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Exclusive: Dominic Sherwood Vamps it Up for Vampire Academy!In the upcoming film Vampire Academy (based upon the series of bestselling books by Richelle Mead), British heartthrob Dominic Sherwood plays Christian Ozera, a schoolboy who’s caught in an unusual love triangle…

not to mention a vampiric battle of the ages. Dread Central sat down with Dom last week, and he told us all about it.

Dread Central: Pretty much this whole film takes place on campus. So, we’ve gotta ask: What was your high school experience like?

Dominic Sherwood: We call it secondary school. It actually wasn’t too bad, the only thing I really struggled with was, we didn’t have an acting department, we didn’t have a drama department so I couldn’t study that from 11-16, it wasn’t an option to us and it wasn’t available. In fact, obviously because of that when I told people I wanted to be an actor, they were like, ‘You should probably do something in, like, Maths or Biology or English; you should get a normal person’s job’; and I was like, ‘No, that’s just not who I am; I’m really not that guy.’ So, that was probably one of the only things I really struggled with.

DC: Were you jock like or nerdy or sporty or any of that?

DS: I was musical. I used to play a lot of music, I still play a lot of music now cause I think it’s a very kind of cathartic thing, for me personally, it’s something that I can really just be like, ‘Oh I’m feeling this way’ or ‘I’m feeling sad’ or ‘I’m feeling happy’, I can sit down and play a song and then I feel better.

DC: Guitar, or what instruments?

DS: I play guitar, a little piano and I sing a little.

DC: Do you compose your own stuff?

DS: Yeah.

DC: When’s the album coming out?

DS: That’s something that I very much like to keep to myself because of how it makes me feel and cause I can use it to be sort of, cathartic in those times. It’s something that I’d sit in my flat with maybe my housemate or even just on my own and I would just sing or play some music or whatever it was, or even listen to music.

DC: You have a fun little romance scene with Lucy in the film and she was saying that you guys met and it was literally the second day.

DS: It was, yeah, it was day two. And I was cast so late in the process as well, I hadn’t had a chance to meet everyone. So, literally the first time I had properly spoken to Lucy was day one and then day two Mark just went, ‘Cool, we’re gonna do some kissing’ and we both just went, ‘Um, oh my god!’ But it was really fine, it wasn’t a problem at all. The first kiss was a bit all over the place… actually that’s not true. *laughs* Yeah, the first one was a bit of a disaster. But I was actually really fortunate to get it out of the way very early because then we didn’t have any pressure, it wasn’t built up, it was just like, ‘Okay cool, we gotta do a kiss again.’ It’s not an issue cause the first one was done. So yeah, it was really good, it worked out really well.

DC: Now that you’ve gotten to play a vampire, is there anything else supernatural you’d like to play, zombie or something like that?

DS: I’m very into Greek mythology and always have been. So, anything to do with the Gods or the Demi-Gods or Hercules or Perseus, all of that sort of stuff, Achilles! I’ve always been really really interested in that sort of stuff. So, yeah if I could do anything, it would be something based on that.

DC: Which God would you want to play?

DS: Umm… Ares, maybe. God of War cause I think he would probably be one of the most interesting or even Hades. I think Hades would be quite interesting cause there’s so much about that story that you know. Hades, Zeus and Poseidon are all brothers and he was banished down so there’s so much about that story a lot of people don’t really realize that it was Zeus that was the bad one and tormented his brother Hades and turned Hades into who he was. I have a Hermes tattoo, like a winged messenger.

DC: So, what do you like about your character?

DS: I really like everything about my character. What’s interesting about Christian is it goes all the way back to when he was really, really young when his parents turned Strigoi and then attacked him. So, I got to develop my character from a four-year-old and what turned him into this kind of sarcastic, lonely, uses humor as a defense mechanism but also very loyal and very proud and very brave, what turned him into this person and I got to start from when he was four. I had fourteen years of backstory to envelop and really develop the character with Dan and Mark’s help.

DC: Did the book help you?

DS: I actually didn’t read the books until after we’d filmed and this was because we were doing Mark and Dan’s version of Vampire Academy. So, I didn’t want to confuse myself by having Richelle’s version in there as well similar as I’d found out that they are, if there were differences, I didn’t want there to be any kind of ‘this is the version we’re doing’. You know, Richelle does a great job and I’m a huge fan and I’ve read them since but I just didn’t want to muddy the water between the two different versions cause this was Mark and Dan’s vision of Vampire Academy and that world.

DC: Have you started to collect a lot of Vampire Academy fans and is it crazy to see the attention surrounding the film?

DS: It is, yeah, I’m a little boy from Kent, it’s who I’ve been. So, I never really kind of anticipated having people asking me for my photo or asking for my autograph. It’s never something that I’ve really seen myself do, I guess. It’s something I’ve not really got my head around until we came on the press tour and I started meeting these people, it’s never something that I’d been like, ‘oh yeah, this is probably gonna happen’, I’d never thought of it that way and then when I actually started to meet them, it was like, ‘Oh wow, these people actually care who I am and they care about the movie and they’re so excited for it’.

DC: Have you gotten a chance to check out your fansites?

DS: I look at them! I look at them very briefly, they come up on my Twitter feed and stuff. But I’m so bad at all social media, I know that I’m gonna get drunk one day and say something really stupid or tweet a photo that’s completely ridiculous so I just try and steer so clear of it. I try and just stay away from it if I can, save myself from myself.

DC: Rose lies to Christian about how Lissa feels about him and I’m just wondering if you’ve ever had somebody you thought was a friend mess up your relationship by telling you something?

DS: Umm, no. I’ve seen it from a third person point of view, it’s never happened to me. I’m pretty good at ruining my own relationships. *laughs* I don’t need another person, I’m pretty good at doing it. I’ve seen it happen to friends, it was a very similar sort of situation, minus the vampires, it was a very similar situation. I saw it from my friend, who was a bloke’s point of view, and actually that was what I thought about when we were filming that evening. It’s terrible but from Rose’s point of view, she’s doing it for what she thinks is the right reasons. Whereas, with my friend, the other guy was very misinformed and had the wrong ideas. But yeah, Rose is obviously doing it for the right reasons.

DC: If the roles were reversed and it was you and Lucy playing Rose and Dimitri, how do you think that would turn out or what would you guys do differently?

DS: Oh, how interesting! That’s a really good question! I would love to play Dimitri, I think that would be awesome! I don’t have that kind of rugged man, I wouldn’t consider myself to be a man yet, I’m still like a boy, mentally. But what would we do differently… I think it’d be a very different relationship and I think that’s what’s great about what we do for a living is, if some of the greatest parts in history that we look at, if they were played by different actors, I think they would be very different stories. That’s really interesting, I don’t know if there’s anything that I would necessarily do differently because it’s never something I’ve thought about, you know Danila’s always been playing Dimitri and Zoey always Rose, so I’ve never put myself in their shoes. It’s really interesting though because I got sent a script recently and read it for one role and then they called up and offered me a different role in the movie, which I hadn’t read so I had to literally sit and re-read it for the different character because when you read a script, you take everything in but you read it from your point of view so, I read it from Christian’s point of view. If they had said, ‘Yeah we actually want you to play Dimitri’, I would’ve had to re-read the script and re-prepare and go through from his point of view.

DC: What are the best things about playing a vampire?

DS: Especially for us, I think it’s the powers. The elemental powers of the Moroi and you know, I’m fire, I did pretty well in this one, yeah I’m pretty good! For me, that was kind of the pinnacle, the powers and stuff. We had days where I thought the stunt guys were actually gonna set me on fire and they were kind of talking to me about it – not in a crazy way! *laughs* There’s a special gel that you can use that they put all over your hands and your arms and they can digitally set fire to it with a trigger that they’ve got behind camera then obviously your arms set on fire and stuff. I guess they just spent too much time with me and went, ‘You’re too clumsy for this, you’ll be on fire and you’ll like run your hand through your hair or something and ruin the rest of the movie.’ The only time we had fire was for the last scene with the dogs and they drew it across my body, which was amazing. They’re on the back of kind of golf buggies, on these big long tubes and then they kind of shot out like flame throwers and they came across my body and kind of scattered off like the dogs were, and they just went, ‘We know what you’re like Dom, just don’t put your hands in the fire’ and I was like, ‘Thanks guys, I’ll try not to put my hands in the fire’ but yeah, that’s my favorite thing about us.

DC: You’re a musician, so who do you listen to?

DS: It really varies and changes, at the moment, I’ve gone backwards a little bit. So, like, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones, obviously, and Lenny Kravitz and all of that sort of stuff, I’m really going through that phase. But I go through phases where it’s like, *laughs* I go through my Taylor Swift phase every now and then. I’m also listening to a lot of country music at the moment, like Luke Bryant and Carrie Underwood, I go through these really weird phases which is like, the best thing about my iPhone that I can just find a genre and be like, right, I’m going listen to that for like a week. But I think it very much depends on my mood and what I’m doing at the time, you know everyone’s got their workout music and that sort of stuff but at the moment, yeah that’s what the sort of stuff I’m listening to.

DC: Have you heard the soundtrack?

DS: I actually haven’t, no, they’ve not sent me one yet! I listened to bits of it, I listened to Iggy’s track and I listened Natalia’s track and I think we actually get to meet Iggy in a couple days which I’m very excited about.

DC: What are the aspects of your character you want people to learn from?

DS: I think what’s great about our movie is the things that I want people to connect to and to learn from aren’t related to him being a vampire, they are related to the normal things that normal people go through in a normal high school. Those are the things I want them to learn. If people were watching Christian, I would want them to see that he’s loyal and he loves Lissa and it doesn’t really matter what people think about you because you know, good things come to those who wait and really deserve it – actually I don’t believe good things come to those who wait – good things come to those who deserve it and who’ve earned it! And Christian really did, he’d earned himself a friend and a soulmate and he found it in Lissa. It’s really interesting and yeah, the things I want people to learn aren’t to do with him being a vampire, they’re to do with him having human emotions.

DC: Aside from learning how not to get caught on fire, did you walk away from this with any other skills? Are you an expert fang wearer?

DS: I had a lot of fight training. Oh, fangs as well, yeah, I learned how to talk with your fangs and they’re really sharp, like really, really sharp. And they’re two individual things that attach to your incisors and then go all the way back across the back of your teeth. But that’s really thin, you can’t feel it on the back of your teeth. If you shut your mouth too quickly, you’re gonna bite yourself. They’re supposed to sit in a certain place but as your talking, obviously your jaw is moving and I bit my tongue a couple times and they’re sharp enough to draw blood. That’s fact! You can take that from me, they are sharp enough to draw blood.

DC: All the girls went shopping off set, what did you do? Did you hang around after them or go do your own thing?

DS: All the girls went shopping?! Why didn’t they take me?! That’s so mean! I think we all actually spent a lot of time together and obviously a lot of the cast are British, so we like to have a drink, went to a lot of the bars and clubs in central London and we all kind of connected that way… oh yeah, the girls did go shopping, didn’t they? Yeah, they did tell me about that! They did tell me.

DC: I heard you became the tour guide for them because you’re from London.

DS: Me and Dominique [Tipper], Dominique was the other one. I don’t know how she does it but she knows the ins and outs of every part of London. We’d be like, ‘Should we go to this place?’ and she’d be like, ‘Yeah I know someone there’, of course you do. But that was like everywhere we went to in London: ‘Should we go to this place?’ ‘Yeah, I know someone; just let me call ahead.’ I was like, ‘Wow, okay, crazy!’

DC: You did things for the first time in your life for this film: the fire, the fangs, what else were first time things?

DS: Contact lenses. The colored contact lenses for the first time for that scene in the middle and they’re really uncomfortable, really uncomfortable. Obviously, the bits that are coloured you can’t see through. The hole is smaller than your pupil and then you can’t see through it, so you end up with this opaque red tint around everything you see. This was personal to me cause it doesn’t happen to everyone but I couldn’t focus my eyes cause they were stopping my pupils from contracting and dilating properly so, everything was just a colourful blur to me throughout the entire scene.

DC: So, you ran into some walls?

DS: But I would do that without contact lenses! That’s the embarrassing thing, I am that clumsy. But I was walking into stuff and I missed a couple steps…..and yeah.

DC: Sounds like the directors were trying to kill you, they’re lighting you on fire, stabbing yourself with your fangs…

DS: Right?! They don’t want me to be in Vampire Academy 2! I see it, I see it now.

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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Tony Timpone’s Elegy – AFM: A November to Dismember

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It used to be that the toughest thing about visiting the global cinematic bazaar known as the American Film Market was squeezing in as many movies as humanly possible before your eyes exploded like Cameron Vale’s in Scanners. At this year’s 38th annual AFM, held November 1-8 in Santa Monica, CA, I watched 17 movies in five days. Don’t be too impressed. That’s a big drop from past years, where I’d see as many as two dozen films during that span.

This year marked my 21st AFM jaunt, and change has been in the air for some time at this industry confab. Two screening days have been shaved off the program, and theater screenings have lost the 5pm and 7pm slots. Much of the Z-grade schlock has been whittled away and there does seem to be a higher level of product on display. No longer does every other movie star Joe Estevez. Now it’s Nicolas Cage! Sales companies feverishly hawked Cage’s VOD-bound Primal, The Humanity Bureau and Looking Glass, in addition to a plethora of cute puppy and sappy Christmas cable-ready movies.

So where’s the horror, you ask? You can still discover it at AFM, but 2017 offered a disappointing allowance for the most part. To put it into perspective, the opening day of my first AFM in 1998 yielded John Carpenter’s Vampires and Spain’s Abre Los Ojos (remade as the mediocre Vanilla Sky in the US) back-to-back (not to mention The Big Lebowski from the Coen brothers). For 2017, I did not see one film as good as those (well, maybe one…). Not a total washout, mind you, as I’m sure you will add a few titles to your watch list after perusing my AFM 2017 screening report.


I Kill Giants:
A lonely teenage girl (Madison Wolfe) defends her coastal town from invading goliaths in this somber tale directed by Denmark’s Anders Walter and written by Joe Kelly from his graphic novel. Not exactly a feel-good movie, I Kill Giants deals with bullying, depression, isolation and terminal illness. It intersperses the somberness with some excellent FX scenes involving the giants, who emerge from the surf and dark woods to taunt our young heroine. Not only is I Kill Giants too downbeat for my tastes, last year’s underrated and underseen A Monster Calls covered many of the same emotional beats much more eloquently and movingly than here.

** 1/2



Errementari:
Spanish helmer Alex del la Iglesia (Day of the Beast, Witching & Bitching) produced this Terry Gilliam-esque dark fantasy, about a cursed medieval-age blacksmith and his battle of wills with a demon out to claim his soul.

Directed by Paul Urkijo Alijo, the movie is like a Hieronymus Bosch painting come to life. Its climactic trip to Hell stands out as a highlight, pitchforks and all, as do the superb practical makeup FX.

***


Bad Samaritan:
A parking valet (Robert Sheehan) at a ritzy restaurant borrows the patrons’ cars to rob their homes while they’re eating in this thriller directed by Dean (Godzilla) Devlin and written by Brandon (Apt Pupil) Boyce. As he rummages through the house of the arrogant Cale (former “Doctor Who” David Tennant, cast against type and looking like a less seedy Charlie Sheen), valet Sean discovers an imprisoned woman, the waiting victim of the rich serial killer. The cops don’t believe the robber, but the bad guy catches onto him and soon begins destroying Sean’s life and those around him. Though Bad Samaritan builds some good suspense and remains moderately gripping, Devlin (late of the embarrassing Geostorm, which Irishman Sheehan also appeared in) is no Hitchcock. And at 107 minutes, the movie overstays its welcome.

** 1/2


Anna and the Apocalypse:
Christmas, teenagers, music and zombies… Anna and the Apocalypse has it all. As the snow falls and Yuletide cheer builds, a living dead outbreak hits the quaint British town of Little Haven. Can teen Anna (Intruders’ Ella Hunt) and her friends make it to their high school auditorium for presumed safety? Well, they’ll try, singing and dancing (and bashing in undead heads) along the way. OK, so the movie’s cute and a raucous scene of zombie mayhem in a bowling alley scores a strike, but the problem with Anna is the songs just aren’t that memorable. Where’s Richard O’Brien when you need him?

** 1/2


Incident in a Ghost Land:
Writer/director Pascal Laugier took our breath away with his vicious Martyrs in 2008, but 2012’s underrated The Tall Man garnered little notice. Packing a ’70s horror vibe, his latest recaptures some of Martyrs’ uncomfortable female-inflicted brutality. Two young sisters and their mom head to a remote family house, which is soon invaded by two ruthless psychos. Though the story echoes Tourist Trap and High Tension, Laugier pulls the rug out from us at a key point and takes us down an even darker path. I wish the villains had a little more depth here, but In a Ghost Land has enough shock and thrills to satisfy fright fans.

***


Cold Skin

Cold Skin:
Laugier’s fellow extreme Frenchmen, Xavier Gens, terrorized us with his Texas Chainsaw Massacre pastiche Frontier(s) in 2007 and explored postapocalyptic horror in The Divide (2011). Now he tries his hand at a Jules Verne-style creature feature. In the early 20th century, a weather observer (David Oakes) arrives for a year-long assignment at an isolated island near the Antarctic Circle where he meets the misanthropic lighthouse keeper (Ray Stevenson). A race of pale-skinned fish people dwells in the seas and raids the island at night in several bravura action set pieces, their motive unknown. The real threat here may be Stevenson, who keeps one of the creatures as a pet/sex slave. Gens plays the story like a fable, but ultimately I had a hard time warming up to Cold Skin. Where the movie succeeds is in the creature FX and photography departments.

***


Let the Corpses Tan:
French directors Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani won over the horror arthouse crowd with their giallo tributes Amer and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears. Their latest flashy exercise tackles the much-loved Italian Spaghetti Western genre, but relocates the story to modern day and a Mediterranean hilltop villa. A gold-robbing gang holes up in the scenic, sun-drenched location, with a woman artist and her friends get caught in the crossfire when two cops arrive. The filmmakers do a fine job of paying homage to Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone here, but we’re talking style over substance. None of the characters really pops, and the whole thing grows a little tiresome. Fans of Cattet and Forzani and arty shootouts will still dig it.

** 1/2


Downrange:
After the weekly US shooting sprees of Vegas and Texas, this was the last movie I wanted to embrace. A group of friends find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere after a sniper cripples their car. Said sniper then begins blasting away at the college kids in graphic fashion, brains splattering the asphalt in gruesome close-up. Director Ryûhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train, Versus) does some flashy camera things, but the movie is so damn mean-spirited that it just left a bad taste in my mouth. The lowdown on Downrange: the story’s not very plausible nor the characters very likable.

* 1/2


Ghost Stories:
Just when I gave up on AFM 2017, the last movie screening I attended turned out to be not only the best genre film of the market but one of the best of the year period (IFC releases Ghost Stories next April). Supernatural debunker Professor Goodman (Andy Nyman, who co-wrote and co-directed with Jeremy Dyson) examines three extreme hauntings which just might make a believer out of him. Adapting their successful London play, Nyman and Dyson riff on past British horror anthologies Dead of Night and the ’70s Amicus flicks, but with a modern sensibility. Ghost Stories achieves its scares with class and distinction, as well as terrific makeup FX and a memorable supporting turn by The Hobbit’s Martin Freeman.

This one will send you out singing too; the “Monster Mash” plays over the end credits!

*** 1/2


So even though this year’s AFM was a bust, you will likely spot me canvassing those comfy Santa Monica theaters (kudos for solid projection, luxurious seating and friendly staff at the Arclight, AMC, Broadway and Laemmle) again next fall. On the market and festival beat, hope springs eternal!

For more information on the AFM, go to www.americanfilmmarket.com.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Gruesome Demonic Possession Video

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

While The Blair Witch Project, released in 1999, didn’t invent the found footage subgenre of horror, it certainly popularized the concept, making it a common trope throughout the 2010s. The idea of finding misplaced film or video that reveals a terrifying truth is instantly compelling, and films like The Ring and Sinister have taken this concept outside of the found-footage arena, promoting the concept of cursed media.

One of the main goals of the found-footage presentation is to blur the line between fiction and reality. From this perspective, it’s as though a filmmaker is acting as an objective third party, offering a “discovery” without validating its authenticity. And while there are indeed real-life examples of lost media revealing compelling or harrowing secrets (surveillance footage, lost cameras, etc.) has anything ever been unearthed that compares to the terror induced by movies like Blair Witch.

Perhaps.

The Paranormal Scholar is a YouTube channel dedicated to scientific, academic explorations of supposed real-life supernatural phenomenon. While the majority of their video essays end by debunking popular urban legends and modern creepypastas, they recently explored a potentially legitimate reel of found film—and it’s utterly horrifying.

Wanna see something REALLY scary?

According to The Paranormal Scholar, the footage below was discovered in the attic of a newly purchased home in Iowa around 1973. Unfortunately, no other significant details are known—which is convenient if it’s a hoax. The video looks almost too good to be real (meaning it’s genuinely disturbing) but the fact that it can’t be immediately debunked is instantly unnerving.

The subject of this supposedly found footage is one many horror fans find intriguing: Demonic possession. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section. Do you know anything about this mysterious footage? Do you think it’s real or a clever fake? Let the debate begin!

Warning: Mature Content!

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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Class of 1999 Graduates to Blu-Ray in 2018

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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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