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Documentary The Devil on Wheels Pays Tribute to Spielberg’s Duel




Before he headed into the water and encountered a great white, Steven Spielberg took to the road and came face to face with a badass tanker truck in 1971’s Duel. Well over 40 years later, an upcoming documentary will celebrate the film, and we’ve got all the info for you today!

From the Press Release:
A feature-length documentary, THE DEVIL ON WHEELS will celebrate in 2015 the making and the cult surrounding Duel, the first well known film created by Steven Spielberg. A small shot-for-TV film, Duel has astonished many by generating an ongoing cult for more than four decades amongst film fans.

In Duel, a Movie-of-the-Week shot in 1971, a terrifying truck, whose driver we never see, for no apparent reason chases a lone driver along the desert roads of Southern California. Such was its success that the film was extended and distributed worldwide.

Duel fans from all over the world regularly visit the film locations in the desert next to Los Angeles. They go to see the surviving truck in North Carolina. Film experts discuss its meanings. Would-be filmmakers analyze the way it was made. Steven Spielberg’s first known work has become a top cinematic reference, an iconic piece of filmmaking, and its influence is still fresh to this day. Director Alfonso Cuaron revealed he used Duel as a reference when he made Gravity.

Why a tiny film, made cheaply and quickly for TV, has generated such a passionate, international, and undying cult is the question the documentary wants to answer. THE DEVIL ON WHEELS will find out what makes Duel so unique, looking deeply into the Duel’s phenomenon; and in doing so, it will explore the power and fascination that films have on people.

The documentary will be shot in the USA by a team of five international Duel lovers who will travel the country exploring the Duel phenomenon: interviewing the surviving members of the crew, reconstructing the way the movie was made, and meeting other fans and experts to discuss the ongoing appreciation of the film.

The Devil on Wheels Productions will run a crowdfunding campaign to allow fans to participate in the making of the documentary. The campaign will be on Kickstarter from Wednesday 4th March and will run for 30 days on an all-or-nothing basis. Duel has not only generated a cult amongst film fans, but amongst truck lovers too, for whom the protagonist Peterbilt 281 has become an icon.

The filmmakers have created a website,, which for the first time gathers in one place all Duel-related information to be found on the internet. The Facebook page will serve as a meeting point for the fans. An actual gathering with Duel fans is planned in one of the locations during the shooting of the documentary.

Director Enric Folch, a multi-award winning TV director in Spain, returns to documentary making after the excellent international reception of Chining Me, an ironical view on pre-Olympic China. His most successful TV film, Tempus Fugit, will soon have a theatrical remake through an international co-production.

The title of the documentary, The Devil on Wheels, is the straight translation of the Spanish title of Duel, and it’s been chosen as an homage to the worldwide recognition of the film.

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Darren Lynn Bousman Teams With Russo Brothers To Expand The Tension Experience



The Russo Brothers

Recently, The Tension Experience announced that they will be teaming with Anthony and Joe Russo’s company AGBO to develop new immersive experiences, destinations and brand partnerships.

In this new joint venture, AGBO will be joining as producers of the groundbreaking show and support the development and expansion of Tension to more cities.

We’re always searching for new and innovative ways to interpret narrative,” said Anthony and Joe Russo. “We’re beyond impressed by the wholly immersive experience that Tension has brought to all of their shows, and we look forward to helping them expand their reach.”

The Tension Experience was created nearly three years ago by director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV), writer Clint Sears and producer Gordon Bijelonic. The immersive theater experience allows fans become the stars of their own real-life, cinema-quality thrillers that have taken place all over the country, incorporated nearly hundreds of actors.

As a consumer, I became passive… I sit back and I watch while things happen around me,” Bousman says. “I wanted to feel more engaged. I needed something to wake me up and inspire me. Immersive theater did that. It forces the audience to be active. We want to create environments where the audiences are the stars… Their action unlocks the narrative.”

When we embarked on this journey our goal was to change and disrupt the traditional storytelling format,” said producer Gordon Bijelonic. “We wanted to give our audiences a true visceral experience incorporating all five Human Senses.”

The first planned project is the creation of a permanent destination in Las Vegas. This high-end interactive entertainment and nightlife experience will be a fully realized living and breathing world ready to react to all of the audience’s individual choices and decisions and will also incorporate new and cutting-edge technology that will be in play before, during and after you step through their doors.

This is the most fulfilling creative endeavor we could possibly be involved with. It’s unparalleled in its scope and possibilities,’ stated writer Clint Sears. “The team feels that their experience along with the unparalleled creative force of AGBO will help create the most exciting immersive collaboration in the world.”

For more information on the Tension Experience visit

About The Tension Experience:

The Experiences, a newly formed venture of the Russo Brothers’ AGBO and The Tension Experience, intend to be the leader of immersive entertainment through live theatrical experiences, brand activations and the use of unparalleled cutting-edge technology.


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Claire Foy Refuses to Cooperate in New Clip from Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane



We have already shared with you guys a number of clips from director Steven Soderbergh’s new horror-thriller Unsane starring Claire Foy, Juno Temple, and Amy Irving (Carrie). Not that that’s a bad thing…

But all the same, today is no different as, you guessed it, we have yet another Unsane clip for your viewing pleasure. The clip is called “Refusing to Cooperate” and it features star Claire Foy, you guessed it, refusing to cooperate.

All jokes aside I am looking forward to checking out this new psychological thriller once it hits theaters tomorrow, so give the new clip below and then let us know what you think!

Unsane is directed by Steven Soderbergh from a script written by Jonathan Bernstein & James Greer and stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving.

The film hits theaters nationwide March 23, 2018.


A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear–but is it real, or is it a product of her delusion?


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Kip Weeks, Original Man in the Mask, Slashes The Strangers: Prey at Night




We need to quit the knee-jerk hatred towards sequels; recent follow-ups like Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Conjuring 2, and Annabelle: Creation prove that creative ideas and talented directors can exceed expectations set by an original.

But we can’t give sequels a free pass to be mediocre either. For example, the response to the follow-up to Bryan Bertino’s home invasion masterpiece, The Strangers: Prey at Night, recently debuted to extremely mixed reviews. Pessimists bemoan, “What did you expect? Most sequels are unabashed cash-grabs!” In the case of The Strangers, I expected a lot more.

Fans of the 2008 shocker have been clamoring for a sequel for years, but no one wanted the wait to end with the unceremonious dispatches of some of the 21st Century’s most iconic new villains. I’m talking about the titular Strangers themselves, the murderous trio dubbed Dollface, Pin-Up, and The Man in the Mask.

While attempts to give characters like Michael Myers and Leatherface backstories have backfired by turning manifestations of evil into melodramatic anti-heroes (thus demystified and deflating their sources of terror), such an endeavor isn’t always a liability. In the case of Prey at Night, it should have been considered a necessity. The first Strangers concluded with hints that Dollface was conflicted; simultaneously, the juxtaposition of Mormon missionaries hinted at cultish motivations (beyond the infliction of random acts of violence).

While the unknown was key to the terror of The Strangers, it was a one trick pony; the franchise could only flourish with an expansion of the implied mythology created in 2008. Of course, Prey director Johannes Roberts’ decision to assassinate these compelling masked invaders proves he really had no intention of turning Bertino’s original into a franchise, something that left me feeling extremely disheartened.

And I’m not the only one; among the lambasts of fans and critics comes a vocal response from the original Man in the Mask, Kip Weeks (replaced by Damian Maffei in Prey). I caught up with him after he chimed in on a negative review in Variety. And lest you think it’s a case of sour grapes, I wouldn’t be sharing his insights if I didn’t agree fully.

Dread Central: We were all bummed the original Strangers actors weren’t recast. Now that Prey at Night has premiered to mostly negative reviews, can we get your thoughts? Specifically, why does Prey fail where the original Strangers succeeded?

Kip Weeks: I had a long back and forth with one of the producers. I told him, “You destroyed an art form.”

DC: Did you give him any specifics?

KP: I told him: “You have no idea what it means to create a character from its core. You made a piece of shit, jump scare movie without realizing you had gold in your hands.”

DC: What should the producers have done differently?

KP: They could have made a movie about “The Strangers”: where they came from and why they became killers. Instead, they made it about some bullshit family and wasted Christina Hendricks’ acting skills. The fans wanted depth and story and honesty. They gave them shit.


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