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Lloyd Kaufman and the Stars of Return to Nuke 'Em High: Vol. 1 Talk Troma, Ducks and Giant MembersTroma’s Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1 is enjoying tremendous success, and the legendary Mr. Troma himself, Lloyd Kaufman, sat down with Dread Central along with stars Asta Paredes, Katie Corcoran and Clay von Carlowitz to discuss the making of the film.

It must be noted that interviewing Mr. Kaufman and the cast members of Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1 all together on Skype is almost like participating in a sitcom as you watch it unfold in front of you.

Beginning with a virtual tour of the Troma offices (complete with video proof that Michael Herz does exist, or was that Joe Fleishaker?) that consisted of Kaufman carrying his laptop around and pointing it at whatever he wanted to show, it was clear early on that this was not going to be a typical interview. The group was candid and loved chiming in on each other’s answers. We’ll try to convey the enthusiastic mood of the interview here as best we can.

Lloyd Kaufman began by speaking about how lucky he felt to have the talented cast he was granted for this film. “We had certain themes we were interested in and lucky for me we had an amazing cast,” Kaufman said. “Katie (Catherine Corcoran)and Asta brought the script we were working on for three years from the fifth floor to the 45th floor. They brought it way up there and enhanced everything. If the movie really is our Sistine Chapel, then it’s really due to Katie, Asta and Clay.”

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Kaufman discussed how Clay Carlowitz fit into the film. “When we made the first turn on, Vincent D’Onofrio had a very small part, but every time he showed up on the set he was so good we kept expanding his role,” Kaufman said. “Clay had a featured role and now it’s major and as you’ll see in part two, his part grows and grows and grows. But the point is, Clay is a star.”

At this point Clay chimed in, “Lloyd encouraged us to flesh our characters out. There was a great collaborative relationship among all of us.” To which Kaufman added, “Not since the Nazis and the French got together has there been such a great collaborative effort!”

Kaufman continued, “The smart people can get that this is a love story, a comedy, an anti-bullying tract. A cry for rights for all humanity! It’s a very interesting film and it’s got all the magic of Troma. And Asta and Katie really made that happen, that the serious themes and the tenderness of the relationship really come to light.”

For those who have yet to see Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1, the film is Troma at its best. All the humor and the gore are there and the traditional no-holds barred approach Troma is famous for is absolutely present. In fact, from the moment the film takes off, it’s clear that nothing is off limits in this movie. Asta Paredes, who at one point in the film sprouts a monstrously large penis (monstrously large!), talked about preparing for the role and sporting a four-foot wang.

“I think the camera adds a foot, because it was only three feet long,” Asta said, delivering the funniest line you’ll hear all day. “Lloyd had us read for an audition. He had us read the entire script and just watched our reactions. He prepared us. He made us watch behind the scenes documentaries like Poultry in Motion. I was prepared and I think as long as you bring something genuine to your character, anything is plausible. It’s, of course, physically taxing, but luckily we were all living together. We had a sense of camaraderie on set so it was easier to depend on people to help me ‘carry the weight,’ so to speak. It was a 20-pound member. Overall, I still have literal scars from the set, but now I look back at them as fond memories of how willing I was to go there because people were encouraging me to go further. I was ready, but I think it was way easier than I could have imagined.”

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Katie (billed as Catherine) Corcoran spent a good portion of the film with a duck stuffed in her mouth (this must be seen to be believed). She talked about her feelings leading up to shooting this insane film, and having a duck crammed down her throat. “I think it was more strenuous for him (the duck) then it was for me. He had the difficulty of being forced in there,” Katie said. These girls are not only gorgeous, they’re funny as hell!

“As you can see (here she holds up the stuffed duck from the film) he’s still a little traumatized. I remember when we read the script, we weren’t really sure who was who yet, so we were kind of preparing ourselves for both things at first, which was a lot to take in at once. To prepare yourself for a) to have a giant member or b) pregnant on camera and kind of a large object attached to your body in one way or another. What I remember though is Asta and I became friends right away, so we really relied on each other. Both of us were only somewhat familiar with the Troma world, so it was a new territory for both of us. Having that friendship really helped us navigate the waters of what was our first feature film. And a supportive cast, crew, director, as time went on, we learned to shed our inhibitions about the project and just have fun with things. And Lloyd is great because he gives actors the freedom to do that. I had this idea I thought would be really funny and said to him, ‘What if my boobs started bazooka-style squirting?’ He was like ‘Yes, yes! Let’s do it!’ A couple minutes later we were doing the take.”

And not to miss an opportunity, Lloyd chimed in, “And luckily, Katie was lactating at the time. It was very easy.” Katie added, “Yes, it was very method. And those are really what my breasts look like. They’re that veiny and everything. Dead on.”

Asta talked about her creative expression on the film and the freedoms of working on Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1. “Katie and I were cast before everyone else, so we’d been rehearsing the movie for almost three months before we started filming and whatever felt right, whatever served the story, stayed. Everything else we just stripped right away,” Asta said. “The essence is there and then some. There are a lot of things that we coined. I don’t know where or why it even stayed in the movie, but I came up with this thing in rehearsals where I said ‘skinless furbees’. I don’t even know what the hell that means, but it someone made the final cut. The script provided a guideline, but the movie magic is that things change on set. Time changes, costume changes, the camera angles change. So many things change that it seems like they change constantly so you just have to hold on to the essence of your character and be ready to roll.”

The mention of costumes seemed to trigger a memory for Lloyd. “We did not have a costume department on this movie,” Kaufman said. “We hired people, but they just smoked cigarettes and ate pizza the whole time. Katie and Asta created all their costumes, kept the continuity, chose their colors…” “You chose our colors,” Asta replied. “And you said I should have a crop top and short shorts for the entire movie!” Suggestions like that is why Lloyd Kaufman has been successful in the business for 40 years.

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Katie also noted how all the film was a complete group effort with everyone pitching in in multiple ways. “The Cretin makeup was done by the actor who played Principal Westley, Babette Bombshell,” Katie said. “You talk about multi-faceted artists now, I think this cast and crew was a complete example of that. In addition to working on the film, we all had to be our own stylists, script supervisors, continuity experts and actors and on top of all that. Now we’re in post, we’re our own marketing team. I’ve learned so much from this. Working on a Troma film is like the ultimate film school.”

Clay addressed the costume issue also, “Lloyd wants you to make strong choices even down to the costumes,” he said. “I had a call out for a scene and I was going to wear a t-shirt and he was like ‘No. Eugene should wear cutoffs. He should look like that! Isn’t that sexy?’ It was good because he and I had a lot of talks about my character and what to do with it because he knew what I was trying to do, but wanted to work together to make something that made sense in that world.”

Clay is an intense actor and we asked where his energy came from. Before he could respond, Asta replied, “He napped a lot. When the chuckles subsided, Clay said, “I’ve spent a good deal of my life trying to fit in and learning that sometimes you just try way too hard. I had this urgency to be liked. I still have it. With this character, you have a guy that should be cool. He should be getting all the chicks, but he doesn’t have the confidence. It’s a miscalculation on his part. But he keeps trying different things to get attention and failing. But he thinks someday, someone will get him.”

And in a moment of true sincerity, Kaufman added, “Sort of symbolic of my career, the rejection part. My 40 years of Troma, the word rejection works pretty well.”

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However, the word rejection does not apply to Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1 at all. In fact it’s being recognized in huge ways. Like Museum of Modern Art ways. Asta talked about the film being included in The Contenders series. “The Museum of Modern Art has a series of about 20 films that they call The Contenders,” she said. “This series shows films that have made waves in the festival community and movies they think deserve a special screening at the Museum of Modern Art. So our film has gotten some legitimate critical reviews and has affected a lot of audiences so we are considered a cult classic in our own time and are put amongst films that have social relevance and should be seen. Others in the series include Blue Jasmine, Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Mr. Banks, Captain Phillips and 12 Years a Slave.” And amongst those films sits Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 1. Nice.

Katie talked about her excellent experience working with Troma. “The film is really a story about acceptance at its core and that is the message that Troma preaches as a company,” Katie said. “They’re the place that you can go when you don’t feel like you fit in. I know all of the actors and crew in this didn’t feel like we were making headway as artists in the film community and Lloyd and Troma gave us this platform. They had confidence to let us experiment and grow as artists. The actress I was coming into this film is completely different than the actress that I am now and that’s a complete testament to everything I’ve learned here with Troma.”

Kaufman took this opportunity to address the group of office workers who had gathered around them as the Skype interview rolled on. “I’m here in the Troma bullpen and there’s about 15 people watching this interview and I hope they heard that because they have no respect for me whatsoever! They make fun of me and put things up online. When I got beaten up by Morton Downey’s friends they put that up on YouTube!” Check that! A Morton Downey, Jr. reference. You don’t see that every day.

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And to wrap the festivities, we asked the girls what viewers could expect from the upcoming Return to Nuke ‘Em High: Vol. 2. “There are more monsters. It’s more F/X heavy than Vol. 1, if you can imagine that,” Katie said. Honestly, we cannot imagine that. “A lot more use of practical F/X. The monsters were actually built for this film and had actors inside them, which is really cool because that doesn’t happen that often anymore with the advent of CGI. For F/X fans, for horror fans, it’s a must see. And it’s a great story.”

Asta added, “In Vol. 2, you’ll realize this is a sequel and it does play right back up to the very first movie and we tie it up beautifully. Everything comes back and you’ll realize that there’s a reason we didn’t tell you in the first one and the second one will reveal some very major answers from the first movie.”

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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.

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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.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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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!

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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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