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Exclusive: Dallas Roberts Discusses The Walking Dead Season Three and MoreWith “The Walking Dead” arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this week courtesy of Anchor Bay, Dread Central was fortunate to catch up with Season 3 co-star Dallas Roberts to discuss his character “Milton” and what his experiences were like working on the popular series.

For those of you out there who may have missed the last season of “The Walking Dead” but are still hoping to catch up, this interview is definitely going to be spoiler-filled so be forewarned; for the rest of you “Walking Dead” fans out there, read on for more from Roberts about Milton’s fate, his thoughts on collaborating with Laurie Holden (“Andrea”) during their pivotal scene in the Season 3 finale and more.

Dread Central: Great to speak to you again, Dallas; I’m almost a little sad that we have to discuss Milton posthumously since he was such a great character last season.

Dallas Roberts: I know, right? (laughs) Milton was such a great character to play, but I think I went into this role knowing he wasn’t going to be a guy that would make it to another season.

Dread Central: You’ve done movies too, though; did you feel like you had a little more freedom to ‘find’ Milton during last season because you had more time with him? Was it hard at all because you knew he wasn’t going to be the guy that was going to make it out alive?

Dallas Roberts: I’d say I did in some ways; with a feature, you theoretically know your own fate, and when you come onto a television series, you don’t always necessarily know what’s coming. I think what I appreciated about “The Walking Dead” is that they’ve never shied away from being realistic with their characters’ fates. This is a drama set in a zombie apocalypse so the chances for anyone’s survival is slim, let alone a guy like Milton.

When I’m approaching any character though, for television or for film, I’ve always seen it as me pretending to live in this house where I’m building it brick by brick with my performance, and as your character shifts, it’s like adding on new levels to that house, and if that character happens to have a downfall, much like Milton does, then I see it as sort of my job to bring that house down when I’m finished. I hope that makes sense (laughs).

I also think because Milton was positioned so diametrically against a guy like “The Governor” that he never really stood a chance either; where would he go after this anyway? I remember when I got the call that Milton was going to die and I was like, “Cool- how are we going to do this then?” and when Glen (Mazzara) explained the scene, I was really excited to be a part of such a great moment in not only last season but within the series in general. I was thrilled to get to become a zombie too; the makeup was fantastic.

Dread Central: Let’s talk about Milton’s final moments with Andrea last season; how was it collaborating with Laurie for those scenes?

Dallas Roberts: It was such a gift, really. For me, those scenes were huge because we were going to see Milton become a walker and it was also my ‘last dance’ with Andrea too. I think I had prepared myself mentally for this moment for Milton, but I know that Andrea’s death came as a real shock to Laurie so I think that emotion definitely carried over into her performance, which made it all the more wonderful. Because she had been with the series since the beginning, this was a very emotional thing for her to go through, but she was such a champ through it all.

Going in to shoot that final day, I think we both knew it was going to hurt and that we were going to go through this together so we just used that and got ourselves through it. It was pretty incredible- and so meaningful for me because not all the deaths on “Walking Dead” get the kind of time we had. Some deaths on the show have been far more quick and shocking so I think it’s great that Milton and Laurie got some ‘real’ time in the finale, which is what both of these characters deserved, I think.

I loved that our deaths weren’t a throwaway moment either; I know there was some talk about them escaping where only one would survive or something to that effect. I think I remember there even being a discussion on a scene where Milton and Laurie escape, and while they’re running away, The Governor shoots one of them down. To me, that would have been a disservice to these characters so I’m glad they went in the direction they did.

Dread Central: Well, now that we know we won’t be seeing Milton next season, what’s coming up next for you? Are you still balancing out work in both the TV and film worlds?

Dallas Roberts: I am; I’m working on a new series for CBS called “Unforgettable” which has been incredible. I also recently did the Dallas Buyers Club with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto which is coming out in a few months and I’m really proud of that movie. I think everyone did amazing work in it. I’d also like to find some time to return to the stage but we’ll see- things have just been moving so fast lately (laughs).

The Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season Description
It has become a cultural phenomenon. The fans embrace it, the critics adore it. And now the stakes have never been higher for the survivors… On August 27th, Anchor Bay Entertainment unleashes AMC’s original series THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON on Blu-ray™ and DVD. Available as a 5-disc set in each format, the release contains all sixteen episodes from the past season. Like the previous releases, THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON comes stuffed with tons of bonus features, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, never-before-seen featurettes, audio commentaries from cast and crew, deleted scenes and other surprises!

Related Story: Official “The Walking Dead” News Archive

In addition, Anchor Bay proudly announces that, in response to overwhelming fan response to last year’s Season 2 limited edition “zombie head” packaging, THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON Blu-ray™ will be available in a limited edition “zombie head tank” package (water not included!) specially created once again by McFarlane Toys. SRP is $79.99 for the Blu-ray™, $69.98 for the DVD and $149.99 for the Blu-ray™ limited edition.

Based on the hugely popular graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON continues to draw in record audiences. Season 3 follows the weary group of survivors led by police officer Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) as they take refuge in a prison and attempt to set up a permanent camp. But while invading zombies are an ever-present danger, they must also battle the living, not only in the form of abandoned prisoners, but also the sadistic “Governor” (David Morrissey) and his followers. New characters introduced this season include Danai Gurira as Michonne, with her two “zombie pets” in tow, and Dallas Roberts (Shadow People) as the Governor’s lieutenant Milton, as well as the return of Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker).

THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON cast also includes Laurie Holden, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, IronE Singleton, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, and Melissa McBride.

Season 4 of “The Walking Dead” premieres on AMC this October. To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com.

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Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date

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It’s about time.

It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

Synopsis:
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language

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Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

“We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

…And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

“Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror

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Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

Directed by James S. Brown

We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

8 out of 10.

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