:: Uncovering the Pyramid: An Interview with star Ashley Hinshaw

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Uncovering the Pyramid

An Interview with star Ashley Hinshaw

By Jessica Dwyer

When people think of horror films set in Egypt they typically think mummies.  Undead creatures unleashed via a scroll or a curse that’s been uttered by an unwitting digger or grave robber.  But that’s not the case in The Pyramid, hitting Digital HD on 4/17.  This new take on Egyptian based horror goes a different route through the buried secrets of an ancient tomb.  In the realm of found footage horror The Pyramid stands out due to the subject matter as well.

A modern archeological dig finds a 3 sided Pyramid, a very unique discovery. The father/daughter team leading the dig, under pressure of time and results make the poor choice of entering the tomb for a “quick look” and things go as well as you can expect.

The Pyramid has a healthy horror pedigree.  It’s produced by Alexander Aja (Horns) and is the first directorial project for Gregory Levasseur who’s written the new version of Maniac starring Elijah Wood, The Hills Have Eyes, as well as High Tension.

Star wise it’s headed up by Ashley Hinshaw, who you may as the woman who turned Jason Stackhouse’s life around on the final season of TrueBlood.  Ashley plays Nora, the smart and tech savvy archeologist at odds with her father.  Along with Ashley is another TrueBlood veteran, Dennis O’Hare who plays Holden, Nora’s more old school archeologist father whose ambition leads both he and his daughter on a dangerous path.

I got the chance to talk with Ashley about her work on The Pyramid and also of having played one of the few “normal” women in TrueBlood.

FG:  What were the locations like for this? 

:: Epic Legacy of Mad Max Trailer is EPIC

While everyone and me included is excited as hell about the Star Wars trailer released today, this trailer may equal my excitement for that one.  This is the Mad Max Legacy trailer that reminds us of the badass that was Mel Gibson back in the days of insane Australian cinema and made us wonder how he could stand wearing all that leather in the desert.  It’s a showcase for the iconic vision of George Miller who is back with Mad Max: Fury Road…which, as this trailer says, is where all of the bloody roads have led to.

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This trailer shows those who may not know what came before Fury Road and Tom Hardy.  And it makes me really want to go back and marathon those first 3 films again…especially The Road Warrior because that’s the gold standard for all post apocalyptic cinema.

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Fury Road roars into theaters May 15th 2015.  5.15.15 actually.

:: Godzilla for the PS4 Game Play Trailer

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Coming in July is the long anticipated Godzilla monster battle game for the PS4.  The game play trailer was just released yesterday and shows quite a few familiar scaly faces including two different versions of Godzilla battling each other.

I personally think Mothra looks pretty damn cool, but I’m not quite a 100 percent convinced on the graphics.  It looks kind of clunky for a PS4 title which should be showcasing mind blowing graphics and game play since its one of the higher end gaming consoles around.  But it does look fun and given you can pick from a ton of different Kaiju’s to fight with that’s probably going to sell a ton of fans on it right there.

What do you guys think?

:: This may be the greatest thing the Internet has ever done

The 80′s were the decade of Hoff.  He was the man with the car and the hair and the light up keyboard jacket.  He is the epitome of the 80′s for many of us my age.  And many of the girls my age might as well just admit how much of a crush we had on him in Knight Rider.

Well prepare for those acid wash jean flashbacks thanks to Kung Fury and the them song (or love theme…I don’t know what you want to call it) True Survivor and the video to the song sung and starring The Hoff.

I can’t….I just can’t even put it into words, can you?

I’ve talked about Kung Fury before, the too good to be true amazing flick that combines everything we 80′s dorks love into an almost fever dream like story of a guy going back in time to kill Hitler and the insanity that surrounds this very loose plot.  The film actually got crowd funded and will be coming out hopefully next month.  I can hardly believe it is happening..but it is.  Life is good.

Here’s the original “trailer” that helped lead us to this promised land of lunacy and awesome.

:: The Leaked Superman/Batman trailer footage

So this looks a lot like the stuff we saw at Comicon previously.  This clip is in what I’m guessing is Spanish and it’s also grainy as heck.  I hope and pray that the actual trailer that Zack Snyder and company are going to be showing after making the giant fuss they have been is LONGER than this.  But here’s what we have currently that’s floating around until Warner’s pulls it.

:: The Blacklist is Coming to Comic Book Form

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The Blacklist is hitting comics via Titan Comics.  The new series of books will start in July (no doubt being heavily pushed at San Diego Comicon a week or so before the release.)

According to The Hollywood Reporter the series will be a part of the world set up in the TV series:

The new comic book series will be developed in conjunction with the creative team behind the Sony Pictures Television series, with writer Nicole Phillips and artist Beni Lobel (who has previously worked on DC Entertainment’s adaptations of The Vampire Diaries and Fringe, as well as Constantine and IDW’s True Bloodseries) responsible for new stories featuring Spader’s master criminal Red Reddington, as well as Megan Boone’s Elizabeth Keen, Diego Klattenhoff’s Donald Ressler and other characters from the show. Covers for the series will be provided by Alice X. Zhang, who has previously worked on Titan’s Doctor Who comic properties.

I love Alice Zhang’s art and this first cover is beautiful.  The Blacklist is one of the best shows on network TV right now and manages to get a ton of great character actors like Jeffrey DeMunn, Lance Henrikson, and Diane Wiest in episodes just to name a few.  I’ll be curious to see if they include the likenesses of other name actors in the book like cameos…something that used to happen back in the old Star Trek The Next Generation comics (John Tesh did that once.)

:: The Exterminator 2 (1984)

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Four years later, and while a street punk leader with a messiah complex (Mario Van Peebles) has dealings with organised crime, John Eastman (Robert Ginty) is back cleaning the streets with a flamethrower.  When Eastman’s dancer girlfriend is crippled in retaliation to Eastman’s friend Be Gee (Frankie Faison) interfering with the street gang’s heist of an armoured car, The Exterminator takes the war to the streets once again…

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The Exterminator 2 was written and directed by Mark Buntzman with substantial rewrites and direction from William Sachs, and is a travesty.  On every count, where the first film succeeded, this one, produced by the Cannon Group/Golan-Globus, fails.  Robert Ginty goes through the motions in this badly written piece of trash.  Obsessed with fashions and music that had dated by the time it was released, it is a mess of badly written dialogue, poor acting, and cheesey action sequences.

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Ginty was extensively replaced by a body double for virtually all of the iconic fire-proof helmet wearing scenes, which make up all of the good parts of the movie.  For the rest of the film, the pace is sluggish, poorly constructed, and lacking a real driving narrative.

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The street punk as a tribe is an interesting idea thrown to the wolves and devoured in terrible mid-80s fashion choices and a key character, Van Peebles, who seems to have fallen into our dimension from Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys” pop video.  For some reason, the street gang goes everywhere with burning torches when there are perfectly servicable electric lights.  None of the film really makes sense, with Ginty even going so far as to “A-Team” up his garbage truck with remote controlled guns and rockets.  Everyting that made the first movie watchable is pissed on by the sequel. 

:: The Exterminator (1980)

 

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After facing horror in Vietnam, Michael Jefferson (Steve James) and John Eastman (Robert Ginty) return home to New York.  Years later, Jefferson is crippled by a local gang called the Ghetto Ghouls, and Eastman takes it upon himself to rid the streets of low-lifes, punks and perverts.  His wave of vigilante activities are investigated by another former Vietnam veteran, Dalton (Christopher George), now a NYC cop…

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The Exterminator was written and directed by James Glickenhaus, and is a piece of classic American exploitation cinema.  Following on from such hits as Dirty Harry (1971), Death Wish (1974) and Taxi Driver (1976) it would at first glance appear to be a typically right-wing propaganda piece about vigilante justice.  The anti-hero, played by Ginty, even has a name that evokes Clint Eastwood, but positioned as and “Everyman” character.  Indeed, Eastman has little to no character development to himself: he only reacts to situations.  This is actually more interesting as you peel back the layers.  Eastman’s experiences in Vietnam single him out not to be the Hero, but instead to be the Victim.  It is Jefferson, played with lethal precision by Steve James, who is the killing machine hero of the first scenes of the movie.

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His single handed slaughter of the Viet Cong to rescue his buddy is more in line with the traditional role of the white, right-wing fantasy figures as seen later during the Reagan-era action movie (such as First Blood [1982], Invasion USA [1985] and Commando [1985]).  Once back in New York, both Eastman and Jefferson are typical working class stiffs doing honest, manly labour: Jefferson works for a beer company loading vans, while Eastman (tellingly) works in a meat plant nearby. 

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