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John Carpenter Talks the Movie That Inspired His Career, Future Plans, and Halloween



The Post Mortem Podcast with Mick Garris has launched a new season and their first guest is none other than the legendary horror director/composer John Carpenter! The two sat down for a near hour-long back-and-forth interview where Carpenter opened up about his early years, his love of all kinds of music, how he got into USC to study film, and, of course, his work in the horror genre over the years.

If you’ve never heard Carpenter in an interview, one thing you should know is that he’s pretty short in his responses. He doesn’t mince words, choosing instead to cut all the bullshit out and go straight to the core of the answer without mincing any words. It can be shocking at first but it becomes very refreshing once you realize that it’s not aggressive, it’s just honest.

That being said, when asked how many of the Halloween sequels he’s seen, Carpenter edged around the issue, not giving a concrete answer. I guess there was a distinct lack of enthusiasm for where the story went!

We’ve gathered some snippets from the podcast for you below. If you want to hear the full thing, then follow Post Mortem on Twitter and listen to the podcast on iTunes.

On which movie inspired him to go to film school:
Forbidden Planet. I saw it in beautiful widescreen. Coincidentally, that was the first movie ever that had a synthesized soundtrack. I think that has something to do with, all of it put together, my love of that sound. I still love the sounds in that movie.

When asked if he was approached to score any films, Carpenter replied:
Recently, yes. Recently I’ve gotten a couple of… As a matter of fact, I’m going to do a movie this year that they came to me and asked me to do the score on. I’m going to work with my son [Cody] and my godson [Daniel Davies] on it. That’s the fun part.

On the idea of him scoring other films in the past decades:
Sure! Are you kidding? I’d love to!

On how the Halloween rights went to Blumhouse:
It was stagnant over at Weinstein Company and it was not going anyplace. They couldn’t figure out what to do with it. The rights went back to Miramax and Tarik Akkad and they went to Jason because he’s a really successful horror producer. He worked really, really hard to get something good, to get a good director and a good story and he did! I gotta give it to him.

On how involved he is in the upcoming film:
I’m involved. Every decision. Well, not every decision. What am I saying? The script, I read the script.

Which of his films is the most “John Carpenter”:
Oh man… It’s a cross between Assault on Precinct 13 and Escape From New York. They both have the essence of me in them.

Perhaps the most tantalizing part of the interview was when Garris asked Carpenter if he’d be up for directing another movie, to which Carpenter replied, “Sure!” When pressed further to see if anything was locked down, he issued the coy response, “Maybe, maybe. I’m not gonna tell you!

Still, my favorite quote from the interview happened when Garris asked about Carpenter’s interest in directing films that were more lighthearted or casual, to which the Prince of Darkness director replied, “I live on the dark side. That’s where I belong.

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Trailer: Feldman, Hauer, and McDowell Hunt Demons in New Horror-Action Flick Corbin Nash



So get this: Corey Feldman, Rutger Hauer, and Malcolm McDowell are joining forces for a new horror-action-thriller about a badass demon hunter named Corbin Nash.

Sounds awesome, right?

Well, it kinda sounds like the name of a wrestler, but all the same, I’m thinking this movie has its tongue firmly planted in its demon-hunting cheek so I’m all for it.

The film will be released on VOD April 20 via Gravitas Ventures and you can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below and then let us know what you think!

The film is directed by Ben Jagger and stars Dean S. Jagger (“Game of Thrones”), Corey Feldman (The ‘Burbs), Malcolm McDowell (Halloween), Rutger Hauer (The Hitcher), Bruce Davison (Lords of Salem), Fernanda Romero (400 Days), and Richard Wagner star.

Corbin Nash hits VOD on April 20.


Searching a world of darkness for a truth he was never ready for, a rogue detective (Dean S. Jagger) is murdered only to be reborn the ultimate killer. Embracing his destiny, vowing vengeance on all that destroyed his family; he is Corbin Nash, Demon Hunter.


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Winchester Starring Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren Hits Blu-ray This May



A few weekends back a friend of my grandmother’s approached me at a get-together and asked, “You’re the one who’s into horror movies, right?”

I said, “Yes, ma’am, I am.”

She says, “I saw that Winchester movie last night and loved it. You should see it as soon as possible.”

I thanked the kindly old woman and she went about her business. It was awesome.

It is with this in mind I’m chomping at the bit to see this horror movie that even my grandmother’s friends enjoyed. And I don’t have to wait much longer as today we have word that Winchester will be hitting Digital April 17 and Blu-ray/DVD May 1.

You can check out the cover art to the right and the disc’s soul special feature below. After that let us know what you thought of the film and if you plan to own it on Blu-ray!

Winchester is written and directed by Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig (Jigsaw, Undead) and stars Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke (Terminator: Genisys), Sarah Snook (Predestination), and Angus Sampson (Insidious).

The film hits Digital April 17 and Blu-ray/DVD May 1.

Special Feature:

  • “Driven by the Spirits: The Making of Winchester” Featurette


Inspired by true events. On an isolated stretch of land 50 miles outside of San Francisco sits the most haunted house in the world. Built by Sarah Winchester, (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren) heiress to the Winchester fortune, it is a house that knows no end. Constructed in an incessant twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week mania for decades, it stands seven stories tall and contains hundreds of rooms. To the outsider, it looks like a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah is not building for herself, for her niece (Sarah Snook) or for the brilliant Doctor Eric Price (Jason Clarke) whom she has summoned to the house. She is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the Winchesters…



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Contracted Director Eric England Accused of Assault



Katie Stegeman

UPDATE: Eric England gave a very brief response, which we have added below.

This story discusses various forms of assault and, as such, readers should enter knowing that sensitive topics will be discussed.

In this time of #MeToo and #TimesUp, we are seeing more and more people come forward with stories of abuses they have suffered at the hands of people in power. From the women assaulted by Harvey Weinstein to Mariah Carey’s ex-security guard who accused her of sexual harassment to Timothy Heller’s accusations of rape at the hands of Melanie Martinez, people are coming forward with their stories of pain and hurt in the hopes of changing the status quo so that everyone can feel a little bit safer. Today, another story is added to this tragic list as actor Katie Stegeman has publicly accused director Eric England (Contracted, Josie, Madison County) of “…physically, emotionally, mentally, and sexually” abusing her over a three year period.

Taking to Instagram, Stegeman wrote the following passionate, empathetic, and heartfelt message:

The image Stegeman attached to her Instagram post.

[Pause. What a pleasure. Deep Breath.] For many years I have been keeping this man’s secret from going public. For many years I had to make sure I was safe and of sound mind coming forward. I wanted to come from a place of kindness and without fear. Well, today is the day. For three years, director Eric England abused me physically, emotionally, mentally, and sexually. The irony of this photo is not lost on me. I was thrown into tables, choked until I couldn’t breathe, threatened with scissors, knives, screwdrivers, and was denied the right to turn this man down for sex for fear of, as he called it “awakening the beast.” To say I am lucky to be alive is an understatement. Sitting and watching the trailer for his latest movie #Josie is all the reminder I need to come forward. Impressionable, young amazing women like [Sophie Turner] should not be working with someone like him, and if I remain quiet, the pattern will continue. Eric, I hope this forces you to bow out gracefully and get the help you need. I know your team is aware of your history as well as the LAPD. It’s time to go and give way to the creatives of this town, who also know how to treat people when no one is looking. I want you to know I forgive you and thank you for reminding me how strong I am. I also want the people,who knew about Eric’s abuse and continued to work for him to know, that I forgive you too. But now you have a choice. From here on out I ask you to do the right thing…even though it’s impossible at times. I want to thank all the amazing people in my life, who stood by me no questions asked. Especially my amazing hero [Brett Pierce], who reminded me that great men still exist. I stayed quiet for the integrity of our movies, out of respect for your family, for fear of you running a smear campaign, for fear of you hurting me, for fear of you stopping my movie, for fear of you making sure no horror director would hire me, but I am no longer afraid. I will happily put my career aside, if it means saving someone’s life, because no one should ever have to go through what I endured. I hope you find your peace and come out of this a better man. Love and light.

Josie refers to England’s latest film, which stars Sophie Turner and Dylan McDermott. The film follows the relationship between an older man and a high school girl who recently moves into the area. It was just released in limited theaters and on VOD.

Stegeman responded on her Instagram feed after receiving several comments of support, saying:
I cannot thank you all enough for your support. Means we are getting to a better place of zero tolerance. Please do me a huge favor and still watch Josie. There are a lot of innocent people involved in this movie and residuals are how they pay their bills. All I ask is that moving forward, we do not create a platform to reward violence or manipulation. Let’s fill this void with greatness and do our damnedest to put excellence at the top…not just the loudest voice in the room. I am so so so lucky to be surrounded by people, who do what’s right…not what’s popular. I am beyond inspired by you all. There’s no need to bash Eric…no one person is all bad…it’s just simply his time to go. Keep sharing the message and the love!

We at Dread Central take allegations like this very seriously but for clarity’s sake, we must also make it clear that England has not been officially charged. I want to personally highlight the powerful and empathetic presentation of Stegeman’s accusation. As she herself claims, she wanted to come at this from, “…a place of kindness and without fear.” I believe that she has done so and I laud her for that. Should these allegations be confirmed, I want to send her my best wishes on her road to recovery and to let her know that she is not alone. Already there are many voices lending their support in this difficult time.

We have reached out to England for a comment, who simply replied, “I’ll be releasing a statement soon.


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