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Exclusive: Sharon Hinnendael Talks Embrace of the VampireNothing will top Alyssa Milano in Embrace of the Vampire from 1995. For some horror fans (okay, just boys), Milano’s nude scenes in the film were equivalent to Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridgemont High

…Or more directly, Linnea Quigley as Trash in The Return of the Living Dead. The new version of Embrace still has the nudity without the child star all grown up and showing off, but there’s plenty of nudity and vamp-outs just the same – if you’re into that sort of thing (I’m looking at directly at the fifteen-year-old horny horror fan reading this). But Sharon Hinnendael doesn’t give a shit about any of that! She’s just a cool, laid back girl from Wisconsin who likes to DJ and is starting to get some pretty big breaks as an actress. If you’re not crushing on her after seeing Embrace of the Vampire, you might start to after reading this interview.

DC: How was the auditioning process for you? I imagine they looked at a lot of people for the lead so you must have been pretty excited to land the part.

SH: Actually, it happened really last minute. I got the audition and they’d been seeing girls for months and months. I went in and they were looking for a bigger name but I went in and the director saw it, and they called right away and said, ‘We want you to come to Canada in a week and start fencing practice.’ It happened so quickly that it was more like trying to figure out where I was going to live and what am I doing with my dog. And having to memorize that many pages of dialogue within a week. It was crazy; it was awesome. It happened so quickly that I really didn’t have a lot of time to think about it.

DC: The campus was really beautiful where you shot. Where exactly was it in Canada? I’m thinking of going there for a second degree now.

SH: We were in Squamish mainly. We filmed some stuff in Vancouver but, yeah, Squamish was mainly where we were. It was gorgeous! We were kind of in the middle of nowhere. It was beautiful and very fitting for what the movie was about and really helped me get in the right mindset and mood to film. So, it was awesome hanging out there. Canadians rule, and it was the best filming experience I’ve had. It was so beautiful.

DC: You are isolated, and in the movie, it’s you against the world and everyone is gunning for you and watching you very closely. Did you feel isolated at all on set with the crew or did you try to distance yourself a little bit from the other actors to try and stay in your character’s headspace?

SH: I’m like the most talkative, loud, crazy girl. I get really really close with the cast and crew. I’m not really one of those actors. I can focus really hard, get the scenes done, be screaming and crying in a bloodbath, and then the second they call cut I’m laughing and talking. So, I can turn it on and off pretty quickly.

DC: Was it difficult to go from innocent to sexy throughout the shoot and what was the most difficult thing to shoot? Was it some of the horror sequences or maybe the hazing scene, or was it some of the sex scenes?

SH: Sex scenes – fine. I didn’t have time to have anxiety or to think about, ‘Oh my God, tomorrow’s the sex scene.’ I’m comfortable with my body. When I’m doing that scene, I’m just trying to focus on the other person and make them feel comfortable. I’ve done sex scenes before on the Showtime series [Look] and I was naked a lot in that. All the naked scenes are just as difficult as a screaming or a fighting sequence, or an emotional scene. I have an emotional scene with my roommate at one point. It’s all the same thing but different. It’s all focus and helping the other actors, really, and forgetting about what you’re doing. Somebody will always whisper something to make the other person laugh, so there’s always some funny shit going on with naked bodies.

DC: Well, Alyssa Milano famously appeared topless in the original one, and it’s a scene that a lot of guys remember including myself. I remember friends of mine searching for the original at different video stores when we were in high school. She was so well known that the nudity became widely seen. Is it easier for you to agree to appear nude because it won’t be as publicized. It’s not like you were on a hit TV show as a kid.

SH: This is bad but I haven’t watched the original.

DC: I don’t think it’s that bad.

SH: Everyone’s getting naked now, aren’t they? If their famous or not, it’s a normal thing; it’s a day-to-day thing that people do. So, to really get the reality of a scene, I find no problem with the nudity. It’s challenging because you want to be in good shape but it’s not the worst thing, I don’t mind it. It’s 2013, I mean, try and look up and actress that hasn’t gotten naked; or a guy, even. It’s just such a common thing now. It adds something real to the movie instead of making it a cheesy kids movie.

DC: That virgin character is really an archetype. Are you excited about being, for better or worse, now being a part of the legacy of vampire films that have been made over the last hundred years? That’s a pretty cool thing.

SH: Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Usually I get cast as the obnoxious bitch or the slut or whatever. So, it’s kind of cool to play a shyer character. And vampire movies? Why not? Everybody likes those and yeah, it was kind of exciting getting the role. It’s nice playing this quieter character for once, so this was a lot of fun for me to play.

Embrace of the Vampire is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand.

Embrace of the Vampire stars Sharon Hinnendael as Charlotte, a timid and sheltered teen who has just left an all-girls Catholic school for a new life at a co-ed university. But an ancient evil has followed her here, tormenting her with disturbing nightmares and tempting her with forbidden desires. It is a hunger that can only be satiated by sensual pleasures of the flesh… and a thirst for blood. It’s a battle for her soul… and one she’s losing. But Charlotte is a fighter. The chaos and torment threaten to unleash her own inner beast, and anyone close to her may find themselves embracing their own horrific fate.

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Class of 1999 Graduates to Blu-Ray in 2018



Coming to blu-ray in early 2018 will be Class of 1999, which was originally released in 1990 and designed to be an unofficial sci-fi sequel to 1982’s Class of 1984, which itself received a special edition blu-ray in 2015. Confused yet?

In 1982, writer-director Mark L. Lester made Class of 1984, a slightly futuristic action thriller about teachers contending with teenage gangs in an inner-city high school. Lester would go on to grace us with Commando and Firestarter before returning to the premise in 1990 to give us the very futuristic Class of 1999. This time the action takes place near the turn of the millennium when gang violence overruns inner-city high schools to the point that the government steps in and replaces the teachers with reprogrammed military-grade battle androids. The super soldier cyborg faculty revert to their militaristic ways, naturally, and rack up quite a body count as they declare war on the student body leading to teenage gangs putting aside their difference to lead an anti-robot uprising in the halls of the school.

The time is the future, and youth gang violence is so high that the areas around some schools have become “free fire zones” into which not even the police will venture. When Miles Langford (Malcolm McDowell), the principal of Kennedy High School, decides to take his school back from the gangs, robotics specialist Dr. Robert Forrest (Stacy Keach) provides “tactical education units.” These human-like androids have been programmed to teach and are supplied with weapons to handle discipline problems. These kids will get a lesson in staying alive!

Boasting a screenplay by Full Moon stalwart C. Courtney Joyner and a cast including the likes of Stacy Keach, Pam Grier, Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Kilpatrick, and Traci Lind; Class of 1999 and its unique Stand and Deliver meets The Warriors meets The Terminator premise has garnered a loyal cult following over the years. We won’t mention the sequel. Forget I even brought it up. Sequel? What sequel?

Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced Class of 1999 will be the next title getting a blu-ray release as part of their Vestron Collector’s Series in the first semester of 2018 with a fully loaded edition guaranteed to please fans and those that have yet to be educated on this enjoyable early Ninties b-movie extravaganza.

Disc extras will include:

Audio Commentary with Producer/Director Mark L. Lester
Interviews with Director/Producer Mark L. Lester and Co-Producer Eugene Mazzola
Interview with Screenwriter C. Courtney Joyner
Interviews with Special Effects Creators Eric Allard and Rick Stratton
Interview with Director of Photography Mark Irwin
Trailer & TV Spot
Still Gallery
Video Promo
Optional English, English SDH, and Spanish subtitles for the main feature

Class of 1999 graduates to blu-ray on January 30th.

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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free



Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!



Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.


KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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