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Exclusive: Co-Writer/Director Michael Greenspan Discusses His Latest Thriller Kill for Me and More



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This week Michael Greenspan’s latest thriller, Kill for Me, arrived on DVD everywhere courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Read on for our exclusive interview with the director and co-writer of the film.

Co-written by Greenspan and Christopher Dodd, the film follows two young women who find strength together after both struggling against physical and mental abuse by the men in their lives.

Dread Central recently caught up with Greenspan to discuss Kill for Me and much more- check out the highlights below from our exclusive interview, and look for the thriller now that it’s available everywhere on DVD!

Dread Central: What inspired you and Christopher (Dodd) to write the story for Kill for Me?

Michael Greenspan: Well, the movie starts off in some pretty typical territory – two strangers moving in together – so what we were interested in was what happens next? What can we do with that idea? The original concept is really about these two women sharing this pain of abuse that they both suffer from the men in their lives. They barely know each other, but because of this common bond things escalate very quickly between them. That being said, we also wanted to keep a sense of realism to the story because it needed to feel authentic in order for these murky relationships to work. That’s something I strived for in Wrecked, and that’s something I wanted to bring into this movie as well.

Dread Central: There’s a lot of violence in Kill for Me, but none of it ever felt gratuitous at all- was that conscious on your part since the story you’re telling here is a bit more deliberate than a slasher movie or something like that?

Michael Greenspan: It was; the violence was essential to the story just because of what these women were going through, but again, it was all about realism. They had to fight realistically and react to certain situations like someone really would- we couldn’t lose that at all or the movie wouldn’t have worked. And thankfully both Katie (Cassidy) and Tracy (Spiridakos) really committed to these characters and worked really hard at everything from their performances to their fight scenes to their onscreen relationship.

Dread Central: Katie did a great job, but I thought Tracy was particularly fearless in this; can you talk about the complexity she brought to this role?

Michael Greenspan: Yeah, Tracy was amazing in this; I know Katie’s more well known, but I think it’s only a matter of time before Tracy breaks out, too. She just came at this role without any reservations and embraced this huge spectrum of emotions her character brought into the story. She was fearless and just wonderful to work with; Donal (Logue), too. He really gave his monster a lot of heart ,which added an entirely different facet to that character than I was expecting. Everyone was just phenomenal to work with really.

Dread Central: What’s coming up next for you then? Any new projects on the horizon you can talk about?

Michael Greenspan: I’ve got a couple of things I’m working on right now- a couple of thrillers including a sci-fi one that I’m really excited about. Nothing I can really talk about yet though.

While trying to move on from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Amanda (Cassidy) looks for a roommate to help pay the rent. Hailey (Spiridakos) just moved to college to get away from her own abusive past. Now roommates, both girls find comfort in their friendship and make a pact to help each other overcome their pasts… no matter what the cost. When Amanda’s abusive ex-boyfriend catches up with her, a riveting roller coaster of suspense and twists is set in motion. In order to survive, the two girls face their harrowing past together. But as Hailey’s past becomes more transparent, it’s difficult to decipher who is the victim and who is the cold-blooded killer.

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    Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date



    Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

    Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

    Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

    Special features:
    *Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
    *Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
    *Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
    *Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
    *Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
    *Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
    *Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
    *Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
    *A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
    *Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
    *Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
    *Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
    *“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
    *Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
    *Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
    *Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
    *Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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    Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December



    Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

    Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

    The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

    What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

    Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!


    Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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    Waxwork Records Unveils Phenomenal 2018 Subscription Package



    Our pals over at Waxwork Records have unveiled their 2018 subscription bundle and it’s packed to the brim with some absolutely fantastic titles! Horror fans who enjoy spinning their music on turntables can look forward to two Romero titles, Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and lastly they’ll have Jordan Peele’s smash success title Get Out. On top of getting those five records, those who join the subscription program will also receive a t-shirt, coffee mug, poster, notebook, magnet, enamel pin, calendar, and more.

    For Night of the Living Dead, Waxwork Records worked closely with the film’s original creators, including Romero himself prior to his passing, the Museum of Modern Art, and The Criterion Collection so that they could source audio from the 4K restoration. It will be released as a 2xLP package.

    Dawn of the Dead will also get a 2xLP release that will include brand new artwork, re-mastered audio, and more. The same kind of treatment is being given to The ‘Burbs. Christopher Young’s Drag Me to Hell soundtrack will be a single LP but will get the same level of attention and quality as the other titles.

    As for Peele’s Get Out. Michael Abels; score will be released on a 2xLP vinyl set and will pay tribute to one of the most culturally significant movies of the past several years.

    The Waxwork Records subscription package will be $250 ($285 in Canada) and will open up for sale this Friday, the 24th. More information can be found on Waxwork’s website.

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