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You don’t know it yet, but you have a crush on Mia Wasikowska. In Park Chan-wook’s latest, Stoker (review), Wasikowska plays a petulant teenager who transforms into a full-fledged woman by the time the credits roll – and she’s hypnotic.

We spoke with her earlier today in New York.

Dread Central: What’s your take on your character India and her relationship with her Uncle, Charlie, in the film?

Mia Wasikowska: Well, there’s a part of her that I understand, the more universal side of her, feelings of loneliness and desire that are more common with teenagers. But there’s also a part of her that’s a mystery to me. So, you just go back to the basics of acting of imagining and pretending and thinking. The thing that I liked the most about reading the script is that she’s walking a thin line and you’re not sure which direction she’s going in…whether she’s going to be a hero or an anti-hero. And that was cool for me because you don’t quite know who she is until the end. And the dynamic between her and Charlie, I think it was the first time, as an isolated person, she experienced the feeling of somebody really knowing her. There’s a connection there that’s very foreign to her that she’s excited by but also fearful of. You don’t really know who is the hunter and who is the hunted.

DC: Do you think her bloodline had something to do with her actions?

MW: That question is definitely raised but I thought Director Park put it well when he said that it’s not really about bad blood or predisposition, but more that violence is contagious. I thought that was really interesting because you don’t know what would have happened if Uncle Charlie hadn’t shown up. I always thought that was a good way of looking at it.

DC: India is such a quiet character. Was it hard mainly relying on your facial expressions to convey so much emotion at times?

MW: It’s possibly a little riskier. It’s hard to be as sure of yourself when there isn’t that much dialogue. You have to know what they’re thinking at any given moment and how they’re feeling because the words can’t really express that.

DC: What were the differences in terms of working with a very Korean filmmaker?

MW: Well, I don’t know if the differences are because he’s Korean or because he’s just him. I guess the most obvious difference is how much of the film was storyboarded which I really enjoyed. It was pretty amazing to be this well-prepared. In rehearsals we would open the folder of storyboards and he would explain how he was going to shoot it. It was great to have it already there and then we could discuss and collaborate with him.

DC: Had you seen his work before taking the role?

MW: No, I had heard of him and I had heard of OLDBOY but I hadn’t seen it. When I signed on I did a marathon.

DC: And you were never the same again, I’m sure.

MW: [Laughs] Never the same.

DC: Can you talk a little bit about working with Nicole Kidman, especially during the Mommy Dearest scene?

MW: Yeah, luckily our relationship was the polar opposite in real life. She was so warm and kind and nice to me which was really wonderful. Coming from Australia I’ve always looked up to her and she’s one of the first Australian actresses to really transcend working in Australia and doing a whole international career. It was really great.

DC: Were you surprised how sexually charged some of the scenes were when you saw them? It seems like this role could open up some other avenues for you. I was surprised because you’re kind of sexy in the movie towards the end and I wasn’t expecting that.

MW: I don’t know in terms of opportunities, maybe. I was always happy with the piano scene. It’s very intense and basically like a love scene and I was really happy, because we filmed it over a day and it was cut up, and you’re never quite sure if the intensity has translated.

DC: I remember going to the set…

MW: Oh yes, I remember that.

DC: We just met briefly, but it seemed like you were wearing contacts at the time. Were you wearing contacts the entire film?

MW: I was, yeah.

DC: So that must have been difficult to work through…

MW: Yeah, it was great for the character because Director Park wanted me to have a strong link, like physically, to Nicole and Matthew. They both had blue eyes and we decided that I’d have blue eyes as well. And when Matthew was cast as Charlie it was decided I’d have brown hair like him. But yeah, I’m bad at eyes so every morning, depending on how good it was, it was like a half hour process. It was a pain. I’m just really bad at the contacts!

DC: Why did [Uncle Charlie] he always send her shoes every year?

MW: It explains something about his character, an obsessive thing in him, to send her shoes every year on her birthday that fit her every year. And it’s also symbolic when he brings, on her eighteenth birthday, high heels instead of saddle shoes. It symbolizes her moving from girl to woman. There’s a saying in Korea, which Director Park told me. It translates to something like, “Don’t give someone shoes or they’ll run away.” I think that’s quite nice, especially for this.

Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till, Dermot Mulroney, Phyllis Somerville, and Alden Ehrenreich star in the film directed by Park Chan-wook. Look for Stoker in theatres on March 1st, 2013.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31



The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3



I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”


We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter



The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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