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The Man, The Myth, The Chin: An Interview With Bruce Campbell

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With the Blu-ray and DVD release of “Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season 2 less than 2 weeks away, we here at Dread Central were graced with the pleasure of speaking with the man who made it cool to shop at S-Mart. Bruce Campbell, the B-Movie god, gave us the lowdown on what to expect from the next season of the hit Starz show, as well as where his travels will be taking him next – so grab a seat and a cold one, cause this one’s going to be groovy!

DC: Looking back, before the show even started, did you think it was something that was going to get off the ground, and if so, did you have any reservations about firing up the character that you haven’t played in so long?

BC: We didn’t have reservations until someone said yes – we shopped the show to about a half a dozen networks, and had some good meetings and some people seemed legitimately interested, then it boiled down to about two different parties, and then Starz won out, because they said they wouldn’t hit us with content restrictions. That was just massive for us – a game changer, so we felt pretty good about the pitches because they were well received, and people seemed interested in doing it, but it was only after Starz was like “sure, let’s go – right away, we’ll take ten of em (episodes),” and that’s when you spit the coffee out, and you think “whoa, we’ve actually got to pull this off now!” Shooting with Sam (Raimi) again was great, but then as soon as Sam was gone, we’ve got to shoot the show – have to get back to that TV pace and do this, and that’s when you realize what a chump you were to say yes to this deal. The last time I played Ash was 25 years ago, and I was wondering if I could still do this crap.

DC: That would lead me into my next question: between the course of the last film (Army Of Darkness) and the TV show, was there ever a pitch made to take the character in a completely different direction that you didn’t think was such a good idea?

BC: Well, there was a 4 minute conversation a while ago about having Ash vs. Jason vs. Freddy, but that went nowhere, because Ash wasn’t allowed to kill them, because otherwise why would he have been in it?

DC: So we have Season 2 all wrapped up, with a couple of loose ends – if you could tell us, which I’m sure you won’t…what can everyone expect to see out of Season 3?

BC: Jaw-dropping – the end of the season will be fairly mind-blowing, and we made sure of that. It’s a hell of a season – Ash not only has to save the world, but he’s back in his small town, and things start great (made a deal with Ruby at the end of Season 2) – so he’s saved his town, and now he’s going to cash in on it – he’s the hero. Things won’t all be well, because the mythology’s going to kick in now, which will give us all an idea of why Ash was chosen – this average idiot…this fool was written of in an ancient book. So Season 3 is where it all will come to a head – the ultimate mettle of the average man will be tested by these demonic forces, and if man fails, then evil will rule the earth – those are the stakes…OH!, and he may be a father.

DC: Over the course of your career, you’ve acted, directed, produced, written, and are also an accomplished author – if I was the guy to come forward and say “you can only do one for the remainder of your career, what would it be”?

BC: I’d be a writer – book writer. I have another one coming out August 15th (The Further Confessions Of A B-Movie Actor), because it’s a very pleasant world, and it’s not expensive to write a book. To make a movie can cost you anywhere from 200 thousand to 200 million, and it’s a very expensive vocation. I’ll say this to any writer out there who’s ever aspired to be a writer: you have absolutely no excuse because it doesn’t cost you anything to be a writer – maybe the cost of Microsoft Word, or if you write longhand, a couple of legal pads and some pencils. I mean come on, anyone that’s ever wanted to be a writer can be one, and now with all this self-publishing crap, just do it!

DC: Lastly, what’s up next for Mr. Bruce Campbell?

BC: A 35-city tour to promote the book, and I’ll be coming to your town, so bring out little Billy cause it’s time to shake hands and kiss babies…or is it kiss hands and shake babies? Gonna go out for a while, press some flesh and see what’s going on in the big, bad world.

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Exclusive: Rocky Gray Talks Halloween Horror Anthology 10/31

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The last time we gave you guys word on the upcoming Halloween horror anthology 10/31 was to bring you the knock-out exclusive official poster, which you can peep to your left (click for a higher-res version).

The new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S and Creepshow joins an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is executive produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

The film’s stories are directed by the likes of Justin M. Seaman (The Barn), Zane Hershberger (Devilution), John William Holt (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Brett DeJager (Bonejangles) and Rocky Gray making his directing debut.

This past weekend we were able to catch up with producer-director Rocky Gray and ask him a few choice questions about the anticipated upcoming anthology film.

You can check out our quick interview below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know how excited you are to check out 10/31 in the comments below!

Dread Central: How is the film coming along?

Rocky Gray: The film is now completed and we are getting the perks out to our Indiegogo backers. The backers and Death By Festival got to see the first cut of the film in October and they loved it so we’re very excited to get the film out to everyone else very soon.

DC: What can expect from this anthology?

RG: Expect to have a lot of Halloween themed fun. Each segment has its own flavor so the pacing and the look change throughout the film. With masked killers, vampires, scarecrows, tricksters and old hags there’s something for everyone.

DC: Will there be a sequel?

RG: If there was a demand for it we would make it happen!

Sounds good to us. Thanks for chatting with us, Rocky!

You can become a fan of the film on Facebook HERE.

SYNOPSIS:
A Halloween treat bag of all the things that go bump in the night. From masked killers to scarecrows, witches, and tricksters. There’s a scare for everyone in this anthology of horror and the macabre from the creators of The Barn and Volumes of Blood.

Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2), two-time Grammy-winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence. A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read our reviews HERE).

It is with this in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and teased season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three, and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official; that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement… for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:
It’s 1984, and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana, are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down, but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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