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    Exclusive Q&A: Alexa Vega on “THE REMAINING”

    Having been a part of the film business for over 20 years now, Alexa Vega has become a name and face familiar to genre fans. Whether it be from her multiple collaborations with Robert Rodriguez, the most recent being SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR and MACHETE KILLS, or her work with Darren Lynn Bousman on THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL, MOTHER’S DAY and REPO: THE GENETIC OPERA, Vega has used the latter part of her career to redefine herself as an adult actress worth taking seriously.

    And while Vega has grown up embracing the world of horror and sci-fi films, her latest fright film may be her most personal to date. Casey La Scala’s THE REMAINING, which hits theaters this Friday from Sony’s Affirm Pictures, brings to the screen a horror movie of literally biblical proportions. In an exclusive chat with FANGORIA, Vega spoke about THE REMAINING, faith-based horror and witnessing the rapture brought to life…

    FANGORIA: So how did you get involved with a project like THE REMAINING?

    ALEXA VEGA: Well, I had an epiphany a couple of years ago and I think a lot of people could tell by my tweets and by the things that I like that I’m a very faith-based person. I’ve always thought Bible stories were so interesting and so epic. So when I was reading the script and saw that the movie was about the Rapture, which is so dark and such a scary thing, I was worried because when you’re trying to depict something biblical and put it out there, it’s a pretty hard thing to do.

    But I thought [the writers] did a great job of capturing the intensity and the scariness to show what the Rapture is really about. I was so excited for THE REMAINING, and I literally found out the day of the audition that I had gotten the role. So I’ve been involved with this movie and excited for it since the moment I read it.

    FANGORIA: Considering how intense and violent the stories in the Bible can be, it seems that they don’t get enough credit for their more adult content. Do you think that might change since these violent Bible tales are being brought to television and the big screen?

    VEGA: I really think so, and I think THE REMAINING does a good job of balancing that. Usually, the films for Christian audiences try to tone down, but when you read those stories, they’re really dark and really violent. So instead of sugar-coating it, THE REMAINING made it as real as they could.

    So I think they made it really scary and really fun, and it works whether you believe this stuff or not. It’s an exciting film to watch all around, and it’s not preachy or annoying. It’s very entertaining.

    FANGORIA: With THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST and last year’s THE BIBLE miniseries pushing how far Biblical violence can be shown on-screen, audiences have been able to equate that violence to their specific time frame. Do you think having a contemporary apocalypse story ever made it difficult to bring that horror to life?

    VEGA: I actually don’t think so. I actually think that THE REMAINING has a wider reach to audiences. By setting the RAPTURE these days, the film is much more relatable and believable, if that makes sense. If you look at all of the other Biblical pieces that take place back in time, they’re so specific that even though they’re doing a great job, it’s not as believable as looking at something that says, “Holy Crap, the Rapture is happening right now.”

    THE REMAINING is something that really gets you thinking, and I’m really excited for people to see this project. I also think the film works universally, where it can effect everybody, as opposed to something that’s just for people who read the Bible or just enjoy scary horror films.

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    FANGORIA: When I spoke to Casey La Scala, he told me about the found footage hybrid way of shooting THE REMAINING. Do you think having a found footage element to the story will appeal to genre fans, considering how much of it they’ve seen in the past?

    VEGA: I personally like found footage and think it’s really scary, but sometimes it can be overwhelming for the viewer. If you’re stuck with a shaky camera the entire story, it can be frustrating. It does add an element of reality, which I like, but you do want to feel like you’re watching a movie, not like you’re just watching things through a camcorder.

    I think THE REMAINING does a good job of finding that balance. There is a found footage element that feels real and that sucks you into the movie, but there’s traditional shooting too so that doesn’t lower the quality of the film overall.

    FANGORIA: As an actress, how were you able to emotionally simulate a character going through something such as the Rapture?

    VEGA: It actually wasn’t bad because I have never enjoyed working with a cast more than in working on THE REMAINING. We all got along so well and everyone was so hilarious. But when it comes to having to go to extreme places, it really wasn’t that hard. I think we were all trying to give it 110% and you’ll see that in the quality of our performances.

    But the locations and the sets helped a lot, too, especially considering what they did on a low budget. A lot of the streets in the film were actually ripped up because they put these blocks over real streets and built fake streets on top that looked like they were just obliterated. You can’t even help it because your heart just sinks because you’d look around and there would be all of these dead bodies strewn across the place. We couldn’t help but be affected by it even though we knew it wasn’t real.

    There was actually one scene in particular where we were running through this rain and wind when it was 40 degrees outside. So we are running in this wet wardrobe in the cold with jet engines on us to make the wind, and we were genuinely miserable. But that added a layer of realistic texture that was needed for the film, and we knew it would translate on the screen that we were miserable. [laughs] So we had to make the best of that situation and show how dedicated we were to the project.

    FANGORIA: Do you think you had more of an advantage as an actress coming on to THE REMAINING since you’ve worked on horror and genre pictures in the past?

    VEGA: Not really because when I read a script, I don’t look at it like, “Okay, here’s the genre that I’ll be doing and this is what I’ll have to go for.” Whether the film is in one genre or not, you have to look at what the script gives you and work with that. You can’t focus too much on the genre or it’ll affect the quality of the film. Besides, on every film you work with different filmmakers who each have their ideas of what the genre is supposed to be. So it’s better altogether as an actress to focus on the character and the script instead of the genre of the picture.

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    Shadowvision: “CUJO”

    Welcome to Shadowvision, a regular column in which Fangoria.com revisits modern horror films in black and white. The purpose is to analyze these films through a new lens, seeing if the classically informed viewing experience will give a new angle to familiar images. If you’d like to watch along at home, it’s simple: go into your TV settings and desaturate the picture completely, then adjust the contrast and brightness to fit either standard or high definition.

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    Toys of Terror #20

    Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…

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    “THE QUIET ONES” (Blu-ray Review)

    Follwing their comeback in 2008, Hammer Films has certainly aimed to live up to their legacy of horror with dignity. In the tradition of their classics, the company set its mind on films that didn’t focus on body count as much as they did on the actual story. It was befitting that their first endeavor would be an impressive remake of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, entitled LET ME IN, and would find their greatest success in the incredibly creepy adaptation of THE WOMAN IN BLACK.

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    Exclusive Q&A: Danny Trejo on Rob Zombie and “MACHETE: THE SERIES”!

    With the recent release of FANGORIA Legends Presents: Rob Zombie, FANGORIA sought out some of Zombie’s most trusted repertory actors to speak on their experiences with the horror rock maestro. Of course, there are few actors who as prolific in Zombie’s films as they are in mainstream exposure as Danny Trejo. In our exclusive one-on-one chat, Trejo opened up about working with Zombie, the original fate of his HALLOWEEN character and the small screen ambitions in his near future…

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    Toys of Terror #19

    Welcome to TOYS OF TERROR, Fango’s weekly feature exhibiting the coolest horror accessories across the web. Whether you’re a collector, connoisseur or simply making your love of horror a family affair, these petrifying playthings are likely to impress even the most heartless horror fan. So if you’re searching for a ghoulish gift, look no further…

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    El Rey’s “FROM DUSK TILL DAWN” Series Now on Netflix

    With horror dominating the world of television one channel at a time, it wasn’t much of a surprise that the Robert Rodriguez-headed El Rey Network’s flagship program was none other than FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE SERIES. What was surprising was the show’s consistent quality, drawing enough of an audience to guarantee a second season. While many U.S. horror fans lamented the fact that they did not get El Rey in their cable package, they can finally catch up with the series in the same fashion as international audiences: Netflix Instant Streaming.

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    [RECAP] FANGORIA’s NYC Screening of Scott Schirmer’s “FOUND”

    Last night, New York horror fans were treated to an exclusive free screening of Scott Schirmer’s shocking and intimate horror film, FOUND, courtesy of FANGORIA and distributor XLrator Media. As fate would have it, Schirmer as well as SFX artist  Arthur Cullipher and co-screenwriter/novelist Todd Rigney were there to introduce the film alongside FANGORIA’s Tony Timpone to the many who came to discover what FOUND was all about.

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    Stream to Scream: “BEVERLY HILLS VAMP”

    As many fright fans already know, FANGORIA offers a great selection of gruesome movies, old and new, for free at our Hulu channel. To give you a better idea of what’s available, FANGORIA is taking in-depth looks at some of the channel’s terrifying titles with Stream to Scream. Today: Fred Olen Ray’s fanged farce BEVERLY HILLS VAMP.

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