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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.
Daily Dead recently chatted with Phillips about Shortwave, and he discussed blending genres for his ambitious feature, the integral part sound design plays in the film, as well as collaborating with his Dp Lucas Gath, and more.
We've seen films that featured some of the concepts you’ve used in this before—shortwave radio spectrums, »
- Heather Wixson
By the end of the intense season premiere of Riverdale, we have a chilling realization about the man who shoots Fred Andrews: he might be a serial killer. With the murder of Miss Grundy, it becomes apparent that this isn't a one-time thing. He isn't just some masked vigilante who has a weird vendetta against Fred. It seems we have a cold-blooded killer on our hands, and he's going to strike again. We've already dreamed up a handful of suspects. We've even drafted a theory about Betty's dad and a strange comic-book connection. Before we go any further, we figure it's probably time to assemble all the actual hard evidence we have so far. Shall we? The killer is an adult male. Unless there are any women in Riverdale with very husky builds, we can pretty safely assume this murderer is male. He's Caucasian. We've seen the killer a handful of times already, »
- Ryan Roschke
The season 8 premiere of The Real Housewives of New Jersey ended with sister-in-laws Teresa Giudice and Melissa Gorga having a playful cake fight while celebrating Gorga’s birthday at a fancy restaurant in Boca Raton, Florida. But not everyone was laughing.
On Wednesday’s all-new episode, fans got to see the fallout of #cakegate which culminated in an all-out screaming match between the Jersey Housewives.
On one side was Housewife Siggy Flicker — who has a home in Boca, planned the group trip, set up the special dinner at her friend’s restaurant, and purchased the $1,000 custom-designed cake for Gorga.
- Dave Quinn
For nearly 30 years now, Brad Dourif has been the driving force behind one of the horror genre’s greatest villains, Charles Lee Ray, or Chucky, as the doll version of his character likes to be called. With Child’s Play now having six different sequels, Dourif’s vocal performance as the franchise killer is the cornerstone of the Chucky series, and he really gets a chance to let loose in Cult of Chucky in some rather unexpected ways.
Daily Dead recently spoke with Dourif about Cult of Chucky, and he discussed how his involvement in the franchise has evolved throughout the years, his favorite moments from the series, being able to collaborate (and terrorize) with his own daughter, Fiona, who has become another driving force in the Chucky movies, and more.
Cult of Chucky is currently available on Blu-ray and DVD, and the rated version is currently streaming on Netflix as well, »
- Heather Wixson
In 2014, The Houses October Built quickly became a modern cult hit among horror fans, and now the entire team has returned for a sequel that features the same of haunt enthusiasts (Bobby Roe, Zack Andrews, Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe, and Jeff Larson) who set out to profile a new batch of scare-minded attractions, only to find themselves on the run from the infamous “Blue Skeleton” group that left them traumatized after some terrifying Halloween shenanigans the year prior.
Daily Dead recently caught up with The Houses October Built 2 co-writer/director/co-star Bobby Roe and co-writer/co-star Zack Andrews to discuss how the sequel came to be, keeping Halloween traditions alive, and more.
Congrats on coming back for a sequel, guys. Did you know when you did the »
- Heather Wixson
Image Source: Everett Collection Warning: light American Horror Story: Cult spoilers below. You can't set foot in a new season of American Horror Story without running into a familiar face. Sure, this is due in large part to the fact that a huge chunk of the cast returns year after year, but it's also because all the seasons of the show connect into a greater universe. Sometimes, this even means we see the same characters more than once. Going into season seven, Cult, there's already one recognizable (and rather terrifying) face we're prepared to see: Twisty the Clown. So, when did we last see the creepy clown, and how does he play into present day? Before we go over Twisty's role in Cult, let's review everything that happens in Freak Show, his debut season. Twisty appears in the first episode of season four, already formed into the horrifying monster he is. »
- Ryan Roschke
“The Empire Looms Large.” That’s what Ron Howard, the director of Lucasfilm’s still-untitled Han Solo movie, tweeted today, along with a photo of a Death Star trooper’s helmet. So what might that mean for the new film? Let’s take a look at some Star Wars history to potentially find out. Before we go any further, here is Howard’s […]
The post ‘Han Solo’ Movie Will Have An Imperial Presence, But What Does This Actually Mean? appeared first on /Film. »
- Ben Pearson
With their Joshua Tree at 30 tour hitting these shores tomorrow, and the Beatles’ It Was 50 Years Ago Today! still fresh in the memory, now seems as good a time as any to take a retrospective look at U2’s keystone contribution to the rockumentary genre. Turning 30 years old itself next year, the (mainly) black-and-white Rattle and Hum offers an even more raw, gritty and electrifying experience than it did then.
Before we go any further, this article has been penned by a fan. Yes, yours truly firmly believes that the Irish rockers are the best thing to come out of Dublin’s fair city since 1759 (if that’s been lost on you, just google ‘1759 Dublin’). So in case it shows now and again that this is a rose-tinted review, I apologise in advance. Which leads us rather conveniently to a big question: how much is this a film for the fans? »
- Dan Green
One of my favorite movies out of Fantastic Fest 2016 (read my review here) was Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch, which follows a young woman named Arlen (Suki Waterhouse), who is released from a secretive prison into the desert and must fend for herself against a group of cannibals led by Miami Man (Jason Momoa). Once she escapes their clutches, she finds respite at a nearby commune called “Comfort,” which is overseen by the enigmatic figure known only as “The Dream” (Keanu Reeves, who couldn’t be more perfectly cast in this role).
But as Arlen struggles with her new existence and her own rage, she makes some terrible decisions one fateful afternoon that sets off a dangerous chain of events. Arlen will stop at nothing to find a way to make amends with those she’s wronged, and figure out just how she fits into the world, forever branded as “Bad Batch.”
At the recent press day for The Bad Batch, Daily Dead had the opportunity to sit down and chat with both Amirpour and Waterhouse about their collaboration, and during the interview the pair discussed everything from Amirpour’s unusual storytelling approach to finding purpose in life, to how desensitized audiences have become to violence over the last few years (and much more).
Watching Bad Batch a second time, I completely fell in love with this movie all over again. Sometimes, you see a movie at a festival, and you're like, "Okay, was I just on the festival high or something?" But watching it again, I loved it even more because I got to pick up on a lot of details that I'd missed that first time. So, again, congratulations
Ana Lily Amirpour: Thank you.
Ana, I know we talked about the fact that there was limited dialogue in the film, but for your character, Suki, I think what is so amazing is the first 20 minutes or so, I don't even think you speak other than we hear you scream. How daunting was that for you coming into this, knowing that this is a character, who, for most of it, was going to be more of a physical performance than a vocal one.
Suki Waterhouse: Yeah, I didn't think about that too much, and then Jason [Momoa] said something interesting in Venice. He was like, "It's actually quite hard to not speak a lot," because you're just like, "I'm not fu**ing doing anything. I'm just not doing anything." And it was true. When I watched it, it's like, "No, you didn't need to speak," and it actually gives so much more room for everyone to decide what they want to decide when you're not talking.
That scene was the first day, and then, when I was getting my arm chopped off, I didn't know how I was going to do it. I was just like, "Okay, she's sawing my arm." Like, "Ah," and then just kept screaming and screaming and going fu**ing mental until I wanted to pass out, basically. So yeah, it was just guttural screaming.
Ana Lily Amirpour: Yeah, because once you're chained up even, and you're actually chained up, to some degree, so it's like, "Oh, okay." It was a pretty terrifying situation to find yourself in. I was showing her, thinking in terms of what kind of movie was going to be made, movies by Sergio Leone, westerns, and even El Topo. Because, a lot of the time, you're taken into a visual world, where there's other elements than dialogue, as far as how you interact with the world.
I love your stylistic choices between this and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Do you feel like it's a bigger challenge for you as a director to make films like this, where you pull back from the dialogue? Because I've seen movies that over-explain everything, and they just exposition you to death sometimes. Do you feel like, for you, it's a bigger challenge coming into something like this, where you have a lot of these ideas that you have to make work on a visual level, and then get people to connect with them?
Ana Lily Amirpour: I mean, honestly, I can't answer that, because it would be like trying to understand the whims of every person. If you think of music, there's many different kinds, and if we suddenly only had mass-produced radio pop music, that wouldn't be great. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that, but it's cool to have different feelings and different places to disappear inside of.
And I guess, for me, I'm just doing what feels like a place I want to be, and want to create and exist, for the story. And then you just hope that people get welcomed into the experience and go on the ride. You know what I mean?
Definitely. And what I think is really interesting about Arlen, for as much as she's a hero, you have to remember, she was in “Bad Batch” for a reason. It was interesting, going back and watching the decisions that she makes, and how part of this journey then becomes about her making amends for those decisions. Can you talk about going into that headspace and finding this character, because she's not just a black and white character, She does make some questionable decisions at times that have really major implications on a lot of different characters.
Ana Lily Amirpour: Yes, she does some fu**ed up shit.
Suki Waterhouse: Yeah, she has dark and light in her. And it's explored as we go through this story, and it’s not like that necessarily all goes away at the end, either. But I think we all have that. We all have multitudes inside of us. And it's a little bit of a coming of age, in that she is incredibly selfish in the beginning, and, for me, it was a lot about finding purpose. I was struggling with that at the time of filming, or before, and it’s something I still struggle with personally all the time, where it's like, "What am I here for? What am I doing to be a solution for something?"
Ana Lily Amirpour: She does do hideously heinous things from her choices. I think a lot of characters do. It's interesting that Miami Man brutally kills and eats two people in the span of the film and you somehow see him, as like–
Suki Waterhouse: An anti-hero, in a way.
Ana Lily Amirpour: Yeah, as a good guy.
Suki Waterhouse: Exactly.
Ana Lily Amirpour: So, I think it's really interesting how manipulative a movie can be. Because she does some heinous things–
Suki Waterhouse: But we don't hate any of them.
Ana Lily Amirpour: I don't, and I hope audiences don’t, either. I feel like the system, if you track back from any individual, you can find something about their story that took them to where they are. And it's more about, is there a way to get to a point where you break your own cycle of behavior and just choose something different than what you've been doing? And Arlen starts doing that in the movie, and that's what I find, ultimately, really brave about her character.
And I think what's interesting is that we have all made stupid decisions. And for me, that's the most compelling part, is that end with Miel [Jayda Fink], Miami Man’s daughter, I just love that in the end it's almost like this whole film is about her, because of what Keanu says. He says, “The dream is life.” And In the end it's all about this little girl, and it didn't hit me the first time, but last night watching, I was like, "Oh my God, that's beautiful." I also think it helps ground these characters who maybe make bad decisions, and you realize that maybe they're doing it for the right reasons.
Ana Lily Amirpour: Yes, I wrote that. It's weird because I've had really interesting conversations where people who are wondering about, how can she be so bad, and what's up with the morality, and want answers or something. Sometimes, I just think it's interesting because I feel like, as a movie watching culture or population, imagine, in the last week, I don't know how many movies you've seen, or TV shows, how many deaths were there? And how many violent scenes were there? A shitload, right?
Yeah, for sure.
Ana Lily Amirpour: And like, how many did you clock and register and feel? We're desensitized to death, and to violence, in a way that's so incredibly interesting to me. I think it's interesting if you force a monkey wrench into that, and you're like, "You're going to feel this in a different way than you normally would."
But don't get me wrong, I go to movies for many different reasons, and I love movies, I love Tarantino movies where they talk the whole time to each other. I love Nancy Meyers movies, cause I just want to be in a nice kitchen and watch these privileged people figure out how to deal with their divorce. I love that, though. It's comfort food. I like different movies for different reasons. I think it is interesting, though, the good and bad thing, because in The Bad Batch, I don't think there’s an easy answer as to who's good or bad. Well, except the Hermit, maybe.
What's interesting, too, is that Arlen goes to Comfort, because it sounds like the place you want to be. It sounds like the life you want, if this is where you have to exist, and yet you realize soon enough that it's all a façade. And really, what Comfort is, is you figuring out what it is you want out of life. And I just thought that was really cool because you can either live with a façade of a life, or you can really go and ask yourself hard questions and figure things out. And I just thought it was a really compelling way to pull it all together in the end.
Ana Lily Amirpour: That's joyously accurate to how my mind was thinking about everything. So that's like—you're my people. That's pretty much exactly some of the stuff that I was thinking and saying about that scene. You totally got it.
Before we go, I want to ask you, Suki, in terms of being out in the desert and wearing the leg brace thing, how much did that help you go deep into the character of Arlen? Because it's one thing to maybe read a script at home, and you're in your own environment, but now you're out there and you're in the middle of this desert, and you really have to put yourself out there for this character?
Suki Waterhouse: Yeah, of course, you put all of it on in the morning, and it's a big process. You get all muddied up and tattooed and get your big brace on and your gummy arm, and you look in the mirror, and you're like, "Wow, okay." But even before we started shooting, I felt like, it's weird, you look in the mirror and I started seeing myself change. I don't know, it's really creepy. I started looking like someone I didn’t even recognize, so I think that process really helped me.
- Heather Wixson
In the film 47 Meters Down, sisters Kate and Lisa travel to Mexico and, after a bit of pressing, they go diving in shark-infested waters. Everything is all well and good until the cable holding their cage near the surface snaps, sending the pair hurling down to the depths of the dark ocean. Not only are they at the mercy of a group of great white sharks, but they also face a dwindling supply of oxygen. Can the pair make it out with their lives?
Lrm had a chance to sit down at a roundtable with actresses Mandy Moore and Claire Holt, who portray Kate and Lisa in the new shark film. As one would expect with a film like this, shooting underwater comes with its own laundry list of problems. In this interview, the pair talk about underwater fears, Bob the shark, and the experience of long, eight-hour days underwater. »
- Nancy Tapia
Premiering on Monday, June 19th as part of the 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival lineup is director Julius Ramsay’s intense and masterfully constructed thriller, Midnighters, which was penned by Julius’ brother, Alston Ramsay. The story follows a young couple, Lindsey (Alex Essoe) and Jeff (Dylan McTee), who accidentally hit a strange man on their way home from a New Year’s Eve party, only to discover their victim was headed to their abode. As it turns out, Lindsey’s sister Hannah (Perla Haney-Jardine), who recently came to stay with her family, had been mixed up in a rather serious predicament, and Hannah’s past is about to come crashing down on the trio in some rather horrendous ways.
Daily Dead recently spoke with Ramsay about his first time at the helm of a feature, how his prior industry experiences helped prepare him to take on directing Midnighters, working with his »
- Heather Wixson
When we think of big Hollywood stars like Chris Evans, we imagine the luxurious, glamorous lives they must lead. Big houses, fancy cars, only the top restaurants, etc. But it’s important to realize that these people also dedicate a tremendous amount of time to their careers, often spending many months of the year away from family and friends in order to shoot projects in various parts of the world.
This is especially true of those who are tied to mega franchises, like Evans. The Captain America actor has been a fixture of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years now and it’s been a gigantic commitment for him, having appeared in five films so far for the company, with at least two more to come – and that’s not counting uncredited cameos. As you can imagine, signing on to be a part of something like that must be pretty daunting, »
- Matt Joseph
This week's episode of Pretty Little Liars gave us a shocking conclusion. After weeks and weeks of trying to puzzle out the identity of the show's final "Uber A," we seemingly got our biggest hint yet. In the final moments, we find out Mona has a pretty advanced lair set up in her apartment. She's got pictures of all the liars, police case files, suspicious shovels, snaps of the big board game, and more. Upon first glance, it's easy to assume that Mona never quite let go of her evil ways and that she scooped up the game after Charlotte Dilaurentis's murder. But, listen, we're not buying it. This is exactly what we're meant to think, but if you look back, there's a lot of evidence to the contrary. In fact, Mona might be our last great hero. Let's get into it. Before we go into Mona's possible true motives, »
- Ryan Roschke
Finally, someone other than those pesky executives at Warner Bros. have seen Wonder Woman. And the response appears to be positive. Though, admittedly, these responses are clearly coming from some sort of Mommy blogger group and a handful of DC fan sites. And they're not filled with the kind of enthusiasm that will have any doubters running out to theaters on opening day. Overall, they smell like 'pat on the back' reactions. It's hard to tell how good the movie actually is, which seems to be par for the course with Wonder Woman.
Let's get something clear right now. Early Twitter responses, for whatever superhero or big genre movie is coming out soon, are lofty at best. As witnessed at Marvel's open house, some in attendance are afraid to give their true feelings for fear of being uninvited from future screenings. One negative response from the early Guardians of the Galaxy 2 »
Here's the best example of keeping it real we've ever seen ... Bears rookie -- the 2nd pick in the Draft -- Mitch Trubisky pushing his grandma's '97 Toyota Camry to his first pro football camp. Before we go any further, Trubisky is rich -- with the #2 pick projected to have a contract valued around the $30 million ... so he definitely doesn't Have to push granny's ride to practice. So, why's he doing it? Mitch is keeping »
- TMZ Staff
In theaters and on VOD beginning Friday, May 12th is writer/director Ben Young’s emotional captivity thriller, Hounds of Love, which has stunned audiences during its festival fun over the last several months, including at the SXSW and Overlook film festivals (read my review here). Hailing from Australia, Hounds of Love is a harrowing tale about a dangerous couple (played by Stephen Curry and Emma Booth) with a predilection for kidnapping and torturing young girls, including a teenager named Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings), who senses a divide between the couple, and tries to use that to her advantage in hopes of escaping her nightmarish ordeal.
Daily Dead recently spoke to Young about Hounds of Love, and he discussed his approach to the film’s challenging themes, working with his talented cast, and more.
Very excited to chat with you about Hounds of Love today, Ben. I loved it back when I saw it at SXSW, »
- Heather Wixson
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The DC universe and the brick-based world of Lego make for a wonderful blend, as The Lego Batman Movie reminded us not that long ago.
Here are 13 of the best Lego sets featuring Batman and/or Superman...
There's been no shortage of Lego Batmobiles over the »
Vin Diesel is all talk when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, now, in more ways than one. Diesel famously voices Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as well as whatever sort of growth Groot experiences between now and Avengers: Infinity War (Teenage Groot?). In the age of A-list actors doing motion capture, Diesel only provides Groot's voice, though he is incredibly committed to that, reading each line differently and even doing the foreign language version for multiple countries.
Now, Vin Diesel has more to talk about, but I'm afraid that, it too, is just talk. Diesel was interviewed by USA Today and he made a claim about what would be a fascinating Guardians of the Galaxy spinoff:
"[Writer/Director] James Gunn has always wanted a Rocket and Groot movie. And I know that Disney is very much into being successful. »
- Nick Doll
Well hello there, beautiful.
Hark! Is that the sound of lightsabers I hear? Yes, the first trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally arrived. During the panel at this year’s 40th Anniversary Star Wars Celebration, President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, director Rian Johnson, and cast members of The Last Jedi revealed the first footage of the new film. For those unfamiliar with Johnson, the director of Looper, this entry of the new series might be most anticipated of them all.
Thanks to some toy reveals earlier this year, we know that Rey, Finn, and Poe will be back in action. It also stands to reason that Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) will play a much more prominent role in the story going forward, at least that is what Kennedy said during the The Last Jedi panel. While not too much of the actual story has been revealed Daisy Ridley, who »
- Max Covill
His history of underperforming at the box office makes predicting a post-Marvel career tricky.
If the image of a bearded, flannel-clad Chris Evans playing a single uncle isn’t enough to lure throngs of women to the movies, I don’t know what will. In his latest film, Gifted, Evans plays Frank Adler, the aforementioned single uncle to a spunky six year-old gifted child, Mary (Mckenna Grace). Frank is caring for his niece after the unexpected death of his sister and he yearns for the child to have a normal and healthy life. After he sends Mary off on her first day of school, her teacher, Bonnie (Jenny Slate), notices the child’s remarkable abilities and alerts the school’s principal. Mary is offered a chance to attend a prestigious school for gifted children, which Frank promptly declines. This kicks off a custody battle between Frank and his estranged mother, Evelyn »
- Jamie Righetti
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