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Paul Hyett Doomsday interview!One thing that’s barely given away in all the Doomsday clips and trailer I’ve seen is the effect the Reaper virus has on its victims. We’ve been told it’s horrific, melting your insides and causing its victims to basically dissolve inside out, but to really find out what it does and how, we went to the source: makeup effects artist Paul Hyett.

Hyett first started working with Marshall on The Descent and has lent his talents to a ton of other recent horror offerings like The Sick House, Cold and Dark and Waz. We picked his brain to find out more about Doomsday and what fans can expect when it’s out on Friday, March 14th.

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Johnny Butane: How did you get your start in makeup effects?

Paul Hyett: I pretty much was influenced by Rob Bottin, Rick Baker and Tom Savini. I was so blown away by their work. I got my first start just working for free on very low budget movies and kind of taught myself as at that time back in 1993, there wasn’t much makeup FX work (definitely not as much as now) and nobody really wanted to take any young guys in and teach them, so I took the long way round.

JB: How did you and Neil Marshall first hook up?

PH: Neil’s friend and Production Designer Simon Bowles (“>interview) introduced me to Neil at the pre prep time of The Descent. And we got on and I think he liked my ideas and we shot Descent.

JB: What kind of challenges did you have on Doomsday that you didn’t expect to be faced with?

PH: Well I kind of know what Neil wants so I try to be as prepared as possible, but Neil’s great like that; he has a great understanding of how makeup effects works and understands that everything needs to be made in advance and never asked the impossible. He’s also great at seeing what we have and shooting it in a way that makes it look great, some directors don’t quite know what to do but Neil always knew what to do with everything we made.

Paul Hyett Doomsday interview!JB: Was there a big difference in the atmosphere of the shoot between Doomsday, a studio picture, and The Descent?

PH: Not really, it was pretty much the same team as The Descent; the only difference was the weather. Where The Descent was in cold Pinewood Studios in winter, Doomsday was lovely and warm in Cape Town!

JB: What kind of diseases did you study to come up with the makeup for the infected in Doomsday?

PH: I looked at everything and it ended up being a mix of sexual diseases, chicken pox and skin fungus. I really wanted to make it look as infectious as possible. I showed Neil a few different tests on someone and said to Neil to pick one. Neil said, “Use them all; it is the ultra virus!” So we ended up using a mix, looked a bit gross.

JB: Just how much blood and guts can we expect from Doomsday?

PH: I remember saying to Neil, “You know there’s more gore in this then The Descent,” and he thought about it and agreed. After all, we have decapitations, cannibalism, people being squashed by tanks, stabbings, arrows goings through necks, cut throats, infected people bleeding and vomiting, peoples hands being blown apart, dead corpses everywhere…

JB: The Reaper virus at the heart of the story does some pretty nasty things to its victims; did you look forward to figuring out how to pull off some of the gags when you first read the script?

PH: Yeah, it was great fun, Neil loves this stuff and knows what he wants and how to use it for maximum impact!

JB: I see you worked on Gallowwalker, another film we’ve been covering on the site; what kind of effects did you handle for it?

PH: We did Skinless cowboys, a half lizard man, skinned bodies, dead nuns and various gore gags…

JB: Any idea what stage it’s in?

PH: I think Gallowwalker is still in post, I saw a bit of it and it looks great, very Sergio Leone.

JB: How was working on Mutant Chronicles?

PH: It was fun, it was my first green screen movie and we done so many mutants and gore gags including a lot of world war II-style gore injuries.

JB: What else do you have coming up that will make horror fans happy?

PH: Well coming up, we have Waz, a Tom Shankland movie with some nice torture effects, Eden Lake, a teenage gang terrorizing a couple on the forest, The Cottage, a horror comedy with tons of gore gags, Donkey Punch where a few kids trip on a boat trip goes horribly wrong … All fun stuff!


Thanks to Paul for taking the time to answer our gore-related inquires! Doomsday is in theaters everywhere come Friday, March 14th; check out the official Doomsday site to learn more!

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Buy Stuff From Eibon Press, Get More Stuff For Free

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Eibon Press have announced that they’re starting Black Friday a day early and will be running their specials for almost a week, through November 28th. This year, they’re doing something a little different, a little more interesting. Rather than reduce prices on their inventory, they’re doing a deal where depending on how much you buy from their store, you’ll get a certain amount of free swag in addition to your order.

The first tier sees anyone who makes a purchase getting two double-sided mini-posters featuring art from their upcoming Bottomfeeder and Maniac and The New York Ripper series. The second tier sees anyone who spends at least $30 getting a free copy of their VHS Comics titles Laserblast plus the mini-posters. The final tier is for those who spend $50 and more and that will net the mini-posters, the #1 issue of Laserblast, and a free copy of Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell #2.

Lastly, five random people will receive an extra bonus gift, which they won’t reveal but promise that, “…you’ll love it!

All order cans be placed via Eibon Press.

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KISS Meets Army of Darkness in New Comic Miniseries!

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Dynamite Entertainment just announced that they are planning to bring two of their bestselling brands together in “KISS/Army of Darkness #1”. The new comic book series will unite the rock band with none other than Ash for some Deadite ass kicking.

The series will be written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Ruairi Coleman. And the debut issue of “KISS/Army of Darkness” features three art covers from Kyle Strahm, Goni Montes, and Ken Haeser.

You can find all three covers below along with quotes from the creative team. After looking through all of that make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are about this new hybrid comic series in the comments below or on social media!

With Ash vs. The Army of Darkness, Chris and I were given kind of carte blanche to do whatever we wanted to the world of AOD, and we went for broke,” Co-writer Chad Bowers says. “We introduced some new characters and concepts, and built a legacy for Ash’s comics adventures that I’m immensely proud of, but not in a million years could I have guessed we’d get to continue that momentum with the added bonus of tossing the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band into the mix! I’ve been in the tank for KISS since I was in middle school. I remember buying the KISS tribute album, KISS My Ass for the Lemonheads (they covered Plaster Caster), which lead to me picking up Greatest Hits, and so on. But when I found out there was a KISS comic with blood in it, I signed up for life! Of course, I adore the songs (literally listening to Do You Love Me right now), but I’m just as obsessed with the way KISS transcends the music to become something of a genre themselves. It’s something I think about a lot, honestly, so no surprise, it’s a big part of our story too!”

“When it comes to Army of Darkness, I guess you could say that Ash is a bit of a gambler, but he’s nobody’s fool,” Co-writer Chris Sims says. “And since our first story was set back at Alan Shepard High, we’re looking forward to showing him some things that you can’t learn in school. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the deep-cut lyrics now, but for real — if you thought Deadites at Homecoming and the Supernatural Military-Adjacent Response Team were taking Ash in a new direction, just wait until you see how we team him up with the Starchild, Space Ace, the Demon, and the Catman. In the grand tradition of the film, we’re tearing up the entire space-time continuum and if you think you know how weird this is gonna get… well, you sure know somethin’!”

“Having done some work for Dynamite in the past, I’ve really been wanting to get my foot in the door here for a long time so I can play in the sandbox of the amazing licenses they have,” Artist Ruairi Coleman says. “Chief among those, and high up on my bucket list, is Army of Darkness: Hail to the king, baby! So, when I was offered the job of drawing the KISS/Army of Darkness crossover, I couldn’t believe my luck! The concept is totally bonkers, but in a way, that would make complete sense in the world of Army of Darkness. Thinking about it, I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already and I’m honored (and more than a little intimidated) to be the guy who draws it.”

“After a more than 40-year career, KISS continues to be one of rock’s most celebrated bands, while Army of Darkness continues to be a staple in the comic book industry. We’re both honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with Gene and Paul to bring their world-renowned alter-egos to comics alongside our very own Ashy Slashy,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “The raging guitar chords and pyrotechnic spectacle of their stage shows could have come straight from the pages of the Necronomicon, and this epic battle between The Demon and Deadites will appeal to the hellions in all of us!”

Issue #1 will be available on digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, Madefire, and Dark Horse Digital.

The KISS/Army of Darkness miniseries event hits February 2018.

Synopsis:

KISS is on top of the world and rocking faces until the night disciples of The Destroyer show up and the band disappears. With the tour canceled, a young Ash misses one of the most important events of his life that will change his destiny. Now the Chosen One has to get back on the right path and join the KISS ARMY OF DARKNESS!

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Jason Lives Director Pitched Follow-Up: Jason Vs Cheech and Chong

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One of my favorite entries in the Friday the 13th series is director ‘s Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The mixture of old-school gothic horror and comedy is always a welcome treat around these parts.

But why wasn’t McLoughlin asked to write and direct the follow-up?

Actually, it turns out he was asked to follow up Jason Lives, McLoughlin recently told Mick Garris on the Post Mortem podcast.

But his pitch – Jason vs Cheech and Chong – didn’t go over so well…

“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”

Too bad. While I don’t know how well a Cheech and Chong/Friday the 13th flick would go, with McLoughlin at the helm, the film would have at least been funny as hell.

Plus we already got these two knuckleheads in Part III.

Are you upset we never got Tom McLoughlin’s Jason vs Cheech and Chong? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Friday the 13th: Part VI – Jason Lives on Blu-ray HERE.

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