Vanessa Grasse, Actress Reveals Her Love Of Horror

Vanessa Grasse Discusses Her Latest Role in It Came From The Desert

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Below are the topics covered on DecayMag Podcast S7 Episode 10

Intro 0:13

Segment 1: Movies

Topic 1. Zombieland Sequel Rumored 

The Horror community is excited about the recent news on Zombieland 2 that will include the original cast. Did Horror news outlets take comments screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick via

Is Zombieland 2 in the planning stages or are Reese and Wernick only hinting on whether the film will be in production or not?

Hear our comments on this topic at the following timestamp: 01:52 S7 E10, Zombieland Sequel Rumored

Topic 2. The Changeling Gets Remake

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Writer: Mark Steven Johnson

According to THR, Cornerstone and X Filme team up for the remake for Peter Medak‘s 1980 original film, The Changeling. This will mark Cornerstone’s first original feature as well as a strategic shift at the group.

“There are almost no pure sales agents left. With the presales business becoming so difficult, focusing on European co-productions [with X Filme] is not such a crazy thing to do.”

Alison Thompson, Co-President at Cornerstone

We at DecayMag discuss remakes quite often, as this seems to be the new trend in Horror cinema, especially in Hollywood. In very few cases are remakes and reboots favored, however, are more often not. My personal opinion when it comes to this concept is that digital restorations are much more needed than full blown remakes. As we have seen countless times, remakes highly butcher most original, classic, iconic films. Of course, there are the few exceptions, which are very rare.

The new film shifts the action from the U.S. to Venice, Italy. After the death of his young daughter, musician Joe Carmichael returns to his childhood home in Italy. But he finds the house is haunted by the spirit of a dead child and begins to uncover a terrifying family secret.

Casting is underway, and production is set to begin in Venice in early 2019. Are remakes necessary or should directors invent more original, creative ideas?

Hear our comments on this topic at the following timestamp: 08:35 S7 E10, The Changeling Gets Remake

Topic 3 IT: Chapter 2 Cast Updates

Director: Andy Muschietti

Writer: Gary Dauberman (screenplay by), Stephen King (based on the novel by)

Finally, we have actual news updates that we can rely on. Just a short time after the release of Muschietti’s IT, social media started pouring in with fan-made posters for the second chapter. I don’t know about you, but for me, this resulted in excitement, anxiety, and confusion. Not anymore. According to EW, the cast updates for IT: Chapter 2 have commenced. The rumored cast is as follows:

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise

Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh

James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak

James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough

Bill Hader as Richie Tozier

Andy Bean as Stanley Uris

Cast members have not yet been reported for Ben Hanscom and Hanlon. What do you think of the cast this far?

Hear our comments at timestamp: 13:26 S7 E10, IT Chapter 2 Cast Update

Topic 4. The Nightmare Gallery Poster Art

Director: Gene S7 E10 The Nightmare Gallery Poster Art

Writer: Jhan Harp, Rob Stith

Release Date: 1 September 2018 (USA)

Release Format: TBA

MPAA Rating: N/A

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Running Time: N/A

Social Networking: Website


An anthropology professor’s obsession with a paranormal mystery threatens her job, marriage, and sanity as she fights to find a missing student.

Poster art, this will be the first time we’ve covered this topic on DecayMag Podcast. We’re not judging a book by its cover but for the average viewer poster art offer strength with influencing whether to watching the film or not.

Ken Artuz presents our debut feature on poster art beginning with the new from key art release from Seraph Films, and co-production company, AWOL Studios, for their upcoming feature, The Nightmare Gallery.

We discuss the visual impact and design of this artwork created by Mot Creative.

“I’m so excited about the poster, as it really feels like it captures the film’s balance between cerebral horror and dramatic, emotional torment.”

Gene Blalock, director and founder of Seraph Films

The Nightmare Gallery is in post-production, with a trailer coming soon.

Hear our comments on this topic at the following timestamp: 26:00

Topic 4. Aura Poster Art

Director: Steve S7 E 10, Aura Poster Art


Steve Lawson,

based on an idea by Jonathan Sothcott

Release Date: 8 November 2018 (UK)

Release Format: TBA

MPAA Rating: TBA

Genre: Drama,


A couple discover Kirlian Photography apparatus in their new house. Intrigued by the concept of photographing people’s’ Auras they unwittingly release an ancient evil. Only the local psychic can help and she knows far more than she reveals.

Closing out segment 1. Movie news is our look at the poster art for Aura. This film has interesting values that we cannot wait to see. In our discussion on the poster art, we conclude the image reveals too much of the plot. We offer a conclusion on the technical approach to the poster art as well.

Aura will release in the UK via 4Digital Media and the US via Sony Home Entertainment in August 2018.

“We are incredibly proud of Aura; it’s a terrific horror movie and we believe it will give us the momentum to become a major player in the genre. I don’t believe there has ever been a horror story brought to the screen that revolves around Kirlian photography, so what we have is a truly unique concept, and one that I’ve wanted to turn into a movie for years.

It’s certainly a rare feat to find something that’s never been done before, especially in horror, and I’m very pleased to present Aura this summer. It delivers, and we’re already working on a sequel.”

Jonathan Sothcott Hereford Films CEO

What’s your opinion? Hear our comments on this topic at the following timestamp: 33:55

Segment 2. Interviews

Topic 1. Actress Vanessa Grasse. It Came From The Desert, Leatherface. S7 E10 Vanessa Grasse, Exclusive Interview, It Came From The Desert, Leatherface

In our exclusive interview portion to DecayMag Podcast S7 EP10, we feature a conversation with actress Vanessa Grasse. Her slate of roles in Horror cinema puts her on the course of becoming a well-renowned “Scream Queen”. This is a term dubbed for actresses known for their portraits as the protagonist and/or antagonist in slashers, thrillers, and creature features.

Since her debut role in the 2015 release, RoboShark Grasse later secured the lead in Leatherface released in 2017. In our conversation Ken Artuz and Vanessa Grasse discuss her latest role in It Came from the Desert. Also discussed is a glimpse on acting and influences of social media for actors/actresses.

Timestamp:  43:05

It Came From The Desert arrives May 29th, 2018, pre-order on iTunes.

Related Article: It Came From The Desert

It Came From The Desert Restores Classic Concept To Modern Cinema

Segment 3. Television

Topic 1. What We Do In The Shadows

Co-Director and Co-Writers: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi unveiled a fresh look on vampires living in modern society. In What We Do In The Shadows the slate of bloodsucking monsters are housed together and present their daily lives as roommates. Paying rent, chores and rivalry with werewolves are all part of the day.

Now according to Variety FX has ordered a ten (10) episodic first season that will debut in 2019.

This is exciting news, What We Do In The Shadows has a unique sarcastic themed comedy that translates well as a television series. Yet the film to television adaptation is a topic we touched on many times here on DecayMag.

“’What We Do in the Shadows’ only gets better with age thanks to this brilliant adaptation for television by co-creators Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi….”

“Their feature version was a hilarious, fresh take on the mundanity of everyday life that even immortals must face. We are thankful to them, Paul Simms and Scott Rudin, and this amazing cast for taking us deeper into the shadows with this series.”

Nick Grad FX’s co-president of original programming.

Hear our comments on this topic at the following timestamp: S7 E10, What We Do In The Shadows TV Series

Topic 2. The X-Files Ends, Again

The X-Files ran for twelve (12) season in its wake it spawned a miniseries, films, and video games. After two hundred seventeen episodes beginning in 1993, it looks as if the end is confirmed for the longest running series at Fox. According to Actress Gillian Anderson vacated her role as the iconic Agent Dana Scully.

“there are lots of things that I want to do in my life and career. It’s been an extraordinary opportunity. I’m extremely grateful. [But] I don’t want to be tied down to doing one thing for months and months… I like to be challenged as an actor. That’s why I got into this business. And it’s time for me to hang up Scully’s hat. This is it for me — I’m really serious.”

Gillian Anderson

Should actors vacate iconic roles or move on to the next project? There is a pro and con to this action for actors/actresses.

Hear our comments on this topic at the following timestamp: 85:14

THE X-FILES: L-R: Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in the “The Lost Art Of Forehead Sweat” episode of THE X-FILES airing Wednesday, Jan. 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX

Segment 4. Trailer First Impressions

Topic 1. Searching

Director: Aneesh Chaganty

Writer(s): Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian

Release Date: August 3, 2018

Release Format: Theatrical

Genre: Thriller

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Running Time: 1 hr 41 min


After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

Searching is a highly intense trailer, depicting teen abduction and a father who is desperate to find her before time runs out. Films of this concept are emotionally captivating, in my personal opinion. A film of the similar concept includes Taken.

Here is our trailer first impressions at timestamp:

Topic 2. The House That Jack Built

Director: Lars von Trier

Writer: Jenle Hallund (story by), Lars von trier (screenplay)

Release Date: TBA, 2018

Release Format: TBA

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Running Time: 2 hrs 35 min


USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale.

The House That Jack Built has that “good guy, bad guy” depiction that we at DecayMag have elaborated on previously. We witness a good man with hidden demons and secrets that are bound to come to the surface.

Here are our trailer first impressions at timestamp:

Topic 3. Angels of Mercy

Director: Andrew Balcof

Writer: Andrew Balcof, Owen Kent

Release Date: TBD

Release Format: TBD

MPAA Rating: TBA

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Running Time: N/A

Social Media: Facebook


In order to defend himself and his community, a disabled hacker must outwit a sinister group of fanatics.

Angels of Mercy is the latest entrant to the Home Invasion theme. In recent years filmmakers have made the homeowner, the victim powerless against the invading threat. Blindness, deaf and in this case a quadriplegic allow the viewer to see a sense of weakness with the main character.

A crowdfunding campaign is now running for Angels Of Mercy. Raised so far is a total of three thousand nine hundred forty dollars against a goal of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000)

Hear our trailer first impressions at the following timestamp:

Topic 4. Kin

Director: Jonathan BakerJosh Baker


Jonathan Baker (short film “Bag Man”),

Josh Baker (short film “Bag Man”),

Daniel Casey (screenplay)

Release Date: 31 August 2018 (USA)

Release Format: Cinemas

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime

Running Time: TBA


Chased by a vengeful criminal, the feds and a gang of otherworldly soldiers, a recently released ex-con and his adopted teenage brother are forced to go on the run with a weapon of mysterious origin as their only protection.

Closing out the Segment 4. Is our view on the upcoming action, science fiction film Kin. Set to release August 2018 here we find a combination of social commentary and alien technology at play.

Featuring a stellar cast and a PG-13 rating, Kin looks to be a good film for a wide demographic

Hear our trailer first impressions at the following timestamp:



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