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With the February 13th release of Beautiful Creatures coming soon, we chatted with cast members Alden Ehrenreich, Thomas Mann and Zoey Deutch and producer Broderick Johnson for some inside info on the film.

Speaking with our East Coast correspondent Nomad recently, Alden Ehrenreich, who plays Ethan Wate, gave us his point of view on the scope of the film. “There are a lot of different scenes in the movie,” Ehrenreich said. “Scenes that are epic, scenes that are magic. The tone of the scenes that I’m in is romantic, charming, wonderful stuff. To me, parts of this movie feel like a romantic comedy because there’s really these funny things, these bumblings and failings of someone trying to date someone, trying to get to know another person.”

He continued describing the tone: “It’s able to laugh at itself. It has wit, it has charm. It’s a character-driven movie that has a sense of humor to it. When you see these movies about these crazy supernatural things and nobody goes, ‘Whoa, wait a second,’ and laughs at it for a second, that doesn’t feel like what we would really do in real life. We have to laugh at this stuff.”

Ehrenreich unveiled a bit on the stunts and F/X in the film. “We did very little CGI so a lot of it is the real sets, and I got to see a lot of that in person and act in that. So that was really amazing.” As for the physicality of the role, “I get kind of tossed and turned and whipped; I pass out and fly around. I’m kind of the victim of all the magic in the movie so it’s physical in that sense for sure.”

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Thomas Mann talks about his part in the film, much of which involves providing the laughs. “I play Link, who is sort of the comedic relief in the movie,” Mann said. “He’s Ethan’s best friend, and they go to the same school and are part of this small Southern, very religious town. They both feel kind of trapped, but Ethan and Link are different than everyone else. They feel they can transcend this, like there’s more out there for them. The scenes with Link and Ethan are sort of light and bring some light to this dark story so I’m excited for people to see them.”

But although there are laughs, Mann cautions viewers that this is no straight comedy. “There are very funny parts in it,” Mann said, “but it’s very dark and sort of sad, too. It’s a story about two people in love and how hard it is for them to be together due to their circumstances. And there’s a supernatural element; there’s a lot of great special F/X and set pieces that are just crazy. A lot of the F/X are practical so it was really cool to see all that happen on set and be part of it.”

And just how hands-on is Link in this film? “It is a physical role,” Mann said. “Physical in a romantic way, but also physical in a violent way as well.” Perfect, our two favorites!

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Zoey Deutch, who appears in the film as Emily Asher, gave us assurance that, oh yes, there will be blood. “Oh, there’s blood involved; there’s gore,” Deutch said. “I get bloody with glass in my face. But the film does appeal to a wide range of people from young to adult because it’s got Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson and Viola Davis. There’s so many different aspects of the story. It’s a human-based story with supernatural aspects. It’s really different.”

New Character One-Sheets Show Off Lots of Beautiful Creatures

Finally, one of the film’s producers, Broderick Johnson, talked about some special aspects of the film. “We’re excited about the music,” Johnson said. “We’ve got Thenewno2, which has Dhani Harrison (George Harrison’s son) and Paul Hicks (son of Tony Hicks of The Hollies), and actually, Tony Hicks will be playing banjo in our movie. Also Jonathan Sadoff, who actually has done scores for two independent movies, but as a group they’re known as Thenewno2 and they’ve never done a score before, but they’re coming up with the most original, coolest stuff. We’re recording at Abbey Road with dad’s guitar. I’m really excited.”

Just what kind of sound is Thenewno2 coming up with? “We’re calling it Swamptronics,” Johnson said. “It’s a really cool sound they’re creating. And the three of them have separated the duties so one works on the love theme, one works on Ridley’s theme and one works on the scary stuff.”

Johnson spoke on the desire to make the film magical, but without leaving reality. “There are no monsters or ghosts, but there are supernaturals,” Johnson said. “I wanted to make it as real as possible and grounded in the real world. Real characters who happen to have supernatural powers, and if you take away their powers, they’re just like you or me. So they have a family holiday dinner, which erupts into a disaster like all our family holiday dinners, but instead of just yelling and screaming and throwing food, they use their powers to start a fight, but if you take out their powers, it still works.”

And what would any supernatural-thriller-love story be without a few laughs? “Comedy is very important. Wit is very important,” Johnson said. “It cuts the earnestness and makes them real. Life has wit because life is absurd. So you can’t have a story without any wit in it.”

Beautiful Creatures opens nationwide on February 13th.

Synopsis:
A supernatural love story set in the South, Beautiful Creatures tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers: Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich), a young man longing to escape his small town, and Lena (Alice Englert), a mysterious new girl. Together they uncover dark secrets about their respective families, their history, and their town. Oscar nominee Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher King, P.S. I Love You) directs from his adaptation of the first novel in the best-selling series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro), newcomer Alice Englert, Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons (Reversal of Fortune) Oscar nominee Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt), Emmy Rossum (TV’s “Shameless”), and Academy Award winner Emma Thompson (Howard’s End, Sense and Sensibility).

Margo Martindale plays Lena’s Aunt Del, who helps to protect her from the family’s dark side, and Zoey Deutch portrays Emily Asher, Ethan’s ex-girlfriend and the ringleader of the high school’s popular clique that conspires against Lena. The film co-stars Kyle Gallner and Thomas Mann.

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Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

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Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

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Yuuko

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The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

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Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

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JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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