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Tales of Halloween Interview Spotlight: Barry Bostwick

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Who can forget Barry Bostwick’s turn as meek Brad in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show? Stuck with his sweetheart Janet (Susan Sarandon) after getting a flat tire during a storm, the couple are forced to take refuge in the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry), a transvestite scientist.

That movie made such an impression on director Darren Lynn Bousman as a youngster that he sought out Bostwick all these years later to act in his own surreal horror-musical film The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia!. We had a chance to chat with Bostwick about that exciting collaboration as well as his turn in  Bousman’s short segment in the upcoming Tales of Halloween anthology film.

Dread Central: I’ve known Darren Bousman for many years, and I have an impression of what he’s like to work with from having been on his sets, but I’m curious to know what it was like from your perspective as an actor because I know in addition to Tales of Halloween, you just did The Devil’s Carnival sequel with him… so was it fun to just pop back in for a short stint on the Tales of Halloween?

Barry Bostwick: He gives you a lot of freedom – if he trusts you, I suppose. He seems to trust me. And so therefore he’s like a great audience member for me. It like I was doing a Broadway show and he was the only person in the audience. And I judge my performance based on his reaction. And that’s what I sort of feel like working with him. He’s like a fan and a mentor and a very smart guy all at once. I know I’m going in the right direction if I can get a laugh from behind the monitor – if it’s supposed to be funny. And he is very enthusiastic and he lets you know immediately whether or not you’re going in the right direction, and everybody on his team have always been very supportive of me and my craziness and allow me to just do things that I wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to do – play characters I wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to play. And I think with him the operative word is really play – I mean, he really encourages you to play. And that’s what we do for a living – in the best of times, you know? We just play.

DC: Where do you fit into the playground that is The Devil’s Carnival: Alleluia!?

BB: Well, I’m sort of like the spy. I’m heaven’s spy, [and I’m] called Watchword. And I’m the one who sort of reports to God [played by Paul Sorvino] if I see anybody that doesn’t belong there. And I’m a bit of a sleaze-ball. And what’s great about it is that I have this amazing make-up on, so you don’t even know it’s me, and I have this great song which is so wild and crazy and over-the-top that, unless you probably know that I’m in the movie, you wouldn’t know it was me based on what I look like and what I sound like and how I behave in it.

And in a similar way in the short film, again, I have this amazing make-up and I can hide behind the mask and be something that I’ve never been before. It really sort of harkens back to Greek theater, you know, when you had these masks in and you could really be somebody else because the visage, the image, was something so totally different than who you really are. And he has such a clear picture of what he wanted these characters to look like that all I had to do after my initial make-up session was to look in the mirror and see how the make-up moved. And that really helped me and sort of created the character. The make-up led me towards the behavior.

DC: You don’t usually do shorts – was it the opportunity to work with Darren again that brought you to the Tales of Halloween?

BB: Oh, yeah! Absolutely. I always have a ball working with him. He always pushes me and allows me to be something that I… as I say, I never really have the opportunity to be. And there’s always something very unique about his stories and about his style. I don’t know how he does it on- I don’t know how he gets the quality for the smallish amount of money that he has for these films. I know some day he’s going to finally have the opportunity to do big, big films. And he will- because he cut his teeth on having to be incredibly creative in how to use the money and how to get the vision, his vision, on film and his production values on film in such a schematic way. I know that when he finally gets the opportunity to do some large things, he’s going to be brilliant at it. And I’m just waiting for that day because I think he’s going to shake up the world. I mean, when he gets there.

DC: I’m sure he’ll take you along when he gets the opportunity; he’s a very loyal person.

BB: That would be nice. I first met him when I auditioned for Repo! The Genetic Opera, for the lead. And they were so enthusiastic. That sort of started our relationship.

DC: Yes, and you see all these years later he still remembered you. And I know you met SpookyDan Walker through Darren and did a movie with him, plus we have a mutual friend in Jesse Merlin. You worked with Jesse on the Helen Keller vs. Nightwolves movie, right?

BB: I have scenes with Jesse. I love that guy. He’s, again, he’s one of those people that’s just on the cusp of, you know, having a real big career. And he’s really good in the Helen Keller movie. It’s a perfect part for him. When we did the 35th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, he interviewed me on stage in front of the audience. I was so impressed with his knowledge and research and joie de vive. And we became friends from then on. I’m a real fan of his. I like the oddball people. And Spooky’s movie – they’re just trying to find a few bucks to finish it – called Slay Belles, is great. I think he’s another talented kid. It’s a very sort of smart, interesting, funny, odd script too. And, well, that whole group I’m just so happy to be involved with because it’s not like doing an episode of “CSI.” I did the last episode of “CSI” last week – the last episode of their 15th season. And I’m sitting here, I’m going, ‘Well, you see now, this is good. I’m making a living. I’m paying the bills with this job.’ But it’s not as much fun as working with people like Darren, Dan, and Jesse!

Tales of Halloween

Tales of Halloween will showcase the following ten short stories:

  • “TRICK” Directed by Adam Gierasch
  • “BAD SEED” Directed by Neil Marshall
  • “GRIMM GRINNING GHOST” Directed by Axelle Carolyn
  • “THE WEAK AND THE WICKED” Directed by Paul Solet
  • “FRIDAY THE 31st” Directed by Mike Mendez
  • “THE RANSOM OF RUSTY REX” Directed by Ryan Schifrin
  • “THIS MEANS WAR” Directed by Andrew Kasch and John Skipp
  • “THE NIGHT BILLY RAISED HELL” Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
  • “SWEET TOOTH” Directed by Dave Parker
  • “DING DONG” Directed by Lucky McKee

The film has an ensemble cast including Pat Healy, Barry Bostwick, Noah Segan, Booboo Stewart, Greg Grunberg, Clare Kramer, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Dana Gould, James Duval, Elissa Dowling, Grace Phipps, Pollyana McIntosh, Marc Senter, Tiffany Shepis, John F. Beach, Trent Haaga, Casey Ruggieri, Kristina Klebe, Cerina Vincent, John Savage, Keir Gilchrist, Nick Principe, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Sam Witwer, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Ben Woolf, Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, Cameron Easton, Austin Falk, Madison Iseman, Daniel Dimaggio, Natalie Castillo, Ben Stillwell, and Hunter Smit.

Cameos include Joe Dante, John Landis, Adam Green, Adam Pascal, Adrianne Curry, Mick Garris, Lombardo Boyer, Graham Skipper, Stuart Gordon, Greg Mclean, Spooky Dan Walker, and Adrienne Barbeau.

Axelle Carolyn created the concept and brought the filmmakers together for this unique production. Tales of Halloween is being produced by Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson of Epic Pictures Group along with Mike Mendez and Axelle Carolyn. Composers Frank Ilfman (Big Bad Wolves) and Joseph Bishara (The Conjuring) are both attached to the project.

Synopsis:
Ten stories are woven together by their shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens, and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents.

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Ryan Schifrin’s Abominable Gets a Sasquatch-Sized Blu-Ray

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A recent scientific study concluded that since the year 2000 there have 4,374,139 killer Bigfoot movies. 2006’s Abominable is one of the better Sasquatch-ploitation flicks of the era. Now this creature feature is getting a collector’s edition blu-ray complete with a brand new cut of the gruesome flick.

MVD Rewind Collection has announced they’re planning a special edition of Ryan Schifrin’s gory Hitchcock-influenced Bigfoot flick Abominable, which cast Matt McCoy as a wheelchair bound man who begins Rear Window-ing a psycho Sasquatch terrorizing his hot-blooded cabin neighbors that then turns his big foot towards him. Lance Henriksen, Dee Wallace, Jeffrey Combs, Tiffany Shepis, Haley Joel, Karin Anna Cheung, and Paul Gleason co-star.

It has been sighted 42,000 times in 68 countries, a vicious creature of myth and legend called Sasquatch, Yeti, and perhaps most infamously, Bigfoot. It’s been hunted it for years. But what happens when it decides to hunt us?



After recovering from a horrific accident, paraplegic Preston Rogers (Matt McCoy) moves back into the remote cabin where he and his now-deceased wife once lived. When his new neighbor Karen, is attacked by a gigantic creature, Rogers contacts the local authorities. But after the police and those around him dismiss Rogers as a delusional widower, he sets out to stop the abominable creature himself.

This won’t be your typical collector’s edition as not only will be getting a new high definition transfer of the film originally shot on 35mm, this will also include an all-new cut of the film with improved CGI-effects overseen by filmmaker Schifrin and editor Chris Conlee with enhanced color timing and correction.

As if two cuts of the film weren’t enough, MVD’s Abominable release will also boast a ton of extras both new and ported over from the original DVD release:
-Brand New 2k Remaster of the Film from the Original Camera Negative
-Brand New Introduction from Director Ryan Schifrin (HD)
-‘Basil & Mobius: No Rest For The Wicked’ (16:28, HD) – New short film written and directed by Ryan Schifrin featuring a score by legendary composer Lalo Schifrin and starring Zachari Levi, Ray Park, Malcolm McDowell and Kane Hodder
-Audio Commentary with writer/director Ryan Schifrin, Actors Matt McCoy and Jeffrey Combs
-‘Back to Genre: Making ABOMINABLE” featurette (SD)
-Deleted and Extended Scenes (SD)
-Outtakes and Bloopers (SD)
-“Shadows” Director Ryan Schifrin’s USC Student Film (SD)
-The original 2005 version of “Abominable” (Blu-ray only, 94 mins, SD)
-Original Theatrical Trailer
-Poster & Still Gallery Storyboard Gallery
-Collectible Poster
-Audio: 5.1 Surround Audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)

The MVD Rewind Collection release of Abomimable stomps its way to blu-ray on June 12th.

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Horror Retro Caps Boasts Hats Featuring The Lamp, The Video Dead, Rosemary’s Killer and more!

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Yesterday I was stumbling around on Instagram and I came across this killer account called @horrorretrocaps. They make horror movie-themed hats and I felt the need to share their work with you guys today.

It’s not so much the hats (which are cool), or the quality of the product (which looks sound as a pound) but it is the obvious love of horror by the guys behind the scenes that gets me all warm and fuzzy.

I mean sure there are products like A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But they also have hats celebrating such classics as The Outing, The Lamp (hell, yeah!), The Gate, Zombie Lake, and The Video Dead.

Nice!

On top of that, the product that sealed the deal for me was their Rosemary’s Killer hat. As some of you might know, Rosemary’s Killer is the alternate title of Joseph Zito’s underrated slasher The Prowler. That alone just earned them horror-cred for days.

You can check out some of their choice caps below and then head on over to their account to purchase some product: @horrorretrocaps.

All caps are $15 plus $4 shipping in the U.S., and he also takes requests for $20.

Enjoy!

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Jurassic Park T-Rex Stomps Through Ready Player One Trailer #3

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Is that the f*cking T-Rex!?

It was only earlier this week that we brought you guys the new “pure 80’s nostalgia” poster (to the right) for Steven Spielberg’s new action-adventure film Ready Player One.

And if all the promotional materials we have seen thus far haven’t done anything to raise your interest in the film (including trailers which featured Freddy Krueger, Chucky, Christine, and King Kong) then today’s new might not help matters much.

But all the same today we have a new trailer which features the mighty T-Rex from Spielberg’s own Jurassic Park and a bunch of new character posters for good measure.

I’m just going to come right out and say that as impressed as I am with the trailers for this film, I can’t help but feel someone watched theImaginationland episode of “South Park” and thought, “Mother of God… call Steven Speilberg!”

You can check out the character posters and the new trailer below and then let us know what you think of the film thus far.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg from a script by Zak Penn and Ernest Cline, based on the novel by Cline. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Mark Rylance, Olivia Cooke, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.

The film hits theaters March 29, 2018.

Synopsis:

When the creator of an MMO called the Oasis dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all Oasis users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and starts a race for the Egg.

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