A Q & A WITH BILL OBERST JR.

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Emmy and Lon Chaney Award-winning actor Bill Oberst Jr. is without a doubt one of the hardest working and incredibly talented actors to ever come out of the modern day era of horror. His intensity and dedication to his craft elevate any production that he’s a part of to a higher level. After Bill made a comment on one of my posts I decided to reach out to him for a couple of questions and lo and behold he said yes. Not only did I get (in my humble opinion) an excellent Q & A, but a new friendship was formed and my respect for this man grew even stronger. The only thing that Bill asked for was that I put up a link to his official website at www.billoberst.com. How easy is that?

Let’s start with an obvious one, Bill. Your IMDb.com entry lists a whopping 157 credits since you began with Sherman’s March in 2007; or was it Gilded Cage, which has no year of release? Where did it all begin and more importantly how did it all begin?

The History Channel docudrama Sherman’s March (2007) was my first on-camera role. For 16 years prior I was a working east coast stage actor with no ambition to be on-camera before I stumbled into the boots of General Sherman. On the first day of shooting I fell off my horse. A very kind director, Rick King (of Shark Week fame) helped me look reasonably heroic, and the program was highly-rated and well-reviewed. On the strength of it, I came to Los Angeles in 2008 for a two-week stay to see if I could land an agent. I ended up staying for 8 years and killing many, many people. It has been a bizarre and wondrous experience.

Ha ha. People unaware of your chosen profession might raise eyebrows at that next to last statement, Bill. You came to the audition for Sherman’s March in an authentic Civil War uniform. In addition to that you were spat upon and assailed by passersby when you wore an SS uniform for your audition as Adolf Eichmann for The Glass House, also in 2007. Auditions, Bill! What inspired this dedication to your chosen craft?

Acting is a personality disorder disguised as a profession. One of the less-toxic symptoms of this disorder is a compulsion to play dress up. In my case, it’s history that I get off on, so for any role involving a distinct time-period I am compelled to dive in wardrobe-wise. The fact that this comes across as dedication to craft is a fortunate occurrence.

Like all actors, I am dedicated to the idea of escape from the reality of actual life. Welcome to the curse. It is not curable.

You remind in a lot of ways of Christopher Walken. He’s said in interviews that he’ll take any role that’s offered him and with your immense list of credits it seems you may be the same way. In addition your dedication and preparation brings to mind actors like Robert De Niro, an actor well known for the lengths he would go to to become the characters he’s portrayed; driving fifteen hour days in a taxi and studying mental illness for Taxi Driver; living in Sicily for months for The Godfather Part II.

You’ve been described as gentle and with an interest in things spiritual in your personal life (I stole that from your IMDb page); quite a contrast to the menacing characters you portray in your films. How do you keep the two separate; or do you find that one complements or strengthens the other?

I think about this question often. This morning I go to church to hear about God’s love. Next week I start a film in which I play a man who sacrifices children. What to do?

My defensive inclination is to say, “It’s a job;” to absolve myself of any responsibility. But in my heart, I know I do have a responsibility. I’d love to play the angel, but if it falls to me to play the devil, I’m going to play the Devil with a capital “D” – the lying sonofabitch who said to Jesus, “Behold the kingdoms of the world; they are mine and I can give them to anyone I wish. They’re yours if you worship me.” I strive to play evil with conviction and purpose, because I know evil is an actual, living force in this world.

I want to disturb. I want to play the darkness to show the light.

End of sermon🙂

I couldn’t hope for a better answer, Bill.

Before you stepped in front of a camera you were a stage actor. Would you care to tell me about working in theater?

Oh yes. Theater is a beautiful blind date. Every single performance is a new encounter with a collective stranger. You get to know the audience and to understand what moves them. When the time is right, you go in for a goodnight smooch, and (on the magic nights) part ways with a little yearning still intact in both parties. It’s a very chaste thrill. The camera, on the other hand, is a voracious lover who demands that you touch it in the way it wants to be touched by you. If you don’t get that touch just right, the camera happily looks at someone else. A wronged theater audience may deny you a goodnight kiss, but a wronged camera will take cash out of your wallet, laugh and toss you outside naked. In both cases, it’s your own damned fault.

Please pardon the sexual metaphors. They keep me honest. This profession is prone to pretensions.

That’s perfectly fine, Bill; you’re giving me your most honest and personal answers and how you see fit to do that is alright with me.

Were you often the villain or heavy when you were onstage; or did that evolve during your time in front of a camera?

An evolution, and a welcome one as an actor. It took several failed attempts at playing the villain to realize that the old quandary “I do not understand myself, for the good I want to do I do not do, but the wrong I hate, that I do” applies to all of us. It is interesting that the word “heavy” is used to describe these characters – it actually is a physically heavy feeling to live inside them. It feels isolated and very alone. I think that a lot of what we call villainy springs from being alone; from seeing our desires as the center of our universe. After playing these people it is hard to get back to being a part of a community again. Loneliness and isolation are very seductive and very dangerous – bad for the soul.

What about influences? There must have been someone, actor or otherwise, that has influenced you and inspired your performances.

My earliest inspiration was Forrest J. Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. Forrey introduced my generation to the old masters of horror and, above all, to Lon Chaney Sr. In those days, the only way to see these performances was to order 8mm clips by mail, so I was introduced to them all in silent form projected on a sheet in my bedroom. I was mesmerized by their movements: (Boris) Karloff’s Monster reaching upwards towards the light; the wounded rage in the unmasked face of Chaney’s Phantom; the play of (Bela) Lugosi’s fingers as he pushed aside cobwebs. I studied them and ignored my homework.

Even today, my favorite moments on camera are the ones alone and with no words. That’s why Take This Lollipop will always be close to my heart; it’s my little contribution to that tradition of non-verbal horror.

I just had to click on the link for Take This Lollipop and now I’m afraid to step outside my door for fear that you are waiting menacingly for me, Bill! To be honest I get the feeling that the man you portray in that short interactive film would not let doors stand in his way at all.

On the subject of scaring people my wife and I watched your performance in the ‘Blood Relations’ episode of Criminal Minds. As soon as I saw your name in the credits I told her that we were in for a treat. With the show over I asked for her thoughts and all she could say was “that man scared the hell out of me!”. I told her “you have no idea how many people this man has scared.” Do you find that you get a sort of, and this is for lack of a better word, perverse satisfaction out of scaring people or creeping them the hell out?

Tell your wife that my Criminal Minds killer just needed love and he’d have turned out better!

Seriously, I hope she was able to feel some empathy for him. That is what I strove for in that characterization, as did the whole team behind creating that poor little killer – director Matthew Gray Gubler kept encouraging me to be more childlike in speech and movement, and Dayne Johnson and Christopher Allen Nelson, who created the make-up, were influenced by the humanity-infused monster make-ups of Lon Chaney Sr. I consider the character to be an homage to Chaney. The series’ producer and writer Breen Frazier signed my script “To the most heartbreaking serial killer ever.” That meant a lot.

I had a hard time getting a handle on the Take This Lollipop guy. Without Jason Zada, who wrote and directed it, I would have been over the top. But Jason kept whispering in my ear, “Just go darker into that basement of the mind. Go deeper.” There, too, we tried to lay in some bits that would create an empathy; moments where you see him trying to resist the compulsion. I must agree with you, though: doors wouldn’t stop him.

Sorry for the prelude there.

To your question: Do you find that you get a sort of, and this is for lack of a better word, perverse satisfaction out of scaring people or creeping them the hell out?

Yes. I personally hate roller coasters, but I see the perverse pleasure that people who know this get out of trying to goad me onto them. In the same way, my skill set as an actor includes a bit of knowledge about what makes people’s skin crawl and I justify my enjoyment of it by thinking “Well, it’s good for them to be scared – it makes them feel alive,” which is the exact same rationale my friends use to justify trying to terrify me! Boy, humans are just nefarious by nature, aren’t we?

You ask me that question and today I might agree with you and the next day I may not or be on the fence. I guess I am of the opinion that there are good people in this world capable of doing bad and vice versa. Does that make sense?

The main reason that we came into each other’s radar is because of your role in the excellent short werewolf film, The Beast; how did you become involved with the project?

I feel very fortunate to have been involved with The Beast. I loved werewolves so much as a kid that I used to sneak out of the house late at night and ride my bike out to the railroad tracks where I could safely howl at the moon, just to know what that felt like. They remain my favorite classic creature. I met Peter Dukes, writer and director of The Beast, online and then went to his house to read for him. Peter said “We’re going into the woods for one night with very little money, but with a group of pros who love old-school horror…and werewolves.” We shot it in one crazy night. I was really blown away by the intensity of Peter and Alexander Le Bas, who remain the only father and son acting team I have ever worked with. The Beast is an example of extreme class in a small-scale production.

Werewolves have also always been my favorite monsters so I can perfectly understand wanting to howl at the moon, Bill.

To me, The Beast was a perfect example of a group of people with a passion for a project-and werewolves-that used that passion and their imaginations to make a twelve-plus minute film on a low budget seem more alive than a lot of the feature-length movies that Hollywood is passing off on us.

I’ve posted nearly fifty short films since I began my Short Film Saturday showcase at Written in Blood. I’m leading to a question and I guess what it is is do you feel like short films are a good way for up and coming independent filmmakers to make their mark and get a foot in the door, so to speak?

Yes, and the shorter the short the better! When people see that video load bar go past the 10 or 15 minute mark, you lose them before you’ve grabbed them, The three shorts that I’ve been involved with which have gotten the most attention and have won the most awards – THE BEAST, ASSASSINS and HEIR – were all under 15 minutes. There’s little money in a short, but if you do it right and tight there’s a lot of potential for making a mark.

I get what you mean about losing your audience for a short film. I’ve skipped over quite a few films because they were 20-30 minutes long and I didn’t have the time (or patience) to give them my full attention. 

Let’s wind this Q & A down with a couple of questions, Bill. 
First of all, you mentioned in an apology for your delay in answering a question that you were killing teenagers in the woods of Pasadena for 12 hours a day this week; can you tell me a bit about what you’re currently working on? 
Second and final question, Bill and bear with me it’s one of those that we have all heard before: If you weren’t acting what do you think you would be doing with your life?
The feature film I’m shooting at the moment in the LA area is Death Camp. The great Courtney Gains of Children Of The Corn is in it too. My role is an ex-military hero who also happens to be a hermit Satanist. After this shoot I head to South America, then to Georgia, then to Germany. The business is truly global now – it is amazing how decentralized it has become.
If I wasn’t  an actor I would be a preacher. I’ve known some good ones and some lousy ones in my time – I’m not entirely sure which kind I would be – but ever since I heard about Jesus as a boy I’ve wanted to talk about him. But churches can be his worst enemy, you know? I toured churches for a decade with a solo show of the words of Jesus. After one of these performances, an old man came up to me and said “I don’t give a damn for religion, but Jesus is alright.” I’m with him.
Bill, thank you for your time and I hope we can stay in touch. 
I’d like to stay in touch, too. I’ve really enjoyed this! I think we share some of the same tastes and opinions on movies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-APRIL, 2016-ALICIA WITT

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Alicia Witt has appeared in only a few shows or films that could be considered horror. Most of her genre credits are in the realm of sci-fi or thriller and quite a few have been guest appearances on TV series. So why choose her for as this months Scream Queen? Three reasons: She’s beautiful, she’s talented and she’s a redhead. That last reason is my personal favorite.

Alicia Roanne Witt was born on August 21, 1975 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her first genre credit (and first film credit, period) was for David Lynch’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune in 1984 under her full name. She made an appearance on Lynch’s cult classic TV series Twin Peaks in 1990. She starred in Mike Figgis’ mystery-thriller Liebestraum in 1991. In 1995 she was one of a coven of witches in the “The Missing Ingredient” segment of Four Rooms and was directed by Allison Anders. 1998 saw her fighting off a maniac with a parka and an axe with a mad-on for recreating Urban Legend(s) in a nasty way. She starred as Cherish in John Water’s comedy-crime-thriller Cecil B. Demented in 2000, in Cameron Crowe’s weird fantasy Vanilla Sky in 2001 and in “The Execution of Grady Finch” episode of The Twilight Zone in 2003. In 2010 she starred in the short film The Pond. Her most recent genre credit was as Paula, one of the member of the Saviors in the “The Same Boat” episode of The Walking Dead (not to mention being an uncredited voice in the previous episode, “Not Tomorrow Yet”.

Aside from being an actress Miss Witt is an accomplished singer-songwriter and pianist and will be in concert April 8th at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Check out her website at aliciawitt.com and let us all welcome her as the Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month for April, 2016.

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Parents are Diane (Pietro) a high school teacher; and Robert Witt, a science teacher and photographer.

Has often played the prodigy or gifted child and had her skills as a pianist incorporated into her roles.

Appeared on That’s Incredible! (1980) at the age of four because of her amazing reading skills. She also performed the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet with the host.

Was home schooled and received her high school diploma at age 14.

Is a classically trained pianist.Is also a singer/songwriter who has played shows at venues including Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles and Joe’s Pub in New York City.

Her paternal great-grandfather, who had changed his surname from “Witcoski” to “Witt”, was of Polish descent. Her other ancestry includes Irish, French-Canadian, Italian, and English.

Alicia Says the Wittiest Things

“I like to play any character that allows me the freedom to explore it and teach the audience something they didn’t know, and show them a journey they identify with…or be inspired, or moved. Anything that touches someone’s heart is important for me.”

“In my fantasy I was always the savior. I would come to ‘Peanuts’ land and save everybody. Charlie Brown would fall madly in love with me. Peppermint Patty was so jealous.”

“When I was a kid, my dream was to be a farmer and marry Charlie Brown. I wanted to rescue him and make him happy. Besides, he was always lusting after the little redhead girl.”

“Redheads get so stereotyped. You’re either exotic and wild or totally Victorian.”

“It occurred to me the other day that I’ve made out with more people on camera than I have in real life!”

 

 

WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-NOVEMBER, 2015-DANIELLE PANABAKER

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In 2009 Danielle Panabaker was on the run from Jason Voorhees in the remake of Friday the 13th. In 2010 she was pursued by maniacal townfolk in the remake of George A. Romero’s The Crazies. Later, she took a break at the asylum in John Carpenter’s The Ward (also 2010) before fending off razor-toothed fish in Piranha 3DD in 2012. You might say that all that running and fending off has prepared her for her role as Caitlin Snow in the hit TV series  The Flash, a show about a guy (Grant Gustin) with super-speed who runs around the world at least a hundred times each morning before us mere mortals even have our first sip of coffee. Well, maybe not a hundred times but at least ninety.

Born September 19, 1987 in Augusta, Georgia, Danielle started acting at summer camp before joining community theater at the age of 10. Aside from the previously mentioned films Danielle’s other excursions into the thriller-horror genre have been the films Mr. Brooks (2007), Girls Against Boys (2012) and Time Lapse (2014); as well as the TV series Medium (2010) and Flight of the Living Dead (2015).

Danielle’s non-genre credits include Yours, Mine and Ours (2005), Home of the Giants (2009) and This Isn’t Funny (2015). Her TV appearances include the series Malcolm in the Middle (2003), C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation (2003), Summerland (2005), Family Guy (2010), Mad Men (2013) and Arrow (2014-2015).

Let us stop and take the time to salute the November Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month: the lovely Miss Danielle Panabaker!

The Lowdown on Danielle

Graduated from a California high school at age 14, was then accepted into the Scholar’s Program at a local Community College.

Her favorite actors are Paul Newman, Ed Harris, William Fichtner, Hugh Grant and Ryan Gosling.

She has a Yorkshire Terrier named Peanut.

Received her Bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA in June of 2007, at the age of 19.

Actress Kay Panabaker, from the show Summerland (2004), is her younger sister.

A Panabaker for Your Thoughts

“It’s wonderful. If anything, this business has brought my family together because we can sit at the dinner table and say, “Oh, my gosh, wait till you hear this crazy story. And my whole family always comes to sets with me, so it’s something we can share as opposed to tearing us apart.”

“You can always learn something [in bad acting classes], maybe it’s a technique you don’t like; maybe it’s a style. But you learn different things.”

“I really did graduate at 14, and I go to college in the Los Angeles area near where I live.”

WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-FEBRUARY, 2015-ALI LARTER

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It’s not a stretch of the imagination to use the term ‘absolutely beautiful’ when describing February Scream Queen Ali Larter. Look at the accompanying photo and you’ll agree, trust me on this. If that doesn’t convince you then refer to her scene in Varsity Blues (1999 and her feature film debut) where she presents herself to James Van Der Beek as the world’s hottest sundae:

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Ali Elizabeth Larter was born February 28, 1976 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. She began modeling at age 13 and later moved to Los Angeles to study acting. Her first professional acting role was the TV series Suddenly Susan (1997).

Her credits in the genres of horror, thriller and science fiction include House on Haunted Hill (1999), Final Destination (2000), Final Destination 2 (2003), Three Way (2004), Confess (2005), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Obsessed (2009), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010) and the upcoming The Diabolical (2015).

Ali’s non-genre credits include her feature film debut in Legally Blonde and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), Homo Erectus and Marigold (2007) and Lovesick (2014).

She has had roles on the TV series Dawson’s Creek (1998), Heroes (2006-2010) and Legends (2014).

May I present to you the February, 2015 Written in Blood Scream Queen of the Month : the deliciously gorgeous Ali Larter.

ALI-FACTS

Close friend and former roommate of Varsity Blues (1999) co-star Amy Smart.

Was considered for the role Susan Storm/The Invisible Woman in Fantastic Four (2005).

For the scene in Varsity Blues (1999) where her character Darcy sports her whipped-cream-bikini, shaving cream was used because the whipped cream wouldn’t stick right.

Ranked #2 on Maxim’s “Hottest Women of Horror Movies” list.

Gave birth to her 2nd child at age 38, a daughter named Vivienne Margaret MacArthur on January 15, 2015 and 7.5 lbs. Child’s father is her husband, Hayes MacArthur.

ALI BABBLINGS

“I hate pretty-looking boys. I’d rather have a guy with a potbelly than one who’s in the gym all the time and watches what he eats.”

“I told my boyfriend after three weeks that I wanted to marry him and that we could do it tomorrow. I look forward to that time when I’m home with babies.”

 

WRITTEN IN BLOOD SCREAM QUEEN OF THE MONTH-OCTOBER, 2014-AMBER HEARD

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Alright, so Amber Heard hasn’t been in a ton of genre films; look at her and ask yourself one simple question: does it really matter? The girl is hot with a capital MEOWWWWRRRR!!! and sexy with a capital WHOA!!! So, is the fact that she’s only made a handful of forays into the horror and thriller genre going to let those of us here at Written in Blood stop us from making her our October Scream Queen of the Month? Absolutely not!

Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin Texas on April 22, 1986 to internet researcher Paige Parsons and contractor David Heard. She made her acting debut in 2004 in the pilot episode of the TV series Jack and Bobby. Her genre credits include All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006, released 2013), Zombieland (2009), The Stepfather (2009), John Carpenter’s The Ward (2010), And Soon the Darkness (2010), Drive Angry (2011) and Machete Kills (2013).

Her non-genre film credits include Friday Night Lights (2004), Drop Dead Sexy (2005), Alpha Dog (2006), Spin (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), The Rum Diary (2011) and Three Days to Kill (2014).  TV credits include roles in The O.C. (2005), Criminal Minds (2006), Californication (2009) and The Playboy Club (2011).

Use both hands and join us here at Written in Blood in welcoming the gorgeous Amber Heard as our October, 2014 Scream Queen of the Month!

WHAT WE HAVE HEARD

Dropped out of school at the age of 17, to go to New York to start a career in modeling, she then relocated to Los Angeles to get into acting.

At the age of 16, her best friend died in a car crash and Heard, who was raised Catholic, subsequently declared herself an atheist, due to the influence of the works of Ayn Rand and George Orwell.

Ranked #21 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.

Good friends with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Engaged to Johnny Depp.

WHAT AMBER SAYS

“I’ve worked really hard to bring something more to “pretty girl” roles over the years. I consider it a challenge.”

“I am constantly struggling to show people that there is more to me than my appearance. You do have to try and overcome those hurdles. Female actresses need to be given the chance to be more than how they look. There’s two categories for women in Hollywood; you’re either sexy and that’s it, or you’re not and because of that you often get given better opportunities. You can’t be sexy and get as many good roles, fact. It’s so frustrating to see women compartmentalized in those ways, but it’s not going to change until the amount of female filmmakers and producers get to anywhere near being half. So many female characters and stories are written by men. It’s a flawed system.”

“The last few years have been non-stop for me. I’ve been going from job to job without even going home in-between jobs for the last year. And I’m doing what I love. I’m enjoying the perks of the job-the travel. I am having a great time being a shape shifter and I’m really getting a kick out of it. I love my job.”

ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE COMBINES RAH-RAH WEIRD WITH SIS-BOOM-BAH FUN

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Caitlin Stasey as Maddy Killian in All Cheerleaders Die

Caitlin Stasey as Maddy Killian in All Cheerleaders Die

Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Leena Miller in All Cheerleaders Die

Sianoa Smit-McPhee as Leena Miller in All Cheerleaders Die

Brooke Butler as Tracy Bingham in All Cheerleaders Die

Brooke Butler as Tracy Bingham in All Cheerleaders Die

Tom Williamson as Terry Stankus in All Cheerleaders Die

Tom Williamson as Terry Stankus in All Cheerleaders Die

Directed and Written by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson

It’s been a few hours since I watched All Cheerleaders Die and I’m still trying to figure it out. Seriously, a cheerleader movie-any cheerleader movie-should consist of cheerleaders running around in skimpy cheerleader clothes acting like bimbos while all the boys with their raging hormones chase after them hoping to nail them. That is the balance that lies within the heart of a cheerleader movie. However, with that being said let it also be said that All Cheerleaders Die is co-directed by Lucky McKee. Lucky is the (evil? sick? twisted?) genius behind May, The Woman and The Woods, as well as the Masters of Horror episode, “Sick Girl“. If you saw any of those films then do you believe for one second that he’s going to co-direct a normal cheerleader film (with Chris Sivertson)? All Cheerleaders Die is a cheerleader-lesbian-witchcraft-sort of zombie, sort of vampire-revenge movie that will, in the first two minutes have you saying, “What the f*ck?!?”

At the risk of sounding like I lifted the plot summary of All Cheerleaders Die from an outside source let me just say that at the heart the movie is about a cheerleading squad that seeks revenge on their high school football team. It is the smaller parts that make that heart beat and that give the film its charm. After her friend Lexi dies performing a stunt, Maddy seeks revenge on Terry, Lexi’s boyfriend and leader of the team, for dating Tracy, the captain of the cheerleading squad, before Lexi’s body has had time to grow cold, so to speak. Maddy does this by first making Tracy doubt Terry’s fidelity and by seducing Tracy herself. There is an argument at a party that leads to a car crash and Maddy, Tracy and two other cheerleaders, Hannah and Martha, are killed. This is where it gets weird. Maddy’s ex-girlfriend Leena is a witch. Leena performs a pagan ritual and brings the girls back to life with only two complications: Hannah and Martha now reside in each other’s bodies in Freaky Friday fashion; and all four of the girls have a hunger for human blood. Hmm, now where can they find human blood? How about from the football players that caused them to crash and die in the first place?

Looking at the poster for All Cheerleaders Die there is a disclaimer at the bottom that reads “Based on the original film All Cheerleaders Die“. Yes, there was a film released in 2001 that was also entitled All Cheerleaders Die and that was also directed by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson.

Here is the Wikipedia summary of the 2001 film:

A group of high school football players get into an argument with their cheerleader girlfriends over the difficulty of their respective sports. The cheerleaders insist that it’s difficult to form a human pyramid while the players insist that their boot camp is more strenuous. As a result the players decide to set up a camping weekend with the idea of putting the girls through football training. This turns out to be a bad idea, as one of the cheerleaders ends up beating one of the footballers in a scrimmage game, who then ends up severely beating her. The girls try to escape, only to fall off a cliff and die. Panicked, the players assume that the girls are either dead or dying, and run off in the hopes that nobody will discover what has happened. Unbeknownst to them, one of the girls has survived and later returns at a high school reunion to seek revenge. She summons the zombified remains of her dead friends and one by one, picks off the football players.

Is it me, or does that sound flat and uninteresting? McKee and Sivertson were smart to wait 12 years before remaking All Cheerleaders Die. It may not be the perfect cheerleader-lesbian-witchcraft-sort of zombie, sort of vampire-revenge movie and it may not be the first but it just might be the best cheerleader-lesbian-witchcraft-sort of zombie, sort of vampire-revenge movie that we’ve got. That is, until McKee and Sivertson decide to get weirder in another 12 years.

TRIVIA, 

One of the locations for the filming of All Cheerleaders Die was Cathedral High School, at 1253 Bishops Road, near China Town, in Los Angeles, California. This school was founded in 1925, and is located on what was the old Calvary Cemetery prior to 1900. This high school was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument 281 in 1984. Its athletes are nicknamed the Phantoms, because of the school’s location on top of a cemetery.

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Caitlin Stasey also stars in Tomorrow, When the War Began and I, Frankenstein.

Sianoa Smit-McPhee also appears in Touchback and Mall.

Brooke Butler also appears in Retribution (TV).

Tom Williamson also appears in Dark Nights.

Michael Bowen (not shown) also appears in Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Jackie Brown and as Uncle Jack he was the scumbag who shot  Hank Schrader on Breaking Bad.

LEPRECHAUN

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Warwick Davis as Leprechaun in Leprechaun

Warwick Davis as Leprechaun in Leprechaun

Jennifer Aniston as Tory Reding in Leprechaun

Jennifer Aniston as Tory Reding in Leprechaun

Ken Olandt as Nathan Murphy in Leprechaun

Ken Olandt as Nathan Murphy in Leprechaun

Mark Holton as Ozzie in Leprechaun

Mark Holton as Ozzie in Leprechaun

Robert Gorman as Alex in Leprechaun

Robert Gorman as Alex in Leprechaun

Directed and Written by Mark Jones

I wonder if after all these years if Jennifer Aniston wakes up in a cold sweat and the thought, “My God, what have I done?” running through her head. That’s exactly what I would be doing if my debut film was the debacle known as Leprechaun. Now I’ve never watched Troll 2, but I’ve heard that it falls into the ‘so bad it’s good’ category of horror movies. Leprechaun falls into the ‘it was a piece of crap, it is a piece of crap, it will always be a piece of crap’ category. What’s more appalling is that there have been at least 5 sequels and a soon to be released prequel (Leprechaun: Origins-starring WWE’s resident midget Hornswoggle) to this atrocity.

Aniston plays Tory Reding, an L.A. girl. Tory and her dad move into a fix-her-upper house located far from the pulse of L.A. in North Dakota. The previous owner of the house stole the leprechaun’s gold with the intention of living out his days in luxury. When the leprechaun comes seeking his stolen treasure he traps it in a wooden crate and set a four-leaf clover on top to keep it imprisoned within. Ten years later the leprechaun is freed and he soon cuts a bloody path to find his missing gold. It’s up to Tory, some strictly eye-candy painter named Nathan, his little brother Alex and a simpleton named Ozzie to stop the wee Irish monster before their luck runs out for good. I’m hard pressed to find any worse a menagerie of morons in any horror film before or since.

There’s not much more to be said about Leprechaun. There’s nothing to like about it or even raise it to some level of redemption. It’s poorly written, directed and acted and with sub-par make-up effects that would be more at home in a cheap haunted house at Halloween. One thing that does bear thought is the film’s tagline: “Your luck just ran out.” Considering that Jennifer Aniston has never had a true box-office hit those words now seem hauntingly prophetic.

TRIVIA

One scene required the Leprechaun to find and eat Lucky Charms cereal, which the company gave them permission to do. Upon seeing the finished film, the company was displeased and would not allow them to use the scene. The film makers had the choice to either cut the scene or to re-shoot it, costing them more money. They chose to re-shoot it, replacing the brand name with an obvious spoof of the name brand cereal, and, made one last additional surprise ending scene while they were filming. Furious with the cereal company for making them re-shoot the scene, they pulled the kid character aside and had him say a new line. His line, “Your luck just ran out!” was changed to “Fuck you, Lucky Charms!” as an obvious reference to the whole ordeal.

According to Warwick Davis, the movie was originally planned as a scary kid’s film, but the studio thought it would work better as a more adult horror, so inserts were filmed to increase the gore and violence.

Jennifer Aniston’s feature film debut.

The character of Deputy Tripet was named after David Tripet, who had been the executive in charge of production.

The video has sold less than 100,000 copies.

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Warwick Davis also appears in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Jennifer Aniston also appears in We’re the Millers and Office Space.

Ken Olandt also appears in Summer School and April Fool’s Day.

Mark Holton also appears in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Gacy.

Robert Gorman also appears in Forever Young and The Accidental Tourist.