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Exclusive Interview with David B. Hayter on Wolves

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David Hayter has done a lot of things. From voicing several characters in the Metal Gear games and beyond to directing the new werewolf flick Wolves (review)… it’s safe to say he’s a very busy man. Still, we managed to catch up with him to get the skinny on his hairy new movie.

Dread Central: First of all, congrats on the film! I do know that it took awhile to come to fruition so I’m wondering: How do you keep the level of enthusiasm and excitement going over the years?

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David B. Hayter: Well, you know… pretty much all films take forever. When you’re asking people for millions and millions of dollars, it always moves at a glacial pace unless you’re doing like X-Men II for example, which we knew was a guaranteed hit; then they just jump right into production. But apart from that I think the key to making a decent film is you have to retain that enthusiasm and fire all the way through, and you have to remember each time you rewrite the script to look at it, again, as if it’s the first time you’re ever experiencing it… It’s like re-watching the film 10,000 times in your head and pretending to blank out your memory each time. I think it’s a unique talent and it could certainly drive some people crazy. I mean screenwriting can drive you crazy, certainly. But I think the real key is every now and again I put the script down for two weeks and then pick it up and just say, ‘Okay, I’m sitting in the theater and… fade in.’ And experience it again and again and again. Then you basically just use that talent that everybody has for looking at places in the movie where you go, ‘Oh, well, why are they doing that? Or why would they make that decision?’ Any place that occurs you rewrite it with something better, hopefully.

DC: What it is about werewolves that you wanted to explore? We have seen a lot of werewolf films so what is it that you think keeps them fresh and interesting over the years?

DBH: Well, you know, they’re woven into our storytelling DNA. People have been telling these stories for hundreds, possibly a thousand or more, years because they were afraid of the literal wolf in the woods. And I think because there is such an undercurrent of savagery in human beings, it’s just a natural comparison to make. I think it speaks to all of our experience in our history, this notion that, yes, we have a thin veneer of civilization on us, but in a dire situation all of that could be stripped away. You could find yourself, you know, having to kill with your bare hands or use this viciousness. And for myself I went through a period… it’s semi-autographical, this film.

DC: Really?

DBH: Well, I went through periods where… I used to get hassled a lot and I started to fight back and I turned out to be pretty good at it. So then there was a period of about five years where [if] anybody wanted to fight, I would dive right in and mess them up. So it [is] what I hope is a unique take here. Instead of it being about an out-of-control monster inside you, it’s about the rage and fury that exists inside you… in that position you’re not looking to destroy it, you’re looking to learn to control it. And you’re looking to learn to focus it. And so that was the perspective I took on this. That was how I tied it to my own experience. And hopefully that is a somewhat original take on the genre.

DC: When you worked with Dave Elsey, who is so amazing, on the special effects, how much input did he want you to have and vice versa? Were you very collaborative on it? Or did you just kind of let him do his magic?

DBH: Oh, yeah, well, we were very collaborative on it, and I had very specific elements that I wanted to incorporate. I tried to look at all of the traps of this creature. Like I think putting a big snout on an actor is a mistake. I think, you know, sometimes the ears poking up look like elf ears. If you look at my wolves, their ears angle back because when a wolf is angry, their ears pin back against their head and it just gave it a cooler, sleeker look. So there was a lot of elements like that that we discussed. I wanted Angelina to still be beautiful and she was—well, in fact, I really wanted the wolves to be beautiful all the way around because that’s how wolves are. They’re not ugly, hairy, out-of-control beasts. They’re very quiet, sleek, elegant creatures. So that was the thinking going into it. But, of course, Dave and Lou Elsey are master monster makers, and so to a certain extent you also let them do what they do. And it was a nice collaboration.

DC: Yeah, it sure was. So, can you tell me a little bit about what the plans are for the film? When it’s coming out, and how can fans see it?

DBH: Well, we’re doing a premium VOD rollout on October 16th. And we are coming out in theaters in eleven cities on November 14th. So if you have an Apple TV, you can get it I think next week, and if you don’t, then hopefully it’s coming to a theater near you next month.

Directed by David Hayter, Wolves stars Lucas Till, Stephen McHattie, John Pyper-Ferguson, Merritt Patterson, and Jason Momoa. Look for the beast to be unleashed Thursday, October 16th, on Video on Demand and Friday, November 14th, in select cities nationwide.

Synopsis
Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it. He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable, and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like himself – including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves.” And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… a grisly fight to the death against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Are Truth Seekers Playing by Slaughterhouse Rulez

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One of our favorite pairings of stars from the last twenty years is no doubt that of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their chemistry is undeniable, and if you didn’t get enough of it in “Spaced,” Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, and Paul, you’re about to get a bellyful of it on both big and small screens.

Variety is reporting that Frost and Pegg will be starring in “Truth Seekers,” a half-hour comedy-horror TV show about a three-person paranormal investigation team.

According to the site, each installment of “Truth Seekers” will focus on a paranormal incident, a setup with clear monster-of-the-week potential. “Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something,” Pegg says. “It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London, and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.

That’s not all, though… the pair are also working on the feature film Slaughterhouse Rulez, a horror-comedy now in post-production. Directed by Crispian Mills and set in a well-to-do public school, the movie is “very satirical, very much about the U.K. selling itself off,” Pegg says. “It’s about fracking as well, and that unleashes some awful subterranean demon.

Both of these projects will be released under their Stolen Picture shingle. Stay tuned, kids! More as we get it!

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Rest in Peace – Yôsuke Natsuki

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We’ve lost another Kaiju legend today as reports are coming in that famed Japanese actor Yôsuke Natsuki has passed on at age 81.

Natsuki was a familiar face in several Godzilla films including Godzilla 1985 and Ghidorah the Three-Headed Monster. Born in 1936, Yôsuke has made over 100 appearances in film with the last being in 2012’s Kirin.

We here at Dread Central would like to take this time to honor Natsuki’s friends, family members, and constituents.

すべてのことを与え、すべてのことを作成するために役立っていただきありがとうございます。簡単に休め

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NSFW Kill Clip from Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories Now Available on VOD

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VOB now available on VOD!

For those who might not know, Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a sequel to the indie horror anthology Volumes of Blood, produced by P.J. Starks and Eric Huskisson (The Confession of Fred Krueger) and Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror).

It features actor Moses Moseley, best known for his role as one of Michonne’s “Pet Walkers” on AMC’s “The Walking Dead”; the acting debut of WWE legend Sir Mo from Men on a Mission; and original music by Rocky Gray (drummer for We Are the Fallen, Living Sacrifice, formerly of Evanescence) and Shane Prather (Sharknado franchise, Sinister Squad, Lavalantula).

The flick recently hit VOD and to celebrate the release, the filmmakers have shared a “Kill Clip” from the movie to spread the bloody word.

You can check out the NSFW Kill Clip called “All Torn Up” in all its gory glory below and then let us know what you think.

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is now available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Google Play, and more!

Synopsis:

A couple plan to purchase an old home but would like one last tour before the closing. They’re guided around the estate by a creepy realtor that may have more in store than they bargained for.

Searching floor by floor, they begin to discover the remnants of its sordid and terrifying past… A popular 80’s franchise gets a modern upgrade, but at what price? On Halloween night a teen left home alone meets a trick or treater that wants more than just candy. A door to door insurance salesman makes a Thanksgiving house call with monstrous consequences. Andrew and Sara are happily married and plan on spending some quality time together, but something sinister has other plans for their evening. Carol’s Christmas Eve turns into a fight for survival when a vengeful stranger isn’t feeling the holiday spirit. Lastly, a birthday party turns bloody when some unexpected guests drop by at the wrong time.

Seven interwoven tales of terror… how many stories does your house have?

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