In this morning's round-up, we have a Q&A with Casper Van Dien from the supernatural horror film, June. Also: details on Dracula's prop auction, XLrator Media's 24 Hour Rental, a video tribute to Friday the 13th Part VIII called "Voorhees Stomp", a new poster for The Hexecutioners, and release details for Krampus: The Reckoning.
Casper Van Dien Q&A: "JUNE tells the story of nine-year-old June (Brice) who has been shuffled in and out of foster homes for years. And though she tries to be good, no matter where she goes, a trail of chaos and terror seems to follow. It’s only when June is sent to live with a new couple, Lily (Pratt) and Dave (Van Dien), that it looks as if things might finally work out. Except this innocent child with the face of an angel is possessed by an ancient, malevolent entity that has hijacked her soul. Unless June can defeat the demon within, her new family – and mankind itself – are destined for destruction."
Thanks for taking the time to converse with us today, Casper. When you first read the script for June, what elements of the story appealed to you the most?
Casper Van Dien: It was my conversation with [co-star] Victoria [Pratt] and then the director [L. Gustavo Cooper] that got me interested in the script. Then I felt like it is was a smart story that I could do something with.
What can viewers expect from your character, Dave? What kind of a personality does he have?
Casper Van Dien: Dave is a smart guy. He notices things. He loves his wife and wants her to be happy and would do anything for her.
What was your experience working with Kennedy Brice, who plays the nine-year-old with a supernatural presence?
Casper Van Dien: Kennedy is super talented and will always be my little wolf child. I adore her.
Do you have any favorite horror films that influenced your role in June or came to mind during shooting?
Casper Van Dien: I love horror films. I love The Shining and The Exorcist.
The 18th anniversary of Starship Troopers is approaching and the film’s legacy and fan base still continue to grow. When you look back on that experience, what are you the most proud of?
Casper Van Dien: I loved being Johnny Rico in a Paul Verhoeven film written by my great friend Ed Neumeier. I am most proud of the positive effect it has with people. I still get so many questions about the film and everyone quotes it all the time. It felt like it was something special at the time. It felt like a gift from above. And it has been.
With June hitting DVD and Digital on October 6th, what projects do you have on deck that you can tease for our readers, and where can they find you on social media?
Casper Van Dien: I just won Best Director for a film I directed [Patient Killer] for the BAFFSF awards. I just finished my third film as a director and I am Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 3, coming out soon. Star Raiders and ISRA-88 are two films I have coming out soon, too. Life is pretty good.
Dracula Auction: Press Release: "Alexander Grayson's (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) Fight Costume & Sword are just two of the lots set to go under the hammer in the upcoming Prop Store Dracula Prop and Costume Auction, in partnership with NBCUniversal, this Halloween. A total of 450 lots of authentic pieces from the 2013 gothic drama TV show, Dracula, will be available for bidding with no reserve in a 2-week-long online auction. The auction begins on Monday, 12th October on the Prop Store website.
The slick, big-budget drama full of blood and betrayal stars Golden Globe winner Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the titular character and follows his plans for revenge against those who ruined his life centuries earlier.
Fans of Grayson, Helsing and Harker will have the chance to own props used by their favourite characters in some of the show’s most noteworthy episodes including Johnathan Harker's Pocket Watch & Chain, Van Helsing’s Hero Hammer and Alexander Grayson’s Hero Sword.
Some of the notable items collectors and fans can bid on at no reserve include:
Stephen Lane, Prop Store CEO, said: “We’re delighted to offer this exclusive collection of props and costumes from Dracula. This is an exciting opportunity for fans to bid at no reserve on over 450 lots from the hit TV show.”
The auction begins at 5:00 PM GMT on Monday, October 12th with the first lots closing at 5:00 PM GMT on Monday, October 19th and final lots closing at 5:00 PM GMT on Friday, October 30th. 45 new lots will be listed daily at 5:00 PM GMT and will each run for seven days. Bids can be placed online via the Prop Store website at www.propstore.com/auction."
24 Hour Rental: Press Release: "LOS ANGELES (October 6, 2015) – XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the edgy Canadian T.V. series 24 HOUR RENTAL from Reel One Entertainment. The 13 half-hour episodes will premiere October 30, 2015 exclusively on XLrator Media’s MACABRE Collection on Hulu before going to other platforms in 2016.
“It’s The Sopranos meets Clerks in this over-the-top gangster satire that pushes the boundaries of mainstream television and is tailor-made for binge watching” said XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. “We are making 24 HOUR RENTAL available exclusively for digital distribution starting with Hulu, and will aggressively market the series to build a national audience of discerning fans who readily seek edgy smart programming on the top digital platforms.”
24 HOUR RENTAL was created by Frank Massa, directed by George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), co-written by Al Kratina and Mihalka, and stars Romano Orzari (Turbo Kid), Adam Kenneth Wilson, Aaron Berg, Vlasta Vrana, Mike Smith (Trailer Park Boys) and Michael Biehn (The Terminator). It was produced by Reel One Entertainment, Kim Yu and Neil Bregman and executive produced by Tom Berry, George Mihalka and Eris Salvatori.
“Reel One Entertainment is extremely excited to partner with XLrator Media to introduce 24 HOUR RENTAL to the U.S. market. The show’s unique mix of crime story and comedy should attract two diverse but strong fan bases,” said Tom Berry, CEO of Reel One Entertainment.
24 HOUR RENTAL follows former Mafia boss Tracker (Romano Orzari), who having barely avoided early retirement in a shallow grave, now operates a seedy video store. Struggling to stay afloat in the Internet age, Tracker runs his shop as a front for a host of petty crimes, from fencing jewelry to peddling dope cut with Drano and desperation, all in hopes of returning to power.
In addition to 24 HOUR RENTAL, the XLrator Media’s MACABRE collection on Hulu will add three new genre films in October: Poker Night starring Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Titus Welliver and Beau Mirchoff, Feed the Gods and Strange Blood.
The deal was negotiated by Reel One Entertainment’s Tom Berry and Sebastian Battro with XLrator Media’s Barry Gordon.
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ABOUT XLRATOR MEDIA, LLC
One of the fastest-growing independent film distribution companies in North America since its creation in 2010, XLrator Media, LLC (XLratorMedia.com) will release 25 films in 2015. Its recent releases include Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE starring Andre Benjamin as rock legend Jimi Hendrix and SXSW hits HOUSEBOUND and THE MULE. XLrator Media is also the home of the acclaimed MACABRE and TURBO genre film labels and the PACE multicultural film label. The company previously released such diverse films as THE MACHINE, CBGB, AMERICAN MARY, STORM SURFERS 3D, BANSHEE CHAPTER, IRONCLAD: BATTLE FOR BLOOD and FIVE STAR.
ABOUT REEL ONE
Reel One is a leading independent producer and distributor of highly commercial television content with offices in Canada (Montreal and Vancouver) and in Los Angeles (USA) and London (UK). The principal business of Reel One is the development, financing, production and distribution of television films and series catered to international audiences. Reel One has grown to become a leader in the marketplace serving as a primary content provider of television movies to broadcasters all over the world. Reel One prides itself on being at the forefront of creative and technological changes in the industry while building strong relationships that allow it to be one of the most prolific and solid companies in the television independent sector. Veteran entertainment executive Tom Berry is the CEO of Reel One."
Voorhees Stomp: Press Release: "Växjö, SE - Swedish composer/producer Magnus Sellergren, aka Videogram, just released the first video from his coming Cineploit debut album "Pre-Cert".
Entitled "Voorhees Stomp", the video directed by Aaron Romero is a tongue-in-cheek 8-bit tribute to the seventh installment of the Friday the 13th franchise; "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan."
Mixing the 1989 movie with the 1989 "Friday the 13th" NES game, the video sees the iconic Jason Voorhees showing off his "killer moves" in Crystal Lake and New York City. With both Videogram and director Romero being fans of the franchise, every kill from the movie has been carefully recreated with reverence, detail and a healthy dose of humor.
The "Pre-Cert" LP/CD/download will be released on November 13th. "Camp Blood EP", a limited edition 10" pic disc/download featuring the remixes of the track and more, will be released on December 18th.
For more information, please contact Alex at Cineploit at firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/videogramSWE Website: http://videogramswe.blogspot.com Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheVideogramchannel"
The Hexecutioners: Press Release: "From Canadian independent genre studio Foresight Features, director Jesse Thomas Cook (Septic Man, Monster Brawl) and the permanently damaged mind of Tony Burgess (PontyPool, Ejecta), comes The Hexecutioners. The sixth film in the Foresight Features slate is a euthanasia-themed occult haunter that wrapped production in early May. The film will be introduced to international distributors at AFM.
The film stars newcomer Liv Collins, Sarah Power (Repo! The Genetic Opera, The Killjoys), and Tim Burd (SAW II, Septic Man) along with a list of character roles from Ari Millen (Orphan Black), Barry Flatman (Fargo, The Dead Zone), Boyd Banks (Dawn of the Dead, Hellmouth) and Walter Borden (Gerontophilia).
Synopsis: Three years ago Proposition 117 was passed allowing private medical films to conduct assisted suicide procedures. Two disparate young women working for a Rite-to-Die company are dispatched to a remote estate to perform a custom euthanasia ritual, but unwittingly summon the spirits of a death cult that once inhabited the property."
Krampus: The Reckoning: "From director Robert Conway (The Encounter) comes the most frightening film of the festive season. Meet Santa’s dark companion in Krampus: The Reckoning, gift-wrapped with fear this November 3rd from Uncork’d Entertainment.
Zoe is a strange little girl, with a not so imaginary friend the Krampus who is the dark companion of kindly old St. Nicholas. The Krampus has been unleashed upon a small town and the legendary demon will seek out all the naughty people to punish them at Christmas time. No one is safe as the Krampus hunts them down, tortures them and then drags their helpless souls to the depths of hell.
Krampus: The Reckoning is out on DVD and Digital November 3rd."