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‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Producer Brad Fuller Blogs On Making The Film

‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Producer Brad Fuller Blogs On Making The Film

freddy-krueger-450x304‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ producer Brad Fuller wrapped principal photography this week on the highly anticipated remake from Platinum Dunes.

To shed some light on his experiences making the film, he has offered up a brand new blog over at Bloody-Disgusting.com.

Here are a few excerpts to wet your whistle:

On Jackie Earle Haley’s portrayal of Freddy Krueger…
“Proud that Jackie Earle Haley was uncompromising in his desire to create a Freddy that is uniquely his own creation. Proud of Andrew Clement for his desire to create a look that will shock and scare you. You will surely recognize Freddy, but he is distinctively different, more real, and more burned. Jackie and Clement spent four hours a day painstaking applying all the make-up, appliances, texture before coming to shoot. And when we were all done at the end of the day they had to stay for at least another hour to take it off.”

On director Sam Bayer and what he brought to the film…
“Sam Bayer suffered for this movie. He pushed himself so hard that I worried that he couldn’t maintain his pace, yet he did. No one had more sleepless nights than Sam – replaying the day’s events over and over in his head, questioning how to make it scarier, better. We would often have breakfast together before shooting and he was never content. If he was concerned that he could improve on a scare, he and our first ad, Myron, would figure out our schedule so we could shoot the scene until Sam felt it was as good as it could be. Sam has very high standards and he was unrelenting. He brought all his experience to those nightmares and they are outstanding – if you aren’t familiar with his work, check him out on YouTube, he is a great visual artist.”

You can check out the blog at this location:
www.bloody-disgusting.com/platinumdunes/

Again, kudos to Bloody-Disgusting.com, Platinum Dunes and Brad Fuller for this blog.

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Dimension To Remake ‘An American Werewolf in London’

Dimension To Remake ‘An American Werewolf in London’

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An American Werewolf In London

Variety reports that Dimension Films is developing a remake of the classic werewolf film ‘An American Werewolf in London,’ which Sean and Bryan Furst will serve as producers. The Furst brothers have recently produced “Daybreakers,” a film set in a world conquered by vampires and to be released in January of 2010.

The original 1981 pic was written and directed by John Landis and starred David Naughton, Griffin Dunne and Jenny Agutter. Pic, which won an Oscar for it’s groundbreaking makeup work. The film centers on a college student going on a rampage after surviving an attack by a werewolf on a Yorkshire moor.

Dimension has not yet attached a writer or director to the project.

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A Nightmare On Elm Street: Rooney Mara Signs On For Two More Films

A Nightmare On Elm Street: Rooney Mara Signs On For Two More Films

rooneymara1It has been pretty quiet in recent days in regards to the remake of ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ but today there is a some exciting news for fans of the franchise!

The mighty Bloody Disgusting has broken the news (check out it here), that Rooney Mara has signed on to continue the role of Nancy Thompson for another two films.

The film is currently shooting in Chicago and is slated for an April 2010 release.

Already cast in the Platinum Dunes film are Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Freddy Krueger, Rooney Mara as Nancy, Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Clancy Brown, Katie Cassidy, Kyle Gallner, Connie Britton and Kellan Lutz.

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Adult Film Star Riley Steele Scores A Lead Role In ‘Piranha 3-D’

Adult Film Star Riley Steele Scores A Lead Role In ‘Piranha 3-D’

riley-steeleAnother quick update on the casting for Alex Aja’s Piranha 3-D. It appears that adult film star Riley Steele will be tackling the role of “Crystal”, which is said to be one of the films leads. Steele is currently a contract girl for The Digital Playground and debuted in the big-budget porn epic “Pirates II: Stagnetti’s Revenge.” She has also gone on to star in a handful of new releases from the studio including “Riley Steele: Perfect Pet” and “Riley Steele: Chic.”

“[Riley’s] natural beauty will light up the screen as she frolics with the hordes of spring break partygoers in our very contemporary, scary 3-D movie,” producer Mark Canton said.
 
“I am extremely proud of Riley Steele and her significant role in ‘Piranha 3-D,’” Digital Playground CEO Samantha Lewis said. “This is an amazing opportunity for Riley as the 94-page script was written to capitalize on her powerful sex appeal and has her appearing in a large number of scenes. I have every confidence in Riley’s ability to instill all of her beauty and charisma to the film through her spectacular screen presence.”
 
“I thought getting an audition for ‘Piranha 3-D’ was one of the highlights of my life, but when I was offered the part, I almost died,” Steele said. “I’m going to be around all these amazing actors, so I really want to keep up and learn from them.”

The film already has an impressive lineup that features Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Dina Meyer, Adam Scott, Jessica, Szohr, Jerry O’Connell and a very special appearances by Richard Dreyfuss and Joe Dante.

Piranha 3-D will be directed by Alexandre Aja and is currently filming in Arizona and is scheduled for a March 19, 2010 release date.

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Derek Mears: Beyond The Mask

Derek Mears: Beyond The Mask

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We all recently bore witness to the resurrection of one of the most iconic characters in cinema history. Jason Voorhees has terrified audiences for nearly 3 decades and has recently slashed his way back into the hearts and minds of many adults and teenagers around the world. While the role has been filled by many brilliant actors over the years, the newest man to take up the hockey mask and machete has introduced us to a much more darker and more human version of the unstoppable killer. Derek Mears, contrary to his persona in 2009’s Friday the 13th, could not be a nicer guy. An accomplished actor and stuntman, Derek is humbled by his success and is enthusiastic about what the future holds for him. Derek recently sat down with Icon vs. Icon‘s Steve Johnson to discuss his past, his career as a stuntman and actor, his experiences while on the set of Friday the 13th, and his undeniable appreciation of his fans. Look out!  Here comes the man behind the mask!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bakersfield, California. Known for agriculture, Buck Owens, and the rock band Korn.

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

Kinda early I guess. I remember being younger and having my mom asking me what I wanted to do for a living. I said that I wanted to play with my friends for the rest of my life, but I want to get paid for it. She said no, in a loving, supporting way of course. I started off playing Dungeon and Dragons at young age and went, this is great, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life and I’m kinda doing the same thing, just a live action version.

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Derek Mears is Jason Voorhees

You performed improv comedy, is that something you enjoyed?

Yeah, that’s how I got started off years back, when I was seventeen years old. I was invited to join a troupe called ComedySportz in Bakersfield. ComedySportz is competitive improv comedy and is a giant national franchise. I would go every year to this big tournament in Milwaukee, where it originated from and I made a lot of friends there. We all eventually kinda moved out to Los Angeles and I joined the LA team and played for a while. I took like eight years off to work on tv and film and now I have been back for three years with the main company, performing here in LA. So I have been doing it for twelve years now, which is so much fun.

You have credits in films and television as an actor and a stuntman, which do you prefer?

Truthfully I like them both. The difference between the two is kinda a white collar, blue collar job. As an actor you can have a little more creative freedom, but I really enjoy being physical on the stuntman side of it. I dunno, it’s so funny, even if I get a job and I’m hired as a stuntman, I’m like aw man…, you can always make a character, you know and your dialog is, eh… ok. But then if I get hired as just a plain actor, I’m like can I bash through something, get launched across the room, or fight somebody? No? Ok… So, I’m never happy. 

How did you get involved in being a stuntman?

When I moved out to Los Angeles from Bakersfield, my first “hollywood audition” was for Universal Studios Hollywood for the Wild, Wild, Wild, West Stunt Show. I got hired there. Half of the people were actors who they trained to be stunt people and the other half were stunt people they trained to be actors. I actually came in on the acting side and they trained me to do the stunts for that show and I became friends with a lot of the stunt guys and have a background in martial arts. They would go out and learn new stunts and were like, “hey man you want to hang out” and I was like “ok, but I mainly do acting and comedy.” I would just learn with them and I kinda fell into it, no pun intended. [laughs]

As a stuntman, have you ever had any close calls or serious injuries?

Where is some wood, I’m going to knock on it. I have been so lucky. I have had minor breaks, but nothing really big, so I have been very, very fortunate. There are times when you do a stunt when something kinda close happens, you’re like, hey if I were a few inches off that could have knocked me out or done permanent damage.

mears2What do you do to keep in top physical shape?

I do different weight training regimens. I do some stuff called CrossFit, which is all functional body training. It’s a website called Crossfit.com, where they give you a workout for each day. It is just fantastic. I train MMA as a hobbyist at John McCarthy’s ultimate fighting school, which is so much fun to do. They also offer a CrossFit there too. So I bounce between that and of course doing different weights in the gym and stuff for the aesthetic body look.

How do you prepare physically for your acting roles versus stuntman roles?

I kinda stay neutral. Depending on what role I am doing, I’ll tailor that work out for that role. In some roles they may want me to be larger body wise or they may want me to be thinner body wise, so I’ll tailor the work out accordingly.  

We understand that you are a fan of the horror genre. Do you have any favorite movies or directors?

Oh yeah. Totally. I don’t know if it is particularly horror, it’s more kind of sci-fi, but Del Toro is amazing, Guillermo Del Toro. His attention to different makeup effects, seeing that he came from a makeup background. What he shoots looks so freaking amazing, that guys is a ugh… I am a fan. Some of my favorite horror movies. Not because I am a part of the series, but before I was a part of the series, I love the Friday the 13th series, the Evil Dead series, I love Alien, sort of sci-fi/horror. If it has to do with sci-fi, comic books, or horror, I am a fan.

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 kinda understand both sides of the argument for remakes. I guess I would be more on the pro side, not because I am a part of it, but just for the fact you always have the original and the classics. Some of them, I think it is a good idea to remake just to update what’s going on because some of them may have lacked in plot or they lacked in special effects. There are certain things you can improve on and I am always up for that. So if they do something, like Dawn of the Dead for example, I think was an amazing job updating the zombies and it looked fantastic. Something like that I am totally pro. If it turns out they do a remake of something I don’t like, I always keep in my mind you know, well they tried, I still have the classics. I kinda separate the two and not think that the new ones or the remakes have ruined the old films.

Are you a fan of the Friday the 13th series? If so, what is your favorite movie in the series?

Part four with Ted White. It’s so wild, I really relate to it. That’s the one that kinda drew me in. I kinda have an emotional connection to part four. I grew up with a disorder called alopecia, which means that I don’t grow a lot of hair basically. My body sees the hair as a foreign entity and rejects it. So, the part in part four where Corey Feldman comes downstairs and he has his head shaved and he trying to get Jason’s attention because he is trying to emulate the young version of Jason. I really connected to that because at the time that’s what my hair looked like. I had little clumps of hair here and there and I was like oh my gosh, I am a little version of Jason. So, I easily became emotionally connected to the character. Now I actually get to play the character, which is bizarre.   

mears5How did you get the role of Jason Vorhees in Friday the 13th?

I payed Platinum Dunes six million dollars. No, [laughs] Platinum Dunes talked to a bunch of different industry professionals, who they were asking who they thought would be the new Jason. I am very fortunate because my name kept popping up. They ended up bringing two people in for a meeting. It was me and another person and I got it, so I was extremely, extremely lucky.

The role of Jason Vorhees has been filled by many actors, each with their own spin on the role. Did you find donning the hockey mask a bit intimidating at first?

A little bit. Myself being a horror fan, being respectful or being a fan of the guys that came before me. I kinda didn’t want to be the guy like, “that’s the guy who ruined the series,” for my time holding the conch. That was factored in. My job is that I feel like I am representing the horror fans and I just want to do a good job, to represent the character to its full potential.

Being a part of the Friday the 13th family as one of the Jasons, have you found any sort of rivalry or brotherhood between you and the other actors that have played Jason?

There really is like a brotherhood. It was nice, I have met almost everybody that has played Jason before and everyone has been so warm and welcoming. C.J. Graham, Jason from part six, was over the top welcoming. He was the first one to kinda take me in and go, “hey congratulations on everything and welcome to the family. It’s a very small unique group of guys and at one time I was the new guy, at one time Kane was the new guy. It’s your turn to be the new guy and enjoy it and live it up because later on it will pass on to someone else. Welcome, have a good time.” I was really blow away with that. He was really, really, kind. 

Your Jason is angrier and is far more human than any other Jason in the series. Did you have input into the development of the character or was it laid out for you in the script?

The aggressiveness was kinda all me. [laughs] The humanization of the character, a lot of that credits back to Mark Swift and Damian Shannon and the writers. They really wanted to get the script back to the original base of what made Jason great in the earlier films and make him more human, which made him, in my opinion scary. Their purpose was to make Jason frightening again. So I have to give the credit to them for that side of it. 

Where there any challenges while performing on set? Only having one eye to see out of, filming in texas, etc…

Yeah definitely. Having the one eye to see out of was really tough. I had a small slit in the other eye. It was almost as if you are looking through a toilet paper dispenser. You lose all of your peripheral vision from that one eye. I bashed myself so many times into so many different things around the set. When you’re fully committed to the scene, chasing somebody or being aggressive, you can’t see some of the low hanging objects. I thank god that Scott Stoddard, who in my opinion is fifty percent of the Jason character because he did the special effects for him and the design for him. I thank him so much for making the hockey mask out of what you would actually make a protective hockey mask out of.  That saved my face many a time. Just to elaborate on the other hardships of the character. We shot in Austin, Texas in the summer time. From my navel up to my head, I had a full body prosthetic on. After about the second week of shooting your skin starts to get irritated. You got heat rash and you try not to move so much when you are not shooting so the medical adhesive, which keeps the prosthetic onto your own skin, doesn’t rip or pull the irritated skin. So after awhile, you feel like a horse with a burr under its saddle. You get to the aggressive mode a little easier, but still, you are wearing it all day long. In no way I am complaining because you know going into it, it is going to be uncomfortable. You try to focus on the final product, that if it is going to look good, it’s going to be great and not worry about the pain now. Was is the adage I always say, pain is temporary and dumb is forever.         

mears6Which incarnation of Jason do you prefer in the film? Sack head Jason or the masked version?

I like them both equally. I like what Scott came up with, with the creepy sack mask and later on with the hockey mask, it looks great also. I really don’t have a preference, I liked doing both. I was really happy as a fan that they added the sack into the script.  

What is your favorite kill in the new movie?

I really enjoyed the throat kill with Aaron Yoo inside the toolshed. When we actually shot that, the take they ended up using with Arron sputtering the blood, after we yelled cut I asked him if he was ok, what’s going on? What he did was, he tried to inhale the blood that he had in his mouth into his sinuses, so he would spit it out of his nose also, but he started to gag on it. It was horrible sounding, so it was very realistic when we actually shot it. He was such a great guy too, he was so hilarious! All of those funny bits that he did in the toolshed is him just improvising.    

Were any of the other actors/actresses intimidated or scared by your presence while in full costume?

It was funny because when I talked to them about it they knew it was me, we all hung out and had become very close friends, but when you switch over and you have the Jason gear on, I am still myself moving around until they yell action then you switch over to the bad side of yourself. Some of them kept telling me I know it is you underneath there, it’s freaking me out, but I know it’s you, I know your nice, I know your nice and they kept kinda repeating that mantra over and over again. I remember Willa Ford, when she was doing her scene in the lake. The first time she ever saw me in full Jason gear, I kinda on purpose showed up to help her for an eye line. Her eye line was off camera looking at somebody and I walked in and just stood there and I kinda helped her freak out a little bit more. That’s what I am, I am a giver Steve. [laughs]   

Are you happy with the success of the Friday the 13th?

Yes, I really am. For a lot of us who worked on the film, we are fans of the series and for us it was more of a passion project than just another job and we really wanted it to be good. We had to be respectful of what happened in the past, but we also had to take risks for the new audience. The feedback I’ve been getting is really, really positive. Everyone has their critiques, but the majority of the feedback I have been getting is great, so I am very, very satisfied and proud to be a part of the series.     

Derek Mears in 'Pro-Life' from Masters of Horror

Derek Mears in 'Pro-Life' from Masters of Horror

Can you tell us anything about the upcoming Friday the 13th DVD/Blu-Ray? Was there behind the scene footage filmed? Will we see an unrated version of the film?

We shot a lot of the scenes a couple different ways. Being that Jason is not just pure evil, that he was a victim and kinda created, we empathize with him and we empathize for him. We shot scenes in ways where you would feel more sympathy for Jason and then we shot it more aggressively, so when we did the editing, the editor could choose the flow as to play it how the scene needed. There’s that fine line between sympathy and aggressiveness. If you go too sympathetic you lose the ferocity of the character and if you go too ferocious you lose the human tie or the empathy for the character.  

A sequel to Friday the 13th was recently announced, will you be back as Jason and is there anything you can tell us about it?

What I can officially say from the producers is the writers are writing the sequel right now. It’s still in the rumor status because it hasn’t been officially green lit. I do have a second picture option with Platinum Dunes. It could be for part two or it could be for a different film entirely. Being that the film is not yet green lit, they can’t make any offers or anything. I would like to return, but nothing is for sure.   

You were featured in the Friday the 13th retrospective His Name Was Jason. How did you get involved in that film and what was that experience like?

That was crazy. How did I get involved in that? They just called up and said “hey, we are doing a retrospect for the Friday the 13th series, do you want to be a part of it” and I go “Yes, are you kidding me?” I just remember at the time I was so excited and being a total goofball and doing the interview. It was a blast. It was just fun being a part of something that you are a fan of and meet people that I have watched over years and meet them in person. Another thing with all of the focus and attention from the Jason role is being a fan of different celebrities and having them know who you are. It’s a little surreal, it’s a little out of this world.     

What other projects are in your immediate future?

It’s crazy. I’ve been asked that a lot lately. I totally want to talk about it, but I can’t. There’s a project that is a super-secret project, it’s a big project, but I can’t divulge any information about it at all or the studio will destroy me. I feel like a kid who has a birthday present for somebody and he wants to tell them so bad about it and how cool it is, but I can’t say anything right now, I can’t. So, I can’t divulge anything right now, but it’s something cool.    

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

Oh man, that is so much fun. I am actually going to one this coming weekend. The horror fans are so amazing. They are so loving and accepting. It’s funny because people, they thank me for coming out to the conventions and I’m like, “thank you guys for coming out.” On my end they go “Hey Derek we’d like to pay you to come out and talk about sci-fi, horror, and comic books, is that cool with you?” I’m like, “Yeah, that’s what I do every day.” Hollywood doesn’t have to pay me to do it, I love to do it. So I sit around with all of these friends and I geek gossip a bit. I dig it.

mears7Any strange encounters or notable interaction with other actors?

Yeah actually, can you believe it, I have. This one thing that I would say is the strangest encounter or the strangest thing that has happened. It’s not super strange, but it was kinda strange for me. Before the film came out, I was having a conversation with a guy and we were talking about being Friday the 13th fans, he and I, and I told him that I learned that to be a super fan you’ve got to have a tattoo. Now that is a commitment if you have a tattoo and he goes “oh really?” This guy has a shaved head and he turned around and on the back of his head he has a giant Jason mask tattooed there. I go “ok, you are a huge fan.” He shows me his drivers license, which is awesome, and he legally changed his name to Jason Vorhees with a “z”. I am like, “You are a hardcore fan, you might be the biggest fan I have seen.” He goes “I know what I want you to sign” and I go “Oh cool what” and he points to the back of his head. I go, “Oh dude, think about this” and I go “what if the film sucks?” He goes “The film is not going to suck.” I’m like, “Yeah you’re right, the film is not going to suck.” So I signed the back of his head and he had it tattooed onto him. It’s so wild because he is just a big fan and he’s not sick or anything like that, he is just really nice, he is just a big fan. It just kinda wowed me.          

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

I get asked for advice all of the time and it’s really, really tough because I don’t really know what to say. There are so many different routes to get to where you want to be. I have so many talented friends myself that aren’t working and it is bizarre to me. It’s a mixture of talent, luck, and timing. Every time when I get a phone call to work on a show, I keep expecting the phone to stop ringing or this could be my last show. I feel very, very fortunate that the phone keeps ringing. It’s really tough to give advice, I don’t know. I’m still kinda wondering how the hell I got here. 

Do you have any last words?

I just want to thank the fans. The fans have been so great. It’s a wild ride!

Thanks for your time and best of luck!


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The Last House on the Left: Official Site Goes Live

The Last House on the Left: Official Site Goes Live

Rogue Pictures has launched the official website for their remake?remake of?Wes Craven’s?The Last House on the Left, which arrives in theaters March 13th, 2009.

Many sections are still locked, but you can check out some stills, the trailer and some new footage from the film that plays when click between sections.

In the film John and Emma Collingwood are on vacation at their lakeshore house when, by a bizarre twist of fate, they give shelter to the sociopaths who have just assaulted and nearly killed their daughter. Upon discovering the truth, they exact a chilling revenge on her attackers.

The remake stars Garret Dillahunt, Rhys Coiro, Martha MacIsaac, Riki Lindhome and Sara Paxton.

Check out the trailer for the film below:

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Pick of The Week: ‘His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th’

Pick of The Week: ‘His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th’

Jason Voorhees has carved his place into American pop culture and is one of the most recognizable cinematic killer in horror history. Now nearly, 30 years later, see how it all happened! With over 100 interviews with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage and dozen of film clips spanning the entire Friday the 13th series leading up to the 2.13.09 remake, there is no better way to get up close and personal with one of the most feared icons of our generation. Shut off the lights, lock up the cabin and get ready to learn all about a boy… His Name Was Jason.

Note:?His Name is Jason hits DVD on February 3rd and will air on Starz February 13th, 2009.

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His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th, the ultimate tribute documentary about one of horror cinema?s most enduring icons, has been acquired by Anchor Bay Entertainment, the leading horror programmer, for North American DVD distribution. It will be released as a ?splatter edition? DVD on February 3, 2009. Then, on February 13th, 2009, Starz will host the broadcast premiere of the documentary ? in celebration of the infamous date and its most famous posterboy. In addition, the documentary will have its World Premiere Friday, November 14 at the 31st Starz Denver Festival during The Watching Hour, the festival?s midnight film series. Ari Lehman, the ?first? Jason and other special guests will be in attendance.

Produced by Anthony Masi (Halloween 25 Years of Terror, The Psycho Legacy) and Thommy Hutson (Prank) and directed by Dan Farrands (The Girl Next Door, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers), In addition to the full-length documentary, the DVD is anticipated to contain over four hours of bonus features, including additional interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

jasonHosted by legendary special effects make-up artist Tom Savini ? whose (literally) eye-popping prosthetics were featured in such gorefest classics as 1979?s Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Maniac, and the original Friday the 13th ? His Name Was Jason is the definitive look at the history and cultural legacy of this 20th Century boogeyman. Extensive interviews were conducted with over eighty people involved throughout the entire Friday the 13th franchise, as well as filmmaker and fan testimonials.

Jason fans who watch His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th will be treated to reminiscences and ruminations spanning Jason?s entire film history, as well as a virtual ?who?s who? of contemporary film horror, including:

Actors: Betsy Palmer (1), Adrienne King (1 and Part 2), Larry Zerner (Part 3-D), Bonnie Hellman and Judie Aronson (The Final Chapter), Shavar Ross and Debi Sue Voorhees (A New Beginning), Darcy DeMoss and Vincent Gustaferro (Part VI), Lar Park-Lincoln, Elizabeth Kaitan and Diana Barrows (Part VII), Peter Mark Richman and Jensen Daggett (Part VIII), Lawrence Monoson and Camilla More (The Final Friday), Lisa Ryder (Jason X), Seth Green and Travis Van Winkle (2009 remake);

Jason Voorhees portrayers: Ari Lehman (1), Warrington Gillette (Part 2), Richard Brooker (Part 3-D), Ted White (Final Chapter), C.J. Graham (Part VI), and Kane Hodder (Part VII, Part VIII, The Final Friday, Jason X);

Filmmakers: Sean S. Cunningham (Director, 1), Victor Miller (Writer, 1) Danny Steinmann (Writer/Director, A New Beginning), Tom McLoughlin (Writer/Director, Part VI), John Carl Buechler (Director/Special Makeup Effects, Part VII), Joseph Zito (Director, The Final Friday), Greg Nicotero (Special Makeup Effects, The Final Friday), Marcus Nispel (Director, 2009 remake), and Composer Harry Manfredini, creator of Jason?s signature musical cue “Sh-sh-sh-sh, ha-ha-ha-ha.”

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Rob Zombie’s Halloween: An interview with Scout Taylor-Compton

Rob Zombie’s Halloween: An interview with Scout Taylor-Compton

halloween-scoutAs if starring in a remake one of the greatest horror films ever made wasn’t a daunting enough task, imagine taking on an iconic role originated by Jamie Lee Curtis. In writer-director Rob Zombie’s Halloween (in theaters Aug. 31, 2007), that weight fell on the shoulders of 18-year-old Scout Taylor-Compton. Live-Metal.net caught up with her during the annual Horrorfind Weekend in Hunt Valley, Md., where she was both a celebrity guest and a fan picking up some memorabilia of her own.

Live-Metal: How was it working with Rob Zombie?

Scout Taylor-Compton: Horrible, horrible. [laughs] No, I’ve been a fan of his music and his movies and whatnot, and it’s kind of intimidating at first meeting him. And I first met him with Danielle [Harris]. Danielle was filming Dr. Phil, and she came over, and I met Rob and we were doing these scenes for my screen test, basically, with Danielle to land the role, and he’s so laidback. I felt so comfortable. Just meeting him one time, I felt so comfortable with him. And on set, he comes up and he’s wearing almost the same thing, tight pants, the big old boots, the vintage T-shirts, with his hair all ravaged with the hat’and he’s just like such a chill person. I enjoy working with him. I like directors that actually understand actors. So it’s pretty good. It was pretty nice.

How did you feel coming into the role, filling such big shoes as Jamie Lee Curtis?

I was scared as hell, actually. I got really intimidated at first. First, doing it, and finding out how fast it hit the media and finding out people comparing me to Jamie Lee Curtis. I was so scared. I think I turned to my family and I was like, “I don’t know if I can do this.” I was being compared to this icon, and I hadn’t even started shooting. So I was scared as hell, but going on set, Rob kind of calmed me down a little bit, and working with Danielle, and Rob saying, “You’re attached to this. You’re family now, and some people are gonna like you, some people aren’t.” So I just kind of let it go. You know, you kind of have to in this business. Everybody’s gonna compare you to somebody eventually.

[Scout stops at a vendor to buy a painting of Halloween co-star Malcolm McDowell.]

Did you become pretty close to Malcolm on Halloween?

Did you see Malcolm give me a big ol’ smooch?

No, when was that? A big ol’ smooch? In the movie?

No. Here. The first time Malcolm kissed me on the lips, I kind of was like, “Whoa, whoa!” But he did that every day. Kind of got used to it.

[laughter]

He’s a flirty little man. He’s a cutie.

There’s been a lot of criticism about the Halloween remake. All of the diehard fans are really worried. They’re really upset. What can you say to ease their minds that this is gonna be a worthy remake and a great movie to go see?

I think all I have to say is “Rob Zombie.” That’s all you’ve gotta say. You got Rob, you got Udo [Kier], you got Malcolm, you got Danielle!

You.

Me, hopefully everybody likes. I mean, you got all these classics. Sybil [Danning], you got Dee Wallace. They’re all in one. That’s something the original did not have. So I think it’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be the shit. Sorry. It’s gonna be great.

Do you do a lot of these conventions?

Actually, recently. But I’m growing to love them. I love interacting with the fans and doing this stuff. I did Comic Con and I did Fangoria, but those are panels, like I was with Rob and Tyler [Mane] and Sheri [Moon Zombie]. But actually sitting down and interacting with [the fans] I think is great. I hate just being away from everybody and they have so many questions that I can answer. I’m loving it.

Have you had any strange encounters with people at these things?

None I will mention, but yeah.

Is this one of them?

[laughter]

No, no. You guys are actually working with me. [laughs] No, I don’t know. I honestly went into this being scared. I didn’t know what to expect. I thought you guys were gonna be freakin’ weird as hell, but you guys are just like me. I love horror stuff, and I love all the skulls and stuff, so I feel like at home right now. I wish my boyfriend was here. He’d love this crap.

Your boyfriend, I’ve seen him on MySpace, Andy 6.

Yeah, his band, his little metal band.

What can you tell us about that?

He’s looking at some record labels right now, but he might be touring, I heard, in October.

What’s the name of the band?

Black Veil Brides is his band. It’s a little metal band.

So any news on a possible sequel?

You know, I know Malcolm signed on to a lot, and I know Tyler signed on to two. Rob told me that he wasn’t going to direct it, so I didn’t sign on for any. I’ve been approached about doing another one, but they’re waiting to see how well this does.

What’s your next project?

I have April Fool’s Day, the remake, in North Carolina, then I come back and do a couple other movies that I can’t really mention right now. So that’s it right now. But the premiere’s about to come, the press junket’s about to come and then the next day after the premiere, I leave on a red-eye to North Carolina. It should be pretty interesting.

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