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A Chat with director Craig Singer (“Dark Ride,” “Perkins’ 14”)

You can’t look at the New Releases rack of your local video store these days without happening upon four or five dozen flicks (at least) that have bypassed theatrical release and gone straight to video. This is a particular annoyance for horror aficionados, who’ve seen their genre of choice end up as a sad collection of remakes, quick-turnaround franchises, or sometimes both. Thank goodness, then, for Lionsgate and their After Dark Horrorfest series, which provides brief theatrical releases and high-profile DVD releases for both up-and-coming and established filmmakers. Director Craig Singer found sufficient success with his first After Dark venture, “Dark Ride,” to find his way back into the fold for the latest round of Horrorfest films. But Singer’s “Perkins’ 13” is a bit more adventurous than the usual motion picture, as he explained to Premium Hollywood in a discussion which also tackled some of his other works, including “Animal Room,” with Neil Patrick Harris, and “A Good Night To Die,” with Michael Rapaport.

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Extreme Movie

Only the Weinstein Company would sink so low as to advertise Michael Cera as the star of “Extreme Movie.” Though it makes sense to highlight his involvement because he’s the biggest name in the cast, his role is so small that it doesn’t deserve more than a special guest credit. Granted, his brief appearance is the funniest thing about the film (a cybersex chat turned rape fantasy gone wrong), but it’s shady marketing nonetheless. If anyone is the star of “Extreme Movie,” it’s former “Punk’d” player Ryan Pinkston, who plays a geeky virgin looking to score with his high school crush. His story is the closest thing to a plot in the movie, but even that’s stretching it. Most of the film’s 75-minute runtime is made up of a series of sketches involving a group of sexually active teenagers. Andy Milonakis falls in love with an adult sex toy in one of the more clever vignettes, while Matthew Lillard plays himself in a series of uncouth “The More You Know”-styled sex education commercials. With the exception of Cera’s portion, though, most of the film is a mess – which isn’t surprising when you consider that no less than 10 different writers have been credited for the screenplay. Directors Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson may be responsible for one of the best spoof movies of its generation (“Not Another Teen Movie”), but now they’re guilty of making one of the worst.

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