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Vitals Interview Series Part 2: Sachin MehtaSo, the Pope and a Cardinal are sitting together on a cross-country flight. The Pope is doing a crossword puzzle. He turns to the Cardinal and asks, “Do you know a four-letter word for ‘woman’ that ends in U-N-T?” The Cardinal unhesitatingly says, “Aunt.” The Pope blinks and replies, “Oh yes, of course. Do you have an eraser?

While you may think that hoary old joke has nothing to do with horror, there actually is a connection – you see, the villain in the upcoming horror film Vitals loves crossword puzzles and he’s got a wicked, skewed sense of humor.

Kaliya, the brains behind the body-plundering organ-snatching ring of criminals, is played by Sachin Mehta. Mehta was in character dealing with uppity henchmen, an unconscious victim, and doing a crossword puzzle just before he sat down to talk with us. Here’s what he had to say.

Dread Central: How did you first hear about this role as the main villain?

Sachin Mehta: They contacted me. I was in a feature called The Advocate. It’s a legal thriller and it just came out. I was a lawyer. Sort of a conniving evil lawyer and they thought that had sort of the same vibe for this villain. The publicity guy for the distribution company forwarded them [one of the producers of this movie] the trailer for it and based on that they thought I would make a good Kaliya.

DC: Tell us about the character for this villain. I’ve never seen a villain doing crossword puzzles right before he’s about to have someone eviscerated.

SM: [laughter] Right? I love him because he’s not your traditional evil guy. He’s very one-dimensional. He only sees things one way, you know? In a very selfish way.

DC: So he’s a narcissist.

SM: He’s a narcissist. He’s greedy. I don’t think he even knows how greedy he is. He wants money like a kid. You know? I think he’s 8 years old and money for him is just little building blocks. And he kind of reacts… for him killing isn’t a thing.

DC: It’s a means to an end?

SM: It’s a means to an end, but it’s more just a burden that he has to do to get to where he wants to go.

DC: What’s his M.O. for killing people?

SM: He needs to sell organs. He needs this thing to just keep churning. He needs people to keep coming into the sausage machine and money to be coming out of it and that’s it. If that cycle stops, then he’s in trouble because of course he’s just part of a chain himself. He’s under the gun working for somebody else.

DC: How did he get recruited for this unusual profession?

SM: What I like about the movie is that it leaves it almost like the Joker from “Batman.” It’s a little bit ambiguous how he got caught into it, but there is regret because he wasn’t given options. He was basically told that if you do this thing for me, you will get money from it. And I think like a lot of characters in the movie, they make simple choices, but they actually have larger ramifications because they really are just plugging themselves into a large sausage factory.

DC: Of course when people think of organ harvesting, it’s such an urban myth… Do you think that it’s actually real? Have you heard of any instances or did you do any research to see if this is happening?

SM: I’ve heard of it happening but I’ve never heard of anybody actually being kidnapped. I’ve heard of somebody already in a coma, already in the hospital, maybe an operation happened, and this is in maybe in India or something. But I haven’t heard of an operation like this. But I don’t see why it doesn’t exist.

DC: That’s kind of the scare factor, right? That it’s possible.

SM: Yeah, I think that’s why it feels like that urban legend because it very well- it should be possible. It should be happening.

DC: Yeah, why not? [laughter] So tell me a little bit about the more horrific aspects of the film. Do you think it will be rated “R?” Will we be seeing a lot of blood and gore, or is it more about the suspense factor?

SM: In my opinion, I think it’s more about the suspense factor. I do think that there is some gore in it, but I don’t think it’s anything… pornographic. And I don’t think it’s anything cartoonish.

DC: Would you say it’s “Hostel-like”?

SM: I wouldn’t call it a slasher film. It’s just characters. What I like about the script is that all the characters- You get to watch each of them, the walls just keep pushing in on them and they just get less and less options as the movie goes on and that is not dependent on the gore, it’s just dependent on the choices put in front of them. And the choices are dark and drastic, you know? Death and betrayal and loyalty, but I don’t think the movie spends too much time on gore. Unless Mark [Morgenstern, the director] is planning on doing something I don’t know of.

DC: How long have you been shooting so far?

SM: This is day 6.

DC: So it looks like our heroes have just been kidnapped, according to what I’ve seen being shot just now.

SM: They’ve been kidnapped. They’re both on vacation. There’s this couple, and they’re played by Charlene Amoia and Showerman. I call him Showerman. It’s Christopher Showerman. Their characters… They’re out on vacation. I don’t want to give too much away but they are a married couple and they have married couple problems and with that sort of basic setup they are then abducted while on vacation in Goa, India. It’s foreign. It’s beautiful but it’s foreign. And whenever you’re in some place foreign, it’s scary.

DC: And they don’t speak the language, so they’ve got that lack of communication aspect of it.

SM: Right. You’re geographically displaced. Psychologically displaced. You know? And they’re kidnapped. And one of the conceits in this is that they don’t have access to help. They might have access to cell phones but they realize what’s the point? We’re in Goa, we don’t speak the language. So that bridge is burned.

DC: You’ve been at it for 6 days… what’s been the most fun or challenging moment that you’ve had to date, and then what are you looking forward to doing next?

SM: Well, one of the highlights for me personally was acting with Tim Russ. I grew up watching “Star Trek Voyager” and he’s Lt. Tuvok and there he is in the flesh across from me. He was so cool and so wonderful and I got to act in a couple of scenes with him and that was a blast! The hardest scene in this movie… Jeez, it’s probably going to be the one that’s coming up right now.

DC: Yeah, that’s very complex; all the blocking that needs to be done. I don’t think people really realize how much goes into that.

SM: Plus my character, he’s not a physical guy. He’s probably the kind of guy that gets manicures and pedicures and you know doesn’t want to get dirty and this is a scene where he probably has to get a little physical and that means my character needs to get physical which means I have to get physical which means it’s going to be very, um, challenging.

DC: The five-letter word for that: YIKES.

SM: [laughter] Exactly!

Vitals comes to us from writer/director Marc Morgenstern. Christopher Showerman, Charlene Amoia, Sachin Metha, Tim Russ, and Claudia Wells co-star. In it Showerman stars as an unassuming electrician who wakes up in an abandoned motel room in a tub of ice with his kidney missing. It’s only a matter of time before he finds his wife in the adjacent room waiting to be the next victim to a horrible organ harvesting organization. Now they must use each other’s wits and skills to escape before their captors return and their dark secrets are revealed.


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



“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.


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



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



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


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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