• Jeffrey Combs talks “WOULD YOU RATHER”

    by: Vivienne Vaughn on: 2013-02-07 15:23:53

    Cult-movie maven Jeffrey Combs enters genre territory once
    more in David Guy Levy’s psychological horror-thriller, WOULD YOU RATHER.
    Opening in select theaters and available on-demand tomorrow from IFC films, and
    screening for free in New York tonight (see details here),
    the film casts Combs as Shepard Lambrick, a calculating, sadistic aristocrat
    who puts a sinister, unique spin on the eponymous popular party game.

    Fango got some exclusive words with Combs about WOULD YOU
    RATHER, which co-stars PROM NIGHT’s Brittany Snow, C.H.U.D.’s John Heard and
    SMASH CUT’s Sasha Grey.

    FANGORIA: How did you come to be a part of WOULD YOU RATHER?

    JEFFREY COMBS: WOULD YOU RATHER came out of the woodwork in
    a way, although through a fortuitous route. One of my oldest and best friends
    I’ve known since high school, his son’s best friend happened to be one of the
    associate producers for [the movie] as it was getting put together. They were
    looking for someone to play Shepard Lambrick, and he
    brought up my name. I had a meeting with the director, David Guy Levy, and we
    were off to the races.


    FANG: What were your initial thoughts when you read the

    COMBS: I thought it was really finely crafted: Taut,
    motivated, nothing that didn’t progress one point to another. I really don’t
    like unjustified jumps in plot, and found it this be an intense and linear
    narrative with many interesting characters. And little did I know that it would
    be cast so well! I’m not speaking for myself, but the rest of the cast is just
    terrific. Everybody manifests their character to the fullest and brought their
    A game to the film. It was a labor of love for all of us.

    FANG: How was it working with your co-stars? The film has a
    very diverse cast.

    COMBS: Since the ’70s, I’ve admired [Heard’s] work and think
    he’s one of our best, so I was thrilled to be in a movie with him. I didn’t
    know anyone else, but I quickly grew to appreciate everybody’s abilities. When
    you cast a movie, it’s like putting together a band, and there were no weak
    players here. My favorite part [of shooting] was the camaraderie and joy of
    working with these great actors. And David did a great job directing us; he
    couldn’t have been better.

    Brittany is such a terrific actress with incredible
    validity, honesty and heart. She is the heart and soul of this movie, whereas I
    have no heart or soul! She is the absolute flip side of [Lambrick]. You have to
    have somebody you really, really care about in a movie, and she personified
    that so perfectly. Anytime you watch a movie like this, you ask, “What would I
    do in this situation?” And I think everybody can relate to her quiet hysteria
    as she realizes what a bad situation she’s in.

    FANG: How would you describe Lambrick, and what are your
    thoughts on him?

    COMBS: He is a sadistic son of a bitch, but he doesn’t see
    himself that way. The power he wields is something that he has inherited—he
    doesn’t know any better. He is just one in a long line of Lambricks who have
    passed this along. He’s doing it to his son, his father did it to him and his
    grandfather did it to his father, and so on and so on. It’s a pervasive
    sickness. The Lambricks lack any empathy for other people; they’ve been so
    privileged for so long that they just don’t know any better. They’ve been
    taught this from the cradle. It’s just the way it is. This is amusing to them. They
    don’t see people as people; they are just our playthings, our toys. It’s
    sociopathic. These people don’t care. They have everything, and they’re so
    bored and empty inside that it takes this much for them to feel anything.

    There’s a strange sort of ethic about it, too. Lambrick says
    at the end, “We keep our word. We follow through; you win, therefore we
    fulfilled our contract.” In his mind, it’s a business thing. They have
    integrity and follow through. It’s a clever examination of the dichotomy we’ve
    been dealing with in our own society. It’s an exaggerated parable of the 99
    percent vs. the .001 percent.

    FANG: What were your thoughts after you first saw the film?

    COMBS: It was even more than I expected. This movie is shot
    in such a way that it’s almost voyeuristic, and it plays for the eye really
    well. It has a real pedigree to it. It has class, despite its really disturbing
    theme; it’s shot beautifully.

    FANG: Was the role of Lambrick something you felt challenged

    COMBS: Oh, definitely. The hardest part was to resist the
    temptation to find a justification for his actions, because I think it’s far
    more chilling and disturbing that there is none, and I believe that was the
    intent of the script: You’ll never know. And when you think of true evil in the
    world, either from an individual or an institution, you never know. You’re
    powerless to ever understand why it is they do what they do, and that makes the
    film even more powerful. It’s pretty delicious theatricality. If, at the end,
    the audience is really disturbed by my character, then I did my job.

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  • Win signed posters for “THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2”

    by: Bekah McKendry on: 2013-02-06 22:06:01

    The folks over at Lionsgate just sent over some sweet
    posters for their current release THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF
    GEORGIA. The 39 x 25” one-sheets are signed by stars Chad Michael Murray, Katee
    Sackhoff and Emily Alyn Lind, and would complete any horror fan’s home decor!

    Synopsis: “A young family is tormented by the horrors of the
    past in THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA, a chilling new film
    based on a true story from Lionsgate and Gold Circle Films. Building on the
    terror of A HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, this horrifying tale traces a young
    family’s nightmarish descent into a centuries-old Southern hell. When Andy
    Wyrick [Murray] moves his wife Lisa [Abigail Spencer] and daughter Heidi [Lind]
    to an historic home in Georgia, they quickly discover they are not the house’s
    only inhabitants. Joined by Lisa’s free-spirited sister, Joyce [Sackhoff],
    the family soon comes face to face with a bone-chilling mystery born of a
    deranged desire…a haunting secret rising from underground and threatening to
    bring down anyone in its path.”

    Want to win one of these posters? Send an email to
    rebekah@fangoria.com and be sure to put “HAUNTING poster” in the subject line.
    Please include the following info:

    Your name
    Your age
    Mailing address
    E-mail address
    Phone number

    Best of luck, and be sure to check out THE HAUNTING IN
    CONNECTICUT 2: GHOSTS OF GEORGIA, now in theaters and available for on-line
    viewing at Amazon.com. See our review and interview with director Tom Elkins


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  • Firth to go to “SLEEP” with Kidman in new thriller

    by: on: 2013-02-06 19:32:55

    The acclaimed psychological-thriller novel BEFORE I GO TO
    SLEEP is headed for the big screen with a couple of big names attached.

    Variety reports
    that Colin Firth has joined Nicole Kidman (soon to be seen in Park Chan-wook’s
    STOKER) in BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, along with Mark Strong and Anne-Marie Duff.
    Rowan Joffe, who co-wrote 28 WEEKS LATER, scripted and will direct this story,
    which mines tension from the premise played for laughs in Adam Sandler’s 50
    FIRST DATES: a woman (Kidman) wakes up every day with no previous memories of
    her own identity, and keeps a journal in an attempt to understand her life.
    Then she discovers evidence that she can’t trust her husband (Firth), and
    frightening truths start coming to light. Scott Free and Millennium Films are
    backing BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, with Liza Marshall producing and Ben Davis on
    board as cinematographer; filming is set to begin at Twickenham Studios and at
    other London-area locales late this month.

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  • Worship “THE MONK” this March; new poster, trailer

    by: on: 2013-02-06 18:15:31

    The new film version of Matthew G. Lewis’ controversial,
    groundbreaking 1796 Gothic novel arrives next month, and the poster and trailer
    have hit the web.

    ATO Pictures will release THE MONK in select theaters and
    for on-demand viewing and download starting Friday, March 8. The
    French-language film was directed by WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY…’s Dominik Moll
    and stars Vincent Cassel (from BLACK SWAN, BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF and many
    others) as Brother Ambrosio, a devout man of the cloth in a 16th-century Madrid
    monestary who believes himself immune from temptation, until the arrival of a
    mysterious apprentice leads him down a path of sin and corruption. The movie
    also stars Déborah François, Joséphine Japy, Sergi Lopez, Catherine Mouchet,
    Jordi Dauder and Geraldine Chaplin; Moll and Anne Louise-Trividic adapted
    Lewis’ book, which has been filmed twice before by directors Adonis Kyruo and Francisco
    Lara Polop.



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  • NYC! Nitehawk’s hosts “DEATHDREAM” & “THE BLACK CAT”

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-06 16:15:14

    Brooklyn’s Nitehawk Cinema, who Fango previously linked up
    with in November for their VHS Vault, is taking a look at horror and the
    personal trauma of war with 35mm screenings of Bob Clark’s anti-Vietnam
    DEATHDREAM and the Universal Karloff/Lugosi classic BLACK CAT.

    Nitehawk’s Caryn Coleman, who curated the series, titled ‘Shocking
    Representation,’ writes, “This two-part screening features films that
    cinematically reflect the historical and personal trauma of war: specifically,
    World War 1 in Edgar Ulmer’s The Black Cat (1934) and Vietnam in Bob Clark’s
    Deathdream (1972). Titled from Adam Lowenstein’s book SHOCKING REPRESENTATION:
    being shown in conjunction with the exhibition On the Desperate Edge of Now
    that looks at historical trauma and collective cultural memory in contemporary
    art and horror film.”

    Heavy indeed, but alleviated by the joy of seeing both films
    on celluloid; DEATHDREAM (aka DEAD OF NIGHT), about a deceased American soldier
    who returns home alive and not well, being a particularly special opportunity.

    You can catch THE BLACK CAT over brunch (Nitehawk offers a
    great menu, alcohol included!) on Saturday, February 9 and Sunday February 10
    at Noon. DEATHDREAM screens Tuesday, February 12 at 10 p.m. with an
    introduction from SHOCKING REPRESENTATION author Adam Lowenstein and free
    cocktails in the form of the Green Beast (courtesy of Pernod Absinthe).

    For more info, including advanced tickets, head over to Nitehawk.


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  • “EVIL DEAD” star goes to a strange, “DARK PLACE”

    by: Samuel Zimmerman on: 2013-02-06 15:13:42

    Jane Levy, star of the upcoming EVIL DEAD remake and TV’s SUBURGATORY has joined a tale of gothic terror as a porcelain doll’s nanny. Amazing!

    IN A DARK PLACE, from director Bharat Nalluri, finds a young American woman (Levy) swept away to England where she’ll work as a governess on a large estate for, once again, a porcelain doll, THR reports. The family who hired her treats said doll like their own son, and once they’ve gone away for a spell, the governess begins to suspect it may, in fact, be alive. 

    DEAD SILENCE (which is really enjoyable!) seems to have put a damper on the dummy/doll come-to-life angle. A shame, as even just the concept is kind of endlessly eerie. “Bring it back,” I cry! Maybe IN A DARK PLACE will do so. 

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  • FX Artist Paul Jones joins Fango’s Falls Horror Fest

    by: Chris Alexander on: 2013-02-06 14:34:56

    FANGORIA is excited to announce that FX wizard Paul Jones (see FANGORIA #316) will be a guest (his first convention appearance, ever) at FANGORIA’s Falls Horror Fest this June 8th and 9th, 2013 on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

    Jones joins Tom Savini and many more to-be-announced over the next few weeks. The con is in collusion with the Niagara Falls Comic Con at the Scotiabank Convention Centre (6815 Stanley Ave, Niagra Falls, Canada). It will be two days of frightful fun, special shocking events and accessible (and affordable!) celebrity interaction!

    Fans of Paul Jones (the RESIDENT EVIL series, SILENT HILL 1&2, HELLRAISER 2&3, THE THING remake and many, many more) will be thrilled to know that Paul will not only be bringing many of his famous prosthetic props and puppets but will be hosting a free live seminar demonstrating his alarming work.

    So mark June 8th and 9th on your calendar and “Like” the official Falls Horror Fest Facebook and visit the official site!
    See you this summer at The Falls!


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  • “THE LOST TREE” teaser trailer debuts

    by: on: 2013-02-05 22:45:02

    What starts as a drama about a man grieving for his dead
    wife gives way to supernatural thrills in THE LOST TREE, for which a new teaser
    trailer has just hit the web. Check it out after the jump.

    Written and directed by Brian A. Metcalf, THE LOST TREE
    (which we previously told you about here)
    focuses on Noah (Thomas Ian Nicholas), who has been plagued by guilt since the
    death of his wife Emma (Clare Kramer). Seeking peace of mind, he holes up in a
    remote, isolated house, but soon finds himself beset by strange occult phenomena.
    The cast also includes Michael Madsen, Lacey Chabert and Scott Grimes; more
    info can be found at the movie’s Facebook page


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  • L.A.! FANGORIA Presents “INHUMAN RESOURCES” Free Screening!

    by: FANGORIA Staff on: 2013-02-05 20:44:18

    We’re gearing up to unleash FANGORIA Presents, our latest lineup of films on DVD and On Demand, and horror fans in L.A. are getting an exclusive, free sneak peek at the first!

    Next Friday, Brainstorm Media presents a screening of the upcoming FANGORIA Films release, INHUMAN RESOURCES. The highly original Australian shocker from director Daniel Krige tells of “convicted ‘Headhunter’ serial killer and former corporate manager, Thomas Reddmann (Redd), demented from various experimental procedures he endured at the unorthodox mental asylum from which he has now escaped. Redd maintains his innocence and is determined to prove it. He creates Redd Incorporated, a twisted version of the modern office environment, filling it with six abducted people he holds directly responsible for his incarceration. His captive ‘human resources’ are literally chained to their desks and forced to perform the impossible job of finding the real killer. They must work in gruelling circumstances to prove the unprovable or face gruesome consequences.”

    Co-starring horror legend Tom Savini and featuring his return to Makeup FX Supervising(!), Twitch has called INHUMAN RESOURCES, “disgustingly gory and wickedly funny.” You can find out for yourself at the Jumpcut Cafe (13203 Ventura Blvd) in Studio City on Friday, February 15  at 7:30 p.m. The movie is absolutely free, we just ask you RSVP through the official Facebook event

    For much more, head to our official HQ of FANGORIA Presents!


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