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15 Things You May Not Have Known About Lake Dead

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Lake Dead may not be the most familiar name to horror fans, but these facts show it’s worth a closer look.

1. Lake Dead was part of the second incarnation of the “After Dark Horrorfest” (originally called “8 Films to Die For”), a now-defunct mini film festival that showed eight independent horror films in theaters across the country every year. The festival has since transitioned into a film distribution company called After Dark Films.

2. The genesis of the movie began when co-producer Jason Hice ran an advertisement at colleges calling for screenwriting majors to submit scripts.  Dan Coughlin, then a student at Cal State Long Beach, submitted the script for Lake Dead.

3. Hice’s first script meeting for Lake Dead took place at Coughlin’s frat house on the Cal State Long Beach campus.

4. Lake Dead was director George Bessudo’s debut feature film. For his second horror movie, Farm House—about a young couple stranded at a mysterious vineyard—he reunited with Lake Dead’s screenwriter Daniel P. Coughlin.

5. Lake Dead was a quick production – the entire shoot only took 15 days.

6. All of the fights, falls, and stunts were done by the actors themselves.

7. Bessudo originally had the entire movie storyboarded, but because of the quick production turnaround, many of the shots and much of the dialogue were improvised.

8. Bessudo said he drew inspiration for Lake Dead from films like Jaws, The Shining, Poltergeist, The Amityville Horror, and When a Stranger Calls.

9. The motel in the film is actually the “Spanish Hacienda” at Sable Ranch in Santa Clarita, California. The Ranch is specifically rented out for film shoots, and includes a “Western Street” that features a saloon, a general store, a sheriff’s office, and a jail.

10. The RV the characters drive is a 1995 Fleetwood Flair.

11. Like any good independent filmmakers from 2007, producers promoted Lake Dead on MySpace. The movie’s profile is still live:  https://myspace.com/lakedead.

12. Eagle-eyed viewers will catch a continuity error when the evil Sheriff Chuck Lake takes Brielle, Kelly, and Ben inside the motel for questioning. When the character Gloria gives them drinks (that eventually render them unconscious) she is wearing a grey shirt, but when the three are brought back out to Chuck’s police car, she’s wearing a bright red shirt.

13. Alex Quinn, the actor who plays Bill, is the youngest son of legendary actor Anthony Quinn, who appeared in such cinema classics as Lawrence of Arabia and who won two Best Supporting Actor Academy Awards for his performances in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life.

14. Despite the resemblance, the actors who played the maniac brothers aren’t actually brothers. Abel was played by actor Christian Stokes—who has since gone on to appear in movies like Richard Linklater’s Bernie and Escape Plan starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger—while Lake Dead marked the film debut of actor Trevor Torseth, who played Kane.

15. A sequel entitled Lake Dead 2: The Rage of Kane went into development after the first movie was released, but it was never made. It would have involved the maniac brother Kane stalking a church group who bought the motel property after the events of the first movie.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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Your $10 Donation Can Help an Underprivileged Child See A Wrinkle in Time for Free
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Theater chain AMC is teaming with the Give a Child the Universe initiative to help underprivileged kids see A Wrinkle in Time for free through ticket donations. The initiative was started by Color of Change, a nonprofit advocacy group that designs “campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward.”

"Color of Change believes in the power of images and supports those working to change the rules in Hollywood so that inclusive, empathetic and human portrayals of black people and people of color are prominent on the screen,” the initiative’s executive director, Rashad Robinson, said in a statement:

Director Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time is the perfect subject for the group because, as Robinson puts it, “By casting a black teenage actress, Storm Reid, as the heroine at the center of this story, the filmmakers and the studio send a powerful message to millions of young people who will see someone like them embracing their individuality and strength to save the world.”

The movie touts a diverse cast that includes Mindy Kaling, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Zach Galifianakis, and Chris Pine. The most important member of the cast, though, is 14-year-old Storm Reid, who plays the main character Meg Murry, a young girl who tries to save her father (Pine) who is trapped in another dimension. The movie is based on the acclaimed 1962 fantasy novel by author Madeleine L'Engle.

If you’d like to donate a ticket (or more), you can just head over to the Give a Child the Universe website and pledge an amount. AMC will provide one ticket to children and teens nationwide for every $10 given to the cause.

And if you’re interested in seeing the movie yourself, A Wrinkle in Time opens on March 9, 2018.

[h/t E! Online]

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