Later today, writer/director Tyler Savage’s psychological thriller Inheritance will celebrate its world premiere at the 2017 Dances With Films Festival in Los Angeles. Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Savage earlier this week, and he discussed the inspirations behind his story, collaborating with his stellar ensemble, and more.
In the shared world of The Walking Dead and its companion series, there is no one quite like Victor Strand. With sharp wits and a cunning, chameleon-like nature, words are Strand's greatest weapons. Although as smooth and suave as they come, Strand faces new obstacles that will challenge and maybe even change him in the third season of Fear The Walking Dead, premiering Sunday, June 4th on AMC, and I recently had the great pleasure of catching up with actor Colman Domingo to discuss the next chapter for his endlessly intriguing character.
Before tackling the Spider-Man trilogy, Master of Horror Sam Raimi gave the world his own unique brand of superhero storytelling with his 1990 neo-noir/horror/romance mash-up, Darkman, which paid homage to the larger-than-life characters and worlds of comic properties like Dick Tracy and Batman, as well as the tortured titular character in The Phantom of the Opera.
Arriving in theaters this weekend, and subsequently on Blu-ray/DVD/VOD next week is writer/director Tommy Stovall’s unique vampire tale, Aaron’s Blood, which follows a struggling single father (James Martinez) who will stop at nothing to try and help his son Tate (Trevor Stovall), who has begun to exhibit signs of vampirism after an accident sends him to the hospital.
For a group of friends in the web series Graves, the only thing more horrifying than turning thirty in their hometown is the resurgence of literal demons from their past. A potently funny and heartfelt blend of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Todd & The Book of Pure Evil, and its own original spin on the horror and drama genres, Graves just finished up a stellar second season, and we had the pleasure of catching up with the web series' creator, Terence Krey, for our latest Q&A to discuss the first two seasons of his show and his plans for a third and final season.
The worlds of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy, and Alien have been intriguingly explored by Christopher Golden on the printed page, and the prolific author has delivered just as many thrills for readers in his original works over the years, including the adventures of occult detective Joe Golem. With Joe Golem: Occult Detective — The Outer Dark #1 out now from Dark Horse Comics, we had the immense pleasure of catching up with Golden for our latest Q&A feature to discuss Joe Golem, his work on the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen film, and much more, and we've also been provided with the exclusive cover and preview pages for The Outer Dark hardcover that's due out in 2018.
On August 11th, David F. Sandberg’s latest project, Annabelle: Creation, will arrive in theaters everywhere courtesy of Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. Last summer, Daily Dead had the opportunity to take part in an extensive set visit for the sequel, which was held shortly after Sandberg’s feature film debut, Lights Out, was finding much success at the box office.
Capitalizing on the brief fad of Reagan-era 3D movies, Steve Miner’s Friday the 13th Part 3 continues Jason’s manic journey across the blood-soaked grounds surrounding Crystal Lake. Acclaimed and revered by some fans more than the film itself, Harry Manfredini’s score fashions some of the most chilling, daring, and skillfully orchestrated music ever composed for the horror genre. Stalking the vaults of Paramount Pictures, Waxwork Records faithfully restored both Manfredini’s master tapes as well as the vintage 3D aesthetic of the film by commissioning the iconic horror artist "Ghoulish" Gary Pullin to carve out the vicious visual illusion that brought a new dimension of terror to the turntable.
Blaxploitation made its move on the horror market with AIP’s Blacula (1972); so successful was the foray that the money wheels started turning towards a follow up. And while AIP was busy cooking up a sequel to their surprise hit, an outsider saw an opening in the window of the American Dream and leapt right through. Frank Saletri may have been a lawyer by trade, but his heart belonged to horror and he gave his all to write and produce Blackenstein (1973) – a movie somewhat better than its godawful reputation, restored for posterity on Blu-ray by the fine folks at Severin Films. Come for the monster; stay to hear Saletri’s story.
Throughout much of his career, James Spader has excelled at playing a type; and that type is specifically this: rich and arrogant, with a sense of condescension and an air of pretense. It’s not his fault; his wispy (or is that WASPy?) good looks and mellifluous voice initially offer little sympathy to the working class. But when he’s given an opportunity to play against this type, the results are exhilarating. Such is the case with Jack’s Back (1988), a clever thriller elevated by a terrific dual role performance from Spader. Come for Jack the Ripper; stay for James the Spaders.
Modern horror fiction that is both original and classically satisfying is difficult to find. So many stories have been brought to paper already, it’s hard to find a plot that has not yet been explored. Many authors must set about exploring these stories from unique, often amusingly clever, angles, but in doing so the story loses its classic power to scare. Literature has not quite exhausted its power, though—not even close. There are authors who can do both at once, some even while leaving a tear in your eye. Stephen Graham Jones is one of these authors.
It’s telling that the first feature-length film to come out of Italy was Dante’s Inferno (1911). Because of course, what else would it be? A silent, 68-minute adaptation of the classic poem that, quite memorably, features Satan munching on the souls of the damned. I suppose you could consider this film a tone-setter for the sort of genre films that would come out in Italy over the next hundred-plus years. The film is violent, demonic, and packed with full-frontal nudity. But most importantly, it was all about Hell.
Clay McLeod Chapman doesn't just write horror, he performs it in The Pumpkin Pie Show, an immersive storytelling experience that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Chapman perform (which our own Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James experienced at The Overlook Film Festival), you can certainly read his work anytime in a number of books, including his new short story collection, Nothing Untoward: Stories from The Pumpkin Pie Show. To celebrate the release of his new collection, we caught up with Chapman for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his literary influences, twenty years of The Pumpkin Pie Show, writing The Tribe trilogy for Disney press, and his upcoming Marvel project that he describes as "a love story between Deadpool and Venom."
A lot of well-known actors get their start in low-budget horror flicks, but Kevin Bacon happened to cut his teeth in one of the most well-known horror movies of all time, Friday the 13th. Few actors star in a classic horror movie out of the gate and then find mainstream success on their own the way Bacon did.
Having worked as an actor, editor, musician, director, producer, stuntman, and model-maker in his nearly three decades in filmmaking, Adam Boster knows the industry inside and out, and he's using that knowledge to help independent filmmakers get the most bang for their buck at Boster Castle Studios, a studio in the Midwest that takes a practical, efficient approach to making movies, with ample amounts of resources available for directors.
With the new film Slasher.com now on DVD and VOD, we caught up with Boster for our latest Q&A feature to discuss producing and acting in the new movie from Chip Gubera, as well as working with Casper Van Dien in the upcoming movie Darkness Reigns and what the future holds for Boster Castle Studios.