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MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: New Poster and Trailer Revealed Spine-Tingling New Horror Flick!

MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: New Poster and Trailer Revealed Spine-Tingling New Horror Flick!

Check out the first trailer and poster for MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT, a fun new horror film – in the tradition of THE STRANGERS – starring William Baldwin (FLATLINERS, BACKDRAFT, SLIVER).

Synopsis: What happens when a night of fun turns into a night of horror?  Seven friends and a mysterious backpacker converge at a desolate ski lodge in the mountains and as the clock begins the countdown to the New Year, they discover that the end of the old year may be the end of all their years as they are systematically hunted down by ruthless masked men with a deadly agenda.

Film is scripted by Victoria Dadi and Christopher M. Don.

Award-winning actor William Baldwin (Backdraft, Flatliners, Sliver), Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), John Hennigan (Never Leave Alive), Dominique Swain (Astro), Viva Bianca (“Spartacus : War of the Damned”), Jared Cohn (Pernicious) and Christopher Judge (“Stargate SG-1”) star in a Christopher Ray (Circus Kane) film.

Minutes to Midnight is on VOD July 3 and DVD September 4.

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Slayer’s Premieres Video For “Pride In Prejudice” To Complete ‘Relentless’ Trilogy

Slayer’s Premieres Video For “Pride In Prejudice” To Complete ‘Relentless’ Trilogy

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With the premiere of “Pride in Prejudice,” Slayer completes the Repentless music video trilogy. Check out the video below.

The first video, “Repentless,” was released 9/11/15 and has accumulated more than 9.8 million views to date. It introduced us to Wyatt, the eyepatched rebel inmate (Jason Trost/”Hatchet III”), and a host of nefarious prisoners played by some of today’s most iconic horror film actors including Danny Trejo/”Machete,” “From Dusk Till Dawn”, Tony Moran/”Halloween’s” Michael Myers, “American Poltergeist,” Derek Mears/”Predators,” “Friday the 13th,” Tyler Mane/”Halloween,” Sean Whalen/”Men In Black,” “Halloween II,” and Vernon Wells/”Mad Max 2,” “Commando,” “Weird Science.” “Repentless” was shot at the Sybil Brand Institute in East Los Angeles and has Slayer performing the song in the prison yard while a riot breaks out, blood flowing in abundance, inmates and prison guards brutally slaughtered.

From the very first frame, “You Against You,” the gore, the violence, the carnage begins and just never ends. While the second video in the trilogy, it is the prequel to “Repentless,” telling the story of the circumstances that led to Wyatt’s erroneous arrest and imprisonment. Slayer’s performance for “You Against You” was shot at a graveyard of jets, airliners and helicopters in California’s Mojave Desert.
“You Against You” premiered 3/16/16 and has accumulated more than 4.8 million YouTube views.

The “Repentless” video trilogy was conceived and directed by BJ McDonnell who directed the 2013 horror film “Hatchett III.” His rich resume as a motion picture cameraman includes “Jack Reacher,” “Tomorrowland” and “The Interview,” and just wrapped filming for the upcoming “Annabelle 2.”

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In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without founding member Jeff Hanneman and first with producer Terry Date, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band – Tom Araya/vocals & bass, Kerry King/guitars, Paul Bostaph/drums and Exodus/Slayer touring guitarist Gary Holt – has toured near-non-stop since the album’s release, and heads out on the road starting September 9 with a seven-week North American trek with Anthrax and Death Angel. This fall, Dark Horse Comics will publish a three-issue comic book series based on McDonnell’s original concept for the “Repentless” video trilogy and written by Jon Schnepp. In addition, October will see the release of Slayer’s “Cradle To Grave” BMX Bikes/Subrosa four-bike collection. Comprised of the Slayer Balance, Slayer 20, Slayer 26 and the Slayer Urban Terrain Bike, all are intended for BMX riders to “use and abuse.”‘

Pride and Prejudice: A convicted prisoner on death row…a cookie-cutter, white-bread family unit putting up the Christmas decorations… two worlds, lightness and darkness colliding…white supremacists…ruthless murders…Slayer’s “Pride in Prejudice” music video.

Here’s the breakdown on the video:

Directed by BJ McDonnell
Produced by Felissa Rose
Edited by Ed Marx and Andrea Porter
Director of Photography – Eric Leach
Tony Gardner/Alterian FX for Special FX Makeup
Jason Trost (“Hatchet III”) – Wyatt
Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk Til Dawn”)
Bill Moseley – the Dad (“House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devil’s Rejects”)
Caroline Williams – the Mom (“Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens”, “Hatchett III”)
Richard Speight, Jr. – returning as the ultimate Bad Guy (“CSI,” “Jericho,” “Supernatural”)
Filmed during the winter of 2016 in the mountains of Wrightwood, CA

“I’m particularly excited about this third video,” said McDonnell, “because we played with stylistic differences with the trilogy. Where one video plays like an action film, this third one is more of a dramatic piece. The final story takes us into a world that is especially sinister in tone, with the dark and the light colliding. The conclusion is visually cinematic and harsh, with Slayer conducting us through it all with ‘Pride In Prejudice.'”

“It was a pleasure working with BJ on this project,” said Slayer’s Kerry King. “Slayer is notorious for letting the artist be the artist, the producer be the producer, and the director be the director, etc. By doing this we get a completely unique perspective that never really strays far from our own. Get ready for video three. It’s my favorite!!”

*****

SLAYER AND THE “REPENTLESS” VIDEO TRILOGY

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Scream Factory To Release ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’ Collector’s Edition On April 19th!

Scream Factory To Release ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’ Collector’s Edition On April 19th!

Coming April 19th!

Coming April 19th!

The buzzz is back! On April 19, 2016, Scream Factory will release The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [Collector’s Edition] in a comprehensive 2-disc set with 10 hours of bonus features, including nearly 5 hours of exclusive content.

In 1974, horror fans rejoiced upon the release of Tobe Hooper’s masterpiece, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie raised the stakes of in-your-face filmmaking and changed the face of horror. Twelve years later, Hooper and the Sawyer clan are back with this deviously entertaining sequel, starring Dennis Hopper in one of the most deliciously crazed performances of his career.

For a decade, Texas Ranger Lefty Enright (Hopper) has sought to avenge the brutal murder of his kin by the cannibalistic Sawyer family – Leatherface, Chop-Top, The Cook and Grandpa. With the help of a radio DJ (Caroline Williams), who’s also bent on putting an end to the terror, Lefty finds his way to the Sawyers’ underground slaughter shop, where a battle of epic proportions will soon rage… and the line between good and evil gets chopped to bits!

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 [Collector’s Edition] Bonus Features:

Disc 1: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two (New HD Transfer)

  • NEW 2016 2K HD scan of the inter-positive film element
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director of photography Richard Kooris, production designer Cary White, script supervisor Laura Kooris and property master Michael Sullivan
  • Audio Commentary with director Tobe Hooper
  • Audio Commentary with actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams and special effects makeup creator Tom Savini
  • NEW Extended Outtakes from It Runs in the Familyfeaturing L.M. Kit Carson and Lou Perryman (30 minutes)
  • NEW Behind-the-Scenes Footage Compilation from Tom Savini’s archives (43 minutes)
  • Alternate Opening Credit Sequence
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Still Galleries – posters and lobby cards, behind-the-scenes photos, stills and collector’s gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots

Disc 2: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part Two (Original HD Transfer)

  • MGM’s original HD Master with color correction supervision by director of photography Richard Kooris
  • NEW House of Pain– a interview with make-up effects artists Bart Mixon, Gabe Bartalos, Gino Crognale and John Vulich (42 minutes)
  • NEW Yuppie Meat– a interview with actors Chris Douridas and Barry Kinyon (19 minutes)
  • NEW Cutting Moments– a interview with editor Alain Jakubowicz  (17 minutes)
  • NEW Behind the Mask– a interview with stunt man and Leatherface performer Bob Elmore (14 minutes)
  • NEW HORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS – revisiting the locations of the film – hosted by Sean Clark plus a special guest (25 minutes)
  • It Runs in the Family– a six part feature-length documentary featuring interviews with screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, actors Bill Moseley, Caroline Williams, Bill Johnson, Lou Perryman, special makeup effects artist Tom Savini and more… (84 minutes)

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Scream Factory To Unleash ‘Army of Darkness Collector’s Edition Blu-ray On October 27th!

Scream Factory To Unleash ‘Army of Darkness Collector’s Edition Blu-ray On October 27th!

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Coming this October!

Coming this October!

Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, the ancient “Necronomicon” – the Book of the Dead – unleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in this outrageously hilarious third chapter of Evil DeadTrilogy from legendary director Sam Raimi (DarkmanDrag Me to Hell) and producer Robert Tapert (Ash vs. Evil Dead).   On October 27, 2015, SCREAM FACOTRY™ is proud to present ARMY OF DARKNESS Collector’s Edition, featuring the Theatrical Cut of the film, the Director’s Cut (with 15 minutes of extra footage), the International Cut and the TV version (in standard definition). This definitive collector’s edition of ARMY OF DARKNESS is jam-packed with a wealth of bonus content, including new interviews with star and co-producer Bruce Campbell and the cast, special make-up effect artists Howard Berger, Tony Gardner, Robert Kurtzman, and Greg Nicotero, audio commentary, alternate and deleted scenes and much more – all collected in a special 3-Disc Blu-ray set!

A must-have for loyal fans, movie collectors, pop culture enthusiasts and fans of Bruce Campbell to complete their entertainment library, ARMY OF DARKNESS Collector’s Edition also contains  a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art.

*** Avid fans and collectors please take note: those who order ARMY OF DARKNESS Collector’s Edition Blu-ray set directly from ShoutFactory.com and get the order shipped two weeks early, plus receive exclusive 18″x24″ poster featuring our newly commissioned artwork! Available while supplies last.

Pre-order now at:
https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-comedy/army-of-darkness-collector-s-edition

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Final details on ARMY OF DARKNESS Collector’s Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray set as follows:

DISC ONE (Theatrical Version – 81 min.) – 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0

  • NEW Medieval Times: The Making Of “Army Of Darkness” featuring interviews with star & co-producer Bruce Campbell, actors Marcus GilbertTed RaimiTimothy QuillRichard GroveBill MoseleyPatricia Tallman and Angela Featherstone, director of photography Bill Pope, editor Bob Murawski, production designer Anthony Tremblay, composer Joseph Lo Duca, costume designer Ida Gearon, special make-up effects artists Howard BergerTony GardnerRobert Kurtzman and Greg Nicotero, “Pit Bitch” performer and effects artist William Bryan, mechanical effects artist Gary Jones, first assistant director John Cameron, visual effects supervisor William Mesa, and stunt coordinator Christopher Doyle (96 min.)
  • Original Ending
  • Original Opening With Optional Commentary by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Home Video Promo

DISC TWO (Director’s Cut – 96 min.) – 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0

  • Audio Commentary with director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell and co-writer Ivan Raimi
  • NEW Additional Behind-The-Scenes Footage From KNB Effects (55 min.)
  • Vintage Creating The Deadites Featurette (21 min.)
  • Vintage “Making Of” Featurette
  • Extended Interview Clips with Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert

DISC THREE (International Cut – 88 min.) – 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0

  • NEW 4K Scan Of The International Inter-positive
  • Television Version With Additional Footage (90 min., Standard Definition (1.33:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • NEW Still Galleries With Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos from production designer Anthony Tremblay, visual effects supervisor William Mesa, and special make-up effects artists Tony Gardner and KNB EFX, Inc. (Over 200 Stills)
  • NEW Still Gallery Of Props And Rare Photos from the collection of super fan Dennis Carter Jr.
  • NEW Storyboards for Deleted or Alternate Scenes

Vintage The Men Behind The Army Featurette (19 min.)

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Kirk Von Hammett’s 2nd Annual Fear FestEvil Adds Free Outdoor Carnival Of Chaos

Kirk Von Hammett’s 2nd Annual Fear FestEvil Adds Free Outdoor Carnival Of Chaos

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Kirk Von Hammett today announced the addition of a free outdoor Carnival of Chaos to take place outside of the RockBar Theatre in San Jose, CA on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th as part of his second annual
Fear FestEvil. The carnival will feature an authentic freakshow, carnival games, hearse car show, Kirk’s ’36 Ford and crypt, and various vendors all weekend.

VIP and Murder Mystery Dinner tickets are now SOLD Out, but General Admission tickets for Fear FestEvil are still available HERE.

On Friday April 10th, guests attending the now SOLD OUT Fear FestEvil VIP Party will enjoy a classic night of ‘whodunnit’ mystery madness, dining alongside Kirk Hammett, touring the infamously eerie and atmospheric mansion, and trying to figure out who killed who! Guests can expect twists, turns and clues from some very special ‘horror royalty’ as they try to crack the mystery open.

On Saturday April 11and Sunday April 12, Fear FestEvil friends heading to the RockBar Theater can expect to see some of the finest pieces in any modern horror collection as Kirk Von Hammett unveils more of The Crypt publicly, before throwing down some heavy music courtesy of Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Ghoul, Agnostic Front, and Asada Messiah. There will also be special guest appearances from Corey TaylorSlashJohn 5Sara KarloffBela Lugosi Jr.Ron ChaneyCharlie Benante, and Bill Moseley. Sirius Radio’s Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin and 107.7 the Bone’s Nikki Blakk will preside over proceedings.

Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil kicked off last year in San Francisco at the Regency Ballroom. The inaugural event featured highlights of Hammett’s world famous Crypt Collection, an array of panels and guest speakers, live musical performances, and various on-site vendors. To see photos from last year’s FestEvil, click HERE.

For tickets and further details visit FearFestEvil.com.

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‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’: Leatherface Gets Up Close And Personal On New Poster!

‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’: Leatherface Gets Up Close And Personal On New Poster!

In 1974, one movie changed the face of horror. In 2013, a dark new chapter begins… Lionsgate revives the legacy of Leatherface with the final poster for TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D, the most celebrated horror franchise in history. Just in time for Halloween, check out the terrifying masked killer and his revved up power tool in this new poster.

With gruesome surprises in store for a whole new generation, TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D stars Alexandra Daddario (Heather Miller) and Dan Yeager (Leatherface), Introducing Tremaine ‘Trey Songz’ Neverson (Ryan), Scott Eastwood (Carl), Tania Raymonde (Nikki), Shaun Sipos (Darryl), Keram Malicki-Sanchez (Kenny), James MacDonald (Officer Marvin), Thom Barry (Sheriff Hooper), Paul Rae (Burt Hartman), Richard Riehle (Farnsworth) along with special appearances from four beloved cast members from previous installments of the franchise: Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface), Marilyn Burns, John Dugan and Bill Moseley.

Directed by John Luessenhop, from a screenplay by Adam Marcus & Debra Sullivan and Kirsten Elms, based on a story by Stephen Susco and Adam Marcus & Debra Sullivan and based on characters created by Kim Henkel and Tobe Hooper, and produced by Carl Mazzocone. Lionsgate presents a Millennium Films production and Main Line Pictures production.

TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D opens nationwide January 4th, 2013!!

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Danielle Harris Dishes On ‘Stake Land’ and Upcoming Projects!

Danielle Harris Dishes On ‘Stake Land’ and Upcoming Projects!

Danielle Harris is a certainly a familiar face to fans of the horror genre. Her role as little Jamie Lloyd from ‘Halloween 4? and ‘Halloween 5? laid the groundwork for what would blossom into one of the most unique careers in Hollywood’s most challenging genre. Never afraid to experiment or to follow her keen instincts when it comes to a role, Danielle continues to surprise her fans with each new project, be it in front of or now behind the camera! Besides her strong work ethic, her “no bullshit” approach to life, coupled with a winning smile and kick-ass personality, make her one of the most approachable and down-to-earth stars that one can encounter. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Danielle to discuss her latest film ‘Stake Land,’ discuss the current fate of her highly anticipated autobiography, her upcoming film projects and much more!

You have a habit of selecting some very unique roles and projects that suit you very well. How did you first get involved with ‘Stake Land’?

Danielle HarrisThank you! Ya know, for this project, they kinda signed me. I wish I could say that I could go out and look for these awesome movies but I have been really lucky about having some really rad people contacting about doing these unique projects. It is kind of an interesting story. I was on Fangoria Radio when I was promoting ‘Halloween II’ and the group that was online with me was Larry Fessenden and Jim Mickle. I didn’t know who either one of them were at the time but we were all chit-chatting. I hung up the phone and a few weeks later I got a call from my manager saying that I had an offer for this independent movie called ‘Stake Land’.

They wanted to book me out for five months because there is a big break in the middle and wanted to start in August and not go back until November and then in December. Which was totally taking me out for getting any job for the second half of the year. But when I read it and thought, “Wow! Belle is throughout most of the story but doesn’t really have much to do.” I had three scenes or three lines. I was thinking, “What the hell am I going to do in Upstate New York, freezing my ass off and looking like a fat ass because I am pregnant in the film. Do I really want to do this movie?” [laughs] But I loved the script and I loved the relationships but there was so much that was left unsaid. It was really all about Jim Mickle and Nick Damici and how open they were to creating that as we went. From there, I decided to watch their film ‘Mulberry Street’. I called Jim to see if he was going to use the same DP as he used on that film because what the film looks like was going to play a major part in the story. It was such a big deal because if it didn’t look as beautiful as it does, I mean the film is fantastic, but the look is such a big part of it. He said that he was indeed using the same DP and as I talked to him I just said, “Ya know what? I want to do it! I have never played a character that was so much like me!” In all of the movies that I have done before I play a bad-ass or a sassy girl or a girl who has a real edge to her and, while that may be a part of who I am, I am actually a bit more like “Belle” in real life. I am kinda the mom, the caretaker, the nurturer to everyone. I felt like no one had ever really seen that side of me on film. I felt this film was a great opportunity to showcase those aspects.

I told Jim I would do it and before I knew it I flew off to Philadelphia and I stayed at Jim’s friends guest house and met the rest of the gang. We sort of created the characters as we continued because we kinda shot it in sequence, due to the changes in seasons and the weather changes. We became a family and I think that it shows on screen because you can really see the relationships starting to build as the movie progresses and I think that it has a lot to do with what was really happening behind the scenes as well, in real life. It is really fun for me to watch because I remember all of those days  and having to work fast and furious and freezing our butts off!

It sounds like you had a lot of great experiences in making the film. Any that spring to mind that you can share with us?

Danielle HarrisI remember day one where one of the scenes we are climbing down some mountain and I am afraid of heights! I am also wearing a dress and cowboy boots, I have a big belly and a backpack and a gun! Jim was like, “We’re gonna start here and cross this waterfall and climb way down there!” I looked at him and said, “You are kidding right?!!!” [laughs] And he was like, “No.” So, I was just like ,“Oh shit! Okay!!! Here we go!” [laughs]

My favorite scene in the movie for me is a scene where Belle just can’t go any further. She sits down on a rock and has that moment. “Mister” comes and swoops her up and she says, “My daddy used to carry me like this when I was a little girl.” and says, “I’m not your Daddy, kid” and we have that little hard ass line. I didn’t know how it was going to work. The first time it came out of my mouth, I just got hysterical and started crying. And then Nick started crying. I just thought, “Oh my god! This is magic!” because we had found “it!” Originally, Belle was supposed to be Mister’s love interest. When I got to set, it just didn’t work. It just didn’t feel right. There was something about it that didn’t mesh. We started to nix that and started to figure out the question of: “If she isn’t Mister’s love interest, who is she?” I sorta became the daughter, the mom, the sister, the wife, kinda fitting all of the feminine shoes and I was able to play all of those women in one and show a very soft side as well.

And I have to say that I don’t think that I have ever looked better on film! Not to toot my own horn! [laughs] I just don’t think I have ever looked better! I have never had more dirt and shit and horrible clothes and no makeup and no sleep and freezing my ass off and all of those things that you have to really be OK with yourself as a person to look that way on film! I mean, I am not an actor that gives a crap about that anyway. I mean, you have seen the movies that I have done before! I never get to look glamorous or be pretty in a movie! [laughs] Well, not for long anyway!

So, all those elements helped to show a very vulnerable side of me that I have never been able to do before. I don’t have a dad in real life. He passed away when I was little. I think that if my dad was around he reminded me so much of Nick because my dad was from Brooklyn and kind of a hard, edgy, chain smoker, with a kinda quiet bad guy type edge. I think that it was there from the very beginning, so since I didn’t have a real-life relationship with my dad, that I was able to create that on film with the Mister character and in that scene, you can see it a little bit. It came from love and I think that is why this movie is so close to my heart.

You are regarded as a horror icon at this point in your career. What does your experience with the genre allow you to bring to a project like this?

Ya know, not with Jim. Jim is such a visionary. He is just so smart and talented. He knew exactly what he wanted. Working with Nick for as long as he has and knowing that they are so passionate about it, I didn’t really have to do anything but show up! They were so open with what we wanted to do and letting us create and play. I have been so lucky, having done so many horror movies, that most of the directors are usually, if not always are fan-boys. They have grown up loving this industry and the genre and know it better than I do, even though I have been living it my whole life! They are just so excited to a) be making a movie and b) to have me on set. So, it is rare to have an opportunity like ‘Stake Land.’ It was a great playground! There is definitely nothing that I could teach Jim! We all did these short films that will be online in the coming weeks that tell the back stories of all the characters, because the movie just throws you into the middle and you don’t know where anyone has come from. That is something that I really love. There is no exposition, it just is what it is and where they have come from is not important, it’s about where they are going. We did want to explain a little bit of that.

Seeing that I am trying to direct now and I am trying to get some projects together, mostly in the horror genre because that is where I want to stay for a while, because this is what I know and I love! There are no females that do this and all the leads are female most of the time, which I know because I am the lead most of the time! [laughs] Anyway, they offered me the opportunity to direct one of the back stories for “Lily”. I wrote it, directed it, shot it and loved it! It was amazing but like any other first time director, there were things that I just needed an opinion on. I called Jim and said, “I need you to watch this. Something is just not working and I need your help!” He did and between himself, Larry Fessenden and Graham Reznick, who edited it along with doing the sound design for ‘Stake Land’, who is brilliant, we were able to figure out what the issue was and we fixed it. It is unbelievable now! So, if anything, I learned from these guys! It is the Adam Greens and the Rob Zombies and while I may have worked on more movies than they have, I learn from them!

That is great! It is exciting to hear that you are taking that step to be behind the camera!

Thank you!

When we spoke last year, I know you had been working on an autobiography to chronicle your life in the industry. I wanted to touch base with you on that and find out the status of that project.

Danielle HarrisI had hired a writer and we wrote quite a bit together, because I am not a writer. I am a great storyteller and a great reviser but when telling your own story, it is kind of hard to take yourself out of it. We worked together for a while on it but when I got the outline of what each chapter was going to be about it just didn’t sound like my voice. It was more about who I knew in Hollywood growing up, in the industry and my generation. Ya know, I am kind of in between River Phoenix and Lindsay Lohan, in that little group. In real life, my boyfriend now is Corin Nemec, you know from ‘Parker Lewis’ and ‘Stargate’ and a bunch of genre projects as well. We went to Corey Feldman’s house a couple weeks ago for his house warming! So, as you can see, I live in this weird little world but these are my friends. I think that what was happening was that I wanted to tell the real story about my life and my struggles and me as a person but all that was coming up was these kind of “Hollywood” or “What would sell in a book” for someone that didn’t know anything about the horror series. That isn’t really what I am interested in writing. I think that is why I have had such great success and have fans say that they love reading or hearing what you say and we are fans because “you keep it real!” With me, there is no bullshit! I don’t want to sugar coat my life.

In my life, like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t grow up with a dad because he died when I was a little girl. He was in the mafia. My parents sold drugs. I have this really crazy story that I want to tell because it is really important to me. It just didn’t read well. I thought, “this is just garbage.” I am not going to write a book just because I am trying to sell something. That is not me. So I nixed it, until I can write it myself or find a writer that wants to keep it real. I don’t care if five people buy it but for me to sell 5 million copies it has to be “Hollywood crap” and I just don’t want to do it.

I also read that you had an animated series of sorts based on your life. What can you tell us about that?

That is with the guys at Halo 8! We go back and forth! Poor Matt Pizzolo can never track me down! [laughs] That all started with me being sort of fascinated with animation side and graphic novel side of things which I haven’t really tapped into except for when we worked on ‘Godkiller’. Matt is so creative and I thought it would be so cool to do something else together. I wanted to present the idea of what it is like to grow up in the horror genre and be with all my other little friends in that genre or who grew up on TV shows and show what our real lives are like. I mean, it is kind of funny, I went to New York City for ‘Hatchet II’ and there was this whole big party at Planet Hollywood and I brought a hatchet with me. I was posing on stage with this hatchet and there are about eight people who have come to see me! It is just kind of funny to me! This is so ridiculous that this is going on the wall! My hatchet! It’s kind of like that or the conventions that I do where there are a bunch of has-been ‘80s actors, who are actually very talented, working genre actors, mixed in with porn stars or wrestlers! [laughs] So, I kinda want to incorporate all of that kind of stuff into an animated series for Adult Swim or an adult oriented animated show like that. But I have so much going on that it sometimes takes a back seat.

What’s happening with Horrorgal.com?

I am still trying to get that up and running. I have so much video and footage for that but I just take on too many things at once and nothing ever gets done! [laughs] I am trying to tackle one thing at a time right now.

What other projects are on the horizon for you?

Danielle Harris

I will tell you what I have already finished that will be coming out this year. I have ‘Night of The Living Dead: Origins 3D’ with Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses) and Tony Todd (The Candyman). That is a CGI, 3D animated film for Sony. I play “Barbara” and it is set in current day New York City. From what I have seen, it looks out of this world! Literally, so bad-ass! I also have have ‘The Victim’ with Michael Beihn (Terminator) and Jennifer Blanc. They are two very good friends of mine and you can check out the film at www.grindhousethevictim.com. I play a coke-head stripper which is something that I have not done before! [laughs] So, that was kinda fun, especially since Jennifer is one of my best friends and it was great to be able to work with her. My favorite work as an actor so far is a film that I finished at the end of last year called ‘Shiver’ with John Jarratt, who I adore. Julian Richards directed the film. It is a role that I had a really hard time with emotionally. It is a really dark and horrible, psychological thriller and it is quite fantastic! I have never worked harder in my entire life! That is saying a lot for all the people who have seen what I went through in ‘Hatchet II,’ it literally almost killed me! [laughs] I am really proud of all that work! I am in a movie called ‘The Trouble With The Truth’ with John Shea and Lea Thompson, just the opening scene and it is not a horror movie! I am obsessed with ‘80s movies so I had to work with the two of them! ‘Hatchet III’ has been greenlit and I just signed on to do a movie called ‘Unbroken’ with Tony Todd, who is a buddy of mine. It is a small part in an independent movie but I love the script and really want to be part of it!Thanks for you time, Danielle!

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Pick Of The Week: Rob Zombie’s ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’

Pick Of The Week: Rob Zombie’s ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’

el-superbeasto-dvd-560x783Rob Zombie’s long awaited animated film, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, is now available on DVD/Blu-Ray. Check out the trailer for the project below and be sure to visit the official movie website at www.elsuperbeasto.com for more information.

The voice-cast for the film includes Paul Giamatti (as villain Dr. Satan), Rosario Dawson, Tom Papa, Clint Howard, Dee Wallace, Rob Paulsen, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Daniel Roebuck, Geoffrey Lewis, Harland Williams, Cassandra Peterson, Tura Satana, Brian Posehn, and Danny Trejo. The running time is listed as 77 minutes, with extras set to include ‘animatics, deleted scenes and shots and alternate scenes.’

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, is the twisted tale of El Superbeasto (voiced by Tom Papa), a former world class masked wrestler with super human strength, who now finds himself in the very ordinary capacity as producer/director/star of BeastoWorld Enterprises. But when he can, Beasto spends time fighting evil along with his with his super-sexy sister, Suzi X (Sheri Moon Zombie), in the spooky Monsterland. Our hefty hero faces his biggest battle when he struggles to stop the unholy marriage of foul-mouthed stripper Velvet Von Black (Rosario Dawson) and the diabolical Dr. Satan (Paul Giamatti). Will all hell break loose or will our man save the day? The answer can only be found in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, a depraved adventure with filthy comedy, ultra-violence, and some bad-ass theme songs!

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Bill Moseley Discusses His Career, Upcoming Film And Music Projects

Bill Moseley Discusses His Career, Upcoming Film And Music Projects

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With a career that spans almost three decades, Bill Moseley has been responsible for terrifying movie audiences with some of the most maniacal characters to ever hit the silver screen. Bill’s portrayals of Chop Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and more recently Otis in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects were phenomenal and have contributed to him becoming a modern day icon of the horror genre. Bill Moseley recently sat down with Icon vs. Icon‘s Steve Johnson to discuss his past, his career as an actor and musician, his upcoming films Dead Air, The Graves and The Devil’s Tomb, and how lucky he is to have carved out such a notable career in the film industry. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourself for anything but dead air!

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Connecticut and then grew up in a town called Barrington, Illinois.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in film?

Well, you know, probably not until I actually started getting some movie jobs. [laughs] It never really occurred to me that that was even a possibility of a career. I come from a family of basically railroad men and bankers and people with so called real jobs. So, I never really imagined that there was a career to be had in movies. I’m sure if I sat down, I would have said yes people can make money at movies, like Jimmy Stewart or Gregory Peck, but that certainly wasn’t encouraged in my family. It wasn’t discouraged, it just wasn’t even part of the landscape.

Did you have any influences, be it other actors or otherwise?

Yeah, certainly after I had seen The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Back in I think it was in ’75 when I first saw it. I actually saw it in the theater on a double bill with Enter the Dragon, an old Bruce Lee movie. I think it was in Boston in the combat zone. Actually what really freaked me out, there was one performance in that movie. That movie freaked me out and really changed the course of my life. I would say the standout performance in that movie that really freaked me out was Ed Neal playing the hitchhiker. At the time, it was like nothing I had ever seen before. It was so different and so strong, that it really freaked me out that there could be a person like that. I never for a minute doubted that wasn’t the real Ed Neal. I was just stunned. That ended up of course shaping… I did a homage to Ed in a short film I did called The Texas Chainsaw Manicure. And then of course when I… however unlikely, it was like a million to one shot that I was offered the part of Chop Top in Chainsaw 2. So much of Chop Top was based on Ed Neal.

Your most memorable character has to be Chop Top from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. Did you have any input into the development of the character or was it laid out for you in the script?

billmoseley2Chop Top was pretty much laid out in so far that Tobe Hooper and Kit Carson had come up with this character, this twin of the hitchhiker that had been in Vietnam during the original Chainsaw Massacre. That he had gotten a head wound by a “gook with a machete,” as they say in Chainsaw 2. So some Vietcong whacked Chop-Top on the head with a machete and they had put a metal plate in his head. Presumably the scalp had grown over the metal plate, but then it itched. What also came with the character was the idea that he would itch it with a coat hanger. The most satisfying way to itch the head wound was to heat the coat hanger first with a little cricket lighter. That all came with it and then a lot of fantastic, strange dialogue. When I got to the set, the script was maybe right around three quarters finished. So, a lot of what we did was improvised. For that I was very grateful that that was my first big movie experience and that Tobe Hooper was kinda of a director secure enough in his own skills that he encouraged that improvisation. So I ended up coming up with a bunch of stuff in the moment, just because I really kinda was Chop Top there. So whatever came out of my mouth was kinda coming out organically as Chop Top. A lot of lines, especially in the radio station like “E.X.I.T., Exit,” “Lick My Plate You Dog Dick,” and “Humble Pie” are just a bunch of stuff that were happening in the moment that kinda verballed out of me. It was actually one of the most organic jobs I’ve ever had just because it all just seemed to really flow from this weird reality that we were creating.

What was it like being a part of the sequel to what is considered to be one of the greatest horror movies of all time?

It was not only a great thrill, really it was like winning the lottery for me to get cast because again, I never auditioned for it. I was cast from the basis of a friend of mine having walked The Texas Chainsaw Manicure into Tobe a couple of years earlier. So I got this part based on a 30 second cameo in The Texas Chainsaw Manicure. Based on that, that already was just overwhelming. It was mind blowing. Again, it was like winning the lottery, just against all odds. Right from the get go, I was already pretty starry eyed. What was also amazing, was that I had really been freaked out by the Chainsaw Massacre. When I saw it, it just really threw up a deep wedge into my brain that I really couldn’t get over. I had tried to exorcise this weird influence. It was a negative one. It freaked me out about rural America. [laughs] You know Texas… Just about all of the elements in that original movie really profoundly affected me and I had tried to exorcise it by seeing it a bunch of times. So I ended up seeing it probably a dozen times just to try to make it so familiar that it lost its power over me, but that just really kinda increased it. Another element was showing up on the set and seeing Jim Siedow in the parking lot of the motor lodge where we were all staying and realizing, oh my god, I am part of this group now, I’m part of the family. That right there was really what healed me of this deep fear of the chainsaw bunch. As they say, if you can’t beat them, join them. So that part of it was also in play. Of course, I got the moment, the sense that this was going to be the sequel to that and we had that kind of sacred trust to carry the message and make it just as cool. We had a pretty high bar to jump. I was up for that too. Put it all together and really I was very excited. Plus they shaved my head, so I also felt like a total… I wasn’t like a geek, but I was completely disoriented, which actually was great. I didn’t come into it with any kinda of “hey man, watch out” because my hair was gone and that was pretty shocking to a young man. [laughs] I was somewhere between a moonie and a marine. That also kinda uprooted me from any kind of personality or who I am identity that might have gotten in the way of giving myself to Chop Top.

You have become closely associated with the horror genre and from a fan’s perspective, you become one of it’s modern icons. Do you feel like you want to stay in the realm of horror or would you like to look for roles outside of the genre?

billmoseley1I remember I was talking to my buddy, an actor named James Remar and I was talking about not wanting the get pigeon holed in my acting career. I think we were talking about horror, maybe. So I was worried about getting pigeon holed. He turned to me and he looked at me with kinda mild contempt I guess and looked at me and said “you’d be lucky to be pigeon holed.” [laughs] Whatever attitude I had about it got properly sorted out. I love horror movies. It is my favorite genre by far. I’ve always loved it since I was a kid. What I have loved is not only the opportunity to act, but also the opportunity to do good work in the genre. A lot of times people kind of treat the genre with less respect than serious dramatic films and independent and this kind of genre and that kind of approach. I love the genre, so I don’t goof on it and I don’t think of it as like, I’m not a waiter, I’m an actor who is waiting for his opportunity and that somehow justifies bad service at the restaurant. I love the horror genre. Especially now, it has been very good to me. So whenever I get a chance to act, I never forget it is an opportunity to give back and to scare the shit out of people. It’s really a lot of fun.

You have been involved in a few remakes of classic horror films. What is your feeling on the latest craze in Hollywood of remaking movies?

I don’t mind it to tell you the truth, just because it is an easy way for people to make a lot of money. If that’s their plan, that’s fine. I don’t mind too because I think the ideas for all of those movies whether it is Prom Night or Valentine’s Day or Halloween or whatever it is, those are some really cool ideas and cool movies. It’s almost like Grindhouse. You have Quentin Tarantino spending seventy million bucks or whatever it was, to make what was supposed to be like a movie that looks like it was made for three hundred thousand dollars. That’s really what is going on here. It’s kinda started this trend of remakes where you end up with these six or eight million dollar budgets, cheap by Hollywood standards, but an enormous amount of money compared to what was spent on the originals of these different movies. All of these movies seem to make tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars, so for that I think it’s great. I guess the only people who benefit from it, well the people that benefit the most are of course the producers of those original movies, who probably get some kind of a deal, some kind of a piece of the box office pie. I guess it is good because it ends up doing a little bit to revive the careers of some of the actors in those movies. They obviously don’t see any kind of money from the remakes. Maybe they get some kind of a little cameo like, “Oh look, there’s Jamie Lee” in the new Halloween, although she wasn’t in it. Ultimately, I don’t have a problem with it. I guess the problem I do have is that it’s kind of been identified as a goldmine by cynical producer types and directors, who maybe don’t have the same kind of love and innocence that the original filmmakers had. Therefore, it just becomes slick, it can be denatured, so that you don’t end up with that same kind of innocent love of the genre or the story that maybe the original people had. That’s the part I don’t like. I don’t like that hip, slick, Hollywood invasion of some of the sacred ground of some of those movies. I guess it’s good in so far as it also stimulates, it reminds people that for all of the bad rap that the horror genre has gotten, that it is a goldmine.

You have worked with Rob Zombie on several films. What is it like working with Rob and would you continue working with him?

billmoseley7Yeah, absolutely. Rob is one of those guys, you know not every director I have worked with is like Rob or Tobe Hooper, Sam Raimi, George Romero. There are some directors who share that kind of vision and respect for the genre and really just love making horror movies. Personally for me as an actor, I can bring a lot of different things to my job. If you encourage me to improvise or to collaborate I guess is the best word for it, on any given character, it makes me happy. What it says is I have confidence in you to maybe find some things that aren’t necessarily in the script. A lot of times the script really is just a blueprint. You can follow it very accurately and precisely and if it is a good script, that is going to work just fine. Sometimes you find in the moment, when you are actually shooting something, you are going to find different things, different possibilities in any given scene that haven’t been envisioned by the screenwriter because different things change, there are dynamics between actors. There’s a whole raft of reasons why you find something new. With directors like Rob, like Darren Bousman, certainly like Tobe, directors that actually encourage you to give freely of what you find so to speak, that really makes my job so much more fun.

You starred as Luigi Largo in Repo! The Genetic Opera. Can you tell us a little about the process of how you got involved in the film?

I’m friends with Darren. I was friends with him because I met him at a horror convention actually. He was a fan and I was a fan of his Saw movies, and he was a fan of some of my movies. He’s also a Kansas City boy and I am from Illinois, so we have that mid-west background in common. I was actually at a convention and I was doing a Q&A in a room that was divided by some kind of false wall down the middle of the room and I think he was on the other side of the false wall doing his own Q&A. Mine finished first and I heard through the wall, him talking about something about some kind of a play about organ repossession. I had actually seen that play back in LA, I think it was 2001 maybe. A friend of mine had taken me to this weird play on a storefront theater on Hollywood Boulevard. It was Repo! The Genetic Opera. I had enjoyed the play and then I hear Darren talking about, I think the question was “what is your next project” and he was talking about Repo. I came up to him afterwards and I said “did I see that on Hollywood Boulevard” and he said “yes, I actually directed that, that’s what I did before I did the Saw movies.” So we talked about that for a little bit. Flash forward to he gets funding after wrapping Saw 4, he gets the green light to do Repo. So we talked about it and he wants to know if I can sing. I set him a copy of one of my Cornbugs CDs and that didn’t satisfy him. [laughs] He needed me to come in and actually sing a song, audition one of the songs from Repo. Fortunately I have been taking singing lessons for fifteen years. Every week I go out to the valley here in Los Angeles and take a half hour lesson with my singing coach. So when Darren gave me the song to prepare for the Repo audition, I took it to my singing teacher and we worked on it so I had that I had a nice presentation of the song. I went to the studio and got in front of a microphone and belted out the song “Night Surgeon”. I did a good enough job to get the job of Luigi.

Were you apprehensive about taking a role in a rock opera where you would have to sing?

billmoseley5I wasn’t. At first I was a little nervous. When I got to the studio, there were probably seven or eight guys in the control room. It was actually an audition process, so the person ahead of me was one of the Pussycat Dolls and she was trying out mercifully for a different role. She was standing in front of the mic in the studio through the glass window of the control booth and she was a pro. She was belting out a song, she was kind of making it her own. She was singing, dancing, kicking up her heels. It looked like something right out of broadway or something and I was just thinking I am fucked. [laughs] I was just thinking shit man, I can carry the tune, but I don’t know if I can style it like a Pussycat Doll. Anyway, I got out there and stood in front of the mic and I remember the one thing that really put me at ease was the fact that the mic was really a very cool, expensive microphone. I ended up saying one word or singing one note into it and it sounded just incredibly cool, very golden, buttery, deep, rich. I just was thinking, wow, this is great. It felt like singing in the shower. It put me at that kind of ease. I owe a lot of Luigi to the microphone.

Darren Lynn Bousman took the film on three successful Repo Road Tours and the fans have really embraced it. Did you ever expect that the film would take on the life that it has taken on?

I sure did. I actually was on the third road trip, so I got to see that up close and personal. Our road trip went to St. Louis, Denver, Jackson, Michigan, and outside of Phoenix. I have actually gotten a chance to see some of the shadow casts and to see this incredible loyalty and delight of the Repo fans. I was actually not surprised by that. What I was surprised at was why the movie only opened in seven theaters in the entire US. That to me was really astonishing, that this movie is so cool and so different that the distributer really didn’t have any faith in it at all. It almost really felt like they had some kind of agenda to keep us down or something. I couldn’t really understand what was going on there. Maybe somebody from that company would sit me down and just say look, it didn’t make good business, it wasn’t a good business move to put it in more theaters. I have been in some other movies that have opened in say three hundred theaters, which was a pretty small opening, but still, three hundred is better than seven. I was surprised at that aspect of it. I wasn’t surprised that the movie has caught on and has had this incredible grassroots fan base.

Are you happy with the film’s success and it being labelled a “cult classic?”

I am all for it. Cult classic is kind of a catch all term. I don’t really know what in fact specifically qualifies something as a cult classic. Does that mean it is not a financial success in the generally accepted sense. Does that mean that weird people like it. [laughs] I don’t even know what that means. I think it’s nice. It’s a good term because it has some brightness to it and it sounds successful. I guess in that regard, I’m happy to hear that.

Your upcoming film Dead Air looks fantastic. What can you tell us about the film and your role?

I play Logan Burnhardt, who is not quite a shock jock, but just kind of a very successful, arrogant radio talk show host. I’m on the air the night that there is a terrorist bombing at a local and nearby sports venue. Whatever explodes, it’s a bomb, it’s not so much a destructive bomb, it’s a bomb that releases some kind of toxin. When people come in contact with it, it changes them into bloodthirsty maniacs. As soon as one bloodthirsty manic scratches a person or in any way comes in physical contact with them, I guess it is maybe some kind of blood borne disease, the victim also turns into a bloodthirsty maniac. So there is this kind of tidal wave of, like the irate in 28 Days Later than zombies. They’re not slow moving and I don’t think they’re dead. Anyway, they’re very dangerous and there is a lot of them. [laughs] I am the only one that is actually still on the air. All of the other radio and TV stations either have been overrun or have automatically switched to government broadcasting. So I am the only one that is on the air and I get calls from people. Throughout the course of this crazy night, I’m kinda like the beacon of sanity, which is a strange role for me as kind of a shock jock. While we’re broadcasting, we are not untouched by the maniacs. I guess that’s the best way to say it. [laughs]

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Did you do anything special to prepare for the role?

The one thing I did was I grew a mustache and goatee. I just liked the script so much. It was written by a guy named Kenneth Yakkel. It was such a smart script and very contemporary and very compelling. That was really what attracted me to it. Between the time that the deal was signed and we started production, it was such a short amount of time, I didn’t really have time to prepare like going to a radio station or anything. It was pretty much on the job training. It was a lot of dialog because of course I’m a radio talk show host. What I did was mostly just try to work on my lines. There was a set that was basically one location. What we did was, we actually shot it in two pieces. We shot about eighty percent of it in 2007, then we had a break because our director, Corbin Bernsen, had to go off to Canada. He was shooting a cable show called Psych. He had a break and had to go fulfill his obligations to Psych and then he came back. So we had about a ten month hiatus. That was kind of a strange way to go about it, to shoot eighty percent of this very intense movie, then take ten months off and then come back and try to pick it up where we left off. I also found out that it’s tough just in terms of trying to figure out when to grow the goatee again. [laughs] So we ended up shooting it over the course of two years. I have seen it and I think it looks great. For what we had and for what we didn’t have, I thought that Corbin did a great job and the producer Jesse Lawler, everybody got together. It was a lot of fun too to work with Patricia Tallman again. I worked with her in course the remake of Night of the Living Dead. I had worked with her also in Army of Darkness, although we weren’t on the set at the same time.

What was it like working with director Corbin Bernsen?

It was interesting. It was different because I am coming from more of a feature film background and Corbin of course is just about ninety nine percent television. Television has a whole different approach to shooting a movie say than some of the feature directors I have worked with before. At first it took me a little while to kind of get Corbin’s vision and rhythm, but once we sorted that out, it was a perfectly positive experience.

When can we expect to see the film?

That you would have to talk to Jesse Lawler about. I think they’ve got a deal already with a foreign distributor. I think right now they’re still deal making. I’m not sure when that’s going to produce a theatrical release or a cable release. I don’t really know how they are going to do it. I know that the movie is ready. I just think number one have a distributor and then once that deal is made, any day I guess.

You star as Caleb aka “Pig Man” in the upcoming film The Graves. What can you tell us about the film and your role?

That was a lot of fun. The director, Brain Pulido, of course from Lady Death and Evil Ernie. An icon in the comic book business. That was actually a lot of fun. We shot it outside of Wickenburg, Arizona. It was last summer. My shots were all daytime shots, exterior day. The first day I came out of my trailer to work, I think it was one hundred and six degrees. So we were definitely in the desert and in amongst the saguaro cactus and there were sidewinders and the whole deal. I actually liked that a lot. It’s funny because actually where we shot, was about ten miles from a dude ranch where my family had gone when I was a kid. It was our Christmas vacation was to this dude ranch, that literally was just down the road from where we were shooting. That just kind of added a nice little dimension to it. Caleb is just another badass guy. I don’t know why I keep getting these parts, [laughs] I am happy to. Caleb is part of a strange little town where we love to be visited by tourists, we just don’t let them leave alive. Caleb is a big part of that. I am just a hunter at heart. You know, some people like to hunt deer I guess and some people like to hunt ducks, I just like hunting people.

You worked with two other genre vets, Tony Todd and Amanda Wyss, in the film. What was that experience like?

I didn’t get a chance to really work directly with either of them. I am friends with Tony. I have known Tony for a long time, since working with him also on Night of the Living Dead. Tony is a great guy. I have actually seen a screening of The Graves and Tony does a fantastic job. He is a big scary guy when he puts his mind to it and in this movie he has a lot of great material. He really gets in there and sinks his teeth into it.

What other film projects are in your immediate future?

I have another movie coming out called Blood Night. I am not actually sure of the status. I am not sure when that is coming out. That was directed by a guy named Frank Sabatella and was actually a lot of fun. I play Grave Yard Gus. I’m actually not a bad guy, but I’m a drunk guy. [laughs] That’s not bad. That’s coming out.

devilstombI am going to a screening Thursday night of a movie I did last year called Ice 44. I think the new title now is The Devil’s Tomb. That stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Ray Winstone, Ron Pearlman, so it has a lot of big names in it. It’s actually kind of an army adventure movie where there is some kind of secret base underneath the desert sands in the middle east. It’s an American base and they stop broadcasting, so a team of commandos is sent in to see what’s up and what happened to the base. They descend one thousand feet under the sand to this secret base and all kinds of supernatural mayhem is happening down there. I play a possessed bureaucrat and I try to kill as many of them as I can. [laughs] That actually should be fun. I am looking forward to that. You know who else is in that is Henry Rollins. So that should be pretty cool. All in all it’s kind of like the airport, some things are circling, some things are waiting to take off. I’m actually very excited because tonight I am going to the premiere of Drag Me To Hell. That should be fun. Again, I worked with Sam on Army of Darkness many years ago, so it will be great to see him, if I in fact do. I’m really looking forward to seeing that movie. I think it is really cool that he is back into the horror genre after his years with doing a great job on Spiderman.

You have dabbled in music throughout the years. How did music come into your life?

I was doing a play in the early nineties here in Los Angeles called Timothy and Charlie, where I played Timothy Leary. The Charlie in that title was Charles Manson. It was based on a fact that sometime back in 1974 both men were side by side in solitary confinement in San Quentin prison. The play uses that as a springboard to pretty wild interaction between the two men. My costar in that was a guy named Gill Gayle, he played Charlie Manson. He was friends with a guitar player named Buckethead. I had never heard of Buckethead, but Gill invited Buckethead to come to one of our performances. I met Buckethead after the show and it turns out that he was a big Chop Top fan. He proposed that we get together sometime and he had some music and he would love to have me go off as Chop Top over some of this music he had made, so I said “yeah, it sounds great.” So I went down and did that. Our first session was in somebody’s apartment, I think, with a microphone setup. It went so well that we started working together. We really had a lot of fun and came up with this band Cornbugs. It’s really just kind of a side project for the both of us. Over the course of the next ten years we did five CDs all together and just had lots of fun. Whenever Buckethead’s schedule and my schedule permitted, we would just get together and goof around and pretty much record what we did. It turned into the Cornbugs band. I tell you, I don’t think I’ve ever had as much fun as when I was working with Buckethead.

The band broke up in 2007. Any chance we could see a reunion?

You know you never know. What I have realized, it’s funny how these artistic collaborations come and go. I did Chop Top for Tobe Hooper in 1986 and I’m still great friends with Tobe. I just saw him recently. I had a great time hanging out with him. Actually, I just saw him at the LA Fango convention. I was on a panel with him. That was twenty three years ago and I have never worked with him since. It was this great collaboration, it was very exciting. I had expectations that we would be making movies together for years to come. It’s not for any kind of personal problem, it just never happened. With Buckethead, I guess our course was maybe a ten year track and then he went his way and I went mine, not because of any animosity. I didn’t shoot his dog, he didn’t blow up my apartment. I don’t even think he has a dog by the way and I don’t have a gun, so that would be really tough. You know, that’s how it goes. I think that’s just a case of artistic collaborations where you’ve got two or more people getting together. What I’ve come to realize there’s a shelf life to that, which is sad in some ways, but also good in others because it then frees you up to be available for new collaborations.

What’s up with your musical project with Ogre from Skinny Puppy?

Right after Repo, he was finishing up his solo album called Devils in my Details. It was a solo versus a Skinny Puppy CD. He called me up and asked me if I wanted to do some spoken word on it. I had impressed him, I guess, during our time together shooting Repo with some of my poems. I think I gave him a copy of Cornbugs. I think he had kind of a general sense of my spoken word stuff. So he invited me to come out and lay down some spoken word, so I did. I just grabbed up a notebook and some things laying around. Things meaning poems and fragments. I went out to his producer’s place out in Thousand Oaks, CA. I just showed up and came inside and started rattling off some stuff I had written in my notebooks. They liked it and they ended up using pretty much all of it, sprinkled throughout Devils in my Details.

Is music something that you would like to further pursue?

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Right now I am working with a guy named Rani Sharone. He has a band called Stolen Babies. I met him a couple of years ago at a LA Fango convention. He gave me a CD, I listened to it and it was really cool music. Again, with the demise of Cornbugs, I ended up contacting him. We got together and so far we have come up with, I think we’re up to about seven songs. It’s really cool. It’s a lot different than Cornbugs. Cornbugs was all improvised. With Cornbugs, I don’t think there was ever a song that we rehearsed or actually played twice. So every Cornbugs song on all five of the CDs is basically just a first take. That was the fun part with working with Buckethead, we were on the same wavelength. He would just start playing something and I would either make up the words or find a prewritten poem I had and just kind of make it fit or I would start saying something and he would follow along on the guitar. That was the joy of Cornbugs. Working with Rani, what’s different and fun is to actually construct a song. It is more like the old fashioned way. It’s trail and error. It’s a lot of rehearsing and playing and trying different things. When it works, you know it, and you just lock it in. So that’s actually been a really fun, new way of approaching music for me. It also doesn’t preclude my improvisation skills, but it is really more about actually building songs. It’s been lots of fun. I think we’re about ready to press it into a CD We’re still trying to come up with a name for the band or the project, whatever you want to call it. So that should be coming soon, which for me is very exciting. We’ve got songs like “Sex Life of a Punk” and “Stupid Life of a Mom Eater”. You can’t go wrong with those titles.

You have been hitting the convention circuit for a while now. What has that experience been like for you? Do you enjoy meeting fans?

I love meeting the fans. I think it is something that everybody, certainly in this genre, should do. I think it’s really important. The conventions are a great way to meet the fans and to give them a chance to get to see you and kick your tires. Sometimes that can be really fun if you’re a cool person. Other times for the fans, that can be disappointing if you’re really a dickhead. [laughs] You run the risk of fans realizing that that performance or performer that they really enjoyed in such and such a movie is really kind of a nerd or worse. I think it’s really great to let the fans have a chance to meet you. I think it is also important to meet the fans because without the fans we don’t work, we’re not going to do very much. I have always been a fan of horror movies and I think it is really important to remember who you are working for. Also it’s a chance to make money, which is great. A lot of times the fans think that actors, you know if you’re in such and such a movie, you must be rich and have a big staff and live on a hill in a big house and drive Maseratis. In fact, a lot of actors, especially in genre films, aren’t making that much money. It’s also a good chance for the actors to get twenty bucks for signing a head shot or something like that. That can sometimes allow actors to keep acting.

Any strange encounters or notable interaction with other actors?

billmoseley8The conventions are cool because a lot of times not only are there are other actors there, but there are also sometimes directors. Sometimes conventions can be a great bulletin board for who is doing what and what jobs are available. It’s where I met Darren Bousman, was at a convention. At a different convention was where I heard about Repo, through the false wall. In that regard, sometimes you can get a job out of a convention or it leads to a job. The other thing is it also provides a great place for future filmmakers. You know, kids that might have a screenplay or maybe they have made some movies at home and they have theatrical aspirations. It’s great, I love to encourage that. If somebody comes up and says I am a filmmaker and I hope to someday use you in a movie, I can’t tell you how encouraging I am, especially if they want to use me. [laughs] It’s a great place to encourage young talent and let them have a chance to meet you. You never know in that regard, it might lead to a job. More than likely it won’t, but it is also really nice to be in a position to be encouraging. I’ve got to say, trying to make a living as an actor, as a writer, as a director in “Hollywood” is really fucking hard. Many are called, but few are chosen as they say. A lot of times it really comes down to just dumb luck, it comes down to perseverance, it comes down to not being discouraged, it comes down to having something that sustains you other than whether or not you are chosen by show business. You know it is really hard. It comes down to whether you can survive on Ramen for years at a time. [laughs] It’s good to also be a voice of reason, just to remind everybody that it is hard. It would be like the guy in Vegas who has won a jackpot, but stands next to the one armed bandits reminding everybody that their chances are really slim to none that they are going to win anything when they keep putting their silver dollars into the machine.

Do you have an advice for anyone who would like to get involved in the film industry?

Yeah. I’m not in anyway discouraging. I think if you want to get involved, it’s a little different than if you have to get involved. There are some people that just have this burning desire and they just can’t not get involved. I don’t know if they have a better chance of success than somebody who thinks it might be a good idea or a lot more fun than working in the factory, like they are doing right now. I’d say it’s important to know that it is really hard and that the chance of success is pretty slim and you have to work your butt off. It’s probably not a bad idea to come to New York or Los Angeles. Although now, with the internet, with You Tube, and video cameras, you can do something cool where ever you are and post it online and just hope that it hits through some kind of internet grassroots. There’s always that. What I did, I did it more the traditional way. The reason I got any kind of success is because I made this little parody movie, this little five minute Texas Chainsaw Manicure. I was lucky enough to have a friend who, at the time, was a screenwriter with an office across the hall from Tobe Hooper, who walked in the video tape, that’s tells you how long ago it was, and that Tobe even watched it, and that Tobe liked it, and that Tobe called Steven Spielberg in to watch it, and Spielberg liked it. That is when they were working on Poltergeist. Two years after Toby got that, they were originally going hire Ed Neal for the part of Chop Top, but there was some kind of salary dispute, so they said let’s get this guy Bill Moseley. You know, that’s pretty unlikely. Those are very unlikely events. If that hadn’t happened, I don’t know if I’d be in show business. Show business is very hard and it ain’t going to fill your soul with anything. [laughs] It’s not going to sustain you necessarily, so it is good to have something that will. I am just a lucky son of a bitch is really my big conclusion. I know how to act now. I know how to movie act especially. I know how to perform when a lot of people are staring at me. I’ve learned how to turn off that self consciousness and just be in the moment for the most part. I’m still looking for the glamour. I still haven’t found that yet, but I am sure it is out there. I still love what I do. There are those magic moments when you’re in the moment, where everything is working, the costumes, the setting, the dialogue, the other actor or actors, the situation, and you get out of yourself and you are that character, whether you are Pig Man, or Chop Top, or Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind. In those moments, that is the definition of ecstasy. I think it comes from extasis, out of self. In those moments, when you are that other person, I tell you, you can’t beat it.

Do you have any last words?

Nope!

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