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Interview With 7 From Etheria Director Anna Elizabeth James

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With the recent release of 7 From Etheria just having occurred, we here at Dread Central wanted to speak with the wonderful ladies whose short films had been chosen to be showcased, and the first director we were lucky to chat with was Anna Elizabeth James. She was gracious enough to give us her take on what it meant to have her short film included in the movie, as well as what she’s working on down the road – so read on and enjoy!

DC: Can you give us a description of your short film that you’ve included into 7 From Etheria?

AJ: A boy and his mother fight for survival, trapped in the bleak underground world of “Zone 2.”

DC: What does it mean to you to have your film included alongside such talented female filmmakers?

AJ: This group is brave, fearless, persistent, and awe inspiring. I have no doubt all these women will be doing much more throughout their careers. It’s a tough journey, being on this ride, so to be alongside this list is humbling and motivating. I hope I can live up to what everyone else will be accomplishing! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us.

DC: Who are some of the people whose work you admire, or draw inspiration from?

AJ: Jane Campion, the “Piano”. When I experienced this film I was going through a rebirth in life and felt like someone knew me, knew my story in a similar way — as if she reached out and hugged me, and understood me. Stories from a different time and place, that shine a light on the same human experiences we are experiencing now, is one of the magical things about cinema. I definitely love Nora Ephron. She has a flare for the fantastical comedy with a bit of romance — all from the female perspective. Both of these women write and direct, something I hope I can continue to have the opportunity to do, that one of my pieces will impact other women, as their pieces have impacted me.

DC: Lastly, after the release of 7 From Etheria, what can your followers look forward to seeing from you in the future?

AJ: Ironically my first feature was a family film. I’m currently directing my second feature, also a family film … but my plan is direct a thriller this fall! It’s a new spin on a familiar genre, a small contained thriller called, “The Drop-Off”. I actually think I’m better at writing suspense versus straight family dramas, as I’ve always been drawn to those since childhood. I guess my ultimate dream/goal would be able to direct “Malificient 3,” ha, or an installment in a series like Harry Potter or Star Wars. All of these IP’s have great suspense, but are geared towards the whole family. Since I have four children of my own, I try to make it a priority to create content that is highly suspenseful and engaging for them too.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 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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