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Exclusive Q&A: Nestor Carbonell Talks Bates Motel Season 1 and 2One of the highlights of this past television season was A&E’s new drama “Bates Motel.” Inspired by Norman Bates, the sympathetic fictional madman created by novelist Robert Bloch and thrust into pop culture and horror history by director Alfred Hitchcock and star Anthony Perkins…

…“Bates Motel” is a contemporary prequel to the events portrayed in the original book and the classic 1960 film.

Now, to celebrate the first season’s release onto Blu-ray and DVD today, September 17th, series star Nestor Carbonell joins Dread Central for a discussion of his character (potentially treacherous small town sheriff Alex Romero), the first season, and what we can look forward to in the upcoming Season Two.

Dread Central: Can you tell us a bit about your casting in ”Bates Motel”? Was Sheriff Romero a role you pursued or you were approached with?

Nestor Carbonell: I got a call from Carlton Cuse, whom I’d had the privilege of working with on “Lost”. He sent me the first six scripts and I was up all night reading them. I couldn’t put ’em down. I was thrilled to get the offer.

Dread Central: ”Bates Motel” is, of course, based upon the Psycho franchise. Were you familiar with either Robert Bloch’s original novel or Hitchcock’s film when you were cast? Was there any excitement or apprehension for you in helping to retell a classic tale?

Nestor Carbonell: I was familiar withPsycho, and when I read Carlton’s and Kerry Ehrin’s scripts, I was blown away with their take on Hitchcock’s world. But no apprehension here. It’s all about what’s on the page for me. I couldn’t wait to hit the set.

Dread Central: Throughout Season 1, Sheriff Romero is a somewhat morally elusive character – a man who may either be a by-the-book lawman or a potentially villainous sort. How early on were you made aware of the season finale’s revelation regarding your character’s ultimate stance on White Pine Bay’s criminal lot, and how did it affect your portrayal of this largely ambiguous character afterwards?

Nestor Carbonell: I was privy to more information about the Sheriff than I have been on previous shows by virtue of the fact that I got to read the first six episodes before we started production. I wasn’t aware of how the character would end up in the season finale, though. And to be fair, I still don’t ultimately know where he’s gonna land on the moral spectrum. That kind of ambiguity makes him a lot of fun to play.

Dread Central: Did you feel as though you had a relatively freer rein to create a character set within this universe (than, say, either Vera Farmiga or Freddie Highmore), given that Sheriff Romero is wholly new and not based upon a pre-existing role?

Nestor Carbonell: I didn’t rewatch Psycho before we rolled because it wasn’t a strict prequel to the film. Carlton and Kerry reimagined Hitchcock’s world in present day time with an Oedipal dynamic at the series’ core that wasn’t explored in the film. They also reimagined the town as one fueled by the drug trade, which really sets it apart from the film. So, I never felt any obligation to study the role of the sheriff from the original, since we were creating such a different world.

Dread Central: Given the final moments we spend with your character in Season 1 (wherein – SPOILER ALERT – we’re surprised to discover that Romero is apparently both incorruptible and trustworthy), what can you tell us about Romero’s journey in the upcoming season?

Nestor Carbonell: I wouldn’t assume Romero or anyone on the show is beyond corruption. Again, that’s one of the reasons I find the characters so compelling. Our characters are all continually being tested, and even the ones who may appear morally sound make questionable choices.

Dread Central: One of the many great things about the first season is the antagonistic relationship between Romero and Norma. Will that continue on into the next season, given that they parted as uneasy allies in the finale?

Nestor Carbonell: Unfortunately, there’s not much I can reveal about Norma and Romero’s dynamic, only to say that we both seem to be control freaks of some sort, which makes for a lot of conflict. And, thank you, it’s a lot of fun to trade jabs with her.

Dread Central: Romero appears to be an intelligent and shrewd investigator with good instincts. Given the inevitability of Norman’s destiny, what are the chances that Romero will eventually recognize the telltale signs that Norman is a burgeoning psychopath?

Nestor Carbonell: Again, not much I can say here. Sorry. Romero will have more contact with Norman this season, though. I think that’s about as much as I can say.

Dread Central: ”Bates Motel” acts as somewhat of a ”Lost” reunion, with yourself and Carlton Cuse collaborating again. Can you detail any similarities or differences between the two productions? Do you see any parallels between the two tales and how they’re told?

Nestor Carbonell: It’s been a great “Lost” reunion for me, not only getting to work with Carlton again, but also with producing director Tucker Gates, director of photography John Bartley, and editor Chris Nelson. All of them are insanely talented and great people. There are some similarities in the way we worked on “Lost”: Our scripts all have our names on them, for protection/security; the cast is told a little more in advance on “Bates” with respect to story – but not that much more (I’ve read Episode 7 and I have no idea how the season ends); and, as it was on “Lost”, the world outside “Bates Motel” opens up significantly in Season 2.

Dread Central: Finally – can you tell us what excites you most about the upcoming season?

Nestor Carbonell: Getting my hands on next week’s script. I’m not alone. The entire crew and cast is always buzzing about when the next one’s coming out. That, and getting to butt heads with Norma!

Dread Central: Thanks so much for your time, sir. Good luck with the upcoming season!

Special thanks to Mr. Carbonell for taking the time to speak with us. Be sure to check out Season 1 of “Bates Motel” in stores NOW!

For more info visit “Bates Motel” on AEtv.com and “like” “Bates Motel” on Facebook.

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New Novel Alien: The Cold Forge Gets Cover Art, Synopsis, and Release Date



I don’t know about you but I’m a massive fan of the Alien film series. Oh, the hell with it. Let’s cut the bull. You are too.

Anyhow, considering both of us are massive fans of the Alien films, I wanted to make sure you were aware that Titan Books has an all-new original Alien novel on the way.

It’s called “Alien: The Cold Forge” and the 320-page paperback is written by Alex White (author of the “Salvagers” series) and will be hitting the public on April 24, 2018.

You can check out the novel’s synopsis below and its current cover art to the right. Just click the image for a higher-res version.

I know I will be attempting to score a copy of the novel asap, but what about you? Are you interested in this original novel? Let us know below!

Again, “Alien: The Cold Forge” hits April 24, 2018.



A dramatic new Alien novel, as Weyland-Yutani seeks to recover from the failure of Hadley’s Hope, and successfully weaponize the Xenomorphs.

With the failure of the Hadley’s Hope, Weyland-Yutani has suffered a devastating defeat–the loss of the Aliens. Yet there’s a reason the company rose to the top, and they have a redundancy already in place. Remote station RB-323 abruptly becomes their greatest hope for weaponizing the Xenomorph, but there’s a spy aboard–someone who doesn’t necessarily act in the company’s best interests. If discovered, this person may have no choice but to destroy RB-323… and everyone on board. That is, if the Xenomorphs don’t do the job first.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez



One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki



We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.


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