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EXCLUSIVE: PRODUCER JASON BLUM TALKS DARK SKIES (PART ONE)

Posted in Aliens, Interviews, Movies, Sci-Fi, Thriller with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2013 by darklordbunnykins

Keri Russell in Dark Skies

The DLB recently spoke to Dark Skies producer Jason Blum about the alien abduction thriller about to hit theatres tomorrow. Blum is the name behind Blumhouse Productions, the production company behind low-budget horror successes like the first Paranormal Activity, Insidious, and Sinister. Amongst our topics: making scary movies on small budgets, working with director Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion), the next Paranormal Activity and Insidious films, as well as working with Rob Zombie on The Lords of Salem. Part 2 of our chat will be posted tomorrow.

How excited are you about the way Dark Skies turned out?

I’m really happy with it. It’s exactly the movie that Scott…Scott brought me the movie a year ago, pitched it at me, well not exactly but very close to what you saw. and I really like an emotional story, you know, character, emotional work and the family drama that is depicted in the movie and to have a family upset by this dark force and I’m really proud of the movie and I am really pleased at how it turned out. I wouldn’t be doing these calls if I felt differently, obviously.

 

And why did you want to make it?

I always look for the same things in the movies that we decide to do, which is, is there a great drama and is there a great story. I think unlike a lot of the other companies that make horror movies I really look at the story first and the scares second, and I actually think that makes the movies scarier. I think a lot of places say, well tell me the scares and then we’ll work the story out later, and I think that’s not super effective, and so that’s a long answer to your question, but Scott checked all the boxes with this movie. It’s exactly the kind of movie we’re looking for and I would continue to make. Obviously I don’t want to repeat ourselves, we want to excel. And I think the movie is very different than Sinister and Insidious but certainly just as scary.

 

Speaking of Scott, what is he really good at and why did you want to work with him?

I never met him before we started the movie so I could only look at his movies, and what I got from his movies relates to what I just said, is that I thought he was really good at directing actors, he’s gotten really good performances, and that’s what I was drawn to, and I think that he continued to get that. Both Josh [Hamilton] and Keri [Russell] have seen the finished film, they love it, they want to work again with Scott, and I don’t have to tell you this but that doesn’t happen too often. So that’s what I thought he was good at, and I’m not always right, but I was right about that and I was happy about it.

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Speaking of Keri and Josh, why did you want to cast them, especially given that they don’t have backgrounds in horror films? Or is that an advantage?

To me that’s an advantage. I did theatre in New York but I was just starting out in my career. I had a company called Malaparte and Ethan Hart and Calista Flockheart and Steve Zahn and Robert Sean Leonard and Josh Hamilton, among a bunch of other people who were in the company and Ethan did Sinister and Ethan did a second film with me called The Purge and the casting of all of our movies, ultimately the directors have the final say, but I’ve encouraged them to cast actors who aren’t necessarily associated with horror. You can say that of Ethan, and you can certainly say that of Josh Hamilton and Keri, for that matter.

 

There are a lot of alien invasion films, a lot of alien abduction films, but to what extent do you think is Dark Skies scarier because it’s told on an intimate scale – it’s one family, as opposed to a more global invasion big-budget films like Battlefield Earth or Independence Day?

I don’t see this as an alien invasion movie at all. I know that may sound surprising after you saw it but an alien invasion movie implies exactly what you said, being a spectacle close-encounter, I see it as a family disrupted by a menacing force and to me, in Paranormal Activity you never see what the force is; in Sinister and Insidious you see it a bit more, but to me what the actual evil is, is much less interesting to me than what the evil causes. And that’s what I like about this movie, I don’t look at it like an alien invasion movie at all.

Josh Hamilton in Dark Skies

On that note though, how much discussion went into how much you would show the aliens and what they would look like, given that they are secondary as opposed to the effect upon the family itself?

Very little. I think less is more when you are showing evil forces, and again, I think the conversations were about who should be in the movie, who should play it, what problems they were facing and in all the films that our company works on, we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the…we give a personality to the evil by not showing the evil. We can’t compete with the bigger movies on showing evil forces, we just…so I feel we get a lot more mileage out of not showing them and letting people imagine. Whatever you can imagine is way worse than whatever we have the ability to show, so I encourage filmmakers to let audiences imagine what’s bad as opposed to see it.

 

Dark Skies opens Feb. 22.

 

 

 

EXCL: OREN PELI ON “THE RIVER”: PART 2

Posted in Devils, Ghosts, Interviews, Monsters, Supernatural, TV with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB recently sat down with Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli to discuss his TV show The River, amongst other things. This is part two of our discussion:

 

Have you had any problems with censors yet?

You always deal with the standards & practices, and you have to negotiate with them, how many times can you use a bleeped version of seven word, but it important for us to create a sense of realism so we wanted the characters to be able to curse as they naturally would just the way the intended so we would bleep it out.

And we never really meant to go for too much gore anyways, so that was never our intention so we didn’t experience too many problems with that.

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EXCL: OREN PELI TALKS “THE RIVER”: PART ONE

Posted in Devils, Fantasy, Ghosts, Interviews, Thriller, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2012 by darklordbunnykins

The Oren Peli-produced TV show The River, about a team of camera-equipped adventurers documenting their attempted rescue of a beloved nature show TV host (Bruce Greenwood), debuts tonight, and The DLB recently had the chance to talk to Peli (best known as the director of Paranoral Activity) about it:

What is your background as a horror fan?

I’m not specifically a horror fan. I like any good movie or TV show, so I do like some of the horror movies that are more like the slow burn ones, stuff like Rosemary’s Baby and The Others, Sixth Sense. Not so much the slasher horror movies. So that’s the kind of stuff I’m usually drawn to.

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ROB ZOMBIE, PART 2: ROB TALKS ABOUT “THE LORDS OF SALEM”

Posted in Gore, Heavy Metal, Interviews, Music, News with tags , , , , , , on May 17, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

In Part 2 of my interview with Rob Zombie, Rob discusses working with FX wizard Wayne Toth on his upcoming film The Lords of Salem and the film’s origins.

You’ll be filming Lords of Salem soon, and Wayne Toth, who worked on both Halloween films and House of 1000 Corpses, is doing your FX on that show. Can we expect some sick practical effects work?

Yeah, Wayne’s already started working. There’s a lot of effects so there’s a very long lead time so he started way ahead of everybody else. Yeah, he’s come up with some crazy shit, man, I’ll tell you that much.

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EXCLUSIVE! ROB ZOMBIE TALKS NEW TOUR + DRUMMER

Posted in Concerts, Devils, Gore, Halloween, Heavy Metal, Interviews, Movies, Music, News, Serial Killers, Violence with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 13, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB recently spoke with multitasking mad man Rob Zombie about numerous subjects, including his upcoming summer tour, new drummer Ginger Fish, working with friend and comedian Tom Papa, and his next film, The Lords of Salem. Here is is updating us on the tour and Fish. Look for more Part 2 of our conversation soon.

You’re touring Europe soon and then North America with Slayer and Exodus. Is that the best way to spend the summer?

Well, I don’t know if it’s the best way, but it seems to be the only way. That’s the way every summer seems to pan out. Last summer I spent all summer touring with Korn on the Mayhem Tour so I guess it wouldn’t be a summer if I wasn’t losing some hearing.

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“INSIDIOUS” WEEK CONCLUDES: JAMES WAN & LEIGH WHANNELL DISCUSS THE FILM’S SCARY SCORE AND OREN PELI

Posted in Devils, Ghosts, Interviews, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 1, 2011 by darklordbunnykins

Insidious is out in theatres now so go support it or never complain again about the lack of original horror films. Got it? Good. Anyway…

Here is the final part of the DLB’s interview with filmmakers James Wan and Leigh Whannell. Here we discuss the film’s scary score, courtesy of Joseph Bishara (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and the involvement of their producers, including Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli.

How important is sound design and Joseph Bishara’s music to making Insidious as scary as it is?

James: Because Insidious is all about me hearkening back to my love of classic haunted house movies, very old school horror, old school ghost story here, and the best way to represent that is not just through the visuals, not just through the camera work and production design but the score is such an important part.

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Horror Celebrities to appear at “ROCK CON” FanFest July 30-August 1

Posted in Events, Festivals, Movies, Music, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

William Finley as the Phantom of the Paradise

PRESS RELEASE:

HORROR ROCK STAR CELEBRITIES will be appearing at “ROCK CON: “WEEKEND OF 100 ROCK STARS” including a “PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE” REUNION!

“Rock Con: Weekend Of 100 Rock Stars” Celebrity FanFest event comes to the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel Conference Center in East Rutherford, NJ on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 30th – August 1st weekend with theme reunions and guest appearances, including a roster of Rockin’ Horror Stars.

Already scheduled to appear are:

~Gerrit Graham played “Beef” in Brian DePalma’s rock horror musical film “Phantom of the Paradise.” He also composed with Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead.

~William Finley played Winslow Leech – “The Phantom” title character in the rock horror musical film “Phantom of the Paradise.”

~Jonathan Tiersten starred in the cult horror/slasher film “Sleepaway Camp.” His band Jonathan Tiersten & The Ten Tiers.

~Lezlie Deane “killed” Freddie Krueger in the film “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.” She is lead singer in West Coast band Scary Cherry & The Bang Bangs.

~Demon Boy is a new recording artist influenced by Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, and is the star of the upcoming Demon Boy comic book series.

~Eerie Von bassist for Danzig and Samhain, fits in this category for his “Fiend Art” paintings of monsters and horror themes.

~Bobby Steele guitarist for The Misfits and The Undead.

KISS fans will be please to see former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick and Lydia Criss, ex-wife of Peter Criss, who wrote the book “Sealed With A KISS.”

Fans attending “ROCK CON” will be able to talk directly to, obtain signed autographs and meet some of their favorite rock and media personalities on common ground. The eventsis ghost-hosted by “Cryptmaster Chiller Chucky” of the National Horror Happenings newsletter.

Many very special music guests of honor are already confirmed, including current and former members of such rock bands as:  Suicidal Tendencies, The Hollies (2010 Rock HOF inductees), The Cars, The Animals (1994 Rock HOF Inductees), Porno for Pyros, The GoGos, The Archies, Vanilla Fudge, The Yardbirds (1992 Rock HOF Inductees), Jefferson Airplane/Starship, The Smithereens, Human Beinz, The Rascals (1997 Rock HOF Inductees), Nazz, Tuff Darts, The Stories, The Bay City Rollers, Spanky & Our Gang, Village People, Utopia & many others.

Other notable names include legendary rock & blues guitarist Johnny Winter, Dale Bozzio of Missing Persons, actress/singer/personality Rockabilly personality Robert Gordon, Dr. Demento favorite Tom T-Bone Stankus. Also, expect to see radio and TV music personalities like rock & roll TV DJ Clay Cole, the only host to have both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on the same broadcast.

A complete list of all special guests appearing can be found at http://www.nationalrockcon.com/Artists.htm. Tickets starting at $20 are now on sale online. For info, write rock@nationalrockcon.com or call 203-795-4737. www.NationalRockCon.com

What: “ROCK CON:Weekend of 100 Rock Stars”

Where: Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel & Conference Center, East Rutherford, NJ (special ROCK CON convention rate only $109 before July 1)

When: Friday July 30th 2010: 6pm -11pm (optional 5pm V.I.P. Early-Bird admission available), Saturday July 31st 2010: 1pm-10pm (optional NOON V.I.P. Early-Bird admission available), Sunday August 1st 2010: 1pm – 9pm (optional NOON V.I.P. Early-Bird admission available)

Vendor Rooms and Guests Rooms close at 9pm Friday, 7pm on Saturday and Sunday

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