As a producer, Aaron B. Koontz has helped bring some of the most thought-provoking horror films to life in recent years. This past summer saw the release of Koontz's feature-length directorial debut, Camera Obscura, and Koontz and his Paper Street Pictures production company are wasting no time moving forward on their next project, Scare Package, a horror comedy anthology that he's overseeing with Cameron Burns. In addition to directing his own segment, Koontz is bringing together some of the most exciting independent filmmakers in horror for Scare Package, and we recently caught up with Koontz for our latest Q&A feature to discuss assembling the creative team and subverting subgenres in his new anthology.
Dark Sky Films is set to release Dennis Bartok’s directorial debut, Nails, today on VOD, which features The Descent’s Shauna Macdonald doing battle with an evil entity that is stalking her in the hospital after she’s been laid up following a horrific accident that leaves her trapped in her own bed, unable to communicate with the outside world. Daily Dead recently spoke to Bartok about the project, and he discussed how his own experiences inspired the story of Nails, what it was like to collaborate with Macdonald, and more.
Under amazing makeup effects, he stole our hearts as Billy the zombie in Hocus Pocus, warmed our souls as Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films, and sent chills down our spines as one of the Gentlemen on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For his role in We've Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew, actor Doug Jones is not accompanied by practical prosthetics, but he's just as mesmerizing as ever. With Thomas Woodrow's post-apocalyptic film hitting digital and VOD platforms beginning November 21st from The Orchard, I recently had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Jones, and in part 1 of the interview, we dive deep into his new intriguing role that required him to portray an intense paralysis.
What if the afterlife was an uploading program with an expiration date of its own? That chilling concept is explored in John Stanisci's new sci-fi action graphic novel LifeDeath. Slated for a 2018 release, the graphic novel is currently part of a Kickstarter campaign with perks aplenty, and we caught up with Stanisci and actor/producer Stelio Savante to discuss the ambitious ideas behind the new graphic novel, the goal to adapt the story for the screen, and much more, and we've also been provided with an exclusive set of preview pages to share with Daily Dead readers.
This weekend, Joachim Trier’s Thelma is set to debut in NYC a few weeks ahead of its Los Angeles theatrical release, with a subsequent larger theatrical rollout to follow. The psychological/supernatural horror movie (that’s also a potential Oscar contender, as Norway has submitted Trier’s latest for Best Foreign Language consideration) explores the triumphs and tribulations of a young woman (Eili Harboe) who realizes that she wields fantastic powers after her sexual awakening triggers some strange events that cannot be otherwise explained. As Thelma struggles to come to terms with just who she is (on various levels), she discovers that perhaps the greatest power she could ever possess is freedom over her own life.
Over this past weekend, legendary filmmaker Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition, Visitor Q, One Missed Call) celebrated the release of his 100th directorial effort, his big screen adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s manga Blade of the Immortal.
In theaters this weekend is Marc Meyers’ stunning adaptation of Derf Backderf’s graphic novel My Friend Dahmer, which explores the high school years of eventual serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Playing the titular character is Ross Lynch (who does a fantastic job, by the way), an actor who, up until now, had been keeping busy on a multitude of Disney TV projects, and is now taking a huge leap with this role that just happens to be based on one of the most infamous murderers (and cannibals) in US history.
Built on a foundation of successful and highly collectible soundtrack reissues, the debut issue from Waxwork Records’ House of Waxwork comic book series has quickly established itself as one of the most sought-after treats this Halloween season. A showcase of paperback scares, movie poster aesthetics, and a devilish “host” character (The Die-Rector), House of Waxwork oozes with nostalgic nods to both EC Comics and VHS horror. Waxwork also carves out a niche selling point for themselves by pairing up the comic with an original 7-inch soundtrack which will both immerse and entertain the reader. With issue one out now in both stores and online, Daily Dead caught up with Kevin Bergeron, co-owner of Waxwork Records, to chat about the past, present, and future of the Waxwork comic brand.
This week, Creep 2 is set to finally make its debut, and to get you guys primed for the sequel’s release, we have an interview with one of the film’s co-stars, Desiree Akhavan, who finds her character, Sara, squaring off against the sadistic yet charming sociopath played by Mark Duplass.
Arriving on VOD this Tuesday, October 24th is Ryan Gregory Phillips’ sci-fi/horror mash-up Shortwave, which explores the phenomena of shortwave radio signals, and the dark and deadly secrets that they can carry along various frequencies. The film stars Cristobal Tapia Montt, Juanita Ringeling, Kyle Davis, and Sara Malakul Lane, and follows a couple (Montt and Ringeling) as they try to rebuild their lives after their daughter was abducted, but their new home is somehow tied into her abduction, and we see how the introduction of shortwave communication brings some harsh realities into the light.
We’re only a few days away now from the release of Patrick Brice’s Creep 2, the sequel to his sleeper found footage hit that features a lovable sociopath played by Mark Duplass who hires a videographer to capture a day in his life, but he has some sinister plans for the unsuspecting filmmaker (who was played by Creep director Brice) that might have some bearing on how this “film” turns out.
A few years ago, Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice came together to create one of the best found footage films of the modern era of horror, Creep. A surprise hit that connected with horror fans in a big way, Duplass is reprising his disconcerting character (now known as “Aaron”) in Creep 2, but this time, he finds that his new “project,” an online filmmaker named Sara (Desiree Akhavan), doesn’t scare nearly as easy as he was hoping, especially after she agrees to continue working with him after he confesses that he is indeed a serial killer. Realizing that he may have finally met his match, “Aaron’s” new companion is about to push him and his fragile psyche further than ever before.
Earlier this year, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with several folks involved with the slasher comedy Tragedy Girls while in Austin at SXSW 2017 (which is where it celebrated its world premiere). But now that the film is set to enjoy its theatrical run this Friday, courtesy of Gunpowder & Sky, we thought we’d catch up again with co-writer/director Tyler MacIntyre, as well as with one-half of the film's titular anti-heroes, Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse, Straight Outta Compton), to talk Tragedy Girls one last time.
Over the weekend, Creature Features in Burbank, California played host to an amazing panel called Creating Pennywise, which featured Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis from studioADI, as well as fellow legendary effects artist Bart Mixon, who was responsible for bringing the Tim Curry iteration of Pennywise to life for the 1990 IT miniseries.
This Friday, Momentum Pictures is set to release Jungle, the latest from Greg McLean (The Belko Experiment, Wolf Creek 1 and 2), which tells the real-life story of Yossi Ghinsberg (played by Daniel Radcliffe), who traveled to the Amazon rainforest during the 1980s, and had to contend with the brutal dangers lurking all around him and his group of fellow travelers as they made their way through the unforgiving titular locale. Shortly after surviving his ordeal, Ghinsberg wrote a book about his experiences, which is also entitled Jungle, and McLean discussed in a recent interview with Daily Dead how he first discovered the autobiographical tale and knew that he needed to adapt it for the big screen.