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Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives – 30th Anniversary Interview with Director Tom McLoughlin

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Jason Lives Tom McLoughlinThirty years ago Tom McLoughlin created a great piece of slasher cinema and brought back to life an icon of horror… Jason Voorhees. Tom has been overwhelmed with the love and praise fans showed this week as it marked the anniversary of his film’s release.

Sitting in his West Coast home, Tom and I had a long conversation about Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. He described to me at the beginning of the interview sitting in a smoking jacket with a scarf and pipe and asked me to think of him as Iggy Pop meets Vincent Price.

Dr. Chris: How cool is it that you have so much merchandise based on your film?

Tom McLoughlin: The tennis shoes, the toys, that little 3-3/4 figure are all so cool, but the thing that really got me is being in a issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland. I grew up reading that magazine, and to have them feature me for the 30th anniversary of my film really means a lot. To see me on their site after being a fan of their magazine for so long is a true honor. That magazine I grew up with as a kid. It’s beyond a childhood dream. That was the best moment of this anniversary.

Dr. C: Why in your film and no other do we have kids? Granted, Reggie, Tommy, and baby Jessica are in Parts 4, 5, and 9; but those are not campers.

TM: I felt like we needed kids… every time they go to camp, where are the kids? Why not have the camp up and running?  Since Jason had been dead for a few years, it was safe to do so.  I was worried about the restrictions of child actors, [but] we got away with what we needed for the time we had them. I wanted that true innocence in the movie beyond teenagers having sex. I was trying to add other elements with a real sense of danger. I based the two little brothers – one who asks the other, “So, what were you going to be when you grow up?” – on the Little Rascals; their sarcastic demeanor was influenced by that show.

Dr. C: Do you think the uncut version of your movie will ever come out?

TM:  Maybe… I’m hoping someone will come across a film vault one day and see a reel for some movie like Flashdance, put it in, and realize it’s all Jason kill footage. I found a VHS tape years later containing footage I know was cut from the movie. The MPAA fucked my film, as they did most of the Friday movies. We sent our film back to the MPAA 9 times before they finally approved it. Paramount just wanted to get it out and said to keep trimming to avoid an X rating.

Dr. C: You killed your own wife in the movies; how did you get her to do that?

TM: Nancy was a trooper; it was a job for her like any other. She was a bit shocked about the sequence, and we threw in the humor in her scene with the American Express card too.

 Dr. C: You wrote the script for Friday Part VI as well, correct?

TM: Yes, I wrote it in a cemetery called Hollywood Forever, which is next to Paramount Studios. Joey Ramone and Cecil B. DeMille are buried there, among many others. (Ed. Note:  6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90038, is the location of the cemetery for anyone interested in checking it out. ) What better place to resurrect Jason than in a graveyard? I also wrote my first feature, One Dark Night, at the same cemetery. I am really proud of both scripts.

Dr. C: Can you talk a bit more about One Dark Night and how it came together?

TM: I was in the Catacombs in Paris and broke away from the rest of the group. I got the idea being down there alone and probably where I was not supposed to be for this really creepy and unreal experience. It’s because of the dark Gothic horror roots of that film that I got the job on Friday Part VI. I am currently working on a remake of One Dark Night. Code Red is releasing One Dark Night on Blu-ray soon.

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Dr. C: Did you have a lot of changes from your script besides the part of Jason’s dad?

TM: No, it was really kept exactly the same, except one tiny detail: Jason was going to use an Uzi, which one of the paintball players had on him, and he was going to shoot up the RV. That was originally going to make it flip. He would have been like Rambo.

Dr. C: Your work on Friday the 13th continues to this very day, right?

TM: Yes, I wrote the Pamela Voorhees tapes in the Friday the 13th video game coming out this fall… all these little tapes filled with secrets into the mind of Pamela you can find throughout the game. I also have a twist with Jason’s dad, something I started in the ending to Friday Part VI. I can’t discuss much more than that, but I think you will really like what I have come up with.

Dr. C: You hold the honor of working on both a Friday the 13th film and a Nightmare on Elm Street TV show, two separate properties before Ronny Yu brought both characters together in Freddy vs. Jason or the small cameo in Jason Goes to Hell.

TM: I also had been for several years the only director to work on a Stephen King movie, a Nightmare on Elm Street project, and a Friday movie.  I was really proud of that for a long time.

Dr. C: So, Tom, with all this love for Friday, when are we getting a epecial edition from Disney of The Black Hole?

TM: Ha ha ha!  We do need one; I think it’s only on DVD and still has not gotten a special edition release.

Dr.C: Thanks so much for taking the time to talk with us.

TM: Thank you, Chris, and Dread Central for talking with me. I love what you guys do on Dread Central!

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Blumhouse Halloween Will Make Us “Very Happy and VERY Scared”

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Bring. It. On.

It was only last week that we let you guys know that Jamie Lee Curtis had wrapped filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today we have another Instagram post from the legendary scream queen where she not only shows us a creepy-ass painting of Michael Myers, but she lets us know that Blumhouse’s Halloween is going to make us all “very happy, and VERY scared.”

Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to just go ahead and trust Jamie Lee Curtis on this one. She’s been around the Halloween block more than a few times and I trust her judgment… other than Halloween: Resurrection.

You can check out her post below and then let us know how excited you are for Laurie Strode’s return!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Get a Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Pre-Production for Marcel Walz’s New Film

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The Blood Feast remake directed by Marcel Walz has been generating quite a buzz (read our review here) so we’ve been wondering what’s next for him, and over the weekend Walz provided us with an answer… sort of.

He sent over the following photos for us to share with our readers, some of which also appeared on his social media accounts.  Marcel is in pre-production on a new film that will start shooting in Los Angeles next month.

Right now the title and primary cast members are being kept under wraps, but you can expect an official announcement soon.

In the meantime check out the images, and let the guessing games begin!

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Death House Theatrical Release Delayed One Week Due to Black Panther Success

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If you were excited to see Death House this week, you’re going to have to pump your brakes as the film’s theatrical release has been postponed one week due to the success of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther.

Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House in theaters, states, “Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”

The plan is to now launch Death House on Friday, March 2nd, with a special media event and public opening at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California, where 20 cast members, along with additional crew, will be present. From there, the film will spread to other markets on March 9th and March 16th. If performances are strong, additional markets will be added following those dates.

This shift in release also pushes back the home video and digital release dates to July, although no official date has been locked.

Director Harrison Smith recorded a video asking the horror community to turn out in droves when the film hits their market. You can see it below.

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