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Exclusive: BC Furtney Talks Do Not DisturbBC Furtney’s film noir horror film Do Not Disturb (review), starring Stephen Geoffreys (Fright Night, 976-Evil), Tiffany Shepis (Cyrus), and Corey Haim (The Lost Boys), finally gets dusted off on August 6 after beginning its long journey to distribution a few years back.

Obviously, it’s certainly not a tentpole film with a lot of buzz surrounding it, but it is one of Haim’s last performances and features solid work from Geoffreys. I spoke with Furtney, the director of the film, on a lengthy phone interview as the filmmaker did press from the city of Dallas in the great state of Texas.

DC: So, help me out here. Did New Terminal Hotel become Do Not Disturb, and is that the same cut of the film with a different title?

BCF: It is a different cut of the same film. It started its life as New Terminal Hotel and, you know, through a long twisting road we ended up with Ruthless Pictures and a producer there, Jesse Baget, and we got to talking about it. Our production company did a soft release on New Terminal. Its road to distribution is winding to say the least. I think the cut that we have now is actually… I’m a fan of it. I was hesitant to cut it down before. It’s probably about 15 minutes leaner than what New Terminal was and I think that’s a good thing. It’s been a blast working with them and seeing it in a new incarnation, for sure.

DC: What actually got cut? I’m guessing it wasn’t more murders or anything like that. Was it just more exposition and dialogue, mostly?

BCF: Yeah, we didn’t start off trying to do a hack and slash kind of piece. It was always kind of intended to be film noir. I knew with the cast that we assembled, it was going to really speak to the horror crowd and maybe because of some things I had done in the past it would come out and be pushed under that banner. And it was fine because, you know, when you have Tiffany Shepis and Steve [Stephen Geoffreys], who’s still largely known for Fright Night and a lot of people know Corey Haim primarily from Lost Boys. There’s a strong horror thing there. We had Ezra [Buzzington] who, at the time, was really making a run at the remake thing. He did The Hills Have Eyes remake, the Halloween remake, and he was really close to being the new Freddy Krueger when we were shooting this. So, he was looking like horror remake guy. But I realized when we were doing it that, gee, we’re not really making a horror film for people who might want to see machetes and pitchforks and stalk ‘n slash screaming and, you know, blood spraying. We’ve got a little bit of that but it was always about the characters. It’s sort of a throwback to the old detective pulps of the ‘50s and ‘60s. I wanted to make a film that felt like it was an old paperback novel you pulled out of a pair of old pants in the basement.

DC: Yeah, it kind of reminded me of some of the ‘80s New York movies in some sequences like Maniac. There are some cues, along with the mask that Geoffrey wears and the wig – it kind of gave it a seedy ‘80s quality that gave it a New York vibe. Of course, I see that because I live in New York. But the city, whether it’s L.A. or New York, is usually depicted as being very dangerous and underground. The darkness of the city kind of justifies the killer going nuts. But that kind of seediness doesn’t really exist in the way it did in L.A. noir films or old New York anymore, does it?

BCF: Well, that’s one thing in L.A. noir that I think a lot of films particularly miss. I’ve lived in L.A. for almost 14 years right there around Hollywood. There was always an inherent darkness to Los Angeles for me. One of the reasons the film is the way it is, it’s because the setting was southern California, downtown Los Angeles, but we were shooting in western Pennsylvania. We had a historic hotel, the George Washington, in Washington, Pennsylvania and so, obviously, that limited what we could do as far as going outside. In a lot of ways, I think it was a happy accident that we got to stay in there like that and operate within the confines of those walls. We had two burned out floors because there had been a fire a few months earlier. The fourth floor was completely gutted, it looked like Escape From New York. I think being stuck in there like that … it felt to me like I captured what you feel when you maybe drive down Skid Row down seventh street in Los Angeles at night … and the feeling you get down there and the vibe.

DC: If we could talk about the characters a little bit, was it Corey Haim’s idea to play British and how was he on set and his relationship with Stephen? Their scenes are all together. It’s also kind of surprising to have a film released years after an actor’s death like this. Also, who came up with the name Jasper Crash? My favorite name in film is probably Furious Styles from Boyz N The Hood but Jasper Crash is a good one, too.b

BCF: (Laughs) Thanks man. Uh, Jasper Crash is actually a concoction of both Corey’s and mine, equally. I’ll tell you the story behind Corey. He was engaged to Tiffany at the time, I think everyone knows that.

DC: Right. Did they come on to the film together? Were they cast around the same time?

BCF: No, she was signed on because I had worked with her a couple times previously and we talked about it. And then when she signed on and we were in pre-production, we were talking on the phone one day and she mentioned the idea of bringing Corey because at the time he was staying with her in Tucson. You know, he just wanted to come and hang. Ordinarily, you wouldn’t begrudge anybody bringing their fiance along but here the fiance was Corey Haim. She said if there’s a little something that he can do, if you have a little spot where you can stick him in for a cameo, he’s totally down. So I said hell, put him on the phone! So we talked for a little bit and he was cool as hell. We kind of had a half-assed idea of a cameo where something’s going on in a hallway and a resident pokes his head out like, ‘What the fuck is going on?’ and, ‘Look! It’s Corey Haim!’ We knew we would do something but we didn’t pin it down to what. And then when he got there… you know, everybody asks me what it was like working with him because I think, at the time, there was some press circulating around, and the people who write that kind of shit are usually the people who haven’t met the guy. But he was awesome. I picked him up myself from the airport and by the time we got out of the terminal it felt like you’d known the guy for years. He was telling old stories from the Schumacher set and things like that and it was like, ‘This guy’s cool.’ And we got to talking one day and we had already been shooting at this point, and he was with us for a week. We looked around and I said we’ve got this bar downstairs and it’s abandoned and just sitting there. Like you said, it felt very ‘80s at the time. We started riffing on it, and he came up with… he actually told me that he’d always wanted to play a character named Jasper and he never got to do it. I said, ‘How about an old has-been rock star?’ So he gets tanked in this bar in this dead end hotel and he just tells stories about the glory days and everyone knows him as Jasper. He had just done Crank 2 with Jason Statham and he would do this Jason Statham impression on set because he got a kick out of Statham. We were just laughing, and we said let’s just make this the comic relief in an otherwise really brooding and oppressive, kind of intense film. His British impression wasn’t bad; it was more of an imitation of Jason Statham.

DC: That’s great. I love how it was actually a little bit of a Jason Statham stab. Just mentioning Stephen, he’s really been steadily working in horror since maybe Sick Girl. Was it difficult to convince him to do a starring role and how did you first get connected with him? It was really easy to watch him onscreen again.

BCF: Yeah, thank you. It was nice to bring him back at maybe the level he deserves to be at. Our casting director had just done a horror convention and met Stephen and said he was a really cool guy and deeper than what you’d expect. Everyone thinks Evil Ed or ‘Brewster!’. I think our second or third day … [Stephen] pulled me aside on set and said, ‘This is territory I’ve never navigated before. I’ve never played a leading man, I’ve never played an adult. I’ve always been a high-schooler and I’ve never had a love scene.’ He was kind of nervous about it. And I thought, yeah, I hadn’t ever seen Stephen Geoffreys as a leading man, as a serious leading man, as an adult. He told me later that that was one of the reasons he took it – because it was so un-Stephen Geoffreys. That was one of the main things that drew him to it when we started talking.

Do Not Disturb is available on DVD/Blu-ray, iTunes and Amazon Instant NOW.

Directed by BC Furtney (New Terminal Hotel), this horror film stars Stephen Geoffreys (Friday Night), Tiffany Shepis (Cyrus), Ezra Buzzington (Fight Club), and Corey Haim (The Lost Boys) in his final screen appearance.

Synopsis
Holed up in a seedy hotel, Hollywood screenwriter Don Malek (Geoffreys) is scripting a diabolical plan for revenge. But instead of writing about a bloodthirsty serial killer, Don is doing the dirty work with his own hands. In this gritty, jolting thriller no one is safe… and checkout time is sooner than you think.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

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Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Horror Movies to Be Thankful for on Thanksgiving

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After you’ve gorged on your Thanksgiving feast and the L-tryptophan is kicking in, you’re probably thinking about parking your carcass on the couch and watching movie after movie. But not just any movie – this is a holiday, so naturally you want to celebrate on-topic and gobble some gore.

We’ve got you covered with this curated list of choices from a 25-item menu of Native American-themed thrillers and chillers.

Death Curse of Tartu (1966)

A group of students on an archaeology assignment in the Everglades decide to throw a dance party one night. The spot they choose happens to be the burial site of an ancient Seminole shaman named Tartu. He returns from the dead to take his revenge on those who desecrated his grave site.


Stanley (1972)

A Seminole Vietnam vet (Chris Robinson) goes on the warpath when a leather goods merchant (Alex Rocco) tries to grab his pet snake Stanley to turn him into a belt. A William Grefe cult classic!


Hex (1973)

Set on the Nebraska prairie in the immediate aftermath of World War I, the story follows the spiritual clash between the daughters of a recently deceased shaman and a gang of ex-aviators. Christina Raines, Scott Glenn and Keith Carradine star in this largely unknown, bizarre body-count thriller.


Shadow of the Hawk (1976)

A Canadian Indian (Jan-Michael Vincent) and a newswoman (Marilyn Hassett) join his grandfather (Chief Dan George) on a tribal walk among evil spirits.


The Manitou (1978)

A psychic (Tony Curtis) recruits a witch doctor (Michael Ansara) to get a 400-year-old Indian medicine man off his girlfriend’s (Susan Strasberg) back…. literally. The demonic Native American spirit is a tumor trying to reincarnate.


Prophecy (1979)

When a dispute occurs between a logging operation and a nearby Native American tribe, Dr. Robert Verne (Robert Foxworth) and his wife, Maggie (Talia Shire), are sent in to mediate. Chief John Hawks (Armand Assante) becomes enraged when Robert captures a bear cub for testing, but he’s not as angry as the mutant grizzly mom! George Clutesi plays an Original Person who believes the monster is the personification of the god Katahdin and is there to protect the land.


Nightwing (1979)

A policeman (Nick Mancuso), his girlfriend (Kathryn Harrold) and a scientist (David Warner) track vampire bats on a Maski tribe reservation. Abner Tasupi (George Clutesi) is the shaman who helps them.


Wolfen (1981)

A New York cop (Albert Finney) investigates a series of brutal deaths that resemble animal attacks. His hunt leads him to Native American high worker Eddie Holt (Edward James Olmos) to see if there’s any connection between the killings and old myths and legends from the area. Finney’s character refers to as “the Crazy Horse of the Seventies… the only one of our local militants left alive who’s not making money off of Levi’s commercials.”


Scalps (1983)

Hapless college science students go on a dig around a sacred burial ground for artifacts. Unfortunately, one of them becomes possessed by the evil spirit of Black Claw… and that means only one thing: Now he must slaughter all of his friends.


Eyes of Fire (1983)

Almost lynched in 1750, a preacher (Dennis Lipscomb) leads his followers (Guy Boyd, Rebecca Stanley) west to a valley whose dirt holds a devil of Indian origin.


Firestarter (1984)

Pyrokinetic protagonist Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore) is in trouble when an evil Native American named Rainbird (George C. Scott) wants to kill her because he is convinced her death would give him special power to take to the mystical other world of his ancestors.


Poltergeist 2: The Other Side (1986)

The Freeling family have a new house, but their troubles with supernatural forces are not over. Whoops, looks like it’s another haunted Native American resting place!


Creepshow 2 (1987)

In the anthology film’s first vignette, “Old Chief Wood’nhead,” thugs who terrorize small-store grocers played by Dorothy Lamour and George Kennedy are attacked in kind by the general store’s wooden Indian.


Pet Sematary (1989)

After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside, life seems perfect for the Creed family…but not for long. Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children settle into a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery – built on an ancient Indian burial ground.


Ravenous (1999)

Capt. John Boyd (Guy Pearce) is sent to investigate reports of missing persons at Fort Spencer, a remote Army outpost on the Western frontier. After arriving at his new post, Boyd and his regiment aid a wounded frontiersman, F.W. Colghoun (Robert Carlyle), who recounts a horrifying tale of a wagon train murdered by its supposed guide — a vicious U.S. Army colonel gone rogue… and who’s developed a taste for human flesh.


Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)

In 18th century France, the Chevalier de Fronsac and his Native American friend Mani (Mark Dascosos) of the Micmac tribe are sent by the King to the Gevaudan province to investigate the killings of hundreds by a mysterious beast.


The Wendigo (2001)

Director Larry Fessenden movie uses the Native American Wendigo legend to tell an eerie and hallucinogenic tale about a family trapped in the woods with a dark force.


“Masters of Horror: Deer Woman” (2005)

A burned-out cop believes that a recent string of murders prove that the killer might be a deer-like creature in the form of a beautiful woman (Cinthia Moura) come to life from a local Native American folklore legend.


Skinwalkers (2006)

A 12-year-old boy and his mother become the targets of two warring werewolf packs, each with different intentions and motives. Based on the folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.


The Burrowers (2008)

A search party – played by Clancy Brown, William Mapother and Doug Hutchison – sets out to find and recover a family of settlers that has mysteriously vanished from their home. Expecting the offenders to be a band of fierce natives, the group prepares for a routine battle. But they soon discover that the real enemy stalks them from below.


The Dead Can’t Dance (2010)

Three Native Americans discover they are immune to a zombie virus in this whacky indie comedy.


Savaged (2013)

After thugs brutalize a deaf-mute woman (Amanda Adrienne), the spirit of an Apache warrior takes over her lifeless body and sets out on a bloodthirsty quest for revenge.


Volcano Zombies (2014)

Danny Trejo as a Native American who warns campers about the legendary and very angry lava-laden “volcano zombies.”


The Darkness (2016)

Peter Taylor (Kevin Bacon), his wife and their two children return to Los Angeles after a fun-filled vacation to the Grand Canyon. Strange events soon start to plague the family, and the Taylors learn that Michael brought back some mysterious rocks that he discovered inside an ancient Native American cave.


Mohawk

Mohawk (2017)

After one of her tribe sets an American soldiers’ camp ablaze, a young female Mohawk finds herself pursued by a ruthless band of renegades bent on revenge. Fleeing deep into the woods, Mohawk youths Oak and Calvin confront the bloodthirsty Colonel Holt and his soldiers. As the Americans seem to close in from all sides, the trio must summon every resource both real and supernatural as the brutal attack escalates. Mohawk is a dark, political drama with horror undertones. “While set 203 years ago, Mohawk is unfortunately a timeless story,” says director Ted Geoghegan. “It’s about marginalized people being decimated simply because they exist and scared white men who fail to realize that their racism and bigotry will place them on the wrong side of history.

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