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Exclusive: Filmmaker Douglas Schulze on Mimesis: Night of the Living Dead



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Today Douglas Schulze’s latest genre effort, Mimesis (review here), arrives on DVD and Blu-ray courtesy of Anchor Bay. Inspired by George A. Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead, it follows a group of horror fans stuck reliving the terrifying events of the 1968 film… but for real.

In anticipation of the flick’s release, Dread Central recently chatted with Schulze about how a real-life incident inspired his unique twist on Romero’s original story, his thoughts on walking the fine line of homage and remakes, sequel plans for Mimesis and much more.

Dread Central: Congrats on pulling off a successful homage to one of the greatest movies of all time; I’d say it’s pretty evident after watching Mimesis that you’re a horror fan, correct?

Douglas Schulze: Absolutely; I came at this story first and foremost as a horror fan. It’s a culture I’ve been a part of for a long time; a lot of my friends are horror fans that kind of exist in the horror convention circuit, and so I’ve been observing that culture for some time now.

Dread Central: Being someone who has been to quite a few now myself, I find it’s a really fascinating culture. I love people watching at cons- especially the fans who dress up.

Douglas Schulze: Me, too; that’s sort of where this idea came from – the horror fandom – after I saw a group of fans who really took it too far at one con and were harassing other people while they were ‘in character.’ What would happen if there were a group of horror fans who took their fandom too far? How far would they go to recreate their favorite movie? And so the idea kind of just evolved from there.

When you look around today at the things that are happening around us and to our society, the idea really isn’t all that ‘out there’ so instead of running away from subject matter that talks about people who try to emulate their favorite rock songs or horror movies, I chose to create a film that addressed the concept straight on. I never wanted to remake Night of the Living Dead or update it in any way; Mimesis was more about the concept of horror fans taking their love of horror to the next level, and it just so happens they want to make their own Romero movie.

Dread Central: When you’re working within the world of something as revered as Night of the Living Dead, how tricky was it to walk that line of homage versus remake then? Or did the rules of your story pretty much keep you on track?

Douglas Schulze: You know, it’s never an easy task unless you’re straight up pulling a Gus Van Sant (laughs). But that was something I was conscientious of the entire time because there are parts of Mimesis that should feel like Night of the Living Dead, but if I went just a little ‘too far’ with it, it felt like I was ripping off George so I was deliberate with everything in this movie- from the way we shot it to the dialogue to the characters. We knew we were stepping into some big shoes when we decided to go with this property, and we were always conscious that we didn’t want this to become a mirror image of Living Dead either- our movie still needed to be able to stand on its own two feet, and I think we succeeded at that.

What’s interesting, though, is that our approach to Mimesis was modeled after how Romero approached his original film all those years ago now; we made this independently and without the use of outside funding, too, and so when it came time to make Mimesis, I really utilized his methodology in his approach to filmmaking for this as it seemed really appropriate to make this movie just like he did, independently, over 40 years ago.

Dread Central: I saw on the IMDb that you’re already working on Mimesis 2; is there anything you can tell us about that?

Douglas Schulze: Well, we are hoping to make a sequel- absolutely. We already shot something, kind of like a teaser, with Kristy Swanson (the original Buffy) as we’re developing a Nosferatu story around her. It’s such a classic story, and I know she’d be fantastic, too, so we’ll see how it all shapes up. We could be shooting in two months, in four months or in a year- who knows? But I do know we’ll be shooting some of it around LA hopefully, too.

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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free



Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!



Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.


KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong



One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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