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Exclusive - John Schneider Talks Smothered and More Part 2John Schneider has done it all. He’s found success in television, music and film. Most recently he decided to try his hand at something he’s always loved: horror movies. With his new film Smothered being released soon, Schneider sat down with us to talk a bit more about the project.

As John Schneider isn’t a name we normally associate with the horror genre, the writer and director of Smothered explained what led him to make the movie. “I’ve always been a horror fan,” Schneider said.

“My mother used to subscribe to some magazine I remember seeing when I was a kid that had Frankenstein on the cover,” he said of his early influences. “And when I was growing up in New York, there was a thing called ‘Chiller Theater’ and I’d watch that every week. I can still see the hand and the ‘Chiiiillller’ thing. So I’ve always been a fan.”

In Smothered we see some of our favorite horror icons in a whole new light, playing wonderful variants of themselves. “How great was it to see R.A. Milhailoff being afraid of the dark and carrying around his cute little dog?” Schneider enthused. “But the big surprise for me was… How good is Kane Hodder?! He’s fantastic! He’s really a romantic lead. Who would have thought that?”

When embarking on the project, Schneider was gambling that the group of horror icons he cast would be able to play much different roles than they were used to. We asked Schneider how confident he was that they would be able to pull off these parts. “I hoped that they could,” Schneider said. “Kane was the only one I’ve known. I knew Kane way, way back when. He was a stuntman on ‘Dukes’ shortly after he got burned. I was hoping he could pull that off. I heard about Don Shanks for years and years but never had met him either. I depended upon Kane to suggest the different people after he had read the script. When he read there was an older guy in great shape, he said, ‘You’ve gotta have Don Shanks.'”

And truly Shanks is one of the most entertaining characters in Smothered. “He was great, like a native American James Bond,” Schneider said. “He’s just so cool. One of the reviews said you’ve got to see this movie so you can realize that Don Shanks is indeed the coolest person in the world.”

In addition to Hodder and Shanks, Bill Moseley also appears in the movie, as does Malcolm Danare, who played Peter ‘Moochie’ Welch in Christine. “I’ve known Malcolm for a long time,” Schneider said. “I originally wrote that to be Sid Haig, but Sid was unavailable. Malcolm was going to be the ranger, so things got kind of shifted around. Rowdy Roddy Piper was going to be in it , but he got ill and couldn’t travel so that’s why I’m in it. Michael Berryman was going to be one of the guys out camping, but Michael can’t be out in the heat because of his condition. I think it was a series of very fortunate accidents… Better than unfortunate accidents like in the movie.”

Fans of “Tales from the Crypt” will catch a quick phone call from John Kassir, who voiced the Crypt Keeper. It was one of several “Holliston”-like nods to horror fans. “I have Kane say, ‘You’re not my keeper, Kassir.’ So it’s dropped in there,” Schneider said. “And you see John in the very end. He’s standing there with the mayor. I’m hoping the real horror fan is not only going to get it, but embrace all those little subtleties.”

In case you missed it, you’ll find Staci’s earlier interview with John Schneider here, and to learn more, be sure to “like” Smothered over on Facebook!

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Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

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Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

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Yuuko

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The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.

Fuchi

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Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

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​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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