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Exclusive Chat with Ken Foree from the Set of The Divine TragediesIt’s a sunny day in Southern California. That’s not unusual. An independent movie is being shot in a quiet residential neighborhood. That’s the norm. There are a few horror icons sprinkled throughout the cast. Typical.

What’s not so usual is that The Divine Tragedies isn’t your basic stab and slab. It’s a layered family drama which just happens to have some blood and gore. At the center of this dangerous dynamic is a cop who’s hunting a team of killer brothers – but he’s got an advantage because he’s psychic. That, and he’s played by the great Ken Foree.

We caught up with Ken on set (and some of the other cast… stay tuned for more interviews) and asked him what it’s been like to play the eccentric detective.

Dread Central: I know a little bit about it, that you get to play a psychic cop. Is that what made you want to take the plunge?

Ken Foree: I thought the script was interesting. Certainly a new take on psychotic horror. It’s based loosely on [real-life killers] Leopold and Loeb. Give me a true crime story from that era, or any kind of mass murder, and I am right there. Very fascinating. I had a meeting with Jose and we talked and he was open for collaboration and I am always looking for that. It’s always a good starting point for an actor and a director. So we worked together on a few things, and it came out real well. I thought, ‘Okay, let’s do this. It sounds wonderful.’

DC: He told me he did jigger the script to make it a little more humorous for you. Was that one of your requests, or was that his idea?

KF: I think we both came to the conclusion that we wanted it to have a little more color. More colors in the character. Certainly there are some lines there that could use a little humor so we added it and it worked. The important thing is that it works and it did. We had a meeting about a few things, we worked on a few things, he got back to me on a few things like rewrites. And I was like, ‘This is great; we really have something going with this character so let’s run with it. Let’s do this.’

DC: I think it’s great that you have the editor on set.

KF: Yeah, it’s a good thing. It is different. I have had the opportunity to work with the director and the editor on set at the same time. It doesn’t happen often, but it is nice when it does. I think it’s great for Jose, and it’s great for the film because he gets a different view instead of getting it somewhere else and then getting it prepackaged. He gets to make a suggestion here and there for cutting purposes and putting it together.

DC: So, how is the psychic detective gift manifested? Do we see visions or just him emoting like, ‘I see something’?

KF: No, you see visions. You will see the actual… I don’t know how much I can give away here! [laughter] Homer is a psychic and he does touch someone, feel them, or just sense them and he sees what is going to happen.

DC: Does everyone around him know that he is psychic, or is it something he keeps to himself?

KF: No, most of the police department knows that he is a special cop. They consider him special because he has this talent of course. He is a little unnerving because most psychics, if you have ever watched them or seen them interviewed or just watched them on a show, you will find that they don’t do it very long. It’s very draining. Very, very draining psychologically and emotionally for them. I watched John Edwards for a while, and in the beginning of the shows, he was very fresh and energetic and engaging, but then after 8 to 10 shows you could see he looked a little haggard. So it does take a lot out of him.

DC: Do you take that into account when you play Homer?

KF: I did. But this is happening within two days. I hope it reads well; I think it will. There are some great moments that we captured.

DC: Who are most of your scenes with? The brothers, or do you have any with Barbara Crampton coming up?

KF: I don’t have any scenes with her. She shoots me in the back, and we just shot that. And someone else would be standing there later when she comes on set. So I don’t have any scenes with Barbara. I think it was [similar with] Sid Haig for one of the crazy films we did, Brotherhood of Blood… who would have a film with Ken Foree and Sid Haig and not have scenes together, right? And I kind of thought about it and was like, ‘Barbara and I are in the same film, and we don’t have any scenes together?’ I think it works for this. It would be nice to have a scene with Barbara, but this time around it’s just not going to happen.

DC: How does Homer find out about these criminals?

KF: The bodies lead me to the suspects. And I pick up on these two characters immediately… they become my number one suspects. I begin to poke around and eventually find out they are the ones.

DC: I heard you had kind of an intense scene with Graham [Denman] and Jon [Kondelik] in the Jumpcut Café the other day. What’s the story on that one?

KF: It was a good scene. It was my interrogation scene. It worked well. That is where I get my first indication that these guys… actually it’s not an indication; I am almost certain at that point that these are the guys. The woman was murdered… she takes me back to the crime, to the scene in the morgue. There’s another moment we are shooting tomorrow where you will see me go back and talk to her. Through her I am able to see who-done-it.

Synopsis
Based loosely on the famous Leopold and Loeb murder case, the film tells the tale of Charles Brubaker (Graham Denman, The Haunting of Whaley House) and his half-brother, Thomas Lo Bianco (Jon Kondelik, Airplane vs. Volcano), who concoct a deadly game to test their superior intelligence against the dimwitted masses. This game will eventually lead to murder, and when Genevieve, a beautiful single mother, enters their lives, they finally find the perfect girl for their first kill. But problems arise when they quickly discover that Detective Homer Gaul (Ken Foree), a cop with a very special gift, is hot on their trail.

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Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection

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It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!

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Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona


I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Director Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended!

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