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The Houses October Built – Exclusive Interview with Bobby Roe and Zack Andrews

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Bobby Roe and Zack AndrewsThe Houses October Built (review) is one of the few mockumentaries that effectively blurs the line between the real and the reel. It works so well because nearly everyone who sees the movie will have been through at least one haunted maze – the same cannot be said in regards to the settings of most horror franchises (the crackhouses of Saw, the camps of Friday the 13th, or Hellraiser’s Hades).

We had a chance to pick the peculiar brains of the filmmakers, Bobby Roe and Zack Andrews. The first thing we wanted to clear up was how some of the descriptions online say their film is a documentary. Is it, or not? (That’s a trick question because there are actually two versions with the same title!)

Roe explained, “We wanted to fully explore the world of Halloween haunted houses. Really get ‘behind the mask’ if you will. We interviewed a lot of haunt owners, scare actors, and patrons. The first movie is more documentary style. It still has a twist, but it’s much more of a slow burn. Then we had the opportunity to go out and make the bigger, more mainstream version. Some of the footage from the original we were able to weave into narrative of the second film, and I think that will be some people’s favorite part of this version that is being released.”

We wondered how the first kernel of the idea for this unique film actually popped because let’s face it… lots of people have great ideas, but few actually make them a reality. “That’s the key,” said Andrews. “You just have to go do it! The first step for us was finding a subject that we were passionate about and committing to making that vision happen.”

Roe agreed. “Zack and I both love Halloween and specifically haunted houses. We wondered why there hadn’t been a movie made centered around these haunts. So Zack, Jeff and I decided to flesh out the story.”

Andrews added, “Once we had a story we felt was unique and interesting and got permission to shoot on million dollar sets for free, we were off to the races.”

As for how the process felt, filming in actual haunts, as opposed to doing the same thing on a set, Roe responded, “It gave it a real authenticity. We used real people and shot at real places, a lot of times when they were open for business. Shooting on the go is such a challenge because of blocking, lighting, and sound, but it allowed us to create a realism.”

Andrews went on, “It was a great experience to be able to do both. There are times where you need to recognize that actors can really bring something valuable to the table if they can have a little breathing room and try a fresh approach. But you also have a schedule. You have a lot of people trying to do their best work so you need structure and order to things as well.”

It’s really hard to top all of the iconic, creepy masks that have gone before in the genre. But the ones in The Houses October Built are even scarier than usual! So, how’d they come up with some of the concepts? “It wasn’t about trying to figure out what would be scary,” said Roe. “It was just observing…doing the field research…and seeing what worked. I think the veteran scare actors have perfected a lot of their individual characters, and props and mask concepts are a part of who they are.”

The Houses October Built is out in theaters and on VOD and iTunes TODAY, October 10, 2014. The home video version hits Blu-ray on January 6, 2015.

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

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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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Blumhouse’s New Halloween Will Change The Original Film’s Ending (Slightly)

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As you can imagine, one of the films all of us here at Dread Central are looking forward to the most is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new film is co-written by Danny McBride (as strange as that may sound) and David Gordon Green and will be directed by Green.

Speaking of Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, the actor was recently out and about promoting the new season of HBO’s “Vice Principals” and dropped some new insights into Halloween (2018).

“We’re kind of ignoring all the films past the first one,” McBride told Yahoo! “It picks up after the first one, but it’s sort of an alternate reality. It’s as if the first Halloween ended in a slightly different way.”

Really? Interesting… But what about the new film’s tone? Should we be scared, Danny?

“I think you should be very scared,” McBride says. “I mean, this isn’t a comedy at all. I think there was, like, maybe one joke on the page, but the rest is straight horror. So hopefully it gets in people’s heads and keeps them up late at night.”

Sounds good to us!

McBride then talked a bit about how original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis came back into the fold for this new installment.

“I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it’d be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to,” McBride said. “So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn’t be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement.”

And finally, Kenny Powers spoke a bit about the huge pressures that are on him and his collaborator David Gordon Green with taking on such a beloved series.

“I just hope that we don’t f*** it up and piss people off,” he said. “This is such a diehard fan base. You don’t want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on. We are diehard fans of Halloween. We’re watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully, that will line up with most fans.”

What do you think of McBride’s new comments regarding Blumhouse’s Halloween? Do they make you more (or less) excited to check out the new installent?

Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Halloween (2018) is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green with Green directing. Creator and original director John Carpenter will be acting as executive producer on the new film with franchise regular Malek Akkad producing.

Look for the next Halloween film worldwide on October 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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Exclusive: This Nails Clip Proves Dingy Hospitals Will Always Be Creepy

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Today sees the VOD release of Dark Sky Films’ Nails, the directorial debut of screenwriter and Cinelicious Pics Head of Distribution Dennis Bartok. Following the story of a woman who goes through a near-death car accident only to find herself paralyzed and trapped in her own body. She then becomes convinced that a strange and malevolent entity that she dubs “Nails” is set on destroying her marriage, her family, and, ultimately, her life.

To celebrate the release of the film, we’ve got an exclusive clip that you can watch below. In it, Leah McNamara’s Gemma is walking through the bowels of a hospital when she stumbles across a bed with a working gas mask. When an alarm suddenly goes off, she jumps in surprise, knocking over a nearby tray, spilling sharp instruments across the floor. It’s while she attempts to clean the mess that Nails makes an appearance…

Nails also stars Shauna McDonald, Ross Noble, Steve Wall, and Charlotte Bradley. You can watch the film on iTunes.

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