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CM Punk Wraps Shooting On New Horror Film From Queensbury Pictures

CM Punk Wraps Shooting On New Horror Film From Queensbury Pictures

The recently launched production company, Queensbury Pictures, today announced the production wrap of GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR, the writing and directing debut of producer Travis Stevens and starring pop culture staple and former WWE superstar, Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk).

Shooting has wrapped in the Chicago suburb of Frankfort, Illinois – in a house that has long been considered by local residents to be haunted.

A name consistently in the news and synonymous with pop culture, mixed martial artist and comic book writer Phil Brooks is best known for his record setting career in the WWE under the name CM Punk. Brooks has a recurring role in Marc Maron’s IFC comedy series Maron and will appear in the remake of David Cronenberg’s RabidGIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR marks his first leading role.

“I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to take on the lead role in GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR,” said Phil Brooks. “I’m a longtime personal fan of genre films and this project was an absolute natural fit for me.”

Producer Greg Newman said, “Phil Brooks has proven his abilities as an actor outside of the ring and is a natural fit for the lead.  His range and performance will surely delight and surprise those who know him best from his athletic career.  We’re thrilled and honored to have him on the project.

Writer/Director of GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOORTravis Stevens, has produced such acclaimed, wide-ranging films as We Are Still Here and Starry Eyes,and Buster’s Mal Heart. Stevens will now be stepping behind the camera for the first time as a director.

Stevens said, “After many years nurturing the creative vision of other talented storytellers, I’m both grateful and humbled to receive the support of Queensbury Pictures, MPI Media and all the cast  and crew who have crossed the threshold of this very strange, incredibly beautiful and unflinchingly terrifying house.”

The cast includes Trieste Dunn of Applesauce, United 93, Banshee and many other films and TV series, Elissa Dowling, a genre veteran best known for We Are Still Here and newcomer Sarah Brooks in a breakout role. Award-winning Special FX Technician Dan Martin (High Rise, Free Fire, Lord of Chaos) is creating the film’s jaw-dropping special make-up and creature effects.  Producers on the film include Greg Newman, Giles Edwards, Nicola Goelzhaeuser and Travis Stevens.

Film Synopsis:
At the heart of the film is Don Koch (CM Punk), a man who is failing as a husband. For years he has skated by on charm and charisma, until it nearly landed him in jail. He now views fixing up an old house as a chance to make up for past mistakes. Meanwhile, his wife, Liz Koch, is concerned about the renovation timeline as they have a baby on the way. With all this pressure it’s no wonder Don responds to the flirtations of an attractive stranger. As Don tears the house apart, it begins to tear him apart as well, revealing the rot behind the drywall.

Queensbury Pictures was launched this past spring by film industry vets Greg NewmanTravis Stevens and Giles Edwards to produce films in-house as well as nurture the next wave of great filmmaking talent. The company will shepherd a wide range of projects from conception to production, distribution and exhibition. GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR marks its initial step in this direction.

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Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘St. Agatha’ To Get U.S. Theatrical Release Via Uncork’d Entertainment

Darren Lynn Bousman’s ‘St. Agatha’ To Get U.S. Theatrical Release Via Uncork’d Entertainment

Darren Lynn Bousman

Uncork’d Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to St. Agatha, the latest film from celebrated filmmaker Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV,). The female-driven psychological horror film premiered at the Overlook Film Festival in April.

Written by Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, and Clint Sears, St. Agatha is set in 1950’s Georgia, and fixes on a pregnant con woman who is on the run and seeks refuge in a convent. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark lair where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of will power Agatha has is tested as she learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the odd people that lurk inside its halls.

Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson, Trin Miller and Seth Michaels star in the film, which Uncork’d will release theatrically and on digital first quarter 2019.

Uncork’d Entertainment President Keith Leopard negotiated the deal with Jack Campbell, President of Octane Entertainment.

“With brilliant direction from one of the new masters of horror and a unique and chilling script that features strong female characters, we’re certain audiences are going to really embrace St. Agatha” says Leopard. “Uncork’d is honored to be releasing such an incredible film”.

“We are extremely excited to be teaming up with Uncork’d on the North American release for St. Agatha,” adds Campbell. “The capable hands of Keith and his team give us the confidence that this film will have a very successful release.”

Sara Sometti Michaels produced alongside with Tara Ansley and Seth Michaels.

“After many offers we have found the perfect home for St. Agatha at Uncork’d Entertainment and we are very excited to be working together,” agreed Sara Sometti Michaels.

Phil Bedrin and Rick Le from Dragonblood Holdings executive produced the film, which early reviews claim revives the “nunsploitiation” genre.

About Uncork’d Entertainment
Uncork’d Entertainment was founded in July, 2012 by Keith Leopard, a Home Entertainment industry veteran. The Company focuses on distribution in six areas: Digital Media, Physical Home Entertainment, Aggregation, Theatrical and Television, Foreign Sales, and has secured relationships across all platforms to ensure your film reaches the widest audience possible. Uncork’d’s most recent releases include The Lullaby, The Jurassic Games, Gehenna: Where Death Lives, and the upcoming release of The Basement, Five Fingers for Marseilles and Blue My Mind.

About Octane Entertainment
Octane Entertainment is a leading full-service sales and production company specializing in the licensing, marketing, and distribution of commercial feature films and television content to the global market.  Through established relationships with buyers around the world, Octane continues to represent their partners, producers, and films to the highest industry standard.  Octane’s most recent slate includes the new supernatural thriller Silencio, He’s Out There, starring Emmy®-nominated actress Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”), fantasy-drama Look Away, starring Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Golden Globe-winner Chloë Sevigny (“Big Love,” “American Horror Story”), and Aiden Turner (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, “Poldark”), and St. Agatha, directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, IV). www.octaneent.com

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HALLOWEEN: Laurie Strode “Faces Her Fate” With Michael Myers In Brutal New Trailer!

HALLOWEEN: Laurie Strode “Faces Her Fate” With Michael Myers In Brutal New Trailer!

At long last Michael Myers has returned in an awesome new trailer for the next chapter in the HALLOWEEN saga. The trailer arrives just one day after Jamie Lee Curtis revealed a new poster for the film. Check out the trailer below and weigh in with your thoughts!

In the film, Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Master of horror John Carpenter executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

Halloween is also produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9). In addition to Carpenter and Curtis, Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Ryan Freimman also serves in that role.

Universal Pictures will release Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax’s Halloween on Friday, October 19, 2018.

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Official Poster For Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake Unveiled!

Official Poster For Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake Unveiled!

The final artwork for the remake of SUSPIRIA, has been unveiled. Directed By Luca Guadagnino, the film stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf, Jessica Harper and Chloë Grace Moretz.

Amazon Studios is bringing SUSPIRIA to fans one week early! The film is now opening in NY and LA theaters October 26, expanding nationwide November 2nd, 2018. Check out the official trailer below!

Synopsis: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director (Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Johnson), and a grieving psychotherapist (Ebersdorf). Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

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Michael Dougherty’s ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Drops October 9th Via Scream Factory

Michael Dougherty’s ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Drops October 9th Via Scream Factory

Just in time for Halloween!

A creepy, darkly comic celebration of the scariest night of the year from writer-director Michael Dougherty (Krampus, Godzilla: King of The Monsters), Trick ‘r Treat stars Dylan Baker (Homeland, The Americans), Rochelle Aytes (Designated Survivor, Mistresses) with Anna Paquin (X-Men, True Blood) and Brian Cox (Succession, X2). The film takes the Creepshow and Tales from the Crypt approach to nefarious new depths with four interwoven tales set on Halloween night. A high school principal (Dylan Baker) moonlights as a vicious serial killer; the quest of a young virgin (Anna Paquin) for that special someone takes a gruesome turn; a group of teens carries out a cruel prank with disastrous consequences; and a cantankerous old man (Brian Cox) battles a mischievous trick-or-treating demon.

On October 9, 2018, SCREAM FACTORY™ is proud to unleash Trick ‘r Treat Collector’s Edition Blu-ray. A must-have for movie collectors and horror enthusiasts, this definition collector’s edition contains new 2K scan of the film, new interviews with Michael Dougherty and crew, new special featurettes, and much more! Pre-order is available now at ShoutFactory.com.

Special Features:

  • NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements supervised and approved by director Michael Dougherty
  • NEW Tales of Folklore & Fright: Creating Trick ‘r Treat – including interviews with writer/director Michael Dougherty, conceptual artist Breehn Burns, and storyboard artist Simeon Wilkins.
  • NEW Tales of Mischief & Mayhem: Filming Trick ‘r Treat – in-depth interview with Michael Dougherty on the making of the film
  • NEW Sounds of Shock & Superstition: Scoring Trick ‘r Treat – including interviews with Michael Dougherty and composer Douglas Pipes
  • NEW Tales of Dread and Despair: Releasing Trick ‘r Treat – a look at the release and fandom with Michael Dougherty and writer Rob Galluzzo
  • Season’s Greetings – NEW 2K scan of the original 16mm elements – a short film by Michael Dougherty with optional commentary by Dougherty
  • NEW Storyboard and Conceptual Artwork Gallery
  • NEW Behind the Scenes Still Gallery
  • NEW Monster Mash – a story from the TRICK ‘R TREAT graphic novel
  • NEW FEARnet.com Shorts
  • Audio Commentary with director Michael Dougherty
  • Trick ‘R Treat: The Lore and Legends of Halloween featurette
  • Deleted and Alternate Scenes with optional commentary by director Michael Dougherty
  • School Bus FX Comparison
  • Theatrical Trailer

1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/English Subtitles/2007/Approximate Feature Running Time: +/- 82 Minutes

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HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER: Paranormal Doc Based On NY Times Best-Selling Book To Be Released In September

HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER: Paranormal Doc Based On NY Times Best-Selling Book To Be Released In September

Based on the best-selling book by George Knapp & Dr. Colm Kelleher, HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER investigates the confidential, most extensive scientific study of a paranormal hotspot in human history.

Skinwalker Ranch in Utah is famous throughout the world because of the myriad of frightening, seemingly supernatural events that have been reported in the scenic basin surrounding the property for hundreds of years. Sightings include orbs, UFOs, animal mutilations, unknown creatures, poltergeist-type activity, and many other inexplicable incidents. An exhaustive, multidisciplinary scientific study began in 1996, spearheaded by an enigmatic Las Vegas billionaire named Robert Bigelow. A team of PhD-level investigators was deployed to collect evidence and spent more than a decade on the ground, interviewing witnesses, searching for explanations, and directly confronting an unknown intelligence. Recent headlines have revealed that a second, government-funded but confidential study was initiated by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). This second investigation was designed to determine if the phenomena at the ranch might have national security implications or could point to technological breakthroughs.

The shroud of mystery hanging above Skinwalker Ranch and the Utah Basin has fascinated director Jeremy Corbell (Patient Seventeen) for years. He finally journeyed to the property to interview eyewitnesses – including the new owner of the ranch – and uncover rare, previously unreleased recordings.

HUNT FOR THE SKINWALKER will be available to own on digital September 11 and to stream on demand September 19.

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Director Owen Egerton On His Unique Career & Bringing ‘Blood Fest’ To The Masses!

Director Owen Egerton On His Unique Career & Bringing ‘Blood Fest’ To The Masses!

Owen Egerton – Photo by Devaki Jones

Filmmaker and novelist Owen Egerton is one of the busiest and most inspiring creatives in Hollywood. From writing to directing, to penning critically acclaimed novels, his creativity knows no bounds. He’s written for Ryan Murphy Productions, Blumhouse, Fox, Warner Bros. and Disney, and is the author of four novels including “The Book of Harold,” “The Illegitimate Son of God,” which Warner Bros. optioned, and most recently “Hollow,” named one of the best books of 2018 by NPR. In addition, he is also one of the talents behind the Alamo Drafthouse long-running comedy show, “Master Pancake.” At the heart of it all, Owen Egerton is a storyteller and his story is shaping up to be one of the best ever told.

In the late-summer of 2018, Egerton is bringing the latest chapter of career to the masses. This time around he has his sights set on capturing the hearts of film fans from coast to coast with an all-new dark comedy set in the world of the horror genre. His sophomore directorial effort, “Blood Fest,” centers around die-hard genre fans flocking to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. As attendees start dying off, three teenagers with more horror-film wits than real-world knowledge must band together and battle through every madman, monstrosity, and terrifying scenario if they have any hope of surviving. The film boasts an all-star cast featuring Tate Donovan (The Untouchables, The Only Boy Living in New York, The O.C.), Robbie Kay (Once Upon a Time), Seychelle Gabriel (The Last Airbender, Falling Skies, Sleepy Hollow), Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War, Every Day, and The True Don Quixote), along with Barbara Dunkelman (RWBY), Nick Rutherford, Chris Doubek, Rebecca Wagner and Zachary Levi.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Owen Egerton to discuss his unique career path and the challenges he has faced along the way, In addition, Egerton offers an inside look at the making of “Blood Fest” and what the future might hold for him.

How did you get involved with the arts early on in life?

My parents were both doctors and when they weren’t seeing patients, my dad was always typing away at thriller novels and my mom was writing articles and stuff. So, I’ve always loved the idea of writing and I couldn’t think of anything more exciting to do with my life than to write and tell stories! Pretty early on, basically right out of college, I quit the only job I’ve had and moved into a VW camper. I spent my days in coffee shops abusing the free refills on coffee and my evenings doing comedy gigs to pay for the coffee! It was basically comedy at night and writing my first novel during the day. Things just sort of went from there!

You’ve certainly had an interesting career path. What are some of the lessons you learn early on that had a big impact on you?

That’s a great question! I think part of the early lessons that I learned was that no one needs me to do this! [laughs] No one is going to beg me to write or to make movies. It’s not necessarily going to make me a lot of money but if I feel that I’m called to do it, I should go ahead and do it anyway! I’ve always sort of approached the whole thing as a vocation like in the old sense of you have a calling to do something. For me, writing and filmmaking have fallen into that! That has really, really helped because sometimes you’re like, “I’ll write because I’m talented!” But, what you quickly realize is, when you are writing every other day you don’t feel talented at all! You feel like a joke or like you can’t get through page! [laughs] It’s a great thing to remember that you’re not doing this because you’re the most talented person or because it’s some road to glory or that you’re needed to do it. You do it because it’s somehow how you’re going to work out who you are in the world!

Owen Egerton – Photo by Devaki Jones

I’m sure you experienced your fair share of ups and downs through the years. Where do you look for inspiration?

When I run dry there are a number of different places I look to fuel my creative fire. One of my favorite things to do is to simply have my kids tell me a story. My kids are 10 and 13 years old and they have a constant supply of stories in their head. They’re still at that age where play comes naturally. When we grow up, we have to work a little harder to remember to play. For them, storytelling is fun, it’s play and it’s a blast, which it always should be! Even when it’s a struggle it should be fun and exciting! They do that so naturally, so that is a real key place. As far as other places I go, I start reading the work or watching the films of people that I love. I try to listen to a Charles Mingus album and that always lights a couple of flames underneath me! Those are just a few of the places ago!

What do you consider your biggest influences in terms of the artist we see today?

A number of things came my way and rocked my world in terms of how I approach art overall. One of them was my first Kurt Vonnegut book. I remember I was working at a children’s daycare watching kids. For some reason, completely inappropriately, someone had put a copy of “God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater” on the shelf next to the “Goosebumps” and Judy Blume books. I was like, “What is this book?” I picked it up and started reading it. I remember thinking, “Oh my God! I didn’t know you were allowed to write like this! It thrilled me because it was so funny, subversive and brilliant but the language was simple. It really thrilled me! Another thing that had a big impact was when I started doing improv comedy pretty early on in my 20s. Matter of fact, that’s where I met my wife. We were part of the same improv troupe here in Austin, Texas. There was something there about getting up on stage, playing again and building something out of nothing. That had a huge impact on me.

Very cool! You mentioned doubting yourself at points. When do you feel you really came into your own or got into the groove as an artist?

Oh, man! I don’t know! The doubt continues, and the finding of the groove continues! You know, sometimes you think you’ve found your groove, but I think another way to do it is to make your groove. I mean, that’s what a groove is right? It’s a line in the dirt. When a farmer plants his seeds, he has to make the groove before he puts the seeds in. That’s just work. That’s being in front of the laptop for too many hours or thinking through ideas and sketching them out and constantly changing things. The grove I had in my 20s and the groove I have now are different because I’m creating it all the time. I’m forming it and shaping it by doing the work. Along with that comes a lot of doubt. That’s a constant companion in the creative life. Try to kick it out and you’re going to find your house is lacking a roommate. I don’t know if there was ever time I ever thought, “Oh, I’ve got this now!” It’s always been a process of creating and discovering along the way.

Your latest project is a new film called “Blood Fest.” How did the idea initially come about and made it a story you wanted to bring to the screen?

Through the years, I worked off and on I’ve worked off and on with events at the Alamo Drafthouse. I’ve done a lot of comedy events for them and I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the Alamo family for years. The Alamo Drafthouse shows movies and has food and drinks, but they also have these events where they let the movie bleed off the screen. For example, they might show “JAWS”, but they will show it in a pool. They will have people watching it, sitting in inner tubes and the Alamo will hire scuba divers to swim underwater and, at the exact appropriate moment, pull someone’s leg! [laughs] it’s those type of moments! You’re watching the movie but you’re also getting this little extra experience and that’s something that’s always kind of thrilled me. I’ve always thought it so much fun! I started coming up with some type of festival or event like that that I would want to go to. It would be an event where I could walk around in all the horror locales that I love. I really wanted to walk around those worlds that I’d seen on screen and get creeped out while there! That’s how the initial idea came about. That’s a place I want to go to! I really don’t really have the skills to build the whole place, so I decided to make a movie about it! [laughs]

Tell us a little about how you plot the course for the story you are bringing to the screen.

It always starts with a script. I go through the process of “What is my world and what are my beats?” — A classic three act structure. Once you’ve got that, you just keep revising and focusing on how to make it better and more entertaining. Then you ask, “How do I work within the confines of what I’ve got and how do I take advantage of the things that are coming your way in terms of particular cast members or cool sets and locations?” It’s a constant thing where you have a plan of action, even as you go in to filming on that day, but you’d be a fool to marry yourself to one particular path when you get there because different things become available. Different ideas may strike you from camera angles, a cool thing you might do with the plot or even a brilliant idea from someone else. Someone might say, “have you ever thought about doing it this way?” All of those things kind of come together, so it’s a really cool relationship between planning, planning, planning and also being willing to throw all those plans away! [laughs]

“Blood Fest” is your second feature film. How did the experience compare to your previous outing?

I was working with a much bigger group of people this time around, both in front of and behind the camera. My first film, “Follow,” was a very small cast, a very limited crew and that had its own beautiful intimacy. We were really tight! In this case, we had a much bigger cast and I was working with the brilliant people at Rooster Teeth, which is such an amazing community of creatives. That was a real thrill. Whether it was hundreds of people filming for the bigger scenes or just working with their creative arts department, figures and effect folks, it was a super exciting! One of things I love most about filmmaking, more so even then scriptwriting or novel writing, is that you’re collaborating with a huge group of people. If there’s any one moment or shot in a film, you forget how many people put it in time, effort, thought and creativity into that one moment! It gets as deep as the color of the T-shirt someone is wearing in the background, to the music is playing to the way the light hits the character’s face, or the expression that character’s making. All of those things are a result of different people working together and putting their best foot forward. That’s an incredible experience!

Seychelle Gabriel, Chris Doubek, Robbie Kay, Jacob Batalon and Barbara Dunkelman in ‘Blood Fest.’

The cast for this film was truly wonderful. It’s a great mix of familiar faces and fresh new talent. What did these actors bring to the material that might’ve surprised you?

I was thrilled with our cast! Each and every one of them had this ability to amplify something that was in the script. The lines are fine but when they’re read by someone, it makes it that much better! I remember when Barbara Dunkelman, who plays Ashley, was first reading the lines for the character. I remember thinking, “Oh my gosh, I have to write more lines! She’s so funny!” That really inspired me to give that character more life and more of a satisfying arc because Barbara brought so much to it! The same is true with Tate Donovan. He’s such a pleasure to film. He can do more with his eyebrows then I can do within my entire career! [laughs] He’s just brilliant! Then you have folks like Jacob Batalon. He’s got such charm on and off the camera. He’s an incredibly sweet human being that also brings this brilliant humor. It was a constant and I really loved that! With Robbie Kay, there’s a movie star swagger to him that I really adore. The first time I saw Seychelle Gabriel audition, I said, “I can’t wait to see her holding a chainsaw!” The day finally came, and it was the second to last day of filming. When she picked up that chainsaw, I was like, “YESSSSS! I’ve made it to where I wanted to be!” [laughs] It was just wild to watch these actors bring so much fun to the project. They also brought some of the best lines! Nicholas Rutherford, who plays Lenjamin Caine in the film, is a brilliant comic writer in his own. Having him adding lines and improv-ing was great. Once we got the right shot and had some extra time, we were able to have some fun! He came up with some stuff that still makes me laugh to this day!

As you said, this film was much larger than your directorial debut. That means there are a lot more moving parts. What do you consider the biggest challenges you had to face and overcome?

Some of the biggest challenges involved doing so much in such a small amount of time. I think that is constantly the case whether you’re working on a half a million-dollar film or an $80,000-dollar film. You always wish you had more time. It even comes down to the struggle of having enough sunlight for a particular shot or, in our case, enough night! So many times, we found ourselves saying, “We need another shot, but the sun is rising. We have to call it a day!” That was definitely a big challenge. We are also working in the middle of a Texas summer. We were dealing with temperatures into the triple digits while running around in zombie makeup and stuff like that. That was definitely a challenge! [laughs] I think the most memorable thing for many of us is as we were filming Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. We were in Austin, Texas so we didn’t get nearly the amount for horrific floods and weather that Houston and other cities got. However, it was happening during the midst of filming. We were filming some of the quieter moments. There was one night where we were in this giant yellow hanger. We were filming several scenes and have a discussion on if we were going to keep filming. We really needed to because we had to finish the film. As we were filming the wind kept battering the large sliding doors of this hangar. It was going to prevent us from filming and stop anything from happening. But then, everyone in the crew who wasn’t holding a camera or a light from interns to production assistants to producers to executive producers put their hands against that hangar wall and held it against the wind. That allowed us to silence it for the scene! The scene that happened was such a beautiful example of how many hands, people and spirits are behind making even one scene of the film!

Owen Egerton in ‘Blood Fest.’

You also play I rather villainous role in this film! What inspired your take on the character?

I think I was playing a combination of a couple different things. Probably the best example is the Willy Wonka of the horror world. I’ve seen a lot of people at festivals and the Alamo Drafthouse, who are programmers of film and introduce films, I’m thinking Tim League, Lars Nilsen and Zack Carlson, who are so over the top excited about some obscure drive-in movie from 1961. Their enthusiasm and wild knowledge is a thrill to watch. It’s also really inspiring. I think I brought a lot of that into what I was trying to do there, and it was super fun! I have to say that being able to play that character was complete joy!

To bring everything full circle, I wanted to take a look back at everything you’ve accomplished. How do you feel you’ve most evolved along the way?

Owen Egerton

Wow! What a great question! I think, in some ways, there is a certain tendency that has served me well since I was double dipping coffee and living in a van. That tendency is to jump into places where I don’t know how to swim and learn to swim once I get there. Whether that’s writing the first novel, trying to sell a screenplay or directing a film, there’s something sort of brilliant about… or maybe stupid [laughs]… about trusting that you will learn as you go. I think that’s the way I approach filmmaking. That’s clear. [laughs] My critics will be like, “Yeah, we can see that you didn’t know what you’re doing!” [laughs] But I think it’s the way I approach subject matter as well. I love jumping into stories where the story has questions and I don’t have answers. I love writing a novel that centers around a subject that I don’t know exactly how I feel about it, as opposed to “I have something to say and here’s how I’m going to say it.” I find something thrilling about instead of moving forward with the answers, moving forward with questions and circling those. If I’ve evolved at all, I hope I’m a better question asker than I’ve never been.

I’m sure you have a lot of irons in the fire. Where do you see yourself headed in the near future?

Well, my latest book, “Hollow,” will be coming out in paperback in a couple of months. The hardback came out last year. I’m super excited about that. There has definitely been some conversation about what that might look like as a film. I do have some stuff in the entertainment world coming down the pipes that I’m really excited about that I cannot talk about right now, unfortunately, other than to say I’m very, very excited!

That’s terrific to hear! I can’t wait to see where the journey takes you!

Thank you, Jason! I really appreciate it!

Owen Egerton’s ‘BLOOD FEST’ hits theaters and On Demand on August 31, 2018! The film will expand to limited theaters on September 6th. Follow Owen’s continuing adventures at www.owenegerton.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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THE TOYBOX: Denise Richards & Mischa Barton Take a Trip to Hell This September!

THE TOYBOX: Denise Richards & Mischa Barton Take a Trip to Hell This September!

Skyline Entertainment and Steel House Productions are proud to announce the day and date release of Tom Nagel‘s “The ToyBox,” starring Denise Richards (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, Starship Troopers, The World is Not Enough) and Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”, The Sixth Sense). Reuniting the team behind 2016’s ClownTown, Nagel’s supernatural thriller follows an ill-fated family on a road trip intended to bring them back together, but the possessed RV they’re traveling in may destroy them all.

Synopsis: Jennifer (Richards) and her family go on a summer road trip in a used RV with her husband’s estranged father and brother. Along the way, they find Samantha (Barton) and her brother, broken down on the side of the highway. After driving into the middle of nowhere, the RV takes on a mind of its own, crashing and stranding them in the scorching and isolated desert. Little by little, the unsuspecting group of travelers is blindsided by the terrible secrets within the walls of the RV and find themselves fighting to survive.

The ToyBox will open in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s NoHo 7 on September 14th for a week run. On September 18th, the film will be available nationwide on Blu-ray, DVD and Cable and Digital HD, including Amazon Instant, iTunes, iN DEMAND, DirecTV, Comcast, Optimum, Dish, Google Play and more.

The ToyBox stars Denise Richards, Mischa Barton, Matt Mercer (Beyond the Gates, The Mind’s Eye), Jeff Denton (“NCIS”, “Criminal Minds”), Brian Nagel (Katy Perry’s Roar), Greg Violand (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice) , Malika Michelle, David H. Greathouse, and Katie Keene. The ToyBox is directed by Tom Nagel from a screenplay written by Jeff Denton. Jeff Miller (Inoperable, Ouija House) and the Nagel Brothers contributed to the story. The Nagel brothers produced along with Miller (through Millman Productions) and Denton. Jim Jacobsen, Eric Brenner, and Ronnie D. Lee are executive producers.

The Blu-ray and DVD releases of The ToyBox will exclusively include a feature-length commentary with director Tom Nagel, producer Jeff Miller, producer/writer/actor Jeff Denton and producer/actor Brian Nagel and a behind the scenes featurette.

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Official Trailer For Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake Unveiled!

Official Trailer For Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ Remake Unveiled!

Tremble, Tremble! The Witches are Back. Check out the new trailer for the remake of SUSPIRIA, which features music by legendary singer/songwriter Thom Yorke (Radiohead). Directed By Luca Guadagnino, the film stars Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Lutz Ebersdorf, Jessica Harper and Chloë Grace Moretz.

Amazon Studios is bringing SUSPIRIA to fans one week early! The film is now opening in NY and LA theaters October 26, expanding nationwide November 2nd, 2018.

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John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ 4K Ultra HD To Hit Stores On September 25th!

John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ 4K Ultra HD To Hit Stores On September 25th!

Lionsgate has announced the horror classic HALLOWEEN, starring Golden Globe® winner Jamie Lee Curtis, arriving on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack! On September 25th, 2018, fans can relive the terrifying film that launched an entire genre when Halloween arrives on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™) from Lionsgate.

Starring Golden Globe® winner Jamie Lee Curtis (Best Actress, True Lies, 1994), Donald Pleasance, Tony Moran, and P.J. Soles, this edition of the horror classic delivers four times the fear with four times the resolution of Full HD with 4K, which also uses Dolby Vision™ HDR to bring to life the stunning cinematography of this supernatural horror film. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original 1978 theatrical release, and arriving just in time before the theatrical release of the newest film in the series, the Halloween 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack is loaded with special features and will be available for the suggested retail price of $22.99.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actor Jamie Lee Curtis
  • “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
  • “On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette
  • TV Version Footage
  • Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Radio Spots

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