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Katie Douglas, Nick Purcha and Keean Johnson Talk SpooksvilleThe HUB Network’s kid-friendly frightfest “Spooksville” is heading into its spine-tingling mid-season finale on December 21st so before it takes off for the year, we sat down with three of its young stars, Katie Douglas, Nick Purcha, and Keean Johnson, for a Q&A.

  • Katie Douglas – “Sally Wilcox”

    Q: What kind of response have you gotten from the show so far?

    A: On social networking Sally’s quite a hit with the younger girls I noticed. They like her wardrobe, and the show is actually number two on the HUB Network, which is absolutely amazing.

    Q: So tell me a little bit about what you thought when you first heard about the show, about doing something scary like this.

    A: When I first heard about the audition, I read the description that it used to be a book so I looked everywhere for print copies, but I actually didn’t get to find it. I looked it up on the Internet and found out the back story of my character, and I immediately fell in love with her. She is quite outgoing and I felt she was a lot like myself. I fell in love with the show immediately.

    Q: How is it shooting the show; do you do a lot of episodes at once and then they air weekly, or how does that work?

    A: We did we started filming in April. Every episode took about four days and we were there for about five months, and then about a couple months after that then the show would air in order from how we filmed it.

    Q: And so what’s it like seeing the completed shows with all the monsters and the effects and stuff?

    A: It’s nerve-racking for sure. I don’t really like watching myself cause I’m always judging myself. It’s definitely an interesting feeling watching it.

    Q: What do you think is one of the scariest episodes that has aired so far?

    A: Oh, I think there was one called “The Thing in the Closet.” The concept was that there were “feeders” in the closet and they come and feed on your fears. And I heard that kids… our writer’s daughter apparently ran out of the room after watching it. It was probably the most fun to film I must say. (Well that’s kind of effective if it’s giving people nightmares, right? Even though it’s a kid show.)

    Q: Are you yourself a fan of scary horror movies?

    A: Definitely! Ever since I was younger I loved scary movies, haunted houses, and gory stuff. I am so weird. (Laughter) I really liked The Woman in Black. I thought it was visually stunning. I also like the first Nightmare on Elm Street. I am from Ontario so we have something called Canada’s Wonderland and every October they have a Halloween Haunt in which you walk through scary mazes. It’s totally my thing.

    Q: Have you ever had any ghostly encounters?

    A: I was born in London, Ontario, and we lived in an old house and we were digging around. We found a newspaper about our house and it said we had a ghost in it. Apparently, I don’t remember this, but my mom would say I would always point to the top of the stairs and say, “Hi lady.” (Laughter) I don’t remember any of it but I do believe in ghosts.

  • Nick Purcha – “Watch Waverly”

    Q: What’s been a fan favorite episode? What have you been getting the most feedback from?

    A: Episode 10 “The No-Ones.” In it we meet an alien girl named Teera, she’s one of the No-Ones and Watch starts to get really attached to her. Because of that we get to see a side of Watch that people haven’t seen before. He can finally be himself around somebody. He does everything he can to go find this girl, and it shows a compassionate, sensitive side that viewers don’t usually see. Usually its Watch being all negative, “I don’t want to go in there” and “Let’s just stay in the room and research stuff.” Having some room to show off a more positive side to my character? I think that’s really cool and people have really responded to it.

    Q: What projects do you have coming up, and would you like to do more scary things?

    A: I would love to do some more scary things. I don’t have anything coming up right now, but I really hope to.

  • Keean Johnson – “Adam Freeman”

    Q: I understand that this show has only been on for a couple of months so what has changed for you since the show aired, and what type of fan response have you gotten?

    A: At first just seeing yourself on television is pretty weird. I am a dancer so I am used to onstage performances in New York. I did Broadway for a bit there. Seeing yourself on camera and to see yourself in a TV show is really surreal. Fans have been great, and they are very supportive. This show is so new and on such a new network that we really need as many people to hear about it as possible. It is such a great show and shot all on location. We spend so much time on every single scene to make it look like a movie. I think it really does. That’s all thanks to our crew.

    Q: Out of the episodes that have aired already, in fact you’re going into your mid-season finale, what is one of the scariest episodes in your opinion that has already aired?

    A: Already aired? I have to say “The Thing in the Closet” was pretty cool. That was Episode 6. It dealt with a monster in the closet that is entering our realm from this wired dimension. The creature drags Sally into its closet and Adam has to save her. He goes into the closet, which is now a portal to this other side. I’d say that’s the scariest episode so far.

    Q: So do you like scary movies and TV shows? Are you a fan?

    A: I like thrillers. Movies that you are on the edge of your seat the whole time. Gory horror movies are not really my thing.

    Q: Do you remember a scary movie that you saw or a scary TV show that had an impact on you?

    A: Gremlins was my first scary film. I watched it every week, but that was incredibly scary to me. I was so amazed by these little creatures, and they are my favorite.

    Q: So what can fans look forward to with “Spooksville?”

    A: Every single episode is completely different. You know, the overall story stays the same and the arc will eventually happen, but every single episode is just completely different. It’s really diverse and fans can expect new characters, new monsters, and lots of new fun things every week!

    Join Haunted Hub Saturdays on December 21st with the winter finale of “Spooksville” at 5:30pm ET/2:30pm PT, followed by an all-new R.L. Stine’s “The Haunting Hour: The Series” at 7:30pm ET/4:30pm PT.

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    Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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    “From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

    The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

    But what about “True Detective” season 3?

    Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

    Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

    Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

    Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

    Synopsis:

    A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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    Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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    One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

    The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

    Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

    After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

    Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

    Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

    After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

    “What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

    “We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

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    Through the Cracks – Trick or Treat (1986) Review

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    Starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, Lisa Orgolini, Glen Morgan, Gene Simmons, and Ozzy Osbourne

    Directed by Charles Martin Smith


    I have been a horror fan for more than half of my life at this point. Meaning I have seen most of the quality horror offerings under the sun. But that said, every once in awhile a classic sneaks past so we wanted to create this “Through the Cracks” review section for such films.

    Case in point, I had never seen the Halloween horror flick Trick or Treat until last night. I know, right? How the hell did that happen? But these things do happen and so for everyone that has seen the flick a million times, this will be a review of the movie from a super horror fan that – at the age of 33 – is seeing Trick or Treat for the very first time.

    Now let’s get to it.

    First off you have to love the movie’s plot. Mixing horror and heavy metal seems like a given, yet preciously few films Frankenstein these two great tastes together.

    Like many of you out there, I am a big metal fan as well as a big horror fan. The two seem to go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Or Jason and horny campers.

    I dig bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, and even those hair metal bands (Dokken forever!) and I’m well aware of the legends surrounding playing these records backward.

    Off the top of my head, the only other flick that combines the two to this degree is the (relatively) recent horror-comedy Deathgasm. I say more horror-metal flicks! Or should we call it Metal-Horror? Yeah, that’s a much more metal title.

    It only makes sense that someone, somewhere would take the idea of “What if Ozzy Osbourne really was evil and came back from the dead (you know, if he had passed away during his heyday) to torment a loner fan?” Great premise for a movie!

    And Trick or Treat delivers on the promise of this premise in spades. Sammi Curr is an epic hybrid of the best of the best metal frontmen and his resurrection via speaker is one of the great horror birthing scenes I have seen in all my years.

    Add to that the film feels like a lost entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. More specifically the film feels like it would fit snugly in between two of my favorite entries in that series, Dream Warriors and The Dream Master.

    This movie is 80’s as all f*ck and I loved every minute of it.

    And speaking of how this film brought other minor classics to the forefront of my brain, let’s talk about the film’s central villain, Sammi Curr. This guy looks like he could share an epic horror band with the likes of Mary Lou from Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II and the Drill Killer rocker from Slumber Party Massacre Part II.

    Picture that band for a moment and tell me they aren’t currently playing the most epic set in Hell as we speak. I say let’s see an Avengers-style series of films based on these minor horror icons sharing the stage and touring the country’s high school proms!

    In the end Trick or Treat has more than it’s fair share of issues. Sammi Curr doesn’t enter the film until much too late and is dispatched way too easily. Water? Really? That’s it?

    That said, the film is still a blast as director Charles Martin Smith keeps the movie rocking like an 80’s music video with highlights being Sammi’s rock show massacre at the prom and his final assault on our hero teens in the family bathroom.

    Rockstar lighting for days.

    Even though the film has issues (zero blood, a rushed ending) none of that mattered much to this horror hound as the film was filled to the brim with striking horror/metal imagery and a killer soundtrack via Fastway and composer Christopher Young.

    Plus you’ve got to love the cameos by Gene Simmons (boy, his character just dropped right out of the movie, huh?) and Ozzy Osbourne as a mad-as-hell Preacher that isn’t going to take any more of this devil music. P.S. Watch for the post-credits tag.

    More than a few of my closest horror buddies have this film placed high on their annual Halloween must-watch lists. And after (finally) viewing the film for myself, I think I just may have to add the film to mine as well. Preferably on VHS.

    Trick or Treat is an 80’s horror classic. If you dig films like Popcornand if you put the film off like I did, remedy that tonight and slap a copy in the old VHS/DVD player.

    Just don’t play it backward… God knows what could happen.

    All said and done, I enjoyed the hell out of my first viewing of Trick or Treat. But what do YOU think of the film? Make sure to hit us up and let us know below or on social media!

    Now bring on Trick or Treat 2: The Prom Band from Hell, featuring Sammi Curr, Mary Lou Maloney, and Atanas Ilitch’s Driller Killer from Slumber Party Massacre Part II!

    • Trick or Treat (1986) 3.5
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    Charles Martin Smith’s Trick or Treat is a sure-fire Halloween treat for fans of 80’s horror flicks, as well as fans of heavy metal music.

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