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Exclusive: The Cast and Crew of The Lodgers on Bringing Horror to 1920’s Ireland

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The last we wrote about Let Us Prey director Brian O’Malley’s The Lodgers, it was to notify everyone that it had begun filming in Ireland, much of the production taking place in Loftus Hall, reputedly one of the country’s most haunted locations. Since then, there hasn’t been any information about the period Gothic horror film.

That’s going to change as I had the chance to speak with O’Malley, producers Ruth Treacy and Julianne Ford, and stars Charlotte Vega and David Bradley about how they came aboard the supernatural horror/drama and what filming was like.

You can read everything below as well as get a first look at six exclusive images.

Synopsis:
The story follows a sister and brother haunted by a secret curse that forces them to remain in the large estate home left to them by their dead parents. But when a young man who falls in love with the sister tries to free her, his attempt sets off a deadly chain reaction.

Epic Pictures Group’s Gothic horror story was scripted by David Turpin and stars Charlotte Vega, Bill Millner, David Bradley (“The Strain”), Eugene Simon (“Game of Thrones”), and Moe Dunford.

For Charlotte Vega, who plays lead character Rachel, joining the cast of The Lodgers was a very welcome surprise. “I thought it was really, really beautiful from the start and there was something so special about the character that I really liked, but I just didn’t think they would see me as the part physically,” she told me.

Producer Julianne Ford touched on this, saying that for their original vision of Rachel, “…we were thinking black hair, pale skin, typical Goth style.” However, they soon realized that they had their Rachel, with Ford adding, “…she’s just so watchable and engaging so quite early on in the process, Brian and myself and [casting director] Manuel [Puro] identified that she was the strongest and so we cast her first.

Choosing Vega wasn’t a simple process. For one, she lives in Spain and submitted her first audition as a tape. Producer Ruth Treacy explains that Puro brought “…hundreds of different girls through self-tapes. We saw Charlotte quite early on, and I remember at the time saying, ‘She’s really got something; I think we should look at her.’

From there, they had to find the right Edward to play as her twin brother. Treacy adds, “Bill Millner hadn’t auditioned but then decided he would and he was there with Charlotte and the chemistry was great. When we saw the tape of the two of them, we said, ‘Oh my god, it has to be Bill.’

Vega explains that what drew her into the story was the character of Rachel herself. “I don’t think there are that many strong female leads around as there should be, especially for young women. When you’re kind of in your twenties, there’s not many roles like that; and when I read the script, there was just something so captivating about her, about her struggle throughout the film. She’s so passionate and so brave and she’s real,” she says. She elaborates, “…the whole film is partly about her being torn between her brother and the life she’s always known and freedom. So she risks everything, really, for a chance at that and that’s what I thought was so amazing about her.

After seeing her performance, Ford adamantly states, “We’re convinced that Charlotte is going to be a star,” a sentiment shared by “The Strain” actor David Bradley, who said, “I thought the young actors, Charlotte and Bill [Milner] and the others, were utterly terrific. They just had that eerie, otherworldly quality.”

As mentioned previously, much of the film was shot at Loftus Hall, a residence that is supposedly haunted by the Devil. While no one experienced any strange or supernatural events, they all spoke glowingly of the atmosphere and tone that it helped create. Bradley explained, “It was just such a wonderful location because in terms of acting, if you’re in a place like that, half of the work is done for you, you know what I mean? You’re already surrounded by the most amazing atmosphere.”

Treacy also spoke about the house, which she described as “perfect.” “As soon as we saw it, we knew it was the ideal location because it’s such a character itself,” she states while Ford joked, “…our production designer will kill me for saying that, but a lot of production values came from the house itself.”

O’Malley joined in and talked about the “hugely positive energy” that he felt during the shoot, saying, “…the house was presenting me with this magnificent palette.”

When I asked O’Malley to describe The Lodgers, he started laughing and said, “Oh man, this is the dilemma…Can we come back to that one?” About 15 minutes later, in the middle of answering a different question, he unknowingly offered the best response, telling me, “I set out to make an elegant, beautiful, delicate ghost story.

It’s the kind of movie that everyone I spoke with compared to films like The Others, The Orphanage, Pan’s Labyrinth, and similar other titles. At the end of the day, David Bradley summed up The Lodgers with the confident statement, “…[it] will have a strange, compelling magic about it.

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Hollywood Science Fiction Museum Founder Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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Floyd "Huston" Huddleston

In the past couple of years, we’ve seen the powers that be in Hollywood face a reckoning as more and more people who have suffered at the hands of the elite come forward with their stories of pain and horror. Each new story helps give confidence to those who would otherwise remain silent, their experiences that would otherwise be hidden given the chance to have light shed upon it. While it’s painful to see people we once respected be exposed, such pain is necessary so that future generations can hopefully experience these kinds of events at drastically reduced rates. After all, we’ll never be able to completely stop these kinds of actions but we can do our best to create effective and recognizable deterrents.

It’s come to our attention that recently Hollywood Science Fiction Museum founder Floyd “Huston” Huddleston III was arrested by Los Angeles police on three charges, including Penal Code 288.3 (contacting a minor with intent to commit a felony), Penal Code 311.4 (a crime to hire, employ, use, persuade, or coerce a minor to participate in the production of child porn), and Penal Code 311.11(a) (possession of obscene matter depicting a minor engaging in sexual conduct). Huddleston, who pleaded “not guilty” to all charges, is being held on a $750,000 bail with a court date of June 12. All information was found via the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department website.

What’s troubling is that we’re seeing reports of people claiming that Huston, through various means, is selling donated props from the Museum on various auction websites in order to raise money for his bail.

Makeup artist Gigi Bannister, who worked on Phantasm IV: Oblivion and Phantasm: Ravager wrote in a Facebook comment, “I’m fielding inquiries on this end too from Horror and Phantasm Phans asking about an exclusive set of Phantasm II sphere props that we think Don Coscarelli had to have donated and then Huston SOLD! This is history we can never recover!” [Update: I got off the phone with Gigi who is working to confirm that these are indeed the official sphere props. She will then let us know.]

A Facebook post by self-proclaimed ex-Hollywood Science Fiction Museum volunteer Loretta Lightningbolt states that she and several other volunteers, “…discovered through our own research that museum founder Floyd “Huston” Huddleston was not on a long vacation, as we had been told back in April. We were sickened to discover he has been charged with three counts of sexual crimes against a minor, something none of us want any association with.” She then continued by stating that she and seven other volunteers have, “…resigned from our respective positions.” On top of the volunteers leaving en masse, other members of the Museum are removing themselves from any affiliation, including Mick Garris (The Shining, The Stand).

The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum’s only comment on this situation was a tweet that posted the arrest record. Since then, the museum’s website has erased nearly every instance of Huddleston’s name and likeness. Furthermore, the Hollywood Horror Museum, which was created by the Hollywood Science Fiction Museum founders, has removed its Board of Directors page on its website.

We will follow this story up with more details as they become available.

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Here’s Pancho Moler from Rob Zombie’s 3 FROM HELL

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This entire week we’ve shared some killer updates from Rob Zombie’s upcoming The Devil’s Rejects sequel 3 From Hell. First, we got our first looks at Bill Moseley’s Otis, Sheri Moon Zombie’s Baby, and Sid Haig’s Captain Spaulding. Then we learned the film will be hitting in early 2019.

And today we have your first look at Pancho Moler’s character Sebastian from the film. Moler is an actor you may recognize as the Nazi midget from Zombie’s previous film 31.

Like all of the other first look images, this one comes to us from writer-director Rob Zombie’s Instagram account and you can check out the post below where he writes: “Another Three From Hell exclusive! It’s time to meet a new character. This is Sebastian played by @pmoler. How does he figure into the madness? Only time will tell. As they say “Free The Three”!

Again, you can check out the post below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

3 From Hell is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Austin Stoker, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Clint Howard, Bill Oberst Jr., David Ury, Tom Papa, Danny Trejo, Dot-Marie Jones, Richard Riehle, Richard Edson, Pancho Moler, Sean Whalen, Kevin Jackson, and Dee Wallace.

The film is tentatively due in early 2019.

Related: What the Hell Happens in 3 From Hell? Let’s Speculate!

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NIGHTMARE CINEMA Snags Hard R Rating

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Later this year we will see the release of the new horror anthology Nightmare Cinema. The film comes ot us from directors Mick Garris, Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryuhei Kitamura, and Alejandro Brugues and stars Mickey Rourke as The Projectionist.

Today we have word via the MPAA that the horror anthology has been given an R rating for “horror violence/gore, grisly images, language, some sexuality, and brief nude images.” And all of that sounds like good times to me!

Are you excited about this new horror anthology? Make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Nightmare Cinema will premiere at this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

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A series of down-on-their-luck individuals enter the decrepit and spine-chilling Rialto theater, only to have their deepest and darkest fears brought to life on the silver screen by The Projectionist – a mysterious, ghostly figure who holds the nightmarish futures of all who attend his screenings. By the time our patrons realize the truth, escape is no longer an option. For once the ticket is torn, their fate is sealed at Nightmare Cinema.

Mick Garris, Joe Dante, David Slade, Ryuhei Kitamura, and Alejandro Brugues

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