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The Walking Dead: Q&A with Phil LaMarr (Motion Comic Voice Actor) and a Look at Every Zombie Death!

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As we mentioned a few days ago, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” may be on a long hiatus until its sophomore season debuts, but the network is still doling out the goods. Today we have a Q&A with voice actor Phil LaMarr, who helped bring The Walking Dead motion comic to life, along with an awesome fan-made video of every zombie death shown during the six-episode Season One.

Voice Actor Phil LaMarrFirst up is LaMarr, who discusses the difficulties in making zombie noises and the joys of inventing voices for characters he loves.

Q: How did you get involved with this project?

A: Through the regular audition process, although it certainly is a project I’ve had my eye on. I’m a big comic book fan.

Q: How did you decide what Rick and Shane would sound like since you recorded this before the series was made?

A: It’s really interesting, because having read the entire series and really been invested, you start to hear the characters’ voices. In my head, I had these ideas: Well Rick, he’s a little slender, his voice is higher than Shane’s. Shane’s a little more meaty. We went back and forth. We just looked at all the different aspects we wanted to play into it and found voices that fit.

Q: Did you record each character separately?

A: We recorded them separately just to make sure. Sometimes when you do voices next to each other, especially when you’re first starting out, they tend to bleed into each other. Working on a show like Futurama, we do multiple characters there, but we’ve been doing it for a while so the voices are really well-defined in our heads.

Q: You voiced the groaning of the zombies as well, right?

A: Yes. Hopefully they won’t sound like me. In video games and animation, you find that the toughest things to make different are the things that aren’t words: grunts, groans, gasps. The worst thing is when you’re doing multiple characters and they say “each of your characters has a surprised gasp,” because you would think there are only so many ways you can gasp. So the zombies were a real fun challenge: “Ok, this zombie’s throat is partially gone, so it’s got a lot of air in it and this zombie still has some fluid left, he’s kind of fresh.”

The zombies are great because their sounds are bereft of emotion. You try to get to that place where I’m dead inside, but I’m not dead. What sort of sounds would you make if you bumped into something but there’s no anger, there’s no fear, I just bumped it?

Q: With the exception of the first scene, Rick doesn’t actually interact with any humans in the motion comic. Is that difficult?

A: Yeah. Fortunately, the scenes are really emotionally vibrant. Sometimes in video games it’s very, very tough because you’ve got hours of reacting to nothing in particular. Well, if somebody pushes you, we need like seventeen pushes. What Kirkman has created, the sense of confusion and isolation, it’s concrete. It’s an easy thing to act because you get it. It’s like “Oh God, what if you woke up and there seemed to be nobody in the world?” You’re in a hospital. It’s not your home. You don’t even know how you got there. Then zombies come out! I mean just like going from an intellectual feeling of confusion to the real guttural animal fear of something dead coming at you. It’s just so much fun to play.

Next we have the zombie deaths compilation put together by YouTuber “Landstrider”, who writes: “Been a fan of the book for 2 years, so I was happy to edit this supercut of all the zombie deaths.

Consists of 42 death shots with 37 edit/cuts.

All together, with the AE work, tracking and cutting this edit took around 6 hours over 3 days.

“The Walking Dead” is based on Robert Kirkman’s popular comic series. It chronicles the months and years following a zombie apocalypse. Frank Darabont is the project’s writer, director of the pilot, and exec producer with Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert also exec producing. KNB is handling the effects, and Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey DeMunn, IronE Singleton, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Chandler Riggs, and Steven Yeun star in the series.

To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit “The Walking Dead” on Facebook. For more, including online extras for all six Season One episodes, be sure to hit up the official “The Walking Dead” page on AMC.com

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Trailer Takes Us DOWN A DARK HALL With AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman

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It was just the other day that we shared your first look at producer Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and director Rodrigo Cortés’ (Buried) adaptation of I Know What You Did Last Summer author Lois Duncan’s  Down a Dark Hall

The film stars AnnaSophia Robb (The Reaping), Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), Taylor Russell (Netflix’s Lost in Space) and Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction). And today we have the film’s trailer and poster!

You can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to let us know what you think below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Down a Dark Hall is directed by Rodrigo Cortés from a screenplay by Mike Goldbach and Chris Sparling based on the book by Lois Duncan and stars AnnaSophia Robb, Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles, Noah Silver, Taylor Russell, Rosie Day, and Uma Thurman. It’s produced by Stephenie Meyer, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Meghan Hibbett, and Adrián Guerra.

The film hits theaters, On Demand, and iTunes August 17th.

Synopsis:

Kit (Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Thurman) and meets the school’s only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.

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Tom Six Reveals “Vile” THE ONANIA CLUB…So What?

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Tom Six of The Human Centipede fame is coming back to theaters with The Onania Club, a film he promises will be, “…one of the most vile, inhumane movie experiences of all time.” IndieWire revealed the news, which adds that the film is produced by Tom Six and Ilona Six through Six Entertainment Company.

Details are being kept secret for now but the site says Six will bring a psychological thriller that will feature, “…mostly strong female characters” and that it will, “…definitely pass the Bechdel test with flying colors.” Starring in the film are Jessica Morris, Darcy DeMoss, Deborah Twiss, Karen Strassman, and Flo Lawrence.

Let me try and gather all my thoughts here because this is hitting some notes that I’m frankly not really feeling. I’ll try to organize this as best I can.

…[a] vile, inhumane movie experience…
If that’s what Tom Six is aiming for, my interest has already dropped by a huge percentage. I didn’t see The Human Centipede in theaters but I saw it after it hit home video. It wasn’t a gross movie but it had a gross premise, which I honestly thought made it more interesting. Then came along The Human Centipede 2, which I did see in theaters. I found it to be a brilliant response to those who were disappointed by the lack of vomit-inducing moments in the first film and who demanded it be more grotesque. Once they got it, they felt like it had gone too far, which made me want to point and say, “Trust filmmakers. They very often make decisions because they know how to do it right.” That being said, I think it’s a bad, unpleasant, mean-spirited movie. I never bothered with The Human Centipede 3 because of shockingly bad reviews and even worse word-of-mouth from friends and the horror community.

If Six’s goal is to create a movie experience that will haunt and disgust audiences, then my immediate concern is that there is no story to back up the intention. Hell, the announcement is more focused on creating a spectacle than it is on letting people know what the film is actually about. It’s Marketing 101 and as a horror fan for my entire life, I find it almost offensive that the idea of “gross first, everything else second” is being pushed in the initial blitz.

I have no problems whatsoever with gore, viscera, or shocking scenes. Martyrs, I Saw The Devil, The Thing, and the like are all great examples of movies that push a lot of envelopes but never fail to have fascinating concepts backing everything up. There is purpose in their horror. There is method to their madness. So far, Six isn’t inspiring much faith that The Onania Club will walk down that kind of path.

…[it will] pass the Bechdel test with flying colors…
The Bechdel Test, for those who don’t know, is a test within films that sees if there are two, or more, women talk to each other about something other than men. That’s it. Two women in a coffee shop spend 30 seconds talking about a book? Your movie passes. A group of teenage girls discuss what they’re going to wear at an upcoming high school dance? Pass. Ronda Rousey and Michelle Rodriguez trade barbs before beating each other senseless. Check.

While noble in intention, the Bechdel Test is a shockingly low barometer for movies to be considered women-friendly. It doesn’t ask for nuance or depth. It doesn’t set any expectations for emotion or drive. If Six thinks that his movie is a landmark simply because it passes the Bechdel Test, he clearly doesn’t know that horror has been doing this for a long time. And from reading about Bree Olson’s character in The Human Centipede 3 (the only woman in the IMDb credit list), and taking into account the female characters of the first two films in that series, I think one can understand my lack of faith when it comes to Six and women in his films.

I am fully aware of how negative and critical I sound here and I really do hope that I’m going to be proven wrong. Every film should be allowed the chance to stand on its own merits. Hopefully The Onania Club will see Six give us a film that will generate interesting conversation for years to come. But until more is revealed, my expectations are very low.

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Ben Hanscom Has Been Cast in IT: CHAPTER 2

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Some fun news out of Deadline as the site has reported that Jay Ryan (Mary Kills People) has been cast as the adult Ben Hanscom in It: Chapter 2. He joins Jessica Chastain, Andy Bean, James Ransone, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, who will be playing Beverly, Stanley, Eddie, Bill, and Richie, respectively. Bill Skarsgard will also be back as Pennywise.

Andy Muschietti will be directing based on a script by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle: Creation) with a planned release date of September 6, 2019, almost two years to the day after the release of the first film.

It was a massive success, earning just over $700 million globally against a $35 million budget. That film starred Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Chosen Jacobs, Nicholas Hamilton, Owen Teague, Javier Botet, and Steven Williams.

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