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We Are Still Here

After a solid response for Ted Geoghegan’s directorial debut, We Are Still Here (review), the cast was in a great mood as we sat down with them at the historic (that means haunted) Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin during SXSW.

Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Lisa Marie, Monte Markham and Andrew Sensenig all joined in for a fun discussion about the film and the possibility of delving even further into its dense story in the future.

DC: Did everyone have fun at the premiere last night? I know it was a little weird with Fast & Furious 7 playing next door. I’m glad that there weren’t explosions rattling the walls.

Larry Fessenden: That would’ve been a big problem. It was fine. In fact, it got our indie ire up.

DC: Why are you going to wait in line to see that when it’s about to come out?

Lisa Marie: Why would you go see it anyway? I wouldn’t.

LF: Yeah when there are all these undiscovered gems potentially hiding in every crevice of the city and instead you’re going to that.

DC: Barbara, have you been enjoying your return to genre in recent years. You’re really a part of this new family of filmmakers that grew up with you and they’re wanting you to be in their films.

Barbara Crampton: It’s been a shockingly wonderful experience that I never thought I’d have. I moved up to San Francisco with my husband a number of years ago and had two kids back to back. I left L.A. and I thought I would have to live in L.A. to make movies and to get jobs and audition for things. One day I got a call from my agent and I said I was surprised he still had my number because he hadn’t called me and I hadn’t phoned him in 6 or 7 years. He said you’ve just been offered a part in a film called You’re Next and I said, ‘Who are these people? Do they want me to come in and audition?’ He’s like, ‘No, they just want to offer you the part. It’s a horror movie and they need a Mom.’ I read the script and I thought it was great and I said yes so I have Simon Barrett to blame and thank for having be back in this new horror renaissance that we seem to be having. And, yes, since that movie came out people have been calling me who grew up watching some of these movies I was in with Stuart Gordon, so it’s really wonderful to now come back and work with some of these young filmmakers.

Ted [Geoghegan] I actually met on You’re Next because he was the publicist and now he’s making movies. So, it’s been really fun to coming back and working with this new crop of horror directors.

Technically, you and Larry were in You’re Next together but now you get to appear on screen together. How was it working with each other? Have you heard anything so far from fans that are excited to see you together?

BC: We haven’t really seen too many people because the movie played last night at midnight and we were so tired we went back to our hotels and then got up this morning to meet you!

Andrew Sensenig: There’s been a lot on Twitter, lots and lots of tweets like ‘Fessenden and Crampton on screen together, my dream come true!’

DC: It is a bizarre dream, admittedly.

AS: Someone who needs to get help.

DC: Has it been rewarding to see Ted being this vision to the screen after knowing him awhile in different circumstances.

LF: It was startling when he said, ‘Do you want to be in my film?’ and that MPI was behind it and behind the financing. I just thought that’s great because they do actually write a check and a movie gets made. I know he worked for them as a publicist and when I heard Travis [Stevens] was involved I was excited because he’s got his own cred going on. It happened really fast. I know Barbara was talking to him for a much longer time about the ramp up into the film but with me it was like, ‘Do you want to do this in a month?’ I’ve known Ted socially and semi-professionally all these years and he produced my segment of ABC’s of Death 2 along with Mark Walkow.

DC: Is it ever hard to take off your directing hat and just act? I’m sure you gave a lot of advice.

LF: I gave advice. To anyone who will listen! My whole time doing movies, I love the Chekhov idea that one day you’re the lead and the next day you’re carrying the spear. It’s an old tradition from theatre that we’re really all in this group together and we’ve got to pitch in wherever’s appropriate. Of course you make suggestions but you know your place, you’re there to support the vision and you’re there to support the guy who’s got the vision. I feel this very strongly, it’s how I run my company. Sometimes I’m editing special effects for Ti West when he made a movie back in the old days. I was happy to cut in the bat shots and he was a young kid and telling me what to do and that was the role at that time.

DC: Sure, for The Roost.

LF: Then, of course, other times (with German accent) I expect people to listen to me! Ted, Travis Stevens and the DP formed this great group of very smart, enthusiastic, efficient creators and then we were able to fill in from there.

Andrew Sensenig: The three of those always seemed to have each other’s back which was very refreshing to see on the set. They shared ideas, they would get to a point where they might have different visions but they’d say well two out of three wins. When Ted said he really wanted to go one direction they all backed him.

DC: Monte, I know you’ve returned to acting again too. Why did you decide to come back after being in the documentary world for so long?

Monte Markham: Well, I’ve done it.

DC: You’ve been around the world enough at this point.

MM: I can’t even begin to describe to you. People say to write a book but I don’t want to spend the next ten years of my life reliving what I’ve just done in the last five. A&E was a good time but it devolved into Dog the Bounty Hunter and just crap. It’s cable. I had a great time. But then, I called my agent and he said, ‘You’re alive!’ It’s a whole different world, everyone I know now is either dead or out of the business or running it. This is a thrill for me, last night was great.

DC: Well, I know, Lisa, it’s kind of fun for you I would think in this role to let out your hippie side and do a look that people aren’t accustomed to seeing you in.

Lisa Marie: Yeah, I loved it. I loved every minute of it. I mean, I still, I’m loving it now.

DC: Was it maybe the most blood you’ve been around in a while?

LM: Oh, I’ve been around blood. It’s so much about this cast and crew and it was really fun from the beginning and it continues to be. It’s like this gift because it doesn’t always happen when things just come together in a magical way. On this project I really felt that.

DC: I could see a prequel possibly happening. Could does you see yourselves involved playing different roles perhaps like in “American Horror Story”?

LF: That’s a crazy good idea, throw that at the producers. That would be fun to do so that there would be a connection especially if this movie does continue to inspire.

AS: There were many conversations about what really went on thirty years ago. There’s a story about how things started but we still don’t really know what happened.

DC: I want to see the credits sequence again.

LF: Maybe this is revealing too much but that was originally at the beginning of the film as you can well imagine. It sets something up with these evocative, old-timey images. I think to Ted’s credit he wanted there to be a lot of questions in play and the audience is really trying to catch up. Of course, the people don’t really know what’s going on either. Ted insists that you could write a detailed account of what happened if you watch the movie a couple of times.

In the cold, winter fields of New England, there sits a house that wakes up every 30 years and demands a sacrifice.

We Are Still Here



Dread Central Presents

2018 Saturn Awards Horror Nominees Include Get Out, The Shape of Water, IT, The Lodgers, The Walking Dead, Ash vs Evil Dead, and Lots More!



The nominees for the 2018 Saturn Awards (now in their 44th year) have been announced, and while of course Black Panther and his fellow superheroes lead the fray on both big and small screens, our beloved genre is very well represented in all its various forms…

The nominees include “pure” horror and thriller movies and TV shows, horror/sci-fi hybrids, and of course fantasies such as recent Oscar winner The Shape of Water. Our own Dread Central Presents film The Lodgers also made the cut as Best International Film!

This year’s Saturn Awards will be handed out in June in Burbank, California. It’s a tough choice in several categories; let us know your picks below! And if you want to make your votes official, visit to learn more about how to join The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.


Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release
Black Panther
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Thor: Ragnarok
Wonder Woman

Best Science Fiction Film
Alien: Covenant
Blade Runner 2049
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes

Best Fantasy Film
Beauty and the Beast
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Kong: Skull Island
Paddington 2
The Shape of Water

Best Horror Film
47 Meters Down
Annabelle: Creation
Better Watch Out
Get Out

Best Action or Adventure Film
Baby Driver
The Fate of the Furious
The Greatest Showman
Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Best Thriller Film
Brawl in Cell Block 99
Murder on the Orient Express
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Wind River

Best Director
Ryan Coogler – Black Panther
Guillermo del Toro – The Shape of Water
Patty Jenkins – Wonder Woman
Rian Johnson – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Jordan Peele – Get Out
Matt Reeves – War for the Planet of the Apes
Denis Villeneuve – Blade Runner 2049

Best Writing
Black Panther – Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
Blade Runner 2049 – Hampton Fancher and Michael Green
Get Out – Jordan Peele
Logan – Scott Frank, James Mangold and Michael Green
The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rian Johnson
Wonder Woman – Allan Heinberg

Best Actor
Chadwick Boseman – Black Panther as T’Challa / Black Panther
Ryan Gosling – Blade Runner 2049 as K
Mark Hamill – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Luke Skywalker
Hugh Jackman – Logan as James Howlett / Logan
Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out as Chris Washington
Andy Serkis – War for the Planet of the Apes as Caesar
Vince Vaughn – Brawl in Cell Block 99 as Bradley Thomas

Best Actress
Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman
Sally Hawkins – The Shape of Water as Elisa Esposito
Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Mildred Hayes
Lupita Nyong’o – Black Panther as Nakia
Rosamund Pike – Hostiles as Rosalie Quaid
Daisy Ridley – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Rey
Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast as Belle

Best Supporting Actor
Harrison Ford – Blade Runner 2049 as Rick Deckard
Michael B. Jordan – Black Panther as N’Jadaka / Erik “Killmonger” Stevens
Michael Keaton – Spider-Man: Homecoming as Adrian Toomes / Vulture
Chris Pine – Wonder Woman as Steve Trevor
Michael Rooker – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Yondu
Bill Skarsgard – It as It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown
Patrick Stewart – Logan as Charles Xavier / Professor X

Best Supporting Actress
Ana de Armas – Blade Runner 2049 as Joi
Carrie Fisher – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as General Leia Organa
Danai Gurira – Black Panther as Okoye
Lois Smith – Marjorie Prime as Marjorie
Octavia Spencer – The Shape of Water as Zelda Delilah Fuller
Tessa Thompson – Thor: Ragnarok as Valkyrie
Kelly Marie Tran – Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Rose Tico

Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Tom Holland – Spider-Man: Homecoming as Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Dafne Keen – Logan as Laura Kinney / X-23
Sophia Lillis – It as Beverly Marsh
Millicent Simmonds – Wonderstruck as Rose
Jacob Tremblay – Wonder as August “Auggie” Pullman
Letitia Wright – Black Panther as Shuri
Zendaya – Spider-Man: Homecoming as Michelle “MJ” Jones

Best Production Design
Beauty and the Beast – Sarah Greenwood
Black Panther – Hannah Beachler
Blade Runner 2049 – Dennis Gassner
The Shape of Water – Paul Denham Austerberry
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Rick Heinrichs
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Hugues Tissandier

Best Editing
Black Panther – Michael P. Shawver and Claudia Castello
The Fate of the Furious – Christian Wagner and Paul Rubell
Get Out – Gregory Plotkin
Logan – Michael McCusker and Dirk Westervelt
The Shape of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Bob Ducsay

Best Music
Black Panther – Ludwig Göransson
Coco – Michael Giacchino
The Greatest Showman – John Debney and Joseph Trapanese
The Shape of Water – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – John Williams
Wonderstruck – Carter Burwell

Best Costume Design
Beauty and the Beast – Jacqueline Durran
Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter
The Greatest Showman – Ellen Mirojnick
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Michael Kaplan
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – Olivier Bériot
Wonder Woman – Lindy Hemming

Best Make-up
Black Panther – Joel Harlow and Ken Diaz
Blade Runner 2049 – Donald Mowat
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – John Blake and Brian Sipe
It – Alec Gillis, Sean Sansom, Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Shane Zander
The Shape of Water – Mike Hill and Shane Mahan
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Peter Swords King and Neal Scanlan
Wonder – Arjen Tuiten

Best Special Effects
Black Panther – Geoffrey Baumann, Craig Hammack, and Dan Sudick
Blade Runner 2049 – John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover and Gerd Nefzer
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner and Dan Sudick
Kong: Skull Island – Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza and Mike Meinardus
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould and Neal Scanlan
War for the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett and Joel Whist

Best Independent Film
I, Tonya
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Super Dark Times

Best International Film
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
The Lodgers
The Man Who Invented Christmas
The Square
Wolf Warrior 2

Best Animated Film
Cars 3
Despicable Me 3
The Boss Baby
Your Name


Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series
Black Lightning
The Flash
Legends of Tomorrow
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Best Science Fiction Television Series
The 100
Doctor Who
The Expanse
The Orville
The X-Files

Best Fantasy Television Series
American Gods
Game of Thrones
The Good Place
The Librarians
The Magicians

Best Horror Television Series
American Horror Story: Cult
Ash vs Evil Dead
Fear the Walking Dead
The Strain
Teen Wolf
The Walking Dead

Best Action-Thriller Television Series
The Alienist
Animal Kingdom
Better Call Saul
Into the Badlands
Mr. Mercedes

Best Television Presentation
Channel Zero
Descendants 2
Doctor Who: “Twice Upon a Time”
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Return
The Sinner
Twin Peaks: The Return

Best Actor on Television
Jon Bernthal – The Punisher as Frank Castle / Punisher
Bruce Campbell – Ash vs Evil Dead as Ash Williams
Sam Heughan – Outlander as Jamie Fraser
Jason Isaacs – Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Gabriel Lorca
Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead as Rick Grimes
Seth MacFarlane – The Orville as Ed Mercer
Kyle MacLachlan – Twin Peaks: The Return as Dale Cooper
Ricky Whittle – American Gods as Shadow Moon

Best Actress on Television
Gillian Anderson – The X-Files as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander as Claire Fraser
Melissa Benoist – Supergirl as Kara Danvers / Supergirl
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones as Cersei Lannister
Sonequa Martin-Green – Star Trek: Discovery as Michael Burnham
Adrianne Palicki – The Orville as Commander Kelly Grayson
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult as Ally Mayfair-Richards and Susan Atkins
Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Fargo as Nikki Swango

Best Supporting Actor on Television
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones as Jaime Lannister
Miguel Ferrer – Twin Peaks: The Return as Albert Rosenfield
Kit Harington – Game of Thrones as Jon Snow
Doug Jones – Star Trek: Discovery as Commander Saru
Christian Kane – The Librarians as Jacob Stone
Michael McKean – Better Call Saul as Chuck McGill
Khary Payton – The Walking Dead as King Ezekiel
Evan Peters – American Horror Story: Cult as Kai Anderson, Andy Warhol, Marshall Applewhite, David Koresh, Jim Jones, Jesus, Charles Manson

Best Supporting Actress on Television
Odette Annable – Supergirl as Samantha Arias / Reign
Dakota Fanning – The Alienist as Sara Howard
Danai Gurira – The Walking Dead as Michonne
Melissa McBride – The Walking Dead as Carol Peletier
Candice Patton – The Flash as Iris West
Adina Porter – American Horror Story: Cult as Beverly Hope
Krysten Ritter – The Defenders as Jessica Jones
Rhea Seehorn – Better Call Saul as Kimberly “Kim” Wexler

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series
KJ Apa – Riverdale as Archie Andrews
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things as Eleven
Max Charles – The Strain as Zach Goodweather
Alycia Debnam-Carey – Fear the Walking Dead as Alicia Clark
David Mazouz – Gotham as Bruce Wayne
Lili Reinhart – Riverdale as Betty Cooper
Chandler Riggs – The Walking Dead as Carl Grimes
Cole Sprouse – Riverdale as Jughead Jones

Best Guest Performance in a Television Series
Bryan Cranston – Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams as Silas Herrick
Michael Greyeyes – Fear the Walking Dead as Qaletqa Walker
David Lynch – Twin Peaks: The Return as FBI Deputy Director Gordon Cole
Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead as Negan
Rachel Nichols – The Librarians as Nicole Noone
Jesse Plemons – Black Mirror as Robert Daly
Hartley Sawyer – The Flash as Ralph Dibny / Elongated Man
Michelle Yeoh – Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Philippa Georgiou / Emperor Georgiou

Best Animated Series or Film on Television
BoJack Horseman
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Family Guy
Rick and Morty
The Simpsons
Star Wars Rebels

Best New Media Television Series
Altered Carbon
Black Mirror
The Handmaid’s Tale
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
Star Trek: Discovery
Stranger Things

Best New Media Superhero Series
Future Man
Marvel’s The Defenders
Marvel’s Iron Fist
Marvel’s Runaways
Marvel’s The Punisher
The Tick


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SXSW 2018: Leigh Whannell’s Upgrade Wins Audience Award



Congraulations are in order as Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) has won the SXSW Audience Award for his sci-fi action/thriller Upgrade! For those still in Austin who want to see the movie for themselves, there will be a screening tonight at the South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse at 11pm in Theater A.

In our review, we called Upgrade, “…a pure adrenaline shot of sci-fi body horror thrills.

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when Grey, a self-identified technophobe, has his world turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant called Stem.

Upgrade stars Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie, and Melanie Vallejo. It will be in theaters in June 1.


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Netflix’s Lost in Space Reboot Gets Fun Behind-the-Scenes Featurette



This April we will witness the launch of Netflix’s big-budget reboot of Lost in Space starring Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Mina Sundwall, Taylor Russell, and Max Jenkins. I’m borderline excited as I feel this series could go either way, but I have to say casting Parker Posey as Dr. Smith is a great f*cking step in the right direction.

And speaking of Netflix’s “Lost in Space” today we have a fun behind-the-scenes look at The Robinsons’ epic adventure. Give it a look and then let us know if you’re excited for the reboot below!

The Netflix original series stars Toby Stephens (“Black Sails”, Die Another Day) as John Robinson, Molly Parker (“House of Cards”, “Deadwood”) as Maureen Robinson, Taylor Russell (“Falling Skies”) as Judy, Mina Sudwall (Maggie’s Plan, Freeheld) as Penny, Dr. Smith played by Parker Posey (Café Society, Mascot, A Mighty Wind), Don West is played by Ignacio Serricchio (“Bones”, The Wedding Ringer), and Max Jenkins (“Sense8”, “Betrayal”) as Will Robinson, the youngest and most vulnerable of the clan, who forms an unlikely and inexplicable bond with a sentient robotic alien being.

The series is produced by Legendary Television and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Dracula Untold, Last Witch Hunter). Zack Estrin (“Prison Break”) serves as showrunner. The three are executive producers alongside Synthesis Entertainment’s Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni with Applebox’s Neil Marshall and Marc Helwig. The original Lost in Space series was created by Irwin Allen.

“Lost in Space” launches on Netflix April 13.


Lost in Space is a Netflix Original dramatic and modern reimagining of the classic 1960’s science fiction series. Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, lightyears from their original destination.


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