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Exclusive: C.J. Thomason Talks Aftermath and More!CJ Thomason stars alongside Monica Keena and Edward Furlong in the new survival horror film Aftermath. Recently Thomason sat down with Dread Central to discuss his feelings about the movie.

“Aftermath is people surviving, doing everything they can to survive a nuclear fallout,” Thomason said. “It’s like it would probably happen in real life. They don’t know why it’s happening. They don’t know who attacked.”

He added, “They don’t know the extent of the attack, and when it comes down to it, the movie is literally just focused on them surviving because that’s where we would be. We’re not going to have our iPhones updating us. We’re not going to have our news media informing us… If you’re lucky enough to be around a ham radio, you’ll probably know a little bit of information. But it’s a claustrophobic look at the survival of nuclear war.”

Thomason discussed how the subject matter of Aftermath preys on some true terrors. “What I’m most excited to see is if people recognize that a horror film isn’t necessarily a zombie or monster movie,” Thomason said. “In actuality, sometimes it’s just the potential horrors of life. And I like those movies, like The Vanishing, where you just have this creepy serial killer out there doing things that are mind-blowingly ridiculous and that’s scary because that exists. I’m afraid of the possible real monster under the bed, not the fake one. This is one of those situations where there really is a monster under your bed, and Aftermath is the story of it.”

Viewers of Aftermath may find themselves reminded of Night of the Living Dead. Thomason spoke on the similarities. “I think that’s kind of bred in us by now when it comes to storytelling,” Thomason said. “You get these archetype characters that are in Night of the Living Dead. They’re kind of in several other survival films. It wasn’t necessarily a conversation we had, but I’m sure the writer of the film was influenced by zombie films a lot. Zombie movies are great because it is a survival story and that’s the best aspect of it. It’s a survival story where all of a sudden the enemy is everywhere and this is the same thing in Aftermath. The enemy is everywhere. There is nuclear fallout happening everywhere and that same survival archetype grows out of that as it would in a zombie film.”

So how is it to film a gritty survival horror film? “Horrible, man,” Thomason said. “The people were great. The filmmakers were amazing. New Orleans is such a fun city to be in. But I’m not gonna lie. Those were 10-, 12-hour days performing these not fun scenes. It’s not fun performing these scenes It’s not fun doing survival scenes in the same set every day for weeks and weeks and weeks and months. It was intense. But everyone has fun in different ways and we definitely enjoyed the experience. But the work was intense.”

Thomason was incredibly impressed by his Aftermath co-stars and spoke lovingly about them. “I started thinking about it and you’ve got guys like Ross Britt,” Thomason said. “I filmed The Monkey’s Paw in New Orleans also and I got Ross Britt onto that movie because he’s such a talent. He plays the off-kilter kid with the glasses and I watched him do a table read for this movie and I’m thinking, ‘What is this guy doing?’ The guy is six-feet tall and kind of athletic and I’m thinking, ‘What is he doing?’ But then you see him with his character and it’s so great. He’s such a theatrical actor that it was fun to work with him. Edward Furlong brings this raw mentality to his craft and Monica Keena is someone who has a huge soldier mentality in her life. Monica has an ability of acting like nothing is bothering her and everything is okay even though you can tell that she is a very sensitive individual and there are all kinds of bad things going on. That kind of character is always fun to work with and she brought that to her role.”

He continued speaking on the talented individuals in the cast. “Naturally, what I love about making films is that when you get to a set, you’re not working with people who spend their lives in a cubicle,” Thomason said. “You’re working with people that have sacrificed a lot for a craft and they’re constantly following their intuition and trusting their instincts and that just naturally rounds you out to an interesting individual. I thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed everyone on the set.”

And, although this is a non-traditional horror movie. Thomason did indeed still get into the make-up chair. “That is my favorite part of movie-making,” Thomason said. “When you get to look in the mirror and want to throw up looking at yourself. That’s my favorite. It’s just so easy whenever you look like that. When you’re walking off set and people look at you like, ‘Don’t touch me. You look like a freak!,’ that’s the world’s greatest moment, mainly because you can take the make-up off at the end of the day. But it’s so easy to perform. It’s just like putting on your wardrobe, but this is like a wardrobe times 10 when it comes to power. It’s really empowering. On top of everything, it was my honeymoon. We had lost our make-up girl for the last few days, so rather than having to continually do the balding, I just kept it in for three or four days so I wouldn’t have to keep doing it and worry about continuity. So I told them just keep it in. So my wife, on her honeymoon, had to deal with the fact that her husband looked like a nightmare.”

There are more than a few toe-curling moments in the movie and Thomason spoke on them. “Those scenes were really intense,” he said. “Those were super intense scenes. I remember getting ready to shoot one particular scene and just dreading it all day because you don’t want to watch this character fall. Thinking about it right now makes me sick to my stomach. I didn’t know that character as an actor performing a role. You get to know the character and it’s so sad to see this creature that literally can’t handle this intensity. And that’s so true, man. That is so true. This is one of those situations in which so many of us would crumble in a way we never thought possible. Not everyone is going to be murdered. Some people are going to be eaten from the inside out. And this movie showed characters eaten from the inside out.”

Directed by Peter Engert, the film also stars William Baldwin and Andre Royo. Look for it on Blu-ray/DVD August 26th.

Synopsis
When the devastating horror of a nuclear apocalypse becomes a reality, nine strangers find themselves holed up together in a farmhouse cellar. These would-be survivors are faced with dwindling supplies, radioactive air, and the greatest threat of all: the hordes of zombie-like refugees who want in.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

SYNOPSIS:
A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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