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Exclusive: Lucy Fry Talks Vampire Academy and More!In the upcoming film Vampire Academy (based upon the series of bestselling books by Richelle Mead), Lucy Fry plays Lissa Dragomir. Lissa is a Moroi, which are peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world…

But not everyone wants to see Lissa’s life remain peaceful and discrete. Dread Central sat down with Lucy last week, and she told us all about the new movie.

Dread Central: How was working with Zoey? Did you guys become friends and did you do anything off set?

Lucy Fry: Yeah, we did. Actually, one of the really fun things is that Zoey’s really into fashion and she took me shopping. It was the first time that I’d sort of gone shopping with a girl for fun! I know, it’s weird; in America you kind of grow up and it’s a thing that you do and I grew up not really doing that. We would kind of go to the beach and go surfing or go hiking. It was more of an active, outdoor kind of lifestyle. So, yeah, it was really fun to kind of learn to play with clothes more with her and she’s so good at it so it was really fun to learn that. She’s just such a fun person to be around and she’s so hilarious and playful and really loving and sensitive.

DC: What do you like about your character in the movie?

LF: I love her heart, I think that that’s the center of Lissa, she’s really loving and vulnerable and fragile in a lot of ways but she also has a deeper strength. She’s a leader even though she’s naturally shy and one of the things that I loved about her development in the first book, is that she loses control of it because she wants so much to protect Rose and to be okay in this crazy high school world that she uses her powers to manipulate everyone around her and in doing that she loses herself. And she needed to lose control completely in order to find a balance at the end and I really enjoyed playing that arc of craziness in order to get to the piece at the end.

DC: Was it hard to get used to wearing the contacts and the fake fangs? Did you take them out at all for a test drive in the real world?

LF: Yeah. I have taken the fangs out, yes that happened!

DC: Where did you take them out?

LF: It was actually just with friends, I kind of just pulled them out and was like, “Oh look at these!” and everyone was like, “Oh my god, they’re real!”

DC: What was your relationship with Danila [Kozlovsky] like on set?

LF: He’s amazing. He is such a good person, he’s so… just fun and goofy and playful and deep, as well. He’s such a great actor.

DC: I think most of the cast said that he’s the funniest on set… Is there a certain story about that? Everybody says he’s funny, but is there anything specific?

LF: We’re all in love with Danila, we all wanna marry him. I remember this one time, we were waiting in a room, in a school, and it was just such a boring room and then randomly he saw this book that was like the biggest book you’ve ever seen, it was like half a meter, just this massive book and he just pulls this book down and starts goofing around pretending as though he’s just reading it casually and walking around in the room with this book and just doing this whole skit show with the book. He’s that kind of guy who can just make anything funny.

DC: So, he was the jokester on set then?

LF: Yeah, definitely.

DC: What kind of pranks did they do?

LF: We didn’t really play pranks on each other so much as just being silly. It was more like just making light of the situation and the darkness and the vampire stuff just kind of being goofy as opposed to tricking each other.

DC: I read in the movie companion that Danila said he would call you ‘Royal Highness’ and you would say, ‘Yes, my Guardian’?

LF: Yes, that was true! *laughs* That was true.

DC: What was your own high school experience like? I mean, were you sporty? Cause it sounds like you might’ve been sporty. Or were you popular or nerdy?

LF: No, I wasn’t really popular or nerdy. Well, I guess I was nerdy, I was a drama nerd. That’s true. And I loved sports, so I kind of just threw myself into a lot of activities and spent a lot of my time playing water polo and hockey and basketball and doing all the school plays that I could get my hands on and theatre outside of school and playing bass guitar. Just more doing stuff, I think that I was so scared of the world of popularity and girls that I just hid from it by doing activities.

DC: So, you’re not very big on social media but do you keep up with your fansites? Do you know about them, more or less?

LF: I see them every now and then, when my mom is like, “Oh, Lucy, this happened on one of your sites!” I’m like, “Okay, thanks mom!” But yeah, I would love to be better at social media but I really feel like computers are allergic to me. We went to the Facebook headquarters yesterday and if you’re gonna learn how to do it right anywhere, that’s the place. And I go there and we open these computers to sign and do this chat thing and of course, my account shuts down! And even the Facebook people were like, “We don’t know what’s happening! This has never happened before!”

DC: The internet hates you!

LF: It does! It’s not my fault, it’s the internet!

DC: You have a little bit of a love scene with Dominic [Sherwood]; did you guys do anything to bond off set to build that chemistry?

LF: It was actually really easy with Dom. On the second day of filming we had our first kissing scene and that was really awkward, of course. It was like “Hi! Nice to meet you… okay…” But it was good to get it over with straight away, so it was like ‘Oh, okay, now we know what that’s like; that’s fine’. We’re really goofy with each other and it was a really easy relationship, in that we make each other laugh a lot and don’t take anything too seriously, so that made it fun.

DC: Are you familiar with the book? What was your first impression when you received the script?

LF: When I first read the script, I loved it because of the friendship between Rose and Lissa; I think that a story about female friendship is really exciting and powerful. When I found out that I got the part, I read the book about six times. I probably over-prepared for the role by reading over and over and over. I’m up to book three now because I didn’t want to get ahead of my character; I wanted to just exist in the world of the first book. And then, when we finished, I wanted to read the second one so that hopefully when we get to make the second movie I can get that story arc internalized. But I’m so addicted now that I just can’t stop, so I’m probably gonna finish it pretty soon.

DC: If this does well, are you prepared to come back and do sequels?

LF: Definitely, yeah. I would love to.

DC: Are you a fan of the supernatural, either movies or books, in the past? Anything particular that you like?

LF: Yeah, I love fantasy. Lord of the Rings, as a child that was my favorite series.

DC: How would you handle yourself in real life if you ran into a Strigoi?

LF: Well, I would probably scream for a Guardian cause I would just assume that it was one of the Strigois from the film. I’d be like, “Rose is gonna come save me, of course!”

DC: Or you’d be like, “Zoey, where are you?”

LF: Yeah! ‘ZOEY!!’

DC: Have you gotten a chance to listen to the soundtrack?

LF: I haven’t actually listened to it yet. I’ve seen a cut from November of the film, which I loved, but I wanted to save the absolute final cut for the premiere.

DC: What kind of music do you like to listen to then?

LF: I love sort of folk music. I go to this festival every year in Australia called ‘Woodford Folk Festival’ and that’s where I sort of delve into my music happy place. Which is Gotye, Matt Corby, a lot of other Australian artists like Angus and Julia Stone, Cat Empire and Babylon Circus. Really, just fun crazy music I love.

DC: How would you explain the film to people who have not read the book, say like, an adult? What’s in it for them to enjoy?

LF: Well, I think it’s just as wonderful if you haven’t read the books, if not more so because you don’t have any preconceived ideas of what it’s going to be. They explain the context of the world really simply at the beginning about the Moroi being the living vampires with powers, the Dhampir being the half human-half moroi who protect the Moroi from the Strigoi, the undead vampires; and once you understand that context, you dive into this world where everything about being a vampire is just normal and so all these crazy things can happen and it’s just sort of assumed that of course crazy things happen because we’re in this world. So, I think that, yeah, if you haven’t read the books, you’ll just love it.

DC: I thought it was a lot lighter and more fun than the Harry Potter movies, there was really nobody whiny in this movie. No angst, it was fun… I liked it.

LF: Yeah, I’m glad! I think that’s the great thing about having Mark, who directed ‘Mean Girls,’ in it to drive the ship. To keep it really fun and quirky and bright.

DC: Your character got to do some fun stuff, like the mind control and the flipping of the hair when you were flirting. Did you pull from any real life personality traits for that?

LF: No, I think I more learnt from my character through real life. I wanna be able to have a powerful neck!

DC: So, that’s not your flirting move in real life?

LF: No! I’m normally really awkward in real life.

DC: How was working with that cat?

LF: Oh my god, the cat was the cutest thing in the world! I just loved, loved, loved, loved the cat, especially cause I really missed my dog while we were filming so it was like therapy for me to get to cuddle this cat on set and just thinking about it makes me happy.

DC: Lissa is a really adorable character, what did you learn from her? This is a question from the fans: Do you identify yourself more with Lila from “Mako Mermaids” or Lissa?

LF: I think I identify more with Lissa, in that everything she does comes from a place of love, but she struggles in order to stay herself in a world that is crazy and where everything is under threat. She loses control at a certain point in the film when she decides she really wants to protect Rose and use her powers to manipulate other people in order to feel safe. And I think that is a really interesting thing in everyday life, people sort of struggling to be themselves and yet to not feel vulnerable to the world and that balance of being honest and feeling secure. It was a really, really interesting character for me to play in order to find that balance, and I think that everyone will relate to that internal struggle of wanting to relax and be yourself and also how to manage those days when you just feel out of control.

DC: Was it crazy to see yourself on screen wearing fangs and the contacts and feeding off of human hosts? What was your reaction when you saw that for the first time?

LF: It didn’t feel like me; it was like looking at something and being like, “Wow, that’s a crazy, crazy woman over there. That’s not me!”

DC: One of your fansites wanted to know how you’re planning to celebrate the release of the movie… Are you gonna do something fun with the cast?

LF: Yeah, I think we’ll probably go out afterwards. But my mom’s here and that’s one of the most exciting things for me is having my mom and my boyfriend coming to the premiere with me cause they’ve supported me through the whole process and it’s been really a sort of daunting and simultaneously terrifying and exciting experience so to have them holding my hand makes it feel much better.

Based on the bestselling book series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy will open in theaters on February 7, 2014. It’s directed by Mark Waters, written by Daniel Waters, and stars Zoey Deutch, Lucy Fry, Danila Kozlovsky, Gabriel Byrne, Sarah Hyland, Joely Richardson, Cameron Monaghan, Sami Gayle, Claire Foy, and Ashley Charles.

For more info visit the official Vampire Academy website, “like” Vampire Academy on Facebook, and follow Vampire Academy on Twitter.

Synopsis
VAMPIRE ACADEMY tells the legend of Rose Hathaway (Deutch) and Lissa Dragomir (Fry), two 17-year-old girls who attend a hidden boarding school for Moroi (mortal, peaceful Vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire/half-human guardians). Rose, a rebellious Guardian-in-training and her best friend, Lissa – a royal vampire Princess – have been on the run when they are captured and returned to St. Vladamir’s Academy, the very place where they believe their lives may be in most jeopardy.

Thrust back into the perils of Moroi Society and high school, Lissa struggles to reclaim her status while Rose trains with her mentor and love interest, Dimitri (Kozlovsky), to guarantee her place as Lissa’s guardian. Rose will sacrifice everything to protect Lissa from those who intend to exploit her from within the Academy walls and the Strigoi (immortal, evil vampires) who hunt her kind from outside its sanctuary.

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Brennan Went to Film School: Unlocking the Hidden Meaning in Insidious: The Last Key

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“Brennan Went to Film School” is a column that proves that horror has just as much to say about the world as your average Oscar nominee. Probably more, if we’re being honest.

WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS DETAILED SPOILERS FOR INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Blumhouse had quite a year last year, didn’t they? In addition to having three number one hits on their hands, the racial satire Get Out is their first horror entry to get awards traction thanks to its deeper themes. Now that everyone is starting to take the company and its work a little more seriously, it’s time to bring out the big guns and dive right into some deeper analysis into a much more unlikely subject: Insidious: The Last Key. The fourth entry in their tentpole haunted house franchise might not seem like it at first glance, but it’s the Get Out of the Me Too era, telling a story of women’s struggles while predicting the downfall of powerful, abusive men that started to occur during its production process with eerie accuracy.

No, seriously. Let’s start by taking a look at the villain. Unusually for this franchise, the baddies are both paranormal and human: halfway through the film it is revealed that the haunting victim who has called Lin Shaye’s Elise and her crew is also a sadistic killer who has chained up a woman in his basement. This is also revealed to be the very same thing Elise’s father did many decades before. The film implies that both men are being influenced by the key-wielding demon that inhabits the house.

Key imagery is very important to the film as a whole (I mean come on, it’s literally in the freakin’ title), and its themes of Elise arriving to her childhood home to unlock the secrets of her past. But there’s more than one meaning to that imagery, and understanding those meanings is the key to unlocking the subtext of the film, if you’ll allow me a really obvious pun.


The demon KeyFace might be influencing the men, but they’re still receptive to the idea. That’s because he’s awakening something that was already inside them. Keyface represents the pure male id; the unconscious, animalistic desires and drives that lay buried in the psyche. He’s not forcing them to behave in this way, he’s just unlocking their darker impulses.

It’s no coincidence that the demon’s lair is the bomb shelter basement. The house has now become a road map of her father’s mind, with his strongest emotions (and the literal place where he keeps his abused women secreted away) hidden in a sublevel that isn’t visible from the surface. This is the very same basement where he locked up Elise while punishing her for insisting that her visions were real. He wanted her to keep her psychic gifts locked away, probably so she wouldn’t discover his own submerged secrets.

Elise encounters a variety of keys during her journey that allow her to penetrate deeper and deeper into The Further, the house, her past, and the hideous truth about the men in her life. These keys unlock doors, suitcases, chains, and cages, but the most important unlocks the truth… and turns the attention of the evil upon her and her two nieces.

The probing of these women ignites the fury of Keyface and he takes her niece Melissa into the basement (another buried sublevel that must be unlocked), inserting a key into her neck and rendering her mute, then stealing her soul with a second key plunged into her heart. He is only vanquished when Elise and her other niece Imogen team together and use a family heirloom – a whistle – to summon Elise’s mother’s spirit.

On the surface, this seems like an inspiring story of three generations of women helping each other to face a great evil. This is certainly true, but now we have the key to understanding exactly what’s happening here. When a young woman discovers the abuse being perpetrated in her house, the figure of pure, wicked male desire literally steals her voice, silencing her. In order to restore that voice, another woman who knows the truth must very literally become a whistleblower.

…Did I just blow your mind?

At its heart, Insidious: The Last Key presents a world where women must rely on other women to provide them a voice and their very survival in a world dominated by powerful men and their ugly, dirty secrets. Secrets that they will do anything to keep locked away. There may be slightly more ghosts in Insidious than in real life, but that’s a frighteningly close parallel with the ugliness currently being revealed in Hollywood – as well as the world at large. It probably won’t tear up the Golden Globes next year, but this film is just the next important stepping-stone after Get Out in Blumhouse’s use of the genre to dig deep into the real life horrors plaguing our society.


Brennan Klein is a writer and podcaster who talks horror movies every chance he gets. And when you’re talking to him about something else, he’s probably thinking about horror movies. On his blog, Popcorn Culture, he is running through reviews of every slasher film of the 1980’s, and on his podcast, Scream 101, he and a non-horror nerd co-host tackle horror reviews with a new sub-genre every month!


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The Evil Dead Trilogy Cuts a 72-Minute Super Cut in Black and White

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While we wait on pins and needles for the third season of STARZ’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” to hit airwaves in February, we can take a moment to appreciate the original trilogy that led us to this incredible show. Starting in 1981, Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead, which Stephen King hailed as, “The most ferociously original horror film of the year,” began the journey of Bruce Campbell’s Ash Williams, an everyday kinda guy who gets caught up in a battle with demonic entities known as Deadites. Packed with humor, gore, and scares, the Evil Dead series has since become a cult classic and is a gem in the horror community.

Jorge Torres-Torres decided to pay his respects to the Evil Dead trilogy by creating Evil Dead Revision, where he took the first films and revised them, “…into a 72 minute, black & white ballet of gore.

If you need to catch up on the foundations of the Evil Dead universe before the return of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, this seems like a great place to start! Oh, and then make sure to binge the show on Netflix.

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Delirium Review – Bros, Cameras And A Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On

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Starring Mike C. Manning, Griffin Freeman, Ryan Pinkston

Directed by Johnny Martin


When will these testosterone-overloaded frat bros with cameras ever learn that pissing off the evil souls of the departed all in the name of amusement won’t get you anywhere but wrecked? Same goes for filmmakers: when will they learn that found-footage exploits set in a house of pure sadism are something of a wrung-out affectation? Oh well, as long as people keep renting them, they’ll continue to get manufactured…which might or might not be to the benefit of the horror film-watching populous.

Delirium opens with a poor lad, strapped with a GoPro, running for his life through a labyrinth of haunted territory, praying for an escape…and it’s a foregone conclusion as to what happens to this trespassing individual. We then relocate our focus towards a collection of (ahem), “gentlemen” self-titled as The Hell Gang, and their escapades are about as profound as their grasp on the English language and its verbiage. The words “dude”, creepy”, and the term “what the fuck” are thrown about so much in this movie it’ll make your head spin to the point of regurgitation. Anyway, their interest in the home of the Brandt clan is more piqued now than ever, especially considering one of their own has gone missing, and they’ve apparently got the gonads to load up the cameras, and traverse the property after-hours, and against the warnings of the local law-enforcement, who surprisingly are just inadequate enough to ignore a dangerous situation. The cursed family and the residence has quite the illustrious and bleak history, and it’s ripe for these pseudo-snoopers to poke around in.

Usually I’m curb-stomping these first person POV movies until there’s nothing left but a mash of blood, snot and hair left on the cement, but Martin’s direction takes the “footage” a little bit outside of the box, with steadier shots (sometimes) and a bit more focus on the characters as they go about their business. Also, there are a few genuinely spooky scenes to speak of involving the possession of bodies, but there really isn’t much more to crow about, as the plot’s basically a retread of many films before it, and with this collection of borderline-douches manning the recording equipment, it’s a sad state of affairs we’re in that something such as this has crept its way towards us all again. I’m always down for jumping into a cold grave, especially when there could be a sweet prize to be dug up in all that dirt, but Delirium was one of those movies that never let you find your footing, even after you’ve clawed your way through all of the funereal sediment – take a hard pass on this one.

 

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Got about a half-dozen bros with cameras and a wanton will to get slaughtered on camera, all the while repetitively uttering the same phrases all damn day long? Then my friends, you’ve got yourself a horror movie!

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