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Stephenie Meyer, author of TwilightDuring this past summer’s Comic Con, intrepid reporter Andrew Kasch braved the wilds of screaming girls to take place in a roundtable chat with “>Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke to get an up close look at making the books a reality.

Dig the results below, and be sure you get your Twilight tickets now!


Q: Coming out of films like Lords of Dogtown, was it a hard transition to get into this world?

Catherine Hardwicke: Oh, I love this world! I mean I fell in love with Stephenie’s book right when I started reading it. I’m like ‘I’m there! I wanna be there, I wanna live it, I wanna see it to just breath and come to life’ so it was easy and a pleasure, yeah.

Q: Did you already know how nuts this whole craze was when you started?

CH: I didn’t know it was going to be THIS crazy! [laughs] I was really surprised. The way they responded to the movie and all this took off online, I was surprised. I know how passionate the fans can get, but that there were so many of them was kind of WOW! It’s so cool that it’s so creative that people are making their own trailers and songs and writing their own material. It’s sort of a creative explosion.

Q: How do you feel about this huge universe taking on a new life with movies?

Stephenie Meyer: It was risky, when we first started being approached about the movie, Twilight [the book] wasn’t even out yet. So this is before it had any fans, before I had any sense of how it’s going to do and my agent told me, “Y’know, they can do anything, they can do anything with this.” And for me it came down to protecting it… We had some close calls, we sort of learned that it could be a bad thing, but then luckily we ended up with Summit and they wanted to do it right, which is amazing.

CH: Yeah, and for me, I read one of those close calls, a draft of another script and they had made Bella like a track star and just totally changed everything…

SM: I liked the night vision goggles… [laughs]

CH: Yea, night vision goggles, jet skis, FBI guys on jet skis too! It was so different from the book that I thought “Man, we gotta get it back to the book” and that was our goal, let’s make it like the book and get all the cool stuff in it.

Q: Stephenie, did you have any part in the casting as well?

SM: Not contractually, but one of the great things about Summit is that they have been very cooperative; they want me to be a part of things so they did let me have some input and if there was a situation where I did want some changes, the actually did listen to me, which was amazing. That was really great of them and the put together such a cast.

Stephenie Meyer, author of TwilightQ: Catherine, are you signed on to do the rest of them?

CH: No decisions have been made yet, but it’s all getting figured out. We all hope, we’ve got our fingers crossed.

Q: After “Buffy” and “Angel”, vampires seem to be more popular than ever. What do you think the appeal is?

CH:: Vampires are sexy! They’re not like creepy old zombies, they’re hot!

SM: I’m not the right person to ask about that because I haven’t seen a single episode of “Buffy” and I’ve never read any vampire books. But people ask that a lot. The horror industry is doing great, but most of the monsters in it are disgusting. But vampires are the only ones that are dangerous, but at the same time hot.

CH: I want a vampire to bite my neck!

[both laugh]

Q: What team are you both on?

SM: I’m “Team Switzerland!”

CH: I kinda was more “Team Jacob” before I started work on the movie. But after meeting Rob [Pattison], I kind of converted.

Q: Did you spend much time on the set, and what was it like to see the characters you created come to life?

SM: I did spend some time on the set. So cool, but it was really surreal. The first night I was there, I went to dinner, it was the first time I’d met any of the cast. They came straight from a photo shoot and they were in costumes, and there is nothing in the world like sitting down on a table with a bunch of people who are people you made up. And they looked amazing, I kept trying to call Peter [Facinelli] Carlisle, I was like “No! Peter!” It was really exciting; I don’t think I ate the whole time I was there because I was so keyed up.

Q: How to you react when you see the cover of Entertainment Weekly with the quote “Is she the next J.K. Rowling?”

SM: Y’know, I get that a lot. On one hand, it’s so completely flattering because she’s this generation’s most important author, I think. But at the same time, there’s no real way to compare to that. We’re so different, the only thing we have common is our fans are equally fanatical.


That’s all we have for now, but there are still a few days before Twilight hits theaters so keep your eyes on Dread Central for more! Don’t forget to read our “>Nikki Reed interview and “>Kristen Stewart interview, too!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection

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It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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Kevin Bacon Lets Us Know the Tremors Reboot Pilot Has Wrapped Filming

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Two weeks ago we let you guys know that Tremors mainstay Michael Gross, aka Burt Gummer, was, unfortunately, not asked to be a part of the upcoming Syfy reboot series starring Kevin Bacon.

While that news upsets us a bit, being that the series has only filmed its pilot episode, we feel that there is still a big chance we could see Burt return to kick some more Graboids in the tentacle-thingies with elephant guns.

Fingers crossed.

Speaking of the “Tremors Syfy pilot, recently star Kevin Bacon took to Instagram to let us all know that filming has wrapped!

You can check out The Bacon’s post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are for Syfy’s “Tremors” series in the comments below!

In the Tremors follow-up, written by Andrew Miller, the killer Graboid worms that nearly destroyed Perfection, NV, 25 years ago are back; and the town’s only hope for survival is Valentine McKee (Bacon), who beat them once. But to do it again he’ll have to overcome age, alcohol, and a delusional hero complex.

“Tremors” the TV series is headed our way courtesy of Jason Blum’s Blumhouse TV and Universal Cable Prods.

We’ll let you know when we hear more about the series!

So long to NM. Had an amazing time shooting this pilot. Hope I can keep walking in these boots #Tremors

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Exclusive: Buzzard Hollow Beef Brings Cannibal Gore to the Holidays

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Holidays at the end of the year seem to be focused on one major aspect: food. From Christmas hams to Thanksgiving turkeys to Hanukkah latkes to who knows what else, eating is a very important part for end-of-the-year festivities. Personally, I’m totally okay with it because it means great food and TONS of leftovers, ensuring that I don’t have to concern myself with cooking for at least a couple of days.

But what if the holiday season were a bit more sinister and what if the food was a bit more…unsavory? Allow us to introduce you to Buzzard Hollow Beef, a new vision of horror that blends cannibal hillbillies, intense and terrifying hallucinations, and small town mysteries. If this sounds up your alley, then don’t fret about waiting because the film comes to Amazon Prime, iTunes, and other transactional platforms on Tuesday, November 21!

We’ve got a trailer, poster, and several stills for you to check out, so peruse at your will and enjoy!

Directed by Joshua M. Johnson, who co-wrote the film with Tara C. Hall, Buzzard Hollow Beef stars Bruce Jennings, Nadia Kamil, Scott C. Brown, Emily Letts, Janet Chiarabaglio, Amanda Spinella, Will Frazier, Gabriel Caste, and Doug Perkins.

Synopsis:
Still reeling from her divorce and struggling as the single mother of a 9 month old, Jordan Vollmer looks forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend with her family and her best friend, Paige. As the group ventures into the small town of Buzzard Hollow, they are greeted with strange and unsavory characters, known around these parts as the Solomon family. Their suspicions surrounding the Solomons are aroused by the fact that they all seem unwilling to talk about the beef that they serve in their hamburgers and sell in their butcher shop. When the Vollmers experience horrifying hallucinations, they begin to suspect that the Solomons are somehow involved.

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