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The newest found footage fright flick to hit the screen, Exists (review) gathers together a couple of boneheads, some brainless babes, a remote cabin, a camera… and… Bigfoot. This is not your average bear of a horror movie, though. It’s directed by Eduardo Sanchez, the legend behind one of the most famous – if not infamous – scary films ever to grace the silver screen, The Blair Witch Project. We were lucky enough to catch up with the filmmaker (sans video camera), and here’s what he had to say about tackling a legend.

Dread Central: You are the found footage pioneer with The Blair Witch Project. That movie starting this whole movement (so to speak), but it was a long time ago — so what is it that keeps you coming back to this subgenre of horror? Do you still find it exhilarating?

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Eduardo Sanchez: Yeah, I mean, look, it’s definitely a challenge. And I’ve done three conventional, normally shot films since Blair Witch. This is actually the first time I’m going back to found footage because we actually shot this before our segment for the V/H/S [franchise] too. So it was kind of going back to familiar territory, but at the same time everything’s changed.

You know, it’s 15 years later, so you definitely have to step it up. And it’s also a different kind of atmosphere. With Blair Witch, there was no… found footage… or at least POV or mockumentaries or whatever you want to call it before Blair Witch. But Dan and I came up with the technique of shooting this way because the story of Blair Witch lends itself to that. You know, these things made sense. This time around, we started to film as a normal kind of conventionally shot movie, and then… as you got further and further down the script, through the planning phase, we realized that found footage, or POV, was kind of a way to go with it. It just felt more natural to do the Bigfoot movie. Basically everything you’ve ever seen of Bigfoot is in the POV video.

DC: Good point.

ES: So, yeah, we thought it was a real natural way to go back to, to figure out how to make a found footage movie. I’ll tell you… I mean, look… with Blair Witch there was a certain ah-ha thing, like, okay, it happened; look, it’s completely real. Not that you wanted to hoax the audience or whatever, but… that completed the whole movie, you know what I mean? That this isn’t real footage, but we want it to look like real footage, which wouldn’t exist and probably wouldn’t be found… it’s just a way to tell a story. So it’s not like… we’re not expecting people to believe that this was real, you know? So the subgenre, the technique has definitely evolved… I put some music in, and I definitely jacked up the sound effects. It definitely has a full 5.1 mix. And it sounds like a real movie. And so we were careful. That’s kind of the difference between now and then when we did Blair Witch. So it’s not like trying to be something that’s going to fool people.

DC: Right.

ES: But at the same it’s difficult to take a script and make it feel like, make the actors feel like, there’s a natural flow to the dialogue and a natural flow to the scene because it looks fairly realistic and not super-staged like a movie does.

DC: Do actors that have to sort of put themselves into a real world scenario… are they a different breed than your typical cinematic actor who always knows where the camera is?

ES: Yeah, yeah. I think it’s a different kind of acting. And you definitely are looking, I mean, look, all the actors have also done other types of movie. So there’s definitely not just a ‘found footage’ type of actors, but when you’re auditioning, the big thing for me is what do they act like when they’re scared? And also what do they act like when you kind of throw new ideas to them, and how do they improvise? Even though this movie wasn’t totally improvised like Blair Witch was, I definitely let them… They knew the lines in the script, but I never forced them to kind of stick to the language of the script because I knew that not keeping the language, not keeping word for word the script, it would come out a little more natural. So we definitely are looking for a certain kind of actor when you’re doing these kinds of movies. And you know, it’s not easy. It’s not an easy thing to act like you’re not acting, you know what I mean? It’s just a completely different kind of acting I think. Some people can do it really well and some people can’t do it at all.  And they might be great in other forms of acting, you know? So it’s definitely a skill set, a special skill set.

DC: Well. the same is true of creature actors. Who did you have playing your Bigfoot, and how did you cast him?

ES: I’ve got two or three movies that had people in suits, or people in complete body makeup. And they’re definitely a different breed of human being.We had kind of a superstar of suit guys, his name is Brain Steele, and he’s about my height, he’s 6’7”, but he’s in really good shape. He’s played Bigfoot before; he was the Bigfoot in the ‘Harry and the Hendersons’ TV show. And he’s been dying to do a scary, serious Bigfoot. He was dying to play like a serious kind of creature. And he would send me videos of him running like Bigfoot… he was practicing how to walk and how to run, just different kinds of mannerisms and all that stuff. Then when I saw him for the first time in the suit, in the parking lot of the company that built the suit, which is Spectral Motion in L.A., we were all just amazed by it. Not only by the suit, but also just by Brian’s ability to kind of become a creature. And there’s some shots with him that I got of him just foraging off the ground, like picking up little things and pretending to eat them. And not only did the hands look really good, but just him putting things in his mouth. It was just amazing… I always wanted the creature to be in a suit. I didn’t want it to be CG; I wanted it to be there for the actors.

Exists will be arriving on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 24th.

In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.

The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. Exists, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.

Synopsis
For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed—something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life…and seeking murderous revenge.

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Ash Vs Evil Dead Seasons 1 and 2 Are Now Streaming on Netflix

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The last word we brought you guys on the upcoming third season of Starz’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” starring Bruce Campbell was when we shared the show’s all-new teaser trailer (below).

Today we have awesome news that the first two seasons are now streaming on Netflix!

So if you’ve been putting off watching the series (for some reason) or have been waiting until the day where you could just binge-watch the series in one grand swoop, then today is your day. There isn’t a better time than now. Just make sure you’re caught up come February.

Hell, yeah.

Are you excited to watch (or rewatch) the first two seasons of “Ash vs Evil Dead” on Netflix? Let us know below!

“Ash vs Evil Dead” stars Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless. Campbell executive produces the series with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Ivan Raimi, and Rick Jacobson. Season 3’s new showrunners are Mark Verheiden and Moira Grant.

“Ash vs Evil Dead” season 3 hits STARZ Sunday, February 25, 2018.

Synopsis:

Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind’s only hope.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Animated Series Trollhunters 2 Now Streaming on Netflix

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Netflix’s “Trollhunters” isn’t a series I’ve had the chance to check out for myself. Nothing against the kid’s horror series, I just haven’t had the time.

That said I’ve heard good word-of-mouth regarding the series and being that it comes from the mind of Guillermo del Toro it can’t be a total waste of time. Especially with a cast featuring Ron Perlman, Steven Yeun, and Anton Yelchin.

If you’re like me and haven’t given the show a go yet, then make sure to check out the following promos below and then make your mind up from there. You have to hand it to the series as it looks utterly stunning. Hope the actual content holds up. Only one way to find out!

“Trollhunters” is created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro. Executive producers include Marc Guggenheim, Rodrigo Blaas, Christina Steinberg, and Chad Hammes. Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman are co-executive producers.

Voice talent for includes Kelsey Grammer (“The Simpsons,” X-Men: The Last Stand), Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Steven Yeun (“The Walking Dead”), and Anton Yelchin (Fright Night).

“Trollhunters Part 2” is now streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:

When ordinary teenager Jim Lake, Jr., stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil, Jim is determined to save the world – right after gym class.

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Rob Lowe Plants The Bad Seed for Lifetime

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A new version of the much beloved classic The Bad Seed will soon be sprouting up on Lifetime television as Deadline is reporting that Rob Lowe is set to direct and star in a remake of the 1956 Oscar-nominated thriller.

This latest reimagining is penned by Barbara Marshall (Wish Upon) based on a best-selling novel by William March that was adapted as a long-running Broadway play. Lowe will star as a father who seems to have everything under control. But when a terrible tragedy takes place at his daughter, Emma’s, school, he is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his beloved girl. He slowly begins to question if Emma’s exemplary behavior is just a façade and whether she played a role in the horrific incident. When more strange things begin to happen, he’s faced with keeping a terrible secret to protect Emma but ultimately must stop her from striking again.

Lowe, The Wolper Organization’s Mark Wolper (“Bates Motel,” “Roots”), and Elizabeth Stephen executive produce. Preliminary casting is under way with production eyeing an early 2018 start.

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