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Exclusive: Director Hank Braxtan Talks New Creature Feature Unnatural

Exclusive: Director Hank Braxtan Talks New Creature Feature UnnaturalWith narrative shades reminiscent of 1979’s Prophecy, an old-school practical effects approach, a grueling location shoot in Alaskan winter climes, and a cast that includes 1990’s “Twin Peaks” bombshell Sherilyn Fenn, our interest was piqued from the onset for Unnatural

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Exclusive: Director Hank Braxtan Talks New Creature Feature UnnaturalWith narrative shades reminiscent of 1979’s Prophecy, an old-school practical effects approach, a grueling location shoot in Alaskan winter climes, and a cast that includes 1990’s “Twin Peaks” bombshell Sherilyn Fenn, our interest was piqued from the onset for Unnatural

Now, at long last, we’re finally able to bring you word on director Hank Braxtan’s recently wrapped creature feature. Helmed by Braxtan (whose upcoming psychological horror feature Chemical Peel is due out via Lionsgate this coming October), Unnatural was produced by Ron Carlson.

Cinematography is by Marc Carter and editing is by filmmaker Mike Mendez (Big-Ass Spider). The film was shot this past January and February on location in Fairbanks, Alaska, and in addition to Fenn, the cast includes James Remar (“Dexter”), Ray Wise (Jeepers Creepers 2, “Twin Peaks”), Graham Greene (The Green Mile), Q’orianka Kilcher (“Sons of Anarchy”), and Ivana Korab.

“With many species on the verge of extinction,” reads the official synopsis of Unnatural, “a notorious environmental corporation seeks to genetically modify several animals to survive climate change. When a fashion photographer and his small crew arrive on location in Alaska, they, as well as their local guides, find themselves thrust into a nightmare when they become prey for one of the escaped creatures. Isolated in the wild, the clock is ticking as they attempt to hold out.”

As for what drew him to the shoot, which required the director and his crew to brave sub-zero temperatures as they filmed on frozen rivers and in forests alike, Braxtan stated, “Honestly, the first thing that drew me to the material was the producer calling and saying, ‘Hey, do you want to direct a movie?’ That’s my favorite kind of movie, right there. But in all seriousness, it was definitely up my alley from the moment the words ‘mutated polar bear’ hit my ears.”

“Growing up, I absolutely loved creature features and still do,” offered Braxtan of his attraction to the material. “My favorite films as a kid were all creature features; Predator, Aliens, even Freddy Krueger is a creature effect, and I’ve always admired the creativity of making a believable monster. If you think about it, you’re really asking the audience a lot in order to believe that this outlandish monster could exist. Movies about psycho killers or other plausible antagonists aren’t as risky in that fashion and I think, in the end, not as fun.”

Eschewing a CGI realization of the film’s creature, “I always go ‘old school,’ and for my part, I will always try to do so,” Braxtan said of his approach.

“It’s not that I don’t think CGI has a place in filmmaking; it just doesn’t have the same soul. I’ve seen some very impressive CGI, but I never leave the theater wondering how it was done. Not long ago, effects artists had to create things. They had to really think and come up with ways to pull off an effect. I love that kind of thing, and to me, what always drew me to creature features were the creatures themselves. A movie monster absolutely has to be practical. That’s not to say I don’t make use of the great tool CGI is, but I try to keep it very limited and hopefully, like any effect, unnoticed by the audience.”

(Writer’s Note: We’ve got to keep the creature shots on the down-low, but from the footage we’ve seen, Amalgamated Dynamics delivered!)

We asked Braxtan, aside from the cold, what aspects of shooting on the tundra he found most challenging.

“Nothing, really,” he stated. “Not to dodge the question completely, but after working at minus-thirty-five degrees, I didn’t find any other aspect of filming in Alaska to be difficult. Everything was a delight once you got out of the cold. I’ve done a lot of things in my short life, including serving time in the military, and I have to say that shooting a film in those conditions was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.”

As for working with the famous Fenn (who skyrocketed to acclaim via her character of Audrey Horne in David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” in 1990), “She was a doll from the first day!” said Braxtan. “I felt kinda terrible that the instant she stepped on set, I had her wading through waist-deep snow. She really had to endure a lot on this film, and sometimes I would wonder if she realized it was going to be this hard when she signed up! Everything always seems so easy on the page, but when you get out there and you feel that indescribable cold, shit gets real.”

With Unnatural currently in post-production, “There are some interesting scripts coming from both the writer of Chemical Peel as well as the producer of Unnatural,” said Braxtan of his next possible feature. “Ideally there will always be a next project, and really, that’s all anyone can ask for.”

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The Predator Lands In Ghost Recon: Wildlands

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In one of the most unexpected announcements of the week, the Predator will be arriving in Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands tomorrow as part in the form of a free DLC event titled “The Hunt”, which will last until early January. The event can either be played solo or in co-op, and if you are able to take down a Predator (which Ubisoft have promised won’t be easy), you’ll be rewarded with a ton of cool shit, including the Predator’s thermal vision helmet.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands was released to positive reviews back in March,with particular praise going towards the huge open world. Meanwhile, we’ll next be seeing the vicious alien hunters on the big screen when The Predator arrives on August 3, 2018.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands: The Hunt Official Synopsis:
Ubisoft and FoxNext Games partner to bring the Predator to Ghost Recon Wildlands!

A new free mission is available for all players: The Predator hids in the Wildlands and he comes to find a new challenger. Hunt him and beat him in the hardest fight you ever known to get exclusive rewards!

New Predator contents are also available:
– Unlock new customisation items from the Predator movie as Predator gears and other iconic characters.
– Play as the Predator with the new PVP class in Ghost War.

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Hunt a Serial Killer Through Chicago In My Eyes On You

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Developer Storymind Entertainment have released the first gameplay trailer for My Eyes On You, and it looks like we’re in for something completely truly unique, in terms of both visuals and narrative.

My Eyes On You takes place in a near future version of Chicago, with FBI agent Jordan Adalien hunting an elusive serial killer known only as the Man in the Red Mask. The decisions you make will also dictate whether the game’s plot stays closer to reality or heads in a supernatural direction, so you’d better be careful what you wish for. Whilst searching for clues will be one of your main areas of focus, combat will also play an important role, too.

The trailer for My Eyes On You certainly gives off a strong Blade Runner 2049 vibe, so if that’s your thing, you’re probably in for a great time. It will be available on PC and consoles, although a release date has not yet been confirmed.

Storymind Entertainment social media links:
Twitter – https://twitter.com/StorymindEnt
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storymindent
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StorymindEnt

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Netflix Renews The Punisher Solo Series for Season Two!

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I’m going to let you guys into a bit of my life here and let you know that I am basically in a constant state of kicking myself for not having found the time to watch a single episode of Netflix’s “The Punisher” solo series.

I love the f*cking Punisher and I think Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle is quite possibly the best version (love ya, Tom Jane) of the character we have ever seen on screen.

Big or small.

It’s with this in mind that we wanted to share the awesome news the Netflix has officially given “The Punisher” the greenlight for season 2!

Yes, Frank Castle will be back to shoot more people in the back of the face sooner than later. The announcement was made recently on Facebook and you can check out the post below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know what you thought of the first season of Netflix’s “The Punisher” solo series in the comments below or on social media!

“The Punisher” is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot, Jim Chory, and Jeph Loeb. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast features Jon Bernthal, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason R Moore, and Paul Schulze.

Synopsis:
After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

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