A writer, director, and producer with a passion for creating atmospheric tension and relatable characters on screen, Deon Taylor has stayed busy behind the camera in recent years, with several thrillers coming out in the near future. With his latest film, Traffik, being released in theaters this Friday, Daily Dead had the pleasure of catching up with Taylor for our latest Q&A feature, in which the filmmaker discusses the real-life horrors that inspired his new movie, the film's ambitious shooting schedule that included 87 setups in one day, and the launch of his new production label Dark Circus, which will be the home of the new horror anthology series The Thrill that he's developing with Snoop Dog.
Taking inspiration from Dr. Frankenstein, filmmaker Tom McLoughlin resurrected Jason Voorhees from the dead with a bolt of lightning in the mid-’80s. After a last-minute change early in filming, C.J. Graham was the man behind the mask for the sixth installment in the franchise, emerging from Jason's unearthed grave and brining the zombified version of the horror icon to life with style, humor, and a whole lot of horror. At Crypticon Minneapolis late last year, Daily Dead had the great pleasure of speaking with Graham about playing the eponymous role in Jason Lives, and as a special treat for the first Friday the 13th of 2018, we're sharing our Part VI interview with readers!
She’s restrained to a chair, contained under constant watch behind two-way glass, and attached to an electric shocker… and yet the government agency observing her is still worried about security. That’s how dangerous the young girl is in Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal’s new psychological thriller Prodigy, an enthralling mind game of a movie with an emotional, telekinetic core.
An abandoned prison is home to more than just haunted memories in Brian Cavallaro's Against the Night. With the new horror movie out now on digital platforms from Gravitas Ventures, Daily Dead caught up with writer/director Cavallaro to discuss the eerie atmosphere of his filming location, wearing multiple hats during production, and making a movie with a tight-knit local cast in Pennsylvania.
Sometimes love can be blind, and other times it can be downright deadly. In Steven Soderbergh's new movie Unsane, Joshua Leonard plays a man who could potentially be stalking a young woman trapped in a mental institution. A claustrophobic character-centric thriller that's eerily plausible, Unsane is out now in theaters, and Daily Dead had the great pleasure of speaking with Leonard about working with Soderbergh, acting in front of an iPhone 7 Plus (which was used to shoot the entire movie), and the similarities and differences between acting in Unsane and The Blair Witch Project nearly 20 years ago.
Nightmares and monsters are only one click away on Crypt TV. Home to hundreds of short films, the tech-savvy company is making social media platforms the new home for horror, including Gabriel Younes' Sunny Family Cult. With the popular web series entering its third season this spring, Daily Dead had the pleasure of catching up with Sunny Family Cult co-star Russell Cummings to discuss his mind-manipulating character Elias, the reception the show gets from Crypt TV's passionate fans, and what draws viewers to cult stories across multiple mediums right now.
Nearly 10 years ago, Image Comics released the first issue of writer Joe Kelly and artist Ken Niimura's I Kill Giants. The seven-issue series about a girl battling her own demons while trying to save her small town from colossal creatures has been a source of awe-inspiring fantasy and grounded family drama for the past decade, and beginning on March 23rd, those same elements will come to life on the big screen with RLJE Films' anticipated release of the I Kill Giants movie. To celebrate the new version of their coming-of-age tale, we caught up with Kelly and Niimura to discuss their thoughts on the feature film adaptation, reflect on the comic book's long journey to the big screen, and look ahead to their exciting collaborations in the future.
On Channel Zero: Butcher's Block, you can live in paradise... for a cannibalistic price. Last night on SYFY, viewers ascended the stairs to experience the finale of what has been a deliciously dark fairy tale of family relationships, socioeconomic divides, and guts... lots and lots of guts. To celebrate a season of ambitious storytelling (including two of the most unsettling scenes this writer has ever watched in any medium), I had the great pleasure of speaking with showrunner Nick Antosca to discuss this season's eerie Father Time entity, filming in Winnipeg (which is quickly becoming a new horror hub), working with visionary director Arkasha Stevenson, and the interconnected world where all of the Channel Zero seasons live.
In addition to providing enough nightmare fuel to last a lifetime, one of the greatest things about SYFY's anthology series Channel Zero is the opportunity it gives to exciting, emerging filmmakers. Each season has been entirely directed by a bold, fresh voice behind the camera, and this season is certainly no exception. Melting together about seven different subgenres into one delicious, psychedelic serving of horror, director Arkasha Stevenson's Butcher's Block is easily one of my favorite seasons of television (for any genre), and with the finale airing tonight on SYFY, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Stevenson about working with her amazing cast (including Krisha Fairchild and Rutger Hauer), collaborating creatively with showrunner Nick Antosca, and bringing a demented fairy tale to life on screen.
From the 2001 novel to the STARZ TV series and beyond, the world of Neil Gaiman's American Gods is ever-expanding, and it continues to grow today with the release of Dark Horse Comics' American Gods: My Ainsel #1. The first issue in a new story arc featuring the continued adventures of Shadow and Wednesday, the new comic book features eye-catching artwork by Scott Hampton, and we caught up with the artist and colorist in a new Q&A feature to discuss what he enjoyed the most about working on the new story (which also features great cover art like the one shown above by Glenn Fabry).
With a shoestring budget, a small but dedicated crew, and an abandoned animal shelter to film in, co-directors Alex Haughey and Brian Vidal created their feature film debut, the sci-fi thriller Prodigy. Centered on a nine-year-old genius with some lethal psychic abilities to go along with her amazing intellect, Prodigy is out now on DVD and VOD platforms, and we caught up with Haughey for a new Q&A feature to discuss the journey to the film's home media release, including changing the main character from a boy to a girl during the casting process, making the transition from short films to a feature-length project, only having one take for a crucial glass-breaking scene, and much more.
It takes a lot to survive in the living dead apocalypse, and it takes even more to find true love. With an un-extinguishable spirit, Luciana Galvez (Danay Garcia) has accomplished both on AMC's Fear The Walking Dead, and with season 3 of the series coming to Blu-ray and DVD on March 13th from Lionsgate, Daily Dead had the great pleasure of speaking with Garcia about her character's heart-wrenching journey in the third season, as well as what she's looking forward to in the fourth season. [Spoiler warning for those who haven't watched season 3.]
A woman prepared to take her own life finds herself fighting for it instead after crossing paths with sinister strangers in Eat Me. An adaptation of Jacqueline Wright's play of the same name, Eat Me is out now in theaters and on VOD platforms from Blue Fox Entertainment, and to celebrate the movie's release, we caught up with actress and writer Jacqueline Wright to talk about adapting her play for film, living on the movie's set until filming wrapped, and re-teaming with director Adrian A. Cruz to bring the harrowing tale of Eat Me to life on screen.
Looking to deliver a new twist on a feared and revered legend, Patrick Magee's new movie Primal Rage is coming to US theaters for one night only on February 27th via Fathom Events and Blue Fox Entertainment. To celebrate Bigfoot's return to the big screen, we caught up with Magee for a new Q&A feature to discuss not only directing Primal Rage, but also his time on set playing Bigfoot in a suit he created using skills acquired from his own impressive practical effects career.
You may know him as Hercules, Emmett Cullen, or even Tarzan, but recently actor Kellan Lutz has been bringing other memorable characters to life in a string of intriguingly imaginative movies. After playing Sy Lombrok in the ambitious sci-fi film The Osiris Child, Lutz channels his inner Indiana Jones for the spider-centric 7 Guardians of the Tomb. With the adventure horror movie out now in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD platforms via Gravitas Ventures, we recently caught up with Lutz to discuss reteaming with Kelsey Grammer after working together on The Expendables 3, experiencing spider pranks on set, and his dislike of cockroaches.