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EXCLUSIVE: Mike Gan Discusses Into the Dark: ‘School Spirit’

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Hulu has been showing a more dedicated focus on the horror genre and their ‘Into the Dark’ series, which debuted back in October 2018, is a perfect example of that.

One particular installment in the ‘Into the Dark’ series, ‘School Spirit’, is being referred to as “The Breakfast Club meets Blumhouse” and director Mike Gan discusses his approach behind the camera for the buzzworthy episode.

“As a teenager, I loved the 90s slasher films like “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” Gan told me.

“I wanted that balance of humor and horror those movies had, but still create characters that addressed meaningful things like parental pressure and identity.”

Gan has always loved horror, so working on ‘Into the Dark’ was a natural fit for the up and coming director.

“Some of my all time favorites are Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, The Brood, and more recently, the South Korean film “The Wailing” and “Hereditary” Gan said.

“I think the social allegory horror films Blumhouse has been making really elevate the genre.

Gan also plans to continue to work on horror as his career progresses.

“Definitely” Gan said when asked if we can expect more horror from him in the future.

“I’m a big fan of elevated genre films. I think horror is a great way to tell allegorical stories, but still have it be fun and entertaining.”

Gan has another film, his directorial debut, ‘Burn’ which is set to arrive soon.

“The biggest challenge was developing more characters throughout the story, but with less dialogue and dramatic moments” Gan said of the difference between ‘Burn’ and ‘School Spirit’.

“It was fun to show who each kid was by how they dealt with the ‘School Spirit’.

Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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Bloody Disgusting, Dark Star Pictures Drop Clip for ‘The Passenger’

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A brand new clip has arrived for Dark Star Pictures and Bloody Disgusting’s Spanish horror movie ‘The Passenger’ which is slated to hit limited theaters on June 3rd, and then arrive on demand and DVD on June 28th.

According to the summary, the film is about “a group of strangers sharing a ride has their trip interrupted when the driver hits a woman hiking in the dark of night. They decide to help her, but quickly learn that something is wrong and that they shouldn’t have let her in at all.”

The film stars Ramiro Blas (“Blackwod”), Cecilia Suarez (“The House of Flowers”), Paula Gallego (“Paquita Salas”) and Christina Alcazar (“Cachorro”).

You can check out the trailer below:

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Teens Battle Aliens in ‘Slash/Back’ Trailer

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A brand new trailer has arrived for the new alien-invasion comedy thriller ‘Slash/Back’ which pits a group of teens doing battle with aliens within a tiny arctic hamlet, ahead of it’s premier in theaters and on demand on June 24th.

According to the official synopsis; “Maika and her ragtag friends discover an alien invasion in their tiny arctic hamlet, and it’s up to them to fight back. Utilizing makeshift weapons and their horror movie knowledge, the aliens soon realize that you don’t mess with the girls from Pang.”

The films stars Melissa Hood, Nalajoss Ellsworth, and Chelsea Prusky.

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Teaser Trailer Arrives for ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’

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THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING

George Miller is back with a brand new film being described as an “epic fantasy romance”, and a new teaser trailer has arrived for ‘Three Thousand Years of Longing’ which is set to make it’s premier at Cannes.

According to the synopsis: “Dr Alithea Binnie (Tilda Swinton) is an academic – content with life and a creature of reason. While in Istanbul attending a conference, she happens to encounter a Djinn (Idris Elba) who offers her three wishes in exchange for his freedom.

“This presents two problems. First, she doubts that he is real and second, because she is a scholar of story and mythology, she knows all the cautionary tales of wishes gone wrong. The Djinn pleads his case by telling her fantastical stories of his past. Eventually she is beguiled and makes a wish that surprises them both.”

The film also stars Kaan Guldur, Alyla Browne, and Angie Tricker.

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