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Exclusive: Andy Burns talks to Lost After Dark’s Kendra Timmins

Today (September 1st, 2015) sees the release of the new horror film, Lost After Dark. Co-written by Bo Ransdell and Ian Kessner and directed by Kessner, the film is set in Spring 1984, when are group of high school friends decide to take off for the weekend to spend a few nights at Adrienne’s (Kendra Timmins) family’s cottage. However, things take a turn for the worse when the school bus the friends have stolen breaks down, leaving them stranded on a deserted road, near an abandoned house that’s sole occupant is Junior Joad, a long-thought cannibal killer. Mayhem and murder ensues.

I had the chance to check out a screening of Lost After Dark at the end of August with cast and crew in attendance, and I enjoyed the film quite a bit. It’s a love letter to ’80s horror films and knows exactly what it is. While it’s a little long at times, there are some genuine shocks and surprises throughout, and you can’t say that about every horror film out there.

Lost After Dark’s lead actress Kendra Timmins was kind enough to answer some questions via email about the film, the shoot and much more. Be forewarned, there is one BIG spoiler during our interview which will be highlighted before the question – feel free to skip over it if you want.

LOST-AFTER-DARK-BD-cover-797x1024Andy Burns: Kendra, I was at the screening at the SoHo and the audience seemed to have a great time – what’s it like watching Lost After Dark with a crowd?

Kendra Timmins: It might sound strange, but it’s actually such a relief to see Lost After Dark with an audience. We knew as actors that we had something really fun to work with in terms of a script and a genre, but because it’s set in the 80s and an homage to a genre that is beloved by so many horror fans, that can easily be lost on an audience. So hearing people laugh and scream and have fun in all the right places, is so gratifying as an actor.

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Biff Bam Pop! Remembers Wes Craven

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Here at Biff Bam Pop! we cover all aspects of pop culture – film, television, comics, music, even podcasts – but we have a very special place in our hearts here for horror, and this weekend, we lost one of the giants of the genre, filmmaker Wes Craven. You can read editor-in-chief Andy Burns’ brief memorial here, but if you’ll follow us after the jump, you can read the thoughts of other staffers and contributors to the site. Rest in peace, Wes Craven.

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Fear the Walking Dead S01 E02: So Close, Yet So Far

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Last week’s episode of “Fear the Walking Dead” broke the record for all-time basic cable ratings premiere. When you have a great story and a talented cast, you break records. Kudos to Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson and the fine cast on a great job. Last week’s episode showed us just how easy it is for an apocalypse to start right under our very noses. This week, Travis has to find his son, Chris and Nick has to fight his demons. Read the rest of this entry

Rest In Peace Wes Craven

Wes__07-2smaller_cropThe news just broke that Wes Craven, the genre-defining legendary director of such films as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing, the Scream films, and Music of the Heart and many, many other films has passed away at the age of 76 from brain cancer.

Monday morning I appeared on SiriusXM Canada Talks 167’s National Post Radio to Craven’s legacy.

Anyone who loves the horror genre has had their lives touched by this brilliant man, so rather than prattle on too long, let’s share a few moments from his films, and remember his talent fondly.

Fear the Walking Dead S01 E01: Pilot

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When Rick Grimes from the Robert Kirkman‘s comic book series and the AMC television series “The Walking Dead” awoke from his coma, the proverbial dog doo had already hit the fan and, for five seasons, we loyal fans watched as Rick, his family and friends struggled to survive walkers and nasty people. Now, with “Fear the Walking Dead,” we get to see how it began. If our government officials can’t even agree on how to handle a case of Ebola, how will they handle the apocalypse? Welcome to episode one. Read the rest of this entry

Exclusive: Andy Burns talks to Julian Richings about Ejecta

JRJulian Richings is one of Canada’s leading character actors. While you may not know his name, you most certainly recognize his face from many of the films and tv series’ he’s appeared in, including Supernatural, Hannibal, X-Men: The Last Stand, Man of Steel, and many, many more. Richings latest starring role is the science fiction thriller, Ejecta, in which he portrays blogger/writer Bill Cassidy, who has been dealing with extraterrestrials for much of his life. It’s a thoughtful, paranoid performance, and demonstrates why Richings is a favourite of genre fans.

Along with our previous interview with directors Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald, we were able to talk to Julian about Ejecta, his thoughts on the cosmos, the allure of horror and much more.

Andy Burns: Congrats on a yet another solid performance, Julian. What drew you to the role of Bill?

Julian Richings: First, the boys at Foresight Features approached me and I’d been very impressed with their hands-on pragmatic approach to filmmaking. They’re a tight, no-nonsense group who dig into successive projects wearing slightly different hats each time, but they share an unflinching work ethic and creative ingenuity no matter what roles they take on. This was actually Matt Wiele’s first time wearing a director’s hat, but I was impressed his collaborative style coupled with his clarity of execution. (Chad effortlessly and sensitively expanded the sense of a family dynamic ).

When I read the script I realized I’d been offered the role of a troubled and complex character written by none other than Tony Burgess, someone whose writing I’ve admired forever, and who I feel an affinity with because of our mutual co-conspirators over the years.

So these things came together in a project that had a hands-on no-nonsense leanness , but had enough confidence and improvisational flair to adjust and grow as it went along.

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Exclusive: Andy Burns talks with Ejecta directors Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald

Ejecta is a science-fiction thriller that combines found footage and real film to create a unique viewing experience. Filmed on location in Collingwood, Ontario, Ejecta stars genre favourite Julian Richings as a reclusive writer/blogger Bill Cassidy, whose experience with extraterrestrials has him in the sights of a clandestine group who are eager to learn what he witnessed the night of a solar storm.

Biff Bam Pop was lucky enough to chat with co-directors Matt Wiele and Chad Archibald over email about Ejecta, the creation of the story, filming on location, and much more.

Andy Burns: Matt and Chad, congrats on a very trippy and cool movie. Can you talk to us about how Ejecta came to be?

Matt Wiele: Trippy is good! Glad you got a high from watching it. Ejecta, in it’s original form, came about through wanting to make a tense “found footage” or “POV” style film that centered around a small scale alien crash and the claustrophobic aftermath of what that might look like. The evolution of the film and the story happened after shooting the initial material and wanting to expand on it. Make it bigger and better while still keeping it set amongst a small number of characters with opposing interests in the alien presence and witnessed/recorded crash.

Chad Archibald: Initially I had worked on the film on a different capacity and I loved the concept and the entire experience. I had worked with Matt in the past but it was exciting seeing him in the directors chair oppose to producing. I think everyone was excited to be making an alien flick with a bit of a twist, along with the fact that Julian was in it. After the film was cut together, the team decided to take the found footage element and push the movie even further. I was asked to come on board to help direct the additional segments of the film and Ejecta in it’s current state is what we came up with!
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Interview: Artist Matthew Therrien discusses his new horror comic anthology, The Gates of Misery

I’m a big man of anthology comics like Creepy and Eerie, and I grew up loving the late 80s/early 90s Tales From The Crypt tv show (not to mention the Twilight Zone, as well). It can be a lot of fun watching writers, actors and artists play around in short form storytelling. It means the creators have to deliver and deliver well in a relative short space. It can be tough, and I speak from experience, as one of the contributors to Biff Bam Pop’s digital comic series, Biff Bam Boo.

Artist Matthew Therrien also knows of the trials, tribulations and ultimate success of putting together a horror anthology. That work that began with a successful Kickstarter campaign with some incredible collaborators has finally led to the publication of the first issue of Gates of Misery. Working with a variety of names familiar to horror fans, Therrien’s ambition has delivered and then some.

Over email, we discussed the genesis of Gates of Misery, how Brandon Cronenberg, Steve Kostanski, Jon Knautz, and Dave Alexander wound up contributing, the crowdfunding experience and much more.

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Andy Burns: Congrats on the Gates of Misery! I love horror anthologies and I thought you did a solid job with the first issue. Where did the inspiration come from to make this happen?

Matthew Therrien: Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the first issue. Just like you, I’ve always shared a love of anthologies; in particular, horror shorts. They’re just a great way to feature a variety of different styles and stories, and keep the whole thing within a manageable and easily-enjoyed length. The tough part is finding a way to make them all somewhat cohesive and feel that they belong together. I’ve always had a love of cemeteries, and one day the idea just sort of struck me: what if I create a universe in which the cemetery itself has a sort of consciousness, and learns about the person’s life when they’re buried within it. After that, the Mount Misery Cemetery was born. It allowed writers to tell whatever tale they wanted, provided that one of their characters died by the end and found themselves in their final resting place at Mount Misery. At this point the character of the cemetery is still developing, so I couldn’t tell you exactly why, but the Mount Misery Cemetery seems to derive some sort of joy in recounting the particularly tragic and gruesome deaths of those bodies that inhabit its grounds.

As far as the writers, I thought it would be absolutely fantastic if the majority of those involved were filmmakers, many of whom had never written for comics before. This would be a new way of storytelling, and would provide them with a chance to create whatever tale they desired with no budgetary restrictions at all (the great benefit of telling stories with comics instead of on film). Read the rest of this entry

Worship Music, Comics & The Devil With THIS DAMNED BAND #1 On The Wednesday Run

This Damned Band 1 coverRemember the story of the guitar player who met the devil at the crossroads and sold his soul for guitar-picking fame and fortune?

Did you ever slowly spin your classic rock vinyl LP’s backwards on your records player so you can hear the hidden Satan-worshipping messages left by the band?

It’s all kind of ridiculously funny, isn’t it?

We hear at Biff Bam Pop! love classic rock.

And we love horror.

And comedy.

And that’s why you need to be reading This Damned Band #1, out today! More info after the jump!

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Prepping for Fear the Walking Dead

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Someone up in heaven loves me. They know I’m all about zombies, ghosts, and aliens, but mostly zombies. I’ve been writing the weekly recaps of “The Walking Dead” for Biff Bam Pop! for three seasons. I’m a member of the Zombie Squad and, not only wrote articles on how to make your home zombie proof here and here, but I can safely say that I’m Biff Bam Pop’s resident zombie expert. Am I excited about the new companion series, “Fear the Walking Dead,” created and written by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson that is due to premiere on August 23rd? What do you think? Read the rest of this entry

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