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Arriving to Lara Flynn Boyle’s trailer outside Gower Studios in Hollywood, California, this writer chatted with the Emmy-nominated actress regarding her character of the witch “Agnes” in the then-shooting feature Hansel & Gretel Get Baked.

Written by first-time feature screenwriter David Tillman, directed by Duane Journey, and starring Boyle, Twilight actor Michael Welch as “Hansel,” Molly C. Quinn as “Gretel,” and Bianca Saad, the film (formerly known as Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel & The 420 Witch) revolves around an old crone who lives in Pasadena, California, who lures teens into her house with a special blend of marijuana in order to eat the adolescents in an effort to maintain her own youth and beauty.

Shooting day nineteen of twenty-one, Boyle, in a robe and fresh out of the extensive prosthetic makeup required of her role (courtesy of Vincent Guastini and his company VGP Effects & Design), politely asked if I would mind if she smoked. I didn’t.

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The forty-two-year-old actress, best known as “Donna Hayward” on David Lynch’s cult-classic television series “Twin Peaks” (and later as Assistant District Attorney “Helen Gamble” on “The Practice”), told me of what attracted her to Hansel & Gretel Get Baked.

“Mostly I love being an actor because there is no fear of consequences, and you can do whatever you want, and you don’t get in trouble,” she stated between drags. “So playing ‘Agnes,’ I can’t get in trouble, and all of the things that you want to do and say in real life, I can, and I can get away with it. It’s ideal.”

Exclusive: Actress Lara Flynn Boyle Talks Hansel & Gretel Get Baked; Three New Stills

“This isn’t an easy role,” she continued. “It’s very challenging because I want my witch to have a heart and to come from a very emotionally centered place, but I hope the audience doesn’t see how challenging it is and the work I put in. I hope it comes across as very breezy. But eating eyeballs, eating people, and cutting people up – it’s not as fun and easy as it looks! I said to Duane (Journey) and David (Tillman), ‘Wow, you people are really twisted!’ But I guess I’m really twisted because I said I would do it! We are all really nuts. But I shouldn’t say ‘nuts’ because then they’ll have me eating nuts, too!” she laughed.

“So, with all of my theatre training, I’m eating eyeballs and making sure that the blood squirts out in a certain way,” Boyle mused good-naturedly, “and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I’m a trained actress. What am I doing?’ But it’s so challenging that way and really lovely!”

As for the makeup required of the role (Boyle plays a character four centuries of age, whose visage changes dramatically from young to old, depending on the amount of human flesh she consumes), “It takes about five hours to put it on, and it’s so impeccably done that by the time it’s done, you can be so lazy as an actor,” she stated.

“It changes the way you walk and the way you talk,” the actress continued. “It is an ‘out of body’ experience. I mean right now, I look like me. But I’ve seen myself when under makeup, and I’m like, ‘Who is that freak? Who is that person?’ The special effects people do such good work that I feel like I don’t have to do any. It is like, ‘Where do you want me to stand? What do you want me to do? Roll camera.’ Then it just all flows. It’s very psychological. It’s seriously trippy. It’s so easy to become this character under this makeup. It’s bizarre, but in a beautiful way.”

On the head space required to endure such extensive makeup application (Boyle first became familiar with this process during her filming of Poltergeist III), “You have to go to a certain space,” she offered. “I play a lot of ‘violent femmes,’ and it’s very hypnotic. It strangely gives you five hours to just sit with yourself. It can be very claustrophobic if you don’t just relax and give it up. It can be very odd, and also really beautiful.”

As for removing the prosthetics, “I get a little frightened because I don’t know what I’m going to look like when they take it all off,” she laughed. “It takes about an hour and a half, and this sounds so corny, but its like, ‘Oh there you are; welcome home, Lara. How was your day off?’ It really feels like I had a day off. It’s really cool.”

The conversation turned to her approach to the character of “Agnes.”

“It’s fun to play with it,” she stated of her varied approaches to her takes. “It’s really, really fun to just play. I don’t want to be selfish and to throw anyone for a loop, but it is fun to stay on your toes, and it is fun to take little moments you have and to bring them into a scene. I was in the shower the other day and the hot water ran out and I still had conditioner in my hair so when I got to the set, I was so fucking cranky, and it was fun to put that into a scene. Or like beautiful loving moments that you have with someone while you are walking the set, and it changes what you are going to do during the next three minutes when you shoot a take, and it’s fun to always have that going. I love to be afraid and to have that ‘Oh my gosh, is this going to go well?’ moment. I don’t like getting lazy [as an actor], and that’s why I’ve been doing this. I don’t like to be stuck in a rut. I like to bring everything into a scene.”

As for her connection to the character, “I just fell in love with her; to know her is to love her, and I hope people love her as much as I do,” gushed Boyle. “There has to be a tragic sensibility with the character in order to relate to her, I think. And I think you have a responsibility to take care of the character that you are playing. I’ve never, ever embarked on any role that I didn’t have the utmost compassion for. I just love the character. I think she’s just phenomenal. I would want to hang out with her. I wish she was my roommate. I would have loved to have gone to college with her. I would have loved to have been able to sic Agnes on a boy who had hurt my feelings. ‘Go eat his eyeballs out! Go stab him! Go get him for me!’ And she’s just so great that way. She’s fantastic. Unfortunately, I think playing this role is a little too easy for me. It’s really cathartic. It’s great, and at the end of the day, I’m so relaxed.”

With the actress called back to the set, our interview came to an end although as I departed the trailer, Boyle stopped me.

“You have really pretty eyes,” she told me. “They are amazing.”

“Donna Hayward” told me I had pretty eyes. Surreal.

Check out three new stills from the film below, and for more on Hansel & Gretel Get Baked, visit its Facebook page, and be sure to stick around for our upcoming interview with the film’s director, Duane Journey, soon.

Exclusive: Actress Lara Flynn Boyle Talks Hansel & Gretel Get Baked; Three New Stills

Exclusive: Actress Lara Flynn Boyle Talks Hansel & Gretel Get Baked; Three New Stills

Exclusive: Actress Lara Flynn Boyle Talks Hansel & Gretel Get Baked; Three New Stills

Exclusive: Actress Lara Flynn Boyle Talks Hansel & Gretel Get Baked; Three New Stills

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

Synopsis:

A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review

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Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

Directed by Charles Martin Smith


I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

Now let’s get to it.

First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

Rockstar lighting for days.

Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

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Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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