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Director Josh Stolberg Gets Into the CrawlspaceHighlighted by an incredible performance by Steven Weber, Crawlspace (review) is an enticing indie thriller that is sure to curl your toes and creep you out! The film’s director and co-writer, Josh Stolberg (writer of Piranha 3DD and Sorority Row), recently sat down with Dread Central to discuss it.

Stolberg talked about how this movie is a change of pace for him and where the idea came from. “It’s a really personal film,” Stolberg said. “I do a lot of studio movies, but it’s nice to put together one of these indies and feel really proud of it at the end of the day, which I definitely am.”

He continues, “I was working with a buddy of mine named Nick Taravella, who I co-wrote the script with, and he found a couple of real-life stories. I had been looking for another film to direct, it had been about a year since I had directed a film, and he found one story in particular that took place in Japan where a family realized, after living in a house for a year, that someone was living in their attic. And immediately I thought, ‘This is perfect for a small indie thriller.’ And I started thinking about how creepy it was that you could think you’re alone in your own house, but somebody is there with you and all the creepy ideas that come with that.”

The entire film is a bit of a morality check for audiences. Stolberg spoke on the duality of the story. “We pitched it to a small indie company called Rougarou and they greenlit us on the script and we went off and wrote the whole movie,” Stolberg said. “For me, this was a really great chance to write something that was personal, the kind of movie that wouldn’t necessarily get made in a mainstream way. It wasn’t really a story you could pitch to a gigantic studio like Paramount; yet, it was a story I was really excited to tell, partly because you’ve got two sides and it’s not black and white. It’s not the good guy vs. the bad guy. There’s a little bit of grey in between. You feel some emotions for the bad guy and you feel the good guys are not as good as you hoped they would be. It feels a little more like real life, which was something I was excited to explore as a director.”

Steven Weber’s performance as Aldon Webber is the centerpiece of Crawlspace. Stolberg talked about his experiences with the veteran actor. “I loved him forever,” Stolberg said of Weber, “and I think one of the things he responded to was this great character. It’s not black, it’s not white. You can’t condone what he does, but at the same time there’s an understanding and you feel empathy for this guy who’s lost everything. Steven was really excited to play the character. The scene that he really responded to was the scene with his ex-wife in the house. It really gave you a chance to see this character in a new light. You hate him and you think he’s creepy, but then you see the relationship he shares with his ex-wife and you see the love she still kinda feels for him and you realize there’s a lot more to this character.”

Stolber continued on the mixed emotions he felt for his main character. “While on one hand you’re never going to totally defend someone who goes around killing people,” Stolberg said, “at the same, especially in today’s society where you’re dealing with the bad economy and people struggling to make mortgage payments and the huge impact the banks have had on our economy, and you add to that the emotional trauma of dealing with the loss of come children and what that would do to your psychological well-being. It makes for an exciting character and something you don’t really get a chance to see.”

Although he’s been known for films of a different ilk, Stolberg enjoyed attacking this different type of project. “I love, I absolutely love the franchises and I grew up on Halloween and Friday the 13th, but one of the things I was excited to explore in this movie was an antagonist that had some emotional baggage,” Stolberg said. “I felt like that would be something that was fun to explore and I think that’s what got Steven Weber involved. He was excited to play with that idea. When you look at the relationship he has with the young kid in the house and how he’s emotionally tied to this little boy, partly because he lost his own kids in the pool, you kind of understand a little bit why he became so emotionally attached to the family. When we first started talking about the movie, Nick and I thought about how creepy it would be if you think you’re alone in your own house and think you’re doing things that no one else can see, then you realize there is someone around you. And in some kind of sick, demented way, he thinks he’s part of the family.”

With a minimal budget and limited time to shoot, Stolberg and his cast and crew worked diligently and feverishly to come up with an impressive final product. “This is not a big, gigantic budget movie,” Stolberg said. “It’s small as studio films go. Obviously there’s limitations when making an indie movie like this. We shot it in 16 days, which is nothing when you’re talking about making a feature film. We wrote it specifically so it could be shot in a small space, in limited locations. Many of the locations actually took place in the same house. The old lady’s house was actually in the main house. We only had one day outside that house where we built an attic set. The attic in the house didn’t really work for us as a location so we built an attic set offsite. So we had one day in the attic set and maybe a half-day in other locations. But other than that, we were all in that one location… that’s indie filmmaking!”

And the director raved about how much he loved his cast. Aside from Weber, Jonathan Silverman, Lori Loughlin and Raleigh Holmes also star. “One of the greatest things about working on this type of a movie, aside from working with crew members who are doing it not for the money but to make something they’re excited about, was the actors,” Stolberg said. “You’re working with actors who have been around forever and they’re so talented and they could look at it as just a stupid job and just get paid and walk away, but everybody we worked with were top-notch and so cool to be around.”

Just because it says thriller on the label, don’t think that a director like Josh Stolberg is going to short you on the bloodshed. “When we set out to make this movie, I didn’t want to make a straight horror movie,” Stolberg said. “I come from the horror genre with the kind of movies I’ve either made like Piranha or Sorority Row, or the movies I’ve been obsessed with since I was a kid. I grew up on Halloween, that was my favorite franchise. Kill scenes are the things I love to be involved with. So when we set out to make the movie, while I wanted to make a thriller, I wanted to have horror kills. I wanted to have fun and come up with some things. Like, you don’t see too many old ladies getting killed. So I was thinking, ‘Let’s kill an old lady! Why not?!”

Crawlspace Synopsis:
The Gates family’s new dream home quickly turns into a living nightmare, in this disturbing thriller packed with suspense, horror and terrifying twists.

In a charming and quiet suburban town, Tim (Jonathan Silverman) and Susan Gates (Lori Loughlin) have found their perfect new house, and their lively daughter Kayla has just returned home from college to help with the big move alongside her brothers, Shane and Taylor. But behind the picture of suburban bliss is an altogether more sinister story. During the move, Tim reluctantly reveals his knowledge of the house’s dark past — the story of two small children who drowned in the pool and the parents who were forced to move out due to a foreclosure.

As the family settles in to their new home, a series of eerie events begin to suggest that all is not as it should be. Unexplained footsteps, misplaced tools, electronics going haywire and sinister warnings from their new neighbor quickly erode their happiness as anxiety and fear gradually take over their lives. Unbeknownst to them, their cozy little home has an uninvited guest; the deranged previous owner, Aldon (Steven Weber), has returned. Living in the walls and obsessively watching the new owners, as the last vestiges of his sanity disappear, his true intentions become horrifyingly clear.

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

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“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.

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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

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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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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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