As horror fans await the highly anticipated season premiere of “The Walking Dead,” many wonder what will become of their favorite characters and who will survive Season 3. HNN Senior Editor, Christine Caprilozzi caught up with Norman Reedus who plays “Daryl Dixon”,to talk about the upcoming season, the evolution of Daryl Dixon, and the reemergence of Merle Dixon.
Horror News Network: “Daryl Dixon” is without a doubt one of the most popular characters on “The Walking Dead,” however, he is not in the comic. With that being said, how did you go about preparing for the role of “Daryl”?
Norman Reedus: I went from the conspirator in savannah straight in to this in Atlanta. It was written at first very “fuck you, fuck you” and I knew that was the part. I just tried to make it seem like I’m still a little brother who’s lost his big brother. I tried to tear up in between “fuck you’s” and tossing squirrels at people. I’m a fan of Daryl myself. I like the way he puffs his chest up even when he’s low. He’s an underdog. You root for him, and he would do anything to keep these people alive. I think the fact that someone is relying on him has taken him out of his shell. He’s wounded and up against the wall, defensive, and coming in to his own…I’m a lot like that. This job has forced me to do that in some extent in my real life. I’m growing right alongside Daryl. So, I just pay attention.
Horror News Network: Season 2 saw quite a bit of character development for Daryl. He went from crazy redneck to showing a bit more depth and humanity. With the re-emergence of his brother Merle, how will this affect Daryl in general?
Norman Reedus: He wants to find his brother. The difference is he’s a different person now, and the conflict that his brother brings will now be his conflict between this group and his brother. He’s between a rock and a hard place, but that’s where he always is within himself.
He’s chest out chin down, eyes wide open, up against the wall ready to swing.
Horror News Network: Season 2 also saw the demise of Shane, after which Daryl became sort of Rick’s “go to” guy. Can you give us any hint as to how Merle’s re-appearance affects Daryl’s allegiance to Rick and the group? (I can’t imagine Merle has forgotten the whole “hand” ordeal)
Norman Reedus: Daryl and Shane agreed on almost everything if you think about it. Merle is just Merle. He’s not gonna stop this train even if he tries. We are all too close and we’ve gone thru too much together.
Horror News Network: The footage released so far from the prison looks pretty intense. What was filming like for the upcoming season?
Norman Reedus: It’s exactly like it looks…intense! Grace Walker designed that prison and every inch of it is a work of art. It’s a museum of death.
Horror News Network: How much of Norman is brought to the role of Daryl?
Norman Reedus: A lot. We are very similar…minus the squirrels and accent.
Horror News Network: What’s the best part of playing Daryl? Riding motorcycles? Killing zombies? Making ear necklaces?
Norman Reedus: Working with this team, I love every one of them. The rest is all gravy.
Horror News Network: “Walking Dead” is pretty much a show where any character can die at any time. Do you cringe every time you get a new script?
Norman Reedus: Yup! We all do.
Horror News Network: Thanks so much for your time Norman! “The Walking Dead” premieres October 14th.
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About Christine Caprilozzi
Christine Bucci-Caprilozzi joined the Horror News Network staff in 2005 when the site was still ComicMonsters.com. She started as a Staff Journalist adding interviews, comic reviews and convention coverage. Christine is also the Lead Organizer/Director of the CT HorrorFest and is a firm believer in keeping the indie spirit of the horror community alive. You can follow her on Twitter @Christine_HNN.
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â€œLittle Big Boyâ€ tells the story of acclaimed horror film director Â Jimmy Duncan, infamous for his psychotic temper and his unique brand of exploitative movies. Having witnessed the murder of his mother at the age of seven, Duncan grew up in an orphanage and then worked his way up in the movie industry. Caught up in the downward spiral of his own success, surrounded by movie reviewers who refused to acknowledge his obvious talent, starlet wannabes with zero ability to act, producers with little patience, and those who will exploit anyone to become famous in a soul eating industry, we follow Jimmy while he is working on his latest feature film â€œDeath Stalker.â€ The shoot quickly turns into a descent into insanity when his leading lady leaves the production Â halfway through shooting the film. Haunted by his childhood experiences, Duncan finds himself in an abyss from which there is no return.
Senior Editor, Christine Caprilozzi caught up with Kim Sonderholm to talk about Little Big Boy.
Horror News Network: â€œLittle Big Boyâ€ is really a thriller about the descent into madness of â€œJimmy Duncan.â€ Â What was the inspiration for this?
Kim Sonderholm: I think of it mostly as a comedy, thatâ€™s how it was intended. A comedy with elements of the thriller genre and the horror genre. I was sort of inspired by a documentary named “Overnight” about the breakdown of the director who did Boondock Saints. It was interesting and scary at the same time to see how attitude alone can burn all bridges, not just in the movie industry, but in life as a whole, and it made me feel there might be an idea for a fiction film here. I know meta films of that caliber has been done before, many times even, so I wanted to make it different, with a bit of an edge. I don’t wanna say too much about it really, the reviews speaks volumes – either you love it or you hate it, there doesn’t seem to be an in-between. A lot of people understood what I was trying to achieve and most of these appreciated the form, others never gave it the time of day. It would be easy to write these people off as simply â€œthose who didnâ€™t get itâ€, but I wonâ€™t â€“ every opinion is valid and taste varies from person to person. But in general itâ€™s been given everything from bottom to top grades in the reviews which, to me, means atleast it can be called somewhat controversial, haha.
Horror News Network: Not only did you write and direct the film, you also play Jimmy Duncan, and do a fantastic job of embodying the volatility of this guy. Â How did you prepare for the role?
Kim Sonderholm: Thank you so much. Once again, the acting has been called anything from atrocious to ingenious in the reviews, so I suppose it depends on the eyes that see. How did I prepare.. Well.. A lot of the frustration Jimmy goes through is frustration I have faced myself although to a much lesser degree while making my first films. Now, obviously, I never went to those extreme lengths Jimmy ends up going to, and I never lost my patience on set, but some of the problems Jimmy faces with actors and planning problems, oh, I know those all too well, haha. But that is where the comparisons between myself and Jimmy ends. I personally had a safe and secured childhood, whereas he had a very unfortunate upbringing and lived through things in his life noone should be exposed to in a perfect world, among other things seing his mother get murdered right infront of his very eyes by a lover of hers, referred to as ‘The Mystery Man’. These things makes their marks. So when his lead actress – who is also the love of his life and the one person in the world he feels he can trust – starts giving him a lot of attitude and therefore problems on set his minds goes into overdrive. It’s not a typical popcorn flick with big explosions where you go from A to Z Hollywood-style and have everything spelled out to you, so if you’re not into films of a somewhat experimental nature that demands you keep track and doing a little thinking of your own, then this probably isn’t for you. I’ve had a few reviewers ripped it apart, one cause there wasn’t blood and guts enough in it, eventhough it has never come closed to be announced as a splatterflick. I’m not sure what this person was expecting, but people very often have very narrow tastes â€“ itâ€™s unfortunate, but a mere fact. It’s the story of a man and his decline into madness, short and simple â€“ you can probably find places where you can add in the drama genre to that aswell, but in general it is meant to entertain in a new way. The movie contains a lot of dark humor aswell, some will get it, some won’t. I’m pretty sure people who’ve worked with film are gonna have various deja vu’s underway, haha.
Horror News Network: Which do you enjoy more, the writing process, or acting?
Kim Sonderholm: The acting! I thoroughly enjoy the creative process of directing too, but itâ€™s all the hoo-haa that goes before and after it I dislike, all the problems before you can even start shooting, all the nightmares you face while shooting â€“ but again, basicly that is what this film is a reflection about. Iâ€™m not gonna say Iâ€™ll never direct anything else again, but I have stepped down from producing for good. I get 5-6 offers a week to produce new films, but I always decline. Iâ€™m a classicly trained actor and I love doing that, that I will never grow tired of. Directing I might be up for doing again sometime, but producing â€“ not anymore. The writing process can be a very giving and creative, not to mention amazingly funny, process aswell. I enjoy doing it, but I prefer doing it with someone else. It can be very lonely and you tend to focus on weird little neardy things nobody else notices.
Horror News Network: One of the standout cameos is Lloyd Kaufman from Troma, who is, of course, hilarious. Â How did you get him in the film?
Kim Sonderholm: Lloyd has always been great to me, first on my first film â€œCraigâ€ and when I gave him the opportunity to be obnoxious in this film he immediately said yes cause he loved the idea. Most of his dialogue was semi-improvised. I gave him outlines and he just went with it. Some of it was actually to obnoxious that it was cut from the film (but those of you who will invest in the DVD will find it on the bonus material!). Letâ€™s just say I had a lot of courage with this project but not enough courage to include all his rants, haha. The man is mad. I actually feared getting sued by a couple of very big companies if I included some of his rants about them, thatâ€™s how crazy it got. But you mention Lloyd, but there has been a lot of great people who loved the idea and has been an invaluable help to me. If it wasn’t for these people and many more and especially their will to go that extra mile to help me and my film, this film wouldn’t have become reality. They know what and who I mean, I demanded more of many of them than is normal to demand of actors and they all stepped up to the plate cause they liked the idea.
Horror News Network: Another standout scene for me, without giving too much away, was the â€œcasting scene.â€ Â Was this indicative of what the real casting was like for the film?
Kim Sonderholm: Iâ€™ve actually held auditions that has been that bad before. It is incredible how little honesty some people will admit to their abilities, or lack of the same. But I would like to make clear that the â€œhorribleâ€ actresses auditioning in â€œLittle Big Boyâ€ ARE acting â€“ or, trying to re-inact the sitatuations in my head at the time, all of them are actually quite good actresses in real life, I think that is quite important to mention. But, in the end, I suppose they manage to bring a certain believability to the performance so thatâ€™s good, I suppose. I wanted it to be over the top, on the verge of being pathetic â€“ and most of them are actually more or less re-inacting situations Iâ€™ve faced while attempting to cast on my first project â€“ give or take a little. I actually cut out a couple of real-life situations because I was sure nobody would ever believe that they had actually happened for real, thatâ€™s how far out things sometimes get, haha. But at the end of the day, the actresses you see in the scenes in â€œLittle Big Boyâ€ all took a chance at looking completely inadequate at acting, and to me, the fact that they succeeded only shows their real talent. Itâ€™s actually hard to act like you cannot act at all on purpose. Again, some reviewers never got the point, which in my opinion is a little sad. I have no clue how they could miss something that it so obvious â€“ well, obvious to myself, anyway, haha.
Horror News Network: Although there were some humorous moments, there were also some gruesome moments. Â How were those to film?
Kim Sonderholm: Another day at the office. Iâ€™ve done films with those elements before and usually it is a lot of fun to throw fake blood around, hang people from hooks, stuff like that. Uhm, yes, I realize how that may sound, haha. All the girls that these things were taken out on all took it for what it was and I think everyone had great fun on the set, in spite of the somewhat gruesome content.
Horror News Network: As a writer/director, what are some of the horror movies that influenced you?
Kim Sonderholm: I seem to have an infatuation especially with films from the 90ies and to an extend the 80ies like some of the old Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis flicks. Ofcourse, a lot of the love for those films are caused by sentimentality cause I grew up on them. My favorites are Natural Born Killers, The Crow, Mulholland Drive, Lost Highway, American History X, Se7en, things of that nature. I can’t really say how much it inspired me as a whole, but then again looking at my own work I can’t deny it has done that, a lot, in fact. But it hasn’t been a concious thing as such. I’m also a huge fan of 80ies slasher flicks like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on ElmStreet, Halloween, etc. Most of the stuff that are being remade these years, I suppose. I grew up on this stuff and I has a very special place in my heart and I can still watch it to this day and think….god, they knew how to make horror films back then… Don’t get me wrong, there are good ones coming out still but there’s just long between the really good ones I think. If I had to mention a list of films from the past ten years that made an impression on me, the list would be pretty short, but a few would be Saw (the original, not so much the sequals), Sin City, Haute Tension…to me it’s not really about big budget and huge explosions but creating something unique that stands out. I can’t really explain it any more clearer than that, it’s a feeling with me – does it make an impression or have I forgotten it again in two days?
Horror News Network: Where can people find out more about â€œLittle Big boyâ€?
Kim Sonderholm: It was released on August 22 worldwide, so it should be fairly easy to find. Most assortered DVD stores on retail and netstores should carry it. I know Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CD Universe, Tower, FYE, BuyCD, even eBay, all carry it in the states. In the UK you can find it again at Amazon and other places while in the whole UN, CD:ON carries it and iMusic in Scandinavia. In Japan it is available through Amazon, and I even seen stores in Australia and New Zealand carry it, So I guess itâ€™s easily available just about nomadder where in the world you are located – I guess there isnâ€™t much of an excuse to not pick it up, haha.
Horror News Network: Thanks for the time Kim! Have a comment on this interview? Post it here.
Human traffickers. Rogue medical teams. Yakuza run organ mills and a six year-old drug fiend. Welcome to Dr. Benjamin Dane’s nightmare. His only way out? Bring down the man who set him up by reclaiming organs already placed in some very powerful people. If Dexter, ER and 100 Bullets had a three-way and that mind blowing tryst somehow resulted in a kid, that kid would read HARVEST. Read the review by Senior Editor, Christine Caprilozzi below.
Kelly has an intense fear of the dark. Left by herself for a couple of days when the lights go out she begins to see strange things in her house. Is everything in her head or is something more sinister happening?
Short films can be somewhat tricky to pull off.Â How do you develop a plot, character, etc. within a 10-15 minute time frame. With that being said, Bryan Wolford pulls it off with â€œMyctophobiaâ€ (myctophobia being the fear of the dark).Â The film opens with Kelly Fisher, played by Kitsie Duncan, at her therapistâ€™s office talking about her intense fear when the lights are out.Â This scene sets up the rest of the film.Â It also gives a nod with the â€œbaby stepsâ€ line to the Bill Murray classic â€œWhat About Bob?â€ read more read more
REVELATIONS is â€œa postapocalyptic story about survivors of the biblical Rapture. The series stars Cuyle Carvin as former Marine Jeremy and Marlene Mcâ€™Cohen as young mother Dana, who team up to battle the demons that have infested the Earth in the wake of the Rapture, while Jeremy experiences visions of a cabin that may hold the key to the fate of the remaining human race.Â
We caught up with Cuyle Carvin to talk Revelations.
Horror News Network:Â “Revelations” is basically a survival tale after the Biblical end of times.Â What drew you to this script?
Cuyle Carvin:Â The character, Jeremy. It’s the role that I play. I was only able to read about 4 pages of the first episode before the audition and I loved it from the opening line. Sounds corny, ‘It had me at hello’ but it’s true. Each episode starts with a Biblical quote and it’s a very powerfulÂ statement for the mood of the episode. I thought adding a religious spin to the typical apocalypse story was a brilliant and unique idea. And personally, it added more value to me as not only an actor, but also as a man of faith.
Horror News Network: How did you prepare for the role of “Jeremy”? How does he compare to some of the other roles youâ€™ve played in the past?
Cuyle Carvin:Â Jeremy is a role that I feel I’m born to play. I’m turning into the corn king but I feel that a role like this is one that I didn’t really have to prepare for much at all because I find so much of me and Jeremy so much alike, from morals and character to the physical traits. Jeremy is definitely one of the roles that has come more natural for me to play. Sometimes I play characters that I have a lot in common with but it’s harder to find the ‘them’.
Horror News Network: In the first two episodes, we’re introduced to Jeremy and Dana, with Darius coming in the second episode.Â Jeremy appears to be the leader of the group.Â How does this group dynamic evolve throughout the series?
Cuyle Carvin: Good question! I’m curious to find out too. Robert Michael Ryan, the creator of the show only releases episodes to us a little before filming them so we don’t really know what exactly is going to happen just yet. I think we’ll probably find, and lose, other survivors along the way. And I’m sure some of them will take major issues with each other and Jeremy.
Horror News Network: How is it working with Robert Michael Ryan?
Cuyle Carvin:Â He’s great. I love his vision on this project. He’s unbelievably talented in writing and directing this series. Plus he does the special effects which look incredible for a low budget production.
Horror News Network: The demons have a pretty crazy look about them.Â What is it like shooting the scenes with them?
Cuyle Carvin:Â The demons look like they stepped straight outta Satan’s nutsack. The makeup department, Jen Fregozo and Maryann Yee, do an unreal job with them. The demon image they’ve created is pretty freaky to see live. The actors, Chris Senger and Damion Stephens, that play the demons are really creative and do a kickass job.
Horror News Network: Would Cuyle be as much of a survivalist as Jeremy if the end of days came?
Cuyle Carvin:Â Hmmm â€“ I’d like to think so. I think I’m slightly more sensitive to the human race than Jeremy is which could possibly prove as a weakness at some point, but I think overall, I’d have a pretty solid chance of surviving. God willing of course.
Horror News Network: What would you like our audience to know about “Revelations”?Â When can we expect episode 3?
Cuyle Carvin:Â I just really want people to watch the series and experience and support it to the end. I think it’s a really well done series that deserves a lot of attention. I think horror fans, sci-fi, action, any kind of comic geek fans would enjoy it. Plus there’s a lot of eye candy for the male viewers thanks to Marlene Mc’Cohen.
I don’t have any kind of hints for episode 3 right now but I do imagine we’ll learn more about what happened to Jeremy, Dana’s and Darius’ loved ones and some evil secrets that they all carry with them 🙂 I’m hoping for the new episodes to be up sometime in August.
Horror News Network:Â Thanks for your time, Cuyle. Have a comment on this interview? Post it here.
What do you get when you throw three murderers into one prison cell together? Well, when those characters happen to be based on the likenesses of celebrities FRANK VINCENT (Goodfellas, Raging Bull, The Sopranos), MARKY RAMONE (formerly of The Ramones) and BREA GRANT (Heroes, Dexter), you can bet that the outcome will be anything but ordinary. From the creator of IDW Publishingâ€™s hit series Crawl to Me, comes Alan Robertâ€™s KILLOGY; an off-the-wall, genre-busting mash-up of crime, dark comedy and horror. We caught up with creator, Alan Robert, to talk about the upcoming series, Killogy.
Check out the KILLOGY interview with Alan Robert.
After the Biblical Rapture has taken place, those left behind must learn to survive in the new apocalyptic hellscape as the city crumbles around them. Society has devolved into anarchy as people have turned on each other, desperately fighting for the few remaining resources. Most have fled the cities, leaving only the bravest to battle against Satan’s army â€” marauding packs of demonic creatures from the deepest pits of hell, who are cutting a brutal and savage swath of destruction as they attempt claim the planet for their Dark Lord.
Christine Caprilozzi caught up with writer/director, Robert Michael Ryan to talk about Revelations.
Horror News Network: “Revelations” isn’t the usual apocalyptic scenario people have been feeding off of lately (no pun intended). This is more based on the Biblical end of the world. What was the inspiration for using that as the basis?
Robert Michael Robert Michael Ryan: I’ve always loved good post-apocalyptic stories, and having gone to Catholic school for 12 years, I felt that the Bible’s Book of Revelation and concept of the Rapture presented a unique angle on the “end of the world” scenario.
Horror News Network: Tell us a bit about the demons, and their origin and role?
Robert Michael Ryan: According to the Bible, after the Rapture takes place the planet is left in the hands of the Antichrist. Of course, he can’t just take over in a day — there are still all the non-Christians around the world to deal with. So, the Antichrist is building an army, and the demons are his foot soldiers. Brought up from the pits of hell, their job is to infiltrate the cities and clear away the one’s “left behind” so the Antichrist can assume world domination. As the story unfolds, we will learn that there is a distinct hierarchy within the demon army, much like a regular military.
Robert Michael Ryan: I’ve purposely left their relationship vague in the first episode. Their backstory will reveal itself over time, bit by bit. I will say that they met after the Rapture, and have come together out of necessity in order to survive. And, of course, they each have their dark secrets.
Robert Michael Ryan: Very early on, when I was still writing the first episode, I asked a friend of mine, director Dennis Devine, if he knew of an actress who could play the character of Dana. I wanted someone who was not just a great actress with the right look, and also easy to work with (being very low budget, no one wants a diva on set). He recommended Marlene Mc’Cohen right away. I had seen her work before and already knew of her, and I thought she would be a perfect fit. I contacted her and gave her an early draft of the script. She loved the concept and thankfully came on board. She has been an invaluable part of the team from the beginning.
For the roles of Jeremy and Darius, I held regular auditions. Cuyle Carvin was the first person to come in to read that day, and he blew us away. For the role of Darius, we saw quite a few people, but no one was quite right. Marlene called Wil Gelin, whom she had worked with before, and he came down to the audition. Without any prep, he read cold and did an amazing job.
Horror News Network: You’ve obviously worked in horror before (2009’s “Necrosis”). How would you compare working on a feature length project, compared to an episodic one?
Robert Michael Ryan: Working as a producer on a feature film, even a low budget one, is a full time job. Necrosis’ director Jason Stephens and I worked for over a year putting that movie together. A web series, made up of short 5-7 minute episodes, offers much more freedom to try new things. Also, since it’s only meant for the web, we can shoot much quicker and more guerilla style.
Horror News Network: When can we expect the next episode to be up on the “Revelations” website?
Robert Michael Ryan: Episodes 1 and 2 are now online. I am hard at work getting ready to shoot the next batch of episodes. I don’t have a hard date for episode 3, but you will be the first to know when I do.
Horror News Network: Where can our audience find out more about the series and watch the webisodes themselves?
Robert Michael Ryan: The episodes are online at www.RevelationsTheSeries.com. Stop by, take a look, and let us know what you think!
Horror News Network: Thanks for your time, Robert. Have a comment? Post it here.
The world falls into chaos after a rogue scientist unleashes a virus that turns the living and the dead into flesh eating monsters. A Special Forces Team is sent into a growing danger zone to recover the cure from the scientist, but as they enter the hot zone they must seek refuge in a nearby nightclub with a few civilians as they wait for the rescue chopper to arrive. Armed with limited ammo they must battle the ever growing number of once human monsters.
Christine Caprilozzi caught up with writer/director, Larry Greene, to talk Planet Dead.
Horror News Network: “Planet Dead” is a zombie movie that focuses not only on the virus, but also on what the government’s role would be in an apocalyptic situation. What was your inspiration for that?
Larry Greene: We always see zombies films more focused on the general population. I wanted the audience to get that experience from a Special Forces Team point of view on this unusual situation.
Horror News Network: What do you feel sets the film apart from other independent film that fall under the “zombie” genre?
Larry Greene: It’s more Action based than just horror. From the start of the film it keeps moving and doesn’t let you go. You have the civilian characters freaking out and you have the Military characters a bit more in control in a situation spiraling out of control.
Horror News Network: Besides writing and directing, you also play the role of Col. Briggs, a man short of patience in the situation. Tell us a bit about the character?
Larry Greene: He’s a very edgy character trying to cope with the situation. Losing love ones and dealing with some other characters who haven’t been in an out of control situation just make him more forceful.
Horror News Network: Without giving too much away, tell us a bit about some of the other characters and their development? “Lenox” (played by Charles Adames), particularly stood out a character with more depth.
Larry Greene: In this story you have multiple characters with different personalities with their own viewpoint trying to make sense of it. “Lenox” played by Charles Adames is a character that takes more risks to get the job done. He’s faithful to the mission and the team. His partner Krisshaw is more of a loose cannon and is a much more brutal character. You also have the bar patrons, an off-duty worn out cop, the girls trying to have a good time, the bar owner trying to keep his cool amongst others.
Horror News Network: The ending of the film leaves some unanswered questions. Do you see a “Planet Dead 2” in the future?
Larry Greene: Possibly I do! I do have an idea of where I want to take the story, but not in the near future as I am focusing on other projects. As my fan base continue to grow and the film grows a bigger audience then it will be considered.
Horror News Network: Thanks for your time! Have a comment on this interview? Post it here.
Synopsis: Â Area 407, features lost footage too real for reality and too disturbing for fiction. The film opens with two teenagers flying from New York to Los Angeles on New Years Eve. Their nightmare begins when their plane hits extreme turbulence mid-flight. The relentless weather attack causes panic and terror amongst the passengers until the plane ultimately crashes in a remote government-testing area. The handful of survivors from the crash, bloody and disoriented, are then insistently pursued in the darkness by unknown predators that, unbeknownst to them, are part of the government’s top-secret Mesa Experiment. read more read more
Back in January, Christine Caprilozzi hailed the horror short “Familiar” with “Kudos to Fatal pictures for making a 23 minute film that will leave many horror fan more satisfied than some of the run-of-the mill features out there.” She recently had a chance to catch up with producer, Zach Green to discuss the acclaimed film.