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Two brothers make a pitstop in a town teeming with cannibals in Chris von Hoffmann's Drifter, and for our latest Q&A feature, we caught up with Hoffmann to discuss the making of his feature film debut.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Chris. How and when did you first come up with the idea for Drifter?
Chris von Hoffmann: I actually thought of the concept back when I was 16. It was just one of several script ideas I started putting together on paper but never saw it all the way through because of my attention span back then. However, I had the title, had written the opening scene and had the overall structure down, but it was slightly different. The original concept still centered on two brothers who wind up in a strange town, but the town was originally possessed by a »
- Derek Anderson
You can be two things inside a post-apocalyptic wasteland devoid of morality according to writer/director Chris von Hoffmann: stoic badass on a journey of vengeance or unhinged cartoon cannibal with tongue readier to lick flesh than gun is to blow a hole in someone’s head. There’s no room for anything in between whether compassionate souls trying to survive amongst malicious wild cards or cautious, anxiety-ridden kids in way over their heads. Either way you’re going to die — not in an esoteric “we all die” sort of way, but a brutal demise brought on by that stoic badass or muscle-bound kook maniacally laughing with his/her tongue on your cheek. At least you can rest well knowing your killer will die soon too. It’s the little things after all.
So what do you do while awaiting death in such a nihilistic purgatory? Well, the characters »
- Jared Mobarak
With spring right around the corner, you might hear the wind carrying the sound of a chainsaw starting up, or perhaps it's the maniacal cackle of a Good Guys doll gone bad that you hear. Leatherface and Chucky are just two of the many film fiends that will stalk the silver screen at the annual April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama in Pennsylvania, and we have details on the anticipated event's full lineup of eight movies screening over two festive nights.
A companion marathon to September's Drive-In Super Monster-Rama (one of Daily Dead's favorite events of the year), the April Ghouls Drive-In Monster-Rama takes place April 28th–30th at the Riverside Drive-In Theatre in Vandergrift, Pa.
Tickets are $10.00 for an adult each night, with overnight camping also priced at $10.00 per adult. Beginning at dusk and stretching into the late hours of the night, here's the complete lineup of 35mm screenings for the event:
- Derek Anderson
Jason Isaacs as Dr. Volmer in A Cure for WellnessIt starts with a whispered melody. It will send frissons of familiarity, of a kind of upsetting longing for clarity. You know that song the odd English girl is singing, but you can't place it. Neither can Lockhart (Dane DeHaan, who they might have called Lockjaw, as he can barely seem to spit his words out), which is what draws him into the guts of a mystery. And it draws the film into a slithering spiral, compels us to observe an autopsy of modern horror. What half-remembered giallo fugue is Gore Verbinski spooning up for us like medicine, pinioned to our chairs like one of the zombie patients in the film’s sinister clinic? A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film. »
Ana Lily Amirpour made one of the most attention-grabbing debuts in recent memory with “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” and now the writer/director is back with “The Bad Batch.” The newly launched Neon is set to release the film this summer, and to commemorate the occasion they’ve also put out a new trailer. Watch below.
Amirpour, whose debut is regarded as the first (and, to date, only) Iranian vampire Western, appears to be back in genre-bending mode: “The Bad Batch” has been described as a post-apocalyptic melding of “Mad Max” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Neon’s growing slate also includes the Anne Hathaway–starring “Colossal” and Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats,” which won a directing prize at Sundance.
Read More: ‘The Bad Batch »
- Michael Nordine
This spring, Scream Factory will take viewers into the Simms' Funeral Home with their Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Tales From the Hood. Although special features for the horror anthology have yet to be revealed, we have a look at the new cover art and official release date for the Blu-ray.
From Scream Factory: "Let’s start the new year off on a good note with news on an upcoming release (Executive Produced by Spike Lee) we know several of you have been waiting for! Read on for more details:
- Blu-ray Premiere! Official release date is April 18th.
- This will branded as a "Collector's Edition" that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed only for three months after its original release date).
- The newly-commissioned front-facing artwork you see pictured comes to us »
- Derek Anderson
A while back Trick or Treat Studios acquired the rights to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise for Halloween 2017, and right now we have a look at what’s to come, and Holy Shit is it good! The studio will be… Continue Reading →
The post Trick or Treat Studios Brings The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to Life appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Steve Barton
7 items from 2017
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