’s very subtle and there’s a lot of moments like that that you can tell the story with.

Plus all of it was in the script so we had a lot to work with already just within the script, which was very well written. So we always knew the images of Leatherface that would tell his story in this movie. But there are also those moments of tension where you can see what’s going on inside him just from the way his hands are moving, too- they begin to tighten and clench up, and you know it’s coming. And a lot of it involved some pretty big physical moments, too, but there was a lot of subtlety to Leatherface this time around to balance those bigger moments out.

Dread Central: For my last question I wanted to talk about the psychology of the masks in Texas Chainsaw 3D. Was that something that you, John, Carl and the rest of the team were conscientious of and went over early on?

Dan Yeager: Oh sure, of course. And that was a problem that we were up against on this- the other movies never really tapped into that psychology at all. That was only one part of the problem of the sequels; they overlooked those little things that were in the original movie. Even Tobe’s sequel, which was more of his own reactionary piece he did in response to the absurdity of just how seriously people took the original movie when it first came out. He always said that no one laughed at any of his jokes in Texas Chain Saw Massacre so that’s why he made the sequel a comedy.

So over time the original character that Gunnar played became more and more of a caricature. Actually most of the characters did in those sequels become really over-the-top. So we always intended to get back to the feel of the original. And Leatherface, the original Leatherface, really was an interesting guy to watch; everyone always refers to him as the monster, but you have to remember that he is still a complete human being, too, which makes him that much more horrifying or even terrifying.

So everything with our approach to this character all came down to believability; John mentioned earlier that one of the earlier drafts of Texas Chainsaw 3D had Leatherface walking down the street, deflecting bullets with his chainsaw as the police are shooting at him. And sure, it would have been fun “movie stuff,” but that’s not what we wanted to make. We didn’t want to betray what had come before us so everything about this character, including the different masks and the reason why he’d wear them for whatever moment he was involved with, had to honor Gunnar’s Leatherface from the original. Everything came down to that.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

SYNOPSIS:
A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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