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Actress Annabeth Gish Discusses Bag of Bones and MoreOn Sunday, December 11th, A&E is set to debut director Mick Garris’ latest endeavor, the television mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel Bag of Bones, which explores the themes of grief and lost love’s enduring bonds, an innocent child caught in a terrible crossfire, and a new love haunted by past secrets.

In the story we meet bestselling novelist Mike Noonan (Pierce Brosnan), who is unable to stop grieving after the sudden death of his wife, Jo (Annabeth Gish). A dream inspires him to return to the couple’s lakeside retreat in western Maine, where he becomes involved in a custody battle between the daughter of an attractive young widow and the child’s enormously wealthy grandfather while also deailing with mysterious ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the realization that his late wife still has something to tell him.

Recently Dread Central had the opportunity along with several other journalists to take part in a conference call interview with Gish to talk with the actress regarding her role in “Bag of Bones,” her experiences working on the mini-series, and what keeps the actress coming back to the genre world time and time again. Check out our interview coverage below, and make sure to tune in to “Bag of Bones” when it premieres this Sunday at 9/8 CST with Part Two following the next night, December 12th.

Reporter: (Spoiler Alert) Why were you compelled to take this role, especially since you technically die within the first 10 minutes?

Annabeth Gish: Of course every actress wants to be featured throughout a project in order to fulfill her storyline, but I felt like the character of Jo was so clearly drawn and her essence is throughout the film so in that sense she kind of resonates from beginning to end. I also wanted to say yes for several [other] reasons. I’ve worked with Mick Garris before, and I adore him. It was another Stephen King project which I thought was great, and I really respect Mick’s work immensely.

Reporter: Was there anything physically challenging required when making “Bag Of Bones” that was tough for you?

Gish: Definitely. This project was very physically challenging for me in terms of prosthetics because I had to do a four-hour makeup job to become the zombie/ghost Jo. That for me became very scary. I’m very claustrophobic, and you have to wear all of this gunk all over your body – that was challenging enough right there. But then there was the scene I had to do under the bed that was really challenging. Sure, we’d all hide under the bed when we were children, but I don’t know when I’ve been under the bed recently, and they had to pull me with great velocity from under the bed. It was pretty crazy.

Reporter: Do you find yourself attracted to horror and, more specifically, Stephen King?

Gish: Yes, but not horror for horror’s sake. Between “The X-Files” and my two Stephen King projects, it’s not horror for horror’s sake. It’s not to scare the bejeezus out of everyone; it has to be a story with real drama, real heart, and mystery. And I think that’s what kind of delineates this project because it’s not just about zombies. It’s about three love affairs and solving a mystery. This is about race, it’s about genealogy, and it really spans a lot of things people will be drawn to watch it for.

Reporter: What were your experiences like collaborating with Mick again (Gish and Garris also worked on “Desperation” together in 2006)?

Gish: I really think Mick is an exquisite filmmaker, and I love how his sensibilities are a lot like mine in terms of storytelling. He really has a great skill as a director, and I absolutely trusted him while making this movie. I knew from the beginning it was going to be beautiful and something special; hopefully audiences agree.

Reporter: Is there something that scares you specifically?

Gish: Yes, actually I’m pretty scare-able. It’s probably why I like doing horror because my imagination takes me places. I kind of believe in ghosts; I believe that spirits can exist and wander around. So that definitely scares me. But I feel like the things that really scare me are catastrophic events, like my children, husband, family being harmed – something like that.

Reporter: You mentioned earlier that you didn’t want to choose projects just for the sake of horror – that it was a combination of story, plot, character, and other elements that you need as well. Are there any horror films that off the top of your head you’d consider touchstones of that model?

Gish: Recently I saw Insidious with Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, and it scared the bejeezus out of me. Even though I was scared, I couldn’t turn it off because it was so intriguing. That’s a recent example of a horror story that captivated me the entire time – and again, that was because there were so many human and complex issues going on beyond the horror.

Reporter: As someone who has done both television and film – with storytelling possibilities in film constricting and possibilities in TV expanding – what’s your take on both mediums as an actress?

Gish: I think television is definitely the ‘Wild West’ now. Between the internet and television right now, it feels like it’s all going to break wide open, especially as you see how many film actors are coming to TV – it’s kind of the place to be. However, you can’t replicate the experience of going to the movie theater and getting popcorn and watching the big screen. There’s still that experience that you can’t recreate at home. But it seems like it’s an expansive time for everything these days, and film will have to continue to expand; otherwise, people are going to stop going to movies, and that would be sad.



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Hollywood Science Fiction Museum Founder Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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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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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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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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