Anchor Bay has been releasing some pretty interesting films lately, some of which you might call downright risky. I was fascinated by the movie THE DAY, which is a brutal and bleak look at a potential post-apocalyptic future and small groups of people trying to survive it. Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski, the film stars an eclectic cast that includes Dominic Monaghan (LOST), Shannyn Sossamon (A KNIGHT'S TALE), Shawn Ashmore (the X-MEN trilogy), Ashley Bell (THE LAST EXORCISM) and Michael Eklund (THE DIVIDE). I got a chance to do some phone interviews with both Dominic Monaghan and Michael Eklund, and pick their brain about how this film was put together. We featured clip on this week's Bigfanboy Livecast, but in case you missed it, both interviews are featured in their entirety below.
You can hear my interview with Michael Eklund by clicking HERE, or right-clicking and downloading the MP3.
You can hear my interview with Dominic Monaghan by clicking HERE, or right-clicking and downloading the MP3.
Both actors praise Doug's work as a director, and trusted his vast experience working with other talented directors like Robert Rodriguez. One thing is for sure, THE DAY has a unique style and definitive look all its own. You can see the trailer below - look for it playing in theaters starting this week.
A group of five survivors, armed with shotguns, axes and machetes, wander the back roads of a ravaged landscape looking for refuge in The Day, a terrifying look into a post-apocalyptic future. As war ravages humanity, destroying civilization and most of life on earth, the survivors realize they must do whatever it takes to stay alive. Lost, starving, and exhausted, they seek shelter in a seemingly safe abandoned farmhouse. However, while searching for food and resources, they unwittingly set off a trap signaling to their ruthless predators lying in wait to begin their deadly attack. With food and ammunition dwindling, the group must make a desperate final stand—over a 24 hour period—battling for their ultimate survival.
Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.
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