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Kids of the 1980s will remember Matthew Modine from his performances in movies like Full Metal Jacket, Vision Quest, and Married to the Mob. He’s also acted in socially striking films like Birdy and And the Band Played On. He’s really not known for horror movies or popcorn flicks, but he decided to be a part of 47 Meters Down because he is an avid environmentalist and he liked that although it’s a thriller, sharks are not “the bad guys” of the story.
We caught up with Modine at the press junket for 47 Meters and here’s what he had to say.
Dread Central: The director, Johannes Roberts, has done a few horror movies before. Did you see them?
Matthew Modine: I was not familiar with his work. He sent me the script, and it was one of those things where – there was a movie my friend Kiefer Sutherland was in called Phone Booth, where he was predominately on the phone for most of the film while that guy was locked in the phone booth, directed by Joel Schumacher – and it kind of reminded me of that element. It was a horror film, a suspenseful film, but without that supernatural thing that horror films have to have in order to work. I had long talks with Stanley Kubrick, we took two years making Full Metal Jacket, about why horror films are so popular and what is the attraction. We boiled it down to, after many discussions, that if there’s something evil in the world, something like a vampire that comes back to life, then there’s some hope and promise of there being something good afterward. So we put ourselves through this horrific trauma in hopes that there is life after death. I think it’s the same reason people go to church.
DC: Sharks aren’t supernatural, but they are still scary. Yet, they’re not truly dangerous, are they?
MM: Yeah, they say you have a better chance of getting hit by lighting or eaten by a hippo than being attacked by a shark. You know, the hippo looks so cute and adorable, and lightning just seems unlikely, but a shark has all these teeth and it has a scowl. Its mouth turns down into a frown, and it looks mean, whereas with dolphins it’s turned up and even killer whales have a kind of grin on their face. So sharks just have a perceived nightmarish image. For so many centuries we were sea faring mammals and that was probably a big fear; we saw sharks and the horror of them. I think we’ve all heard about how during the Second World War, the people were clinging to the sides of the ship and one by one they just got eaten by sharks. It’s terrifying. I’m a lover of sharks. They serve such an important part of the ecology of the ocean. If you Google it you can see [how many] sharks are killed a year for their fins and for sport. It’s barbaric. We use the words that sharks are predators and we know that the biggest predator in the world is the human species.
DC: You made this movie a long time ago. It actually came out on DVD in other countries under the name In The Deep. But now it’s getting a big theatrical release here in the States. How does that affect you, as an actor – or is it something you don’t think about?
MM: It’s kind of a fantastic story. It was a Harvey Weinstein/Bob Weinstein low budget feature model that they were doing for a certain amount of money, and they went into this. I don’t know much about the Weinstein company but they had some films that hadn’t done well, [but] they were very pleased with this movie and Harvey invested another million dollars in visual effects. Still, they decided it was best to release the film in DVD form, and it was in the trucks, boxed up and on its way to the stores with a different title, and our new distributor Byron Allen saw the film and loved it, and said ‘This is a huge summer movie.’ He called the Weinsteins and said ‘I want to buy the movie.’ [The Weinsteins] said ‘If you want to buy the movie you have to come up with the money right now because this film is in boxes and being distributed to stores tomorrow.’ So he took a gamble, found the money, bought the film and here we are. I think, well in this case, he’s got a shark by the tail because my father was a drive-in theater manager and this is the kind of movie my father prayed for during the summer months. This is the kind of crowd pleasing fun popcorn movie that does so well in the summer.
DC: Do you dive?
MM: Yes. We talk about being in the moment, so many people doing yoga and stuff today, but right now we’re all sitting at this table, our hearts are beating, we’re breathing, [and] we’re not really conscious of it. But as soon as you go in the water with that aqua lung and bottle of air on your back, you become acutely aware of being in the moment and I encourage everybody to experience that.
DC: Where did the water scenes in the movie take place?
MM: Pinewood [Studio], which is where they filmed the girls in London. The bulk of their scenes were shot at Pinewood. Pinewood has opened this new underwater tank in the Dominican Republic.
DC: How did they make the tanks look like the ocean?
MM: When you look underwater there’s always stuff floating around: fish bones, shit, lots of stuff. So in the tanks they put ground-up broccoli in the water, just to give it that look of particles in the water. But you know what broccoli smells like after a couple of days… the poor girls. When you have to go to the bathroom and you’re in a wetsuit you pee, so it got pretty funky in the tank.
DC: How is 47 Meters Down a “horror” movie, to you?
MM: This is a horror film without the supernatural. It is something that could happen, might happen, does happen. I just thought that it was really suspenseful. I love Peter Benchley’s book Jaws, it was so incredible because the presence of the shark was so mysterious. It was quite different in the film [because], the shark seemed to have a consciousness and an agenda. It really wanted to get that boat and those people on the boat, but in Benchley’s book it was more of a mysterious force of nature. Jaws was a huge movie at the drive-in. After it was a first run feature, it became a second run.
Directed by Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door), the underwater thriller stars Mandy Moore (“This Is Us,” A Walk to Remember), Claire Holt (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”), Yani Gellman (“Pretty Little Liars,” “The Young and The Restless”), and Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, The Dark Knight Rises).
47 Meters Down comes out June 16th.
On the rebound after a devastating break-up, Lisa (Mandy Moore) is ready for adventure while on vacation in Mexico. Even still, she needs a little extra persuasion when her daring sister, Kate (Claire Holt), suggests they go shark diving with some locals. Once underwater in a protective cage, Lisa and Kate catch a once in a lifetime, face-to-face look at majestic Great Whites. But when their worst fears are realized and the cage breaks away from their boat, they find themselves plummeting to the bottom of the seabed, too deep to radio for help without making themselves vulnerable to the savage sharks, their oxygen supplies rapidly dwindling.
Attention Dread readers who live in the New York City area! This Saturday, June 17th, at the Quad Theater, there will be a screening of Score: A Film Music Documentary, the film from Gravitas Ventures that interviews directors and composers about the importance of a good film score.
It includes interviews with composers like John Williams, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, and more.
We want to send three of you each with a pair of tickets to the showing, which will also feature a Q&A after the film with director Matt Schrader and composer Bear McCreary (“The Walking Dead”, “Battlestar Galactica”, 10 Cloverfield Lane). To enter, all you have to do is fill out the form below!
SCORE: A Film Music Documentary -- Theatrical Trailer - YouTube
Score: A Film Music Documentary brings Hollywood’s elite composers together to give viewers a privileged look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most international music genre: the film score. A film composer is a musical scientist of sorts, and the influence they have to complement a film and garner powerful reactions from global audiences can be a daunting task to take on. The documentary contains interviews with dozens of film composers who discuss their craft and the magic of film music while exploring the making of the most iconic and beloved scores in history: James Bond, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean, Titanic, The Social Network, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Psycho.
AfterShock Comics has some exciting news for us today… Dark Ark, their second title with writer Cullen Bunn, is hitting stories in September; and we have your first look at two covers and a few inside pages from Issue #1. It’s a sinister tale of biblical proportions with art by Juan Doe.
Why should you check them out? According to Bunn, “Dark Ark is a story about monsters–and I mean almost every type of monster you can imagine–struggling to live together in very close quarters. These are creatures of nightmare and legend, and they don’t get along at all. It’s a murder mystery. It’s packed with intrigue and treachery and double-crossing. It’s the story of one man’s quest for redemption… while helping to preserve the worst beasts in the world. And it’s even got a little romance… some heartwarming, some very disturbing.”
The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah’s story…
For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world—such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law?
When James Wan’s film The Conjuring premiered in 2013, it shined an intense and frightening spotlight on some of the real life events surrounding what has become known as the Perron haunting. For Episode 49 of Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio, we welcomed none other than one of the actual experiencers of said haunting, Andrea Perron.
How close did the film come to covering the actual events? Is reality scarier than fiction? How long will it be until Joe makes a penis reference? It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.
Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is available to subscribe to on iTunes. Not an iTunes user? You can also listen right here on the site.
Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.
Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC and @JonathanBarkan using the hashtag #BrainWaves.
Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!
Syfy unleashed a teaser trailer for Sharknado 5: Global Swarming today, and you can check it out right here. Just be sure to pack your passport and grab a chainsaw first ‘ cause we’re going international!
The latest installment in the pop culture franchise premieres on Syfy Sunday, August 6th, at 8/7c and will air in more than 100 countries.
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming, a production of The Asylum, is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante based on an original screenplay by Scotty Mullen.
The mission gets personal for Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his bionic wife, April (Tara Reid), when their young son gets trapped in a traveling ‘nado and transported all over the world. From London to Rio, Tokyo, Rome, Amsterdam, and beyond, our globetrotting heroes will seek assistance from a highly-skilled squad of royals, scholars, and Olympians, enlisting famous faces from news, entertainment, and sports in their most epic battle yet.
Also reprising their roles from previous installments are Cassie Scerbo, Masiela Lusha, and Cody Linley.
Sharknado 5 Global Warming: Teaser Trailer | SYFY - YouTube
Confirmed cameos include:
Fabio (Model) as the Pope
Tony Hawk (Professional Skateboarder) as a masterful weapons operative strategist
Clay Aiken (Musician) as Llewelyn, a cutting edge technology genius
Olivia Newton-John (Musician) and daughter Chloe Lattanzi as Orion and Electra, two brilliant scientists who help defend Australia from a looming Sharknado
Bret Michaels (Musician) as a visiting artist that gets trapped in the storm
Margaret Cho (Comedian) as a fussy bride whose honeymoon is interrupted by sharks
Charo (Musician, Comedian) as The Queen of England
Gilbert Gottfried (Comedian) as storm chaser Ron McDonald
“Today” hosts Al Roker, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb as themselves
Olympic diving medalists Greg Louganis as Zico, a high-end art thief, and Tom Daley as himself
Olympic freeskiing medalist Gus Kenworthy and NBC News investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen as themselves
Porsha Williams (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) as Andromeda, an archeologist and member of the elite “Sharknado Sisterhood”
Tiffany “New York” Pollard (“Flavor of Love”) as Vega, a Brazilian black market artifacts dealer
Chris Kattan (“Saturday Night Live”) as The Prime Minister of England
Cat Greenleaf (“Talk Stoop”) and Dan Fogler (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”) as themselves
Ross Mullan (“Game of Thrones” White Walker) as Dr. Wobbegon, a scientist who has made breakthroughs in meteorological studies to track Sharknado storms
A new video from Oats Studios, the production company from Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie), has released a new video that attempts to answer the simple question, “Why Oats?” Alas, the surreal sci-fi clip doesn’t really address that so much as it finds ways to evade the question, all while a strange robotic creature with blurred out hands (what is this, a Japanese porno in disguise?) snips rose stems and then sets them alight.
Oats Studios will be releasing short films for purchase through Steam. Additionally, Blomkamp has stated that the shorts will come with the option of getting extra files that will allow users to play around with models, 3D print designs to make their own toys, and more.
A new breed of terror is set to emerge from the wilderness of Australia and it’s lurking deep within The Marshes.
Directed by Roger Scott, the film follows a group of biologists who are conducting research in a remote marshland when evil strikes and hunts them down one by one.
The Marshes stars Dafna Kronental, Sam Delich, Matthew Cooper, and Zac Drayson.
In the middle of nowhere is a labyrinthine marshland teetering on the verge of extinction. Committed to saving it is Dr Pria Anan using diligence and reason to fight the forces of ignorance that threaten its existence. With rival Ben and assistant Will helping her Pria is certain she is in control but her fears threaten to overwhelm her, tensions mount and control becomes elusive. Finally fear becomes manifest in the form of a horrifying evil; they must abandon science and focus on survival.
Here’s a very interesting video that slipped past us until today. During a publicity tour for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, actor Kurt Russell was presented with the fact that he was the civil pilot in the air during the 1997 Phoenix Lights incident that radioed in the information!
As he tells the story, he was flying his stepson Oliver to see his girlfriend when they saw six bright lights in the sky. He radioed it in only to be told that there were no other flights in the area. Two years later, Russell came home to find his wife Goldie Hawn watching a program about UFOs and the segment was about that particular event.
You can see the clip below.
Kurt Russell was the civil pilot witness to the phoenix lights UFO - YouTube
If you’re planning on attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and you happen to be a fan of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” then you better keep an eye out for Skybound and McFarlane Toys’ collaboration set Shiva Force!
Modeled after toys from the 80’s, this set includes Rick, Michonne, King Ezekiel, and Shiva, each 5″ tall and able to be purchased as individual figures or in a gift box that includes each toy. The individual figures come packaged on a vintage styled card back with new painted artwork by Jason Edmiston.
The Walking Dead Shiva Force four-figure gift box is available in regular color version and a bloody variant. These gift boxes are limited to 1000 copies each and are priced at $100.
Later this year, a limited edition of the gift box with a fifth figure, Jesus, will be made available. Sign up here for more information.
Shiva Force! - 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive! - YouTube
Looking to catch up with the “Ghost Adventures” crew? You’re gonna get your chance in just a few short days as the boys are back to continue their 14th season of spooky!
Look for the premiere episode Skinwalker Canyon on Saturday, June 17th. Check your local listings for times in your area.
In the episode the “Ghost Adventures” crew is given special permission from the Navajo Nation to investigate Skinwalker Canyon, a place where many residents refuse to enter in fear of encountering shape-shifting creatures.