Actor Ethan Embry did a reddit AMA yesterday, and in responding to several different questions, he expressed his love for Cheap Thrills, one of last year’s best, which probably hasn’t been seen by nearly enough people.
His enthusiasm for the film was really on display when someone asked him what projects of his he felt flew under the radar. His response was, “CHEAP THRILLS, CHEAP THRILLS, CHEAP THRILLS, CHEAP THRILLS, CHEAP THRILLS, CHEAP THRILLS, CHEAP THRILLS, CHEAP THRILLS.”
In response to a question about directors he likes to work with, he had nothing but good to say about Cheap Thrills director E.L. Katz:
I find it a lot of fun lately taking the risks on the new guys, like I had no idea that Evan Katz would be as good of a director as he was. And being able to be a part of his first project is really special. That being said, you also end up making a couple turds that way. But I think it’s worth the risk. Because they’re also taking a risk with me. I think that it’s not guaranteed how well I’m gonna perform either, so it’s only fair, you know?
Embry has appeared in a fair amount of genre titles over the years. Beyond Cheap Thrills, fans have also seen him in The Prophecy II, Disturbing Behavior, Freakylinks, Incident On and Off a Mountain Road (Don Coscarelli’s Season 1 Masters of Horror entry), Vacancy, Fear Itself, and more recently, The Guest and Late Phases.
While he’s currently on the Netflix show Grace and Frankie, which just got renewed for a second season and has a new western called Echoes of War out on VOD, he wants to be involved with more Cheap Thrills-esque projects, and that sounds good to me!
One reddit user asked him, “Do you have any plans to do any more dark comedies like Cheap Thrills again? I just think it suits you extremely well.”
I just don’t think projects like that are written very often? There was a little bit of magic with that one, that it miraculously managed to hit the exact right note between comedy and grotesque. That doesn’t happen very often. It’s so easy to tip the scale to just pointless, or not go far enough. It’s a really – I think that that movie, 20 years from now, will still be enjoyed, and remembered, because it really does dance that fine line, you know?
Ok, filmmakers, you get the projects going and track down Embry!
Embry also appeared on Most Craved in which he mentioned that he auditioned for the original IT miniseries. I’m not sure which character he read for. To get an idea of what he looked like back then, here’s a still of him from Dutch:
I can see him as an Eddie, a Bill, or maybe a Stan. What do you think?
The Boulet Brothers Are Back With Dragula: Titans
Shudder just announced that we will be getting The Boulet Brothers Dragula: Titans starting Tuesday, October 25th.
According to Deadline subsequent episodes will be rolling out weekly on both Shudder and AMC+. The series is hosted and created by the popular Boulet Brothers duo and will be ten episodes featuring drag icons from the show’s previous season. They will compete in a grand championship of drag artistry and physical challenges for a $100,000 grand prize, along with the headlining spot on the upcoming world tour and the first ever Dragula Titans crown and title.”
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans will take place in a haunted mansion dubbed the “underworld.”
“We wanted the show to feel familiar to fans, but we also wanted the set and format to feel elevated from a regular season in order to match the incredible talent of the artists we’ve brought together,” says the Boulet Brothers. “There are so many shocking twists and turns this year that the competitors affectionately renamed the show Gagula during filming, and we really can’t wait for audiences to see it – this show is truly the most compelling content we’ve created to date.”
“The Boulet Brothers and our previous ‘Dragula’ series have attracted a wonderfully passionate, engaged and diverse fanbase and we’re delighted to bring them even more of the content they crave with this next competition series, especially during our biggest, most celebrated month of the year,” added Craig Engler, GM of Shudder.
Along with returning fan-favorite competitors (to be announced at a later date), there will also be a rotating cast of guest judges from the show’s past and present, including Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Harvey Guillen (What We Do In The Shadows), Justin Simien (director of Disney’s upcoming Haunted Mansion film), David Dastmalchian (Dune, Suicide Squad), pop metal princess Poppy, drag superstars Alaska and Katya, and horror royalty Joe Bob Briggs (Last Drive In), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun) and Barbara Crampton (Reanimator, Jakob’s Wife), among them.
The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Titans is the first project to be rolled out as part of the duo’s multi-project deal with Shudder.
Marvel Studios’ Special Presentation: Werewolf By Night
Marvel’s Werewolf By Night has just released its official trailer and release date of October 7th. It looks like a fun/creepy retro horror special that will be streaming directly to Disney +.
A page for the special on Disney+ also reveals it’s been rated TV-14 and has been filed under comedy as its genre. Furthermore, the synopsis on the page teases the death of one Ulysses Bloodstone.
“On a dark and somber night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows and gather at the foreboding Bloodstone Temple following the death of their leader,” the synopsis reads. “In a strange and macabre memorial to the leader’s life, the attendees are thrust into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic—a hunt that will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.”
With confirmation the special is involving the Bloodstone Temple, that stands to reason the reports of Donnelly playing Elsa Bloodstone would be accurate. In addition to the eponymous werewolf and Bloodstone, the trailer also confirmed the involvement of Man-Thing.
‘Scream’ Vibes Prevail In Kevin Willamson Co-Penned Story ‘Sick’ Movie Clip
Kevin Williamson hasn’t been too busy over the last few years. But it appears his ideas have. The new movie Sick which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was inspired by one of the stories he wrote.
Of course we know the Williamson brand. It was everywhere in 90’s horror. That slick storytelling mostly featured cat-and-mouse situations around final girls and unyielding slashers.
It looks like that sensation is back if we take anything away from the exclusive clip Collider proved today. According to the logline we are two getting young women holed up in a lake house during the pandemic. They think they’re alone, but it’s clear someone is out to get them.
Director John Hyams is behind the camera, and it seems he is sticking to that Craven/Williamson aesthetic where the camera moves seamlessly through the scene to focus on an object, dark colors are glossy and landscapes are uplit.
Sick is scheduled to release in Canada on Sept. 11, but that’s according to IMDb. As for the rest of the world, we’ll have to wait and see when it hits theaters.