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Exclusive: Robert Hall Talks Laid to Rest

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Laid to RestJust last week we gave you the first word on the directorial return of Lightning Bug (review) helmer and Almost Human effects head Robert Hall, the slasher movie Laid to Rest. The film came out of nowhere, it seemed. Very little was revealed other than that it was a simple story of a girl escaping a lunatic and that “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” star Lena Headey appears in it. So we asked some questions.

”It started off as a simple story,” Hall told us via telephony device today. ”I wanted something that was easily relatable to everyone, not something you had to think too hard to figure out; it is what it is. I had a big problem with all the torture porn movies, horror movies filled with people you didn’t care about, so I wanted to write something that was a simple concept with characters you actually wanted to see make it through so when they’re in trouble, you feel for them.”

He says that Laid to Rest will be unique because of its execution, not its premise, which is what he hopes will set it apart from other similarly themed slashers. ”For one thing, our main heroine is fucked up pretty bad for most of the movie. She wakes up in a coffin with no memory and has to figure out where she is and how to get out, while dealing with the fact that there’s a psychopath in a mask who wants her dead.”

Said mask is something else that Hall hopes will separate Laid to Rest from other stalk-n-slash films. ”I worked on the costume for months in my shop, and I’m really happy with the way it came out.” So what is this killer’s motivation? ”He’s seen all the same movies we have, he’s got money, and he wants to be like one of these killers. There’s nothing supernatural about him; he’s just an evil guy with a strange fixation.” Nick Principe, who plays the film’s killer, was an inspired choice for the role, too. ”He told me he came out to L.A. to be Michael Myers!” Hall exclaimed.

Before Laid to Rest, last I had heard Hall was working on another horror film called Old Scratch, so this was even more of a surprise when it came to light. ”Old Scratch is still happening; we’re just not sure when yet,” he explained. ”I need a lot more money to get that done than I did with Laid to Rest, so it had to be put on the back burner for now. Could be that’s the next project I direct; we’ll just have to see where this goes first.”

And if all goes well expect to see Rest’s killer returning, ”There’s no way he could not come back,” Robert enthused, ”All the cast and crew were sad to see him go, and we hope the audience will feel the same!”

Keep it here for more Laid to Rest details as they come in! The film is in post-production now, and the hope is to have it out by the end of the year.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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