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Blood Shot Interview with director Dietrich JohnstonDietrich Johnston has been waiting a long time to make Blood Shot. When he first had the idea of a cop teaming up with a vampire, he made a short film starring Michael Bailey Smith as the vampire. He wrote a feature length script, but Hollywood was full of a lot of empty promises. Now he is finally on the set, shooting a harem scene with Brad Dourif as the villain, Bob. The scene requires a simple reverse shot of Bob observing the carnage to be filmed later, but Dourif already has ideas for things he can be doing in his shots.

Dietrich Johnston: I have my scripts and I have my storyboards, and then there’s the reality of the time and budget that I have. Then I have Brad Dourif who’s brilliant, who comes in and he wants to rework the scene until it feels good to him, so it ends up being something a little bit different than I imagined.

Crave Online: Why even bother blocking before he gets there?

Dietrich Johnston: No, I blocked before. I had everything storyboarded and planned out before I cast anyone, so I didn’t know who I was going to get for Bob. But Brad Dourif is bringing something that I wasn’t expecting to Bob. I knew it was going to be brilliant when his name was brought up and he’s given me a brilliant performance. Remember in Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers when he cries as he looks onto the amassing army of orcs? Remember that scene? He’s bringing that kind of sickness to Bob. It’s a psychotic bad guy. So one of his first scenes, he gave a performance where it was so intense that when we finished, everyone who was watching, in unison, at the monitors, went [gasp, sigh] like that. It was awesome.

Crave Online: How does it feel to finally be shooting Blood Shot the feature film?

Dietrich Johnston: It’s cool but there are a lot of stresses in this where if we go over budget, I’m the last to get paid. So if we go over budget then I don’t get paid at all.

Crave Online: Wouldn’t you do it for free? It’s your dream project.

Dietrich Johnston: I would if I didn’t have a family to feed and a mortgage to pay, but I got lucky. I can’t complain about that. So I’m just trying to do a good job. I’m sleep deprived. I’m getting like two hours a night or something so I’m running on steam right now. So but no, it’s fun. I wish I could just enjoy it more. There’s too much pressure to really have fun. I am having some fun, little bits of fun but there’s just a lot of crap you have to put up with.

Crave Online: Editing will be fun.

Dietrich Johnston: Yeah, but right now I’m at the stage where I’m faced with the reality of the time and the money, the budget, strips away all the dreams of certain shots that I really wanted to get. I don’t have time for them. I have to cut them. People are wanting me to cut scenes so I’ve been cutting action sequences that I’ve really been wanting to film, so I’m not going to get to film those.

Crave Online: If an investor wanted to give you more financing, what’s one action sequence they could buy you?

Dietrich Johnston: There’s an action sequence in the second act. It takes place in a warehouse. Vampire ships some body bags to the terrorists in this warehouse in anticipation of going over there and kill them all. It would be a really fun action sequence. This has the potential to be something, I think, really big. It’s a really fun concept, fun ride. It just has to be done right, so that’s the struggle is trying to not sacrifice the quality of what I have. If I had more, a little would go a long way at this stage. If anyone is interested in investment they can send an e-mail here.

Crave Online: It’s an ambitious goal, taking inspiration from things like The Terminator. How will you deliver on your promises?

Dietrich Johnston: I think Michael Bailey Smith delivers that and Dean Jones’ makeup team. Michael Bailey Smith’s 6’4″ and huge, muscular. Dean Jones, they’re amazing makeup artists and they made him look like Nosferatu today, so he already looks like a cross between Terminator and Nosferatu. I’m not trying to say it’s going to be better than The Terminator or anything like that.

Crave Online: What’s changed since you wrote the script four years ago?

Dietrich Johnston: Everything. The only thing that’s similar is the relationship between Vampire and the cop. Other than that, there’s a demon genie, a harem, a big giant eunuch guard who guards the harem that they have to fight. Lots of little subplots I guess.

Crave Online: What was the inspiration for those additions?

Dietrich Johnston: They were fun ideas. I wanted it to be more fun and also the investor wanted the original ending back from the short, which I won’t spoil, which is sort of a semi-tragic ending. Then there’s a love story too now, with the cop and his wife. It’s really good. I can’t say anything about it. It would just spoil it.

Many thanks to Crave Online, interviewer Fred Topel, and the cast and crew of Blood Shot. Keep it right here for more as we get it!

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Kevin Bacon Lets Us Know the Tremors Reboot Pilot Has Wrapped Filming



Two weeks ago we let you guys know that Tremors mainstay Michael Gross, aka Burt Gummer, was, unfortunately, not asked to be a part of the upcoming Syfy reboot series starring Kevin Bacon.

While that news upsets us a bit, being that the series has only filmed its pilot episode, we feel that there is still a big chance we could see Burt return to kick some more Graboids in the tentacle-thingies with elephant guns.

Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the “Tremors Syfy pilot, recently star Kevin Bacon took to Instagram to let us all know that filming has wrapped!

You can check out The Bacon’s post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are for Syfy’s “Tremors” series in the comments below!

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

“Tremors” the TV series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about the series!

So long to NM. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots #Tremors

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Exclusive: Buzzard Hollow Beef Brings Cannibal Gore to the Holidays



Holidays at the end of the year seem to be focused on one major aspect: food. From Christmas hams to Thanksgiving turkeys to Hanukkah latkes to who knows what else, eating is a very important part for end-of-the-year festivities. Personally, I’m totally okay with it because it means great food and TONS of leftovers, ensuring that I don’t have to concern myself with cooking for at least a couple of days.

But what if the holiday season were a bit more sinister and what if the food was a bit more…unsavory? Allow us to introduce you to Buzzard Hollow Beef, a new vision of horror that blends cannibal hillbillies, intense and terrifying hallucinations, and small town mysteries. If this sounds up your alley, then don’t fret about waiting because the film comes to Amazon Prime, iTunes, and other transactional platforms on Tuesday, November 21!

We’ve got a trailer, poster, and several stills for you to check out, so peruse at your will and enjoy!

Directed by Joshua M. Johnson, who co-wrote the film with Tara C. Hall, Buzzard Hollow Beef stars Bruce Jennings, Nadia Kamil, Scott C. Brown, Emily Letts, Janet Chiarabaglio, Amanda Spinella, Will Frazier, Gabriel Caste, and Doug Perkins.

Still reeling from her divorce and struggling as the single mother of a 9 month old, Jordan Vollmer looks forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with her family and her best friend, Paige. As the group ventures into the small town of Buzzard Hollow, they are greeted with strange and unsavory characters, known around these parts as the Solomon family. Their suspicions surrounding the Solomons are aroused by the fact that they all seem unwilling to talk about the beef that they serve in their hamburgers and sell in their butcher shop. When the Vollmers experience horrifying hallucinations, they begin to suspect that the Solomons are somehow involved.

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Exclusive: Confrontational Bewitches and Hypnotizes With Fade/Into the Burning Dawn



Earlier this year, I introduced you readers to Italian synthwave artist Confrontational and his cover of Sabrina’s “Boys (Summertime Love)”. While that track was pure summertime brightness, we recognize that many of you are more interested in the darker side of music, where songs are melancholic yet brimming with a hypnotic sexual tension. To that end, we’ve teamed up once again to bring you the exclusive track premiere of “Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” featuring Tying Tiffany, which you can listen to below.

Melding equal parts of The Cure and John Carpenter, the song pulsates sensually, evoking imagery of electric blue and hot pink lasers piercing through vantablack darkness. Furthermore, the dynamic between the female and male vocals adds a wonderful sense of intimacy. This song was clearly a child of the 80’s that is now grown up and ready to stand on its own.

Confrontational tells Dread Central:
The final chapter in the triptych, once again graced by Branca Studio’s outstanding artwork, recounts the striving for light in spite of the devouring darkness that surrounds us all. Unrequited love, loss of innocence, loss of identity, temptation and anger – the story finally comes to a close. There is a deep and heartfelt sense of longing throughout each of the tracks, a hard-hitting feeling of nostalgia – which is something Tiffany found out to be a constant in my songwriting. I have been a fan of her work for a long time and I am ecstatic to have finally worked together on this. Her unique take on the lyrics is what makes it so very special, and her vocals blending seamlessly with mine throughout the choruses turned it into a true personal favorite. To have Tiffany on the album along with these amazing heroes of mine – Cody, Tobias and Trevor – is simply dream-like, and makes me so very proud to finally share the effort with you all. I look forward to checking out everyone’s comments on this and I can’t wait to bring it to the stage soon!

“Fade/Into the Burning Dawn” comes from Confrontational’s upcoming album The Burning Dawn, which can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp. Guest appearances on the album include Tobias Bernstrup, Cody Carpenter, and more!

Confrontational can be followed at his official website, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify.

Upcoming tour dates:
January 25 – Milano (TBA)
January 26 – Savona (TBA)
January 27 – Ravenna (Bronson)

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