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S-VHS, the sequel to found footage anthology V/H/S, has had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (look for a review soon), and we have a transcript of the Q&A that followed right here for you.

Be warned though… spoilers abound!

In attendance: Filmmakers Simon Barrett, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Adam Wingard, Jamie Nash, and Kyle Crosby

Q: If you make another one, what are you going to call it?

A: VHS-C Maybe.

Q: In the scene with the dog and the aliens, I was looking for a disclaimer at the end saying “no animals were harmed.” I didn’t see one so I thought there might be some people here concerned.

A: Yeah… no disclaimer at the end… yeah. Jason would have some funny stories about that because the kids were like feeding that dog hot dogs all the time. The date was almost comatose, so it didn’t have to die cuz all it wanted to do was lay on its side all the time. So off screen we started shaking it. If we stopped shaking it, the dog doesn’t move. It’s Jason’s family dog, and it is alive and well.

Q: I wanted to congratulate you guys; that is some of the best use of first-person consistently through a movie that I have ever seen. Is that what you started with or is that something you put together with the stories that you created?

A: With this series, when everyone is pitching their ideas from the found footage angle, like a zombie movie idea, everyone wants to know “Whats the perspective of it?” What’s cool about the whole VHS series is that we all went out of our way to try and find new ways that you haven’t seen done before. The whole thing with found footage is kinda cool cuz you can tell stories you’ve seen before about ghosts and zombies and satanic crazy shit, but you can do it in a new light. Showing it from that found footage perspective just makes everything more interesting.

Q: Do you have a distributor yet?

A: No, we don’t have a distributor yet, but we;re hoping someone will buy this film. It’s running in Park City later this week, but hopefully we’ll know soon.

Q: Was the zombie segment always supposed to be as funny as it ended up being?

A: We were definitely pushing it toward the comedic side but still trying to gross people out. I think we succeeded.

Q: I rarely see a horror film where the sequel surpasses the first one so I would like to congratulate you guys on that. This movie blew me away. I love that genre. So I was wondering are you guys all friends?

A: No, we’re not (laughter). We have all gotten together at various festivals like this and SXSW. I would say we’re all friends. We didn’t know Eduardo and Gregg before this, but Simon and I [Adam Wingard] met here in 2011. Then Jason, we’re friends now cuz he stays on my couch for weeks at a time when he comes to visit LA (laughter).

Q: Is there a common mythology between the first one and this movie?

A: I wrote them both, and I don’t really have any idea (laughter). Nothing is intentional. Like the little kid’s ghost is a low budget way to accomplish a supernatural effect. The Skype thing was originally supposed to be part of the alien segment, but I didn’t know how to do that cuz I’m not scared of aliens so I had the idea of the Skype haunted house thing so Brad was like, ‘Fuck it, I’ll get my alien segment eventually.’ Jason finally gave it to him. The one with the retinal implant was just trying to be a more straightforward ghost story. So yeah, nothing was meant to be common.

Q: If you do make a trilogy, are you going to reveal a central plot to the conspiracy behind all three?

A: Yeah, definitely. The first one hints at a mythology so obliquely that there is no need to try and figure out what it’s talking about. This film goes slightly further. For the 2 or 3 people in the world that would actually be interested, there are some things that would actually tie together. I think if we did make a third film, which is a significant IF at this juncture, we would try to make the wraparound actually answer these questions. It’s a lot more difficult to answer questions than just present them so I probably wouldn’t write that, I would hire someone else to do it (laughter).

Moderator: We have time for one more.

Q: I know that there was a lot of criticism in the first one over the date rape scene. I noticed there were a lot of frat boys in the first one and none in this one. Was that intentional?

A: That’s a fair question. I think these films always have the same unifying theme. If there was a unifying theme for the first VHS, it would be the idea of found footage based on the failed sex tape. Every segment had the failed sex tape aspect. Some people just responded more negatively to it than we thought they would. We weren’t necessarily regretful; it was more like we have nothing else to say on that subject so… here are some zombies (laughter). Thank you all for coming out.

S-VHS / USA, Canada (directors: Simon Barrett, Adam Wingard, Edúardo Sanchez, Gregg Hale, Timo Tjahjanto, Gareth Huw Evans, Jason Eisener; screenwriters: Simon Barrett, Jamie Nash, Timo Tjahjanto & Gareth Huw Evans, John Davies) — Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his abandoned house and find another collection of mysterious VHS tapes. In viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be terrifying motives behind the student’s disappearance.

The cast for this go-round includes Adam Wingard, Lawrence Levine, L.C Holt, Kelsy Abbott, and Hannah Hughes.

Sundance runs from January 17th-27th. Visit the official 2013 Sundance Film Festival website for more info.

Sundance 2013: Q&A with Filmmakers Simon Barrett, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Adam Wingard, Jamie Nash, and Kyle Crosby

Sundance 2013: Q&A with Filmmakers Simon Barrett, Gregg Hale, Eduardo Sanchez, Adam Wingard, Jamie Nash, and Kyle Crosby

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2



From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

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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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?



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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Last Toys on the Left

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



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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