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The Scribbler Writer Dan Schaffer Discusses His Story Coming to Life

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Dan SchafferThe new film The Scribbler (review) stars Katie Cassidy and Garret Dillahunt and features Eliza Dushku, Michael Imperioli, Gina Gershon, and Ashlynne Yennie. But before it became a moving picture, The Scribbler was still pictures in the graphic novel by Dan Schaffer.

Schaffer adapted his own graphic novel for the film, which was directed by John Suits, and he recently sat down with Dread Central to talk about his fascinating story becoming a feature film.

Schaffer initially discussed his inspiration for The Scribbler. “I spent a lot of time studying neuropsychology and wanted to dramatically explore the nature of evil from that perspective,” Schaffer said. “Back when I wrote the graphic novel, the word ‘evil’ was being thrown around a lot as a political call to arms. People respond strongly to that word, but from a neuropsychological point of view, it’s not so black and white. So I wanted to write something that threw the usual good-versus-evil ideas into a big grey area where everyone’s a bit yin and a bit yang. That somehow led to a story about individuality which (and I swear I have no idea how this happened) ended up being something close to a superhero origin story.”

We asked Schaffer if he enjoyed the adaptation of his graphic novel to film. “Absolutely,” Schaffer said. “It’s a new interpretation, like a stylish, colorful American version of a grimy, de-saturated British story, but it has the same heartbeat underneath. John’s (Suits) vision is unique to him, and as the film itself is about the importance of individuality, I could practice what I was preaching by sitting back and watching his unique vision unfold. It was a lot of fun for me and, no doubt, a lot of hard work for him! John’s a good guy and a great director; I love what he did with the material.”

As the writer of the original graphic novel, Schaffer certainly had specific looks in mind for the characters in the film. He discussed how successful the filmmakers were in capturing his characters. “The cast on this film were somehow all perfectly synchronized with my brain. I’m not sure how that happened; it usually doesn’t,” Schaffer said. “Katie’s (Cassidy) version of Suki in particular was so in tune with mine, it was like she fell out of my head intact. Katie instinctively understood the complexities of that character, and everyone seems to agree that this is her best performance to date. Garret (Dillahunt) is one of my favorite actors and is always a joy to watch. His character, Hogan, has a very tricky psychology, but he knew exactly where the line was and danced around it with a great sense of humanity. Billy Campbell did the same with his character, Doctor Sinclair. In lesser hands the bad doctor could have become a cartoonish villain. Eliza (Dushku) and Michael (Imperioli) pull off a great double act as the bickering cop and psychologist, both great actors. Gina (Gershon) is consistently awesome in whatever she does, and she brought a wonderful mix of tragedy and sass to her character. And Ashlynn Yennie, who only has a small role, does something so cool with it I’ve become her biggest fan.”

The main setting for The Scribbler is a halfway-type house called Juniper Tower (aka Jumper Tower), and the location has so much atmosphere that it’s almost a character of the movie in itself. We asked Schaffer if that Wonderland-esque feel was deliberate. “Yes, it was intentional, and John ran with the idea by playing with the visuals to make the place ominous and hallucinatory at certain times,” Schaffer said. “Juniper Tower is like an analog building in a digital world; usual social rules don’t apply there. It’s perfectly reasonable for someone to push you down the stairs, for example, or walk around naked. But despite all the weirdness, the people who live there are incredibly tolerant and accepting of each other’s psychological disorders so, apart from a few homicidal tendencies, it’s almost the perfect micro society.”

Finally, Schaffer discussed the message he was delivering when he wrote The Scribbler. “Be yourself, I suppose. Don’t be a clone,” Schaffer said. “Don’t get assimilated unless you want to. Every person is unique. It’s one of life’s great gifts, but it’s also the first thing the bastards will bash out of you if you let them.”

The Scribbler Synopsis
The Scribbler follows Suki (Katie Cassidy), a young woman confronting her destructive mental illness using “The Siamese Burn,” an experimental machine designed to eliminate multiple personalities. The closer Suki comes to being “cured,” the more she’s haunted by a thought – what if the last unwanted identity turns out to be her?

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection

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It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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

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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

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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.

Synopsis:
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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