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ON THE RISE: Bex Taylor-Klaus Talks Career, ‘Scream’ and The Return of ‘Voltron’

ON THE RISE: Bex Taylor-Klaus Talks Career, ‘Scream’ and The Return of ‘Voltron’

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While it may seem it happened overnight, Bex Taylor-Klaus is no overnight sensation. This multi-faceted star on the rise caught the acting bug early in life and has been dedicated to taking herself to the limit ever since. Her training started with Shakespeare in an after school program in the third grade and was a consistent part of her extracurricular life and summers. When she turned 18, she made the move to LA in the summer of 2012 to pursue her acting career. She hit the ground running and it wasn’t long before she was turning the heads of Hollywood decision makers and landing some impressive roles.

As a series regular on “The Killing” (2011), Bex’s first official role as an actor is the part of Bullet, alongside Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman. Her impressive debut led to roles in other high-profile projects such as “The Last Witch Hunter” (2015) with Vin Diesel, “iZombie,” “The Librarian’s,” “House of Lies” and “Glee.” In 2015, she tackled her most impressive and complex role to date as Audrey Jensen in MTV’s hit series “Scream.” Based on the hit horror franchise from the mind of Wes Craven, the series quickly captured the imagination of a new generation of genre fans. Bet will return as part of talented cast of “Scream” when it’s second season launches on May 30th, 2016. Continuing to push herself and expand her horizons, her next project is every bit as ambitious and exciting as those that came before. Bex will soon lend her voice to Dreamworks/Netflix’s highly anticipated animated series, “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” based on the iconic ‘80s cartoon series and action figures. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Bex Taylor-Klaus to discuss her work as an actor, her work on both “Scream” and “Voltron: Legendary Defender,” as well as what the future may hold for this star on the rise.

You are becoming a familiar face in the entertainment industry. Let’s go back to where it all began. What attracted you to acting early on?

My mom and dad like to say that they put me in acting class since they thought it would be cheaper than therapy. Aside from the fact it turns out that it wasn’t, everything else about it seemed to be a good idea! [laughs] I loved it! It was a really great outlet for me to express myself. I didn’t really know that I could pursue it as a career until I had an acting coach who said to my parents, “Don’t take her out of school but don’t ever let her stop doing this.” I think that is what hit it for me. Someone saying, “Yes, this is a possibility. This is something that is a viable career choice. Not many people do it but it is possible.” After I knew it was possible, having someone telling me that I couldn’t do it or I wasn’t talented enough made me say, “Screw you! Yes, I am! Let me serve it to you.”

Your breakout role has been playing Audrey on MTV’s hit series, “Scream.” How did you get involved with the project?

I got involved through the audition process. I wish I had a better story for you but it was as simple as that! The audition came in and I said, “OK, let’s do this!” Really, nothing came of it for quite awhile. I was not the right fit and they ended up casting someone else, which I totally understood, but then they came back to me. They asked me if I was still interested and, of course, I said, “Yes! I am still interested!”

“Scream” has been a huge part of pop culture for 20 years. How did you get introduced to the series?

I don’t remember exactly how old I was at the time exactly but I feel like I watched “Scream” by accident when I was around 10 years old. I didn’t really see it properly until I was about 12 or 13. I think I saw “Scream 2” around 15 or 16 and I had only seen those two films when the audition came along. I didn’t marathon the entire series until after I got the role. Then it was the game over, end all, I love this reaction! [laughs]

The material on the series is well-written but I was curious to know what you brought to the character that wasn’t on the written page?

Audrey is a very unique character. [laughs] She has her strengths and her weaknesses, I think something I added to the character, who is very mysterious by nature, is a new layer of darkness and who she is when no one else is around that probably wasn’t on the page.

How do you relate to her? Any similarities between your personalities?

I like to think that Audrey has more anger issues than I do but it depends on the person you ask! They may agree or may not agree! We have a lot of differences but there is one thing about Audrey that I really admire that I don’t think I have grasped quite yet and that is Audrey knows when to shut up! Bex does not! Audrey doesn’t speak unless it’s necessary! That is something that Bex works on quite a bit!

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The series was getting off the ground around the time of Wes Craven’s death. Did you and the rest of the team feel added pressure to keep this amazing franchise going?

Honestly, no. It wasn’t pressure. There was so much confidence that everyone had. Sure, it was nerve-racking at first but, at the end of the day, we got the blessing of The King! We had his blessing to go ahead and make our mark on his world. That was really what we needed and what it took!

What has been the biggest challenge for you as an actor?

I think the biggest challenge has been balance. Balancing serious, suspicious activity with honest and raw emotional vulnerability. We have to be such tough characters but, at the same time, we are human. Finding that balance has definitely been both challenging and rewarding.

“Scream” has been a big hit with fans. What has it been like connecting with your audience?

It’s meant the world to me. Seeing how much people care and appreciate what we are putting out there has been amazing. Sometimes, just hearing what people dislike fuels me to say, “Oh, I can make that better.” I definitely have enjoyed all of the feedback!

You have another big project waiting in the wings and it is going to be a big hit this summer. What can you tell us about “Voltron: Defender of The Universe?”

I am so excited for this! I still have no idea why they chose me for it but I am really glad they did! Originally, I got a call asking me if I would be interested in doing a voiceover job. I said, “Of course!” I had no idea the prevalence of the fan base of the original series. I really didn’t know what it was until I had gone in and started the whole audition process! That was really, really cool for me because it was an opportunity to be a part of another amazing franchise that has been given new life. I feel really honored to make these projects from the past something new and fresh!

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Was this the first time you had done voiceover work?

No. I had done an episode of “Robot Chicken” before. “Voltron” was a much bigger undertaking!

Tell us about the role you are playing and what we might expect from the series?

I play Pidge. One of the things I love about the new series is that they have given each paladin, each pilot and each character beautiful, fleshed-out backstories. All of these pilots went to this military academy called The Garrison. Pidge is trying to find his family, his father and his brother, who went missing on a mission years ago. Hiro, one of the other characters, happened to be on the mission, so that is how they are drawn together. Every time I talk about this I get so excited! Oh man, I am a huge, huge fan of my own show!

Looking back on your career, what stands out as your biggest creative milestone?

I was really fortunate to hit a lot of milestones straight off the bat. I got to work with Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman right off the bat. I got to work with Jonathan Demme, the director of “Silence of The Lambs.” That was a big item off my bucket list. I love him so much and he is absolutely amazing. One of the greatest days of my life was just meeting him, let alone working with him!

You are interested in your craft and everything that goes into making these shows a success. Do you think we will see you pursue work behind the camera?

Actually, it is funny you mention that because a friend and I are writing and producing a new little short right now. We are currently working on the storyline. When I get back from shooting, we are going to go in and play around with the actual story. We are just waiting until I get home! [laughs]

People can look to you as an inspiration with all you achieved and the hard work you put in. What is the best lesson we can take away from your journey?

I think it is OK to not be the shining beacon of happiness. Not every character or person is going to be that, so don’t expect to be. Be who you are. As dark as that may be, it is still OK. That is my thought process right now!

I know you lend your voice to some worthwhile charity organizations. What can we help shine a light on?

Right now, I am working with Team Be Brave, based in Florida. They try to raise money for these groups of families in Florida who have kids with cancer. Half of what I raise with them will go to them and the other half will go to a hospital in Atlanta and/or Los Angeles. I am working on getting that setup right now. You can go to www.bebrave.networkforgood.com to learn more.

Thanks for your time today, Bex. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

Thank you so much! Take care!

Be sure to catch Bex Taylor-Klaus when “Scream” returns to MTV for Season 2 on May 30th. DreamWorks/Netflix series “Voltron: Legendary Defender” premieres June 6th!

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Scream Factory To Unleash Wes Craven’s ‘The Serpent And The Rainbow’ On February 23rd!

Scream Factory To Unleash Wes Craven’s ‘The Serpent And The Rainbow’ On February 23rd!

Coming this February!

Coming this February!

Loyal fans of legendary director Wes Craven (ScreamThe People Under the StairsA Nightmare on Elm Street) know well the terrifying story of one man’s nightmarish journey into the eerie and deadly world of voodoo from the 1988 horror cult classic THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, directed by Craven and executive produced by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the FuriousThe Running Man), and Keith Barish (The FugitiveBig Trouble in Little China).  The film stars Bill Pullman (Independence DayLake Placid), Cathy Tyson (Priest, Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa), Zakes Mokae (WaterworldThe Island) and Paul Winfield (Star Trek II: The Wrath of KhanThe Terminator).

On February 23, 2016, Scream Factory™ is proud to present THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™, packed with insightful bonus content including new interviews with actor Bill Pullman, author Wade Davis, director of photography John Lindley and special makeup effects artists Lance Anderson and David Anderson, and much more.

Available for the first time on Blu-ray™, this definitive collector’s edition contains a collectible cover featuring newly rendered retro-style artwork and a reversible cover wrap featuring original theatrical key art.  A must-have for movie collectors, horror enthusiasts and loyal fans, Wes Craven’s THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW Collector’s Edition Blu-ray is priced to own at $34.93 SRP.

*** Avid fans and collectors please take note: those who order Wes Craven’s THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW Collector’s Edition Blu-ray™ directly from ShoutFactory.com and get it shipped two weeks early, plus receive a limited-edition 18″x24″ poster featuring our newly commissioned artwork! Available while supplies last.

Pre-order now at: https://www.shoutfactory.com/film/film-horror/the-serpent-and-the-rainbow-collector-s-edition

Movie Synopsis: A Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman) is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it’s a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.

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Special Features:

  • NEW 2015 HD transfer from the inter-positive film element
  • NEW audio commentary with actor Bill Pullman
  • NEW The Making of The Serpent and the Rainbow featuring new interviews with actor Bill Pullman, author Wade Davis, director of photography John Lindley and special makeup effects artists Lance Anderson and David Anderson
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Still Gallery

Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2016 with specific release dates, extras and key art.  Meanwhile, fans  are encouraged to visit the Scream Factory main website (www.screamfactorydvd.com), follow them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ScreamFactoryDVD) and Twitter (www.Twitter.com/@Scream_Factory) or to view exclusive video content on YouTube(http://www.youtube.com/user/ScreamFactoryTV/Home

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DREAMBOATS: The Hottest Hunks On Elm Street

DREAMBOATS: The Hottest Hunks On Elm Street

“Welcome to Prime Time, Dicks.” – J-Mo

“Welcome to Prime Time, Dicks.” – J-Mo

Another Halloween has come and gone, leaving you with a wicked case of the bloody booze blues, no doubt. But fear not, sweet reader, as November 1st 2015 marks a milestone in one of horror’s most beloved franchises. “A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” turns 30 years old! I personally achieved this milestone back in August and can assure you that the best way to make a 30 year old feel special: Overtly Sexualize Them. But how do you make it special? You never want to regift something on someone’s big day. Having ranked the boobs of both “Friday the 13th” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” series, I figured it was time to switch it up by giving some love to the men of a franchise for once. So dive right in and see if your favorite hunk hottie made the list.

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9. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare – Breckin Meyer – Spencer

I would be clueless not to include Breckin Meyer, folks. As the sweet stoner Spencer, Breckin shows us why smokin’ out on Elm Street is a horrible idea. I’m not sure if Spencer’s death is meant as a cautionary tale of what too much drugs and video games will do to you, but if you’re rockin’ a sweet ass Power Glove, why wouldn’t you want to lay about and spark a bowl?! Spencer is the typical late eighties, early nineties surfer burnout-type, which I’m sure were a dime a dozen in Springwood, OH., but Breckin rocks a million dollar smile and that is enough to get this list started.

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8. A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child – Michael Bailey Smith – Super Freddy

I can hear your confusion at my choice for number eight. To me it makes perfect sense. Super Freddy had the body of a Jason Voorhees, while rocking the attitude of our favorite wise crackin’ child molester. And that to me is a winning combo. Also, I believe that during the opening credits, when Dan is draining his seed into Alice’s guts leading to teen pregnancy, and the entire movie, Michael Bailey Smith is actually body doubling as Dan. So that helped in securing Michael on my list.

7. Freddy Vs Jason - Jason Ritter - Will Rollins

7. Freddy Vs Jason – Jason Ritter – Will Rollins

God I hate this movie. Which is the worst, because it has three things I love: Jason, Freddy, and Monica Keena’s boobs. But my hate has nothing to do with Jason Ritter’s performance. He’s got those sweet puppy dog eyes that scream “I’m trapped in a terrible situation,” and you just want to throw the guy a lifeline. Ritter and Keena’s boobs are about the only thing worth a damn in this terrible sequel. Disagree with me all you’d like, but remember one thing, typical horror nerd, both franchises were followed by remakes. Remakes, you know, those things you people hate? You can thank Freddy Vs. Jason.

It should be noted that my wife, Producer Danielle, is beyond troubled by the fact that Mr. Ritter ranks in at number seven. She feels he is a solid number three and a beautiful man.

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6. New Nightmare – Wes Craven – Wes Craven

Power. Success. Creative as a motherfucker. These are all traits possessed by our hunk at number six. Wes Craven played himself in “New Nightmare.” So I guess I think Wes Craven is a hunk IRL, as the kids snapchat. I guess I do. I’ve idolized Wes Craven since the age of 4. He’s everything I wanted to grow up to be. I’d totally #MCM him.

RIP Wes

5. A Nightmare On Elm St. (Remake) - Clancy Brown - Alan Smith

5. A Nightmare on Elm Street (Remake) – Clancy Brown – Alan Smith

There can be only one number five choice, and it is a no brainer for me. I love me some Clancy Brown. While either voicing a crab on a popular children’s cartoon, or beating the sweet sunny Jesus out of an inmate that doesn’t shut his trap, Clancy Brown is a tour de force. One could argue that he’s not the hunkiest of the remake cast, but my list, my rules. Clancy Brown plays Alan, the father of walking guyliner puppet Quentin. Now in the remake, Alan is the ringleader amongst the parents that decide Krueger should be stopped by any means necessary. Clancy Brown creates Freddy in the new universe, and I am okay with that. Hell, Clancy Brown could be responsible for my own demise, and I would accept it with open arms so ong as Clancy was there to narrate my passing. I mean, it would totally suck to be dead, but hopefully Clancy could bury me in a Pet Sematary 2.

4. A Nightmare On Elm St. Part 3: Dream Warriors - Laurence Fishburne - Max

4. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors – Laurence Fishburne – Max

Laurence Fishburne is a force of nature. Think about it for a second. Has he ever done a bad flick? I can’t think of one off the top of my head. I’m pretty sure I’m probably wrong, but he can do no wrong in my eyes. Landing at number four is pretty solid in my opinion. Max is a pretty awesome character. One of the few authority figured in the series that seems to want to help these kids. You can see it takes a toll on him when they begin to fall victim to their dreams. Laurence plays Max perfectly. Strict and tough, yet caring and compassionate. I like the cut of his jib. And hats off to Laurence for making it through the film in one piece. men and women of color are not often thought of as survivors in genre pictures.

3. A Nightmare On Elm St. Part 4: The Dream Master - Andras Jones - Rick

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master – Andras Jones – Rick

Rick and his little meatball fall in at number three. Alice’s brother is played by Andras Jones, Calvin in “Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama” from 1988. Whether kicking the air’s ass in his garage dojo, or wearing dick friendly sweats in gym class, Rick does it while looking dope. 80s fashion has never looked better. To this day I cannot listen to Dramarama without thinking of Rick’s nun-chuckin’ skills.  Also, how hot do you have to be to hook up with Tuesday Knight? Way hot, dudes with uber confidence. The kind of confidence that once absorbed by your sister she is finally able to kick the souls right out of Freddy’s chest cavity.

2. A Nightmare On Elm St. - Johnny Depp - Glen Lantz

2. A Nightmare on Elm Street – Johnny Depp – Glen Lantz

I’m sure it is no shocker that Johnny Depp is on a list ranking the hottest hunks on Elm Street. However I assume most everyone with a working brain probably had him pegged as a lock at number one. I’m so edgy. Johnny Depp’s crop top and barely legal babyface made their debut in Wes Craven’s classic film from 1984. And it is all thanks to Wes’ daughter Jessica, whom insisted her father cast the young stud in-lieu of the  standard proto-jock the then struggling filmmaker envisioned for the role. Needless to say it was the first of many kickass projects Depp would go on to star in.

Johnny Depp’s character Glen is the shy, handsome boyfriend to Nancy Thompson, the object of Fred Krueger’s torment. Glen spends the majority of his time in denial, but leaves the film with one of the most memorable deaths in franchise history. The thing that I find most disturbing in horror films is when a dying character breaks the laws of cinema standard and becomes a living, breathing member of the real world. Glen, along with Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter’s Rob, have the most polarizing death scenes of each franchise because the actors are able to tap into a primal fear as they howl in agony. Rob’s “he’s killing me,” is powerful, but Glen’s innocent cries for his mother move the scene from horrifying into depths of misery, dread, and sheer heartbreak.

1. A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge - Marshall Bell - Coach Schneider

1. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge – Marshall Bell – Coach Schneider

Coach Schneider is a sadistic, leather clad piece of shit, and that is the kind of hidden kink that is sure to stike a cord with all my leather sluts out there. Marshall Bell is one helluvan actor. I hate him so much in so many roles. Which means one thing, folks. He’s fantastic at what he does. In Freddy’s Revenge, Mr. Bell is the thorn in Jesse and Grady’s taint.

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Ever ogling the “dirtballs” doing push-ups or eavesdropping on the duo as they change after gym class, Coach Schneider “gets his rocks off” down at the local watering hole where the bears and twinks traverse after hours. One night Coach catches Jesse out for a nightcap. In attempt to teach the young man a lesson, Coach Schneider brings Jesse back to the school to run laps. Marshall Bell plays the scene with so much creepy joy. I love it.

Coach Schneider

Unfortunately for Coach Schneider, they aren’t alone. Maybe.

Coach Schneider Death

Marshall Bell also broke ground in this classic that turns 30 years old today as the first and only time you see a grown man’s ass. That, my friends, is a total hunk move.

*Editor’s Note: You see Mark Patton’s butt when Grady tackles him in the infield.

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There you have it! My Hottest Hunks on Elm Street. Hopefully you’ve had as much fun reading as I have had writing. Unlike the previous boob-centric posts, I’ve never spent time sitting around my room asking myself who the hot dudes in the Elm Street franchise. But it was a challenge I thought should be tackled.

Special thanks to Jason Price of ICON VS. ICON for the nudge in the right direction, Thomas Bryce of SHIT MOVIE FEST for his eagerness to read, and Producer Danielle for acting as a sounding board for the hairless little fourteen year old inside of me.

–Jeremy L. Morrison

Get more of Jeremy Morrison on a weekly basis as he hosts the Acid Pop Cult podcast! Download the latest episode of the show on iTunes!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 157: One With The Force

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 157: One With The Force

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason have a lot on their minds. Jason gets the party started by revealing some of his plans for the Fall Tour he is currently scheduling and offers a look at Icon Vs. Icon’s upcoming interviews; which feature Clifton Collins, Jr. (Boondocks Saints 2, Pacific Rim), Josh McDermitt (Eugene from AMC’s ’The Walking Dead), EG Daly (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Powerpuff Girls) and more. Talk soon turns to his experiences during the latest phenomena in the Star Wars Universe — Force Friday! The usually even-tempered Jason gives us the low-down on what got his blood boiling during the big event. However, he turns the frown upside down with a look into the world of underground alternate movie poster art and the magic of Gordo’s Plush. Jeremy offers up his pick of the week in the form of Wes Craven’s ’SHOCKER,’ while Jason focuses in on ‘Kingsmen: The Secret Service.’ The duo bob and weave their way through another action packed episode and hope you will download, listen and spread the word!

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 156: Wes Craven Retrospective

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 156: Wes Craven Retrospective

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason celebrate the life and work of the late Wes Craven. The duo discuss their introductions to his work, the impact it had them fans as film fans and how his work impacted the horror genre as a whole. Next, Jeremy unveils his list of the Top 5 underrated films by the Master of Horror. They wrap the episode up with their Picks of The Week in the form of the new ‘Mad Max’ video game and Iron Maiden’s new album, “The Book of Souls.” (Read the album review here) It is a robust and full bodied episode; best described as easily drinkable. Download, listen and spread the word!

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Iconic Horror Movie Director And Genre Innovator Wes Craven Dies At 76

Iconic Horror Movie Director And Genre Innovator Wes Craven Dies At 76

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Wes Craven

Legendary director and all-around creative Wes Craven has passed away. A statement released by his family revealed Craven died at his Los Angeles home on Sunday from brain cancer.

Craven cemented his status as the influential writer and director of exploitation films like “The Last House on the Left” (1972), “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977) “Swamp Thing” (1982) and “The People Under the Stairs” (1991).

He broke from his signature genre with the 1999 drama “Music of the Heart,” for which Meryl Streep earned an Oscar nomination, and one of the shorts within the acclaimed 2006 anthology film “Paris, je t’aime.” The horror classic “Scream” (1996) and its many sequels gave Craven the opportunity to turn the tables on his own genre — an activity he reveled in.

He returned to form with the thriller “Red Eye” (2005), the supernatural box-office dud “My Soul To Take” (2010) and 2011’s ‘Scream 4.‘ At the time of his death, the Craven-produced MTV series based on “Scream” and had also been working on a graphic horror novel series.

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Blu-ray Review: Scream Factory’s ‘The People Under The Stairs’ (Collector’s Edition)

Blu-ray Review: Scream Factory’s ‘The People Under The Stairs’ (Collector’s Edition)

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Scream Factory is back with another tremendously, spine-tingling release with Wes Craven’s ‘The People Under The Stairs.’ Originally released in 1991, the film had just the right creep factor to propel it toward cult status and has amassed a dedicated fan following over the years. The flick focuses in on a 13 year-old boy known as “Fool,” played by Brandon Adams (Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker, The Mighty Ducks, The Sandlot), whose family has fallen on hard times. In a pinch to pay for his sick mother’s operation, it doesn’t take much persuading from his friend Leroy (Ving Rhames), a local burglar, to break into their rich slumlord’s house to score the treasure rumored to be hidden inside. However, once the have entered the mansion, Fool and his accomplices quickly discover the nightmarish world of the homeowners; a sadistic brother and sister duo known simply as “Man” (Everett McGill) and “Woman” (A.J. Langer) — one of horror’s creepiest couples. It doesn;t take long to find out they are hiding much more than a few dirty little secrets.

'The People Under The Stairs'

‘The People Under The Stairs’

While Fool travels through the twists and turns of the mansion, he encounters a young girl, Alice, who he thinks is the pair’s daughter. Over the years, the couple has spent their time trying to raise the perfect child, to no avail with a succession of kidnapped boys to no avail. After each botched attempt at child rearing, each of their victims’s suffer a similar fate with the removal of their eyes, ears and tongues. These discarded children are then sent to live in the couple’s sealed-off basement and fueled on a steady diet of mutilated meter readers, wayward census takers and pesky door to door salesman (They’re good eatin’!). It becomes a race against time for Fool to find a way out of this little slice of hell on Earth, locate the treasure he seeks, rescue Alice and the people under the stairs and, most importantly, settle the score with the insane homeowners.

‘The People Under The Stairs’ has always been a film from Wes Craven’s arsenal that has stood out to me. The film offers an adventurous tale paired with some over the top performances for a campy vibe that still delivers some of the scare factor we all crave. Everett McGill and Wendy Robie turn in genuinely disturbing performances that jump from the screen and are rounded out by Brandon Adams’ work as Fool. From a technical point of view, the transfer and sound on this release are solid and did not disappoint. In typical Scream Factory fashion, this release features reversible cover designs featuring new and vintage artwork for the film and includes a matching slipcover. With this release, Scream Factory hasn’t skimped on the extras as the release offers up some awesome bonus features in the form of two great feature-length commentaries, retrospective interviews and more.

Be sure to check out a full list of the extras below, along with the trailer for the film.

‘The People Under The Stairs’ (Collector’s Edition) hits Blu-ray on August 11th from Shout Factory.

‘The People Under The Stairs’ Blu-ray Bonus Features:

• Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Wes Craven

• Audio Commentary With Actors Brandon Adams, A.J. Langer, Sean Whalen And Yan Birch

• House Mother – An Interview With Actress Wendy Robie

• What Lies Beneath – Interviews With Special Make-up Effects Artists Greg Nicotero, Howard Berger And Robert Kurtzman

• House Of Horrors – An Interview With Director Of Photography Sandi Sissel

• Setting The Score – An Interview With Composer Don Peake

• Behind-The-Scenes Footage

• Vintage “Making Of” Featurette

• Theatrical Trailer

• TV Spots

• Still Galleries (Original Storyboards And Official Stills)

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Shout! Factory To Release ‘The People Under The Stairs’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray In August

Shout! Factory To Release ‘The People Under The Stairs’ Collector’s Edition Blu-ray In August

'The People Under The Stairs'

‘The People Under The Stairs’

Shout! Factory has announced the August 11 Blu-ray release of horror master Wes Craven’s The People Under The Stairs (Collector’s Edition). The Scream Factory treatment of this much-loved film includes several new bonus features.

This terrifying journey from the director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream takes you inside a demented house. Trapped inside the fortified home owned by a mysterious couple, a young boy is suddenly thrust into a nightmare, quickly learning the true nature of the house’s homicidal inhabitants and the secret creatures hidden deep within the house.

Starring Everett McGill (Twin Peaks, Dune), Wendy Robie (Twin Peaks), Brandon Adams (The Mighty Ducks), Ving Rhames (Piranha 3D, Mission Impossible), A.J. Langer (Escape From L.A.) and Sean Whalen (Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, Hatchet III), this “ambitious…very strange horror movie” (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide) will grab you when you least expect it… and never let go.

The People Under The Stairs (Collector’s Edition) Special Features:

  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Wes Craven
  • Audio Commentary with actors Brandon AdamsA.J. LangerSean Whalen, and Yan Birch
  • House Mother– an interview with actress Wendy Robie
  • What Lies Beneath– interviews with special make-up effects Artists Greg NicoteroHoward Berger and Robert Kurtzman
  • House of Horrors– an interview with director of photography Sandi Sissel
  • Settling The Score – an interview with composerDon Peake
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Vintage “Making of” Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer
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  • Still Galleries (Original Storyboards and Official Stills)

 

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‘Swamp Thing’ To Make Blu-Ray Debut On August 6th From Scream Factory!

‘Swamp Thing’ To Make Blu-Ray Debut On August 6th From Scream Factory!

Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Science made him a monster. Love changed him even more! Swamp Thing is the perfect blend of thrills and chills from master of horror Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes). On August 6, 2013 this much-loved horror classic will make its Blu-ray debut from Scream Factory. The Blu-ray + DVD combo pack features high-definition anamorphic widescreen presentations and  exciting bonus content including  all-new interviews with Adrienne Barbeau, co-creator Len Wein and actor Reggie Batts; as well as commentary tracks with writer/director Wes Craven and Makeup Effects artist Bill Munn. Fans can pre-order their copy by visiting ShoutFactory.com

Official Synopsis: Deep in the Florida everglades, a brilliant scientist, Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise), and a sexy government agent, Alice Cable (Adrienne Barbeau, The Fog), have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis, Arcane (Louis Jourdan, Octopussy), is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. Looting the lab and kidnapping Cable, Arcane douses Holland with the chemicals and leaves him for dead. Mutated by his own formula, Holland becomes “Swamp Thing” – a half-human/half-plant superhero who will stop at nothing to rescue Cable and defeat Arcane…even if it costs him his life!

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Wes Craven
  • Audio Commentary with Makeup Effects artist Bill Munn
  • Interviews with Adrienne Barbeau,  co-creator Len Wein and actor Reggie Batts
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Photo Galleries

Blu-ray: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)/DTS-HD Master Audio Mono

DVD: Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)/Dolby Digital Mono

1982/Color/91 minutes/PG

Further underscoring its position as a leading curator and home entertainment provider of many memorable cult movie classics, Shout! Factory launched SCREAM FACTORY, a new home entertainment series created to celebrate some of the most enthralling horror and sci-fi films with massive cult followings in cinematic history. Shout! Factory will continue to present the on-going SCREAM FACTORY™ home entertainment series in 2013 with specific release dates, extras and key art for the rest of the title lineup. Meanwhile, fans will are encouraged to follow us and click the “Like” tab on the official SCREAM FACTORY FACEBOOK page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scream-Factory/103961936407493) for up-to-the-minute updates or visit ScreamFactoryDVD.com .

 

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‘Scream 4’ Slashes It’s Way Onto Blu-Ray and DVD October 4th!

‘Scream 4’ Slashes It’s Way Onto Blu-Ray and DVD October 4th!

Anchor Bay Entertainment and Dimension Films announced today that the Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD release of the latest installment in the acclaimed horror franchise, SCREAM 4, is heading to retail on October 4, 2011.  Directed by the incomparable Wes Craven, SCREAM 4 features an ensemble cast that includes the film’s original cast plus new stars – David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody, Rory Culkin, Marielle Jaffe, Mary McDonnell, Marley Shelton, Nico Tortorella, Lucy Hale, Shenae Grimes, Aimee Teegarden, and Brittany Robertson.  SCREAM 4 is available for an SRP of $39.99 for the Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack (which includes a Blu-ray™, a DVD, and a code for the Digital eCopy) and $29.98 for the standard definition DVD.

Here’s what the critics have to say about SCREAM 4: “Pure genius.” (Richard Roeper, RichardRoeper.com)  “The Best ‘Scream’ since the original!  Funny, clever and scary as hell.” (Dan Jewel, Life & Style Weekly)  “Full of surprises!” (Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald)

Directed by suspense master and director of the first trilogy, Wes Craven, SCREAM 4 is the newest installment in the acclaimed franchise that ushered in a new wave of horror in the 1990s.  In SCREAM 4, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour.  There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette) and Gale (Courteney Cox), who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill (Emma Roberts).  Unfortunately Sidney’s appearance also brings about the return of Ghost Face, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends (Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin) and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

The SCREAM 4 Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD bonus features include a “The Making of Scream 4” featurette; an Alternate Opening; an Extended Ending; Deleted and Extended Scenes; and a Gag Reel.  Note: Special features are subject to change.

Learn more about SCREAM 4 at: www.scream-4.com

 

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