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If you haven’t already heard of Dragged Across Concrete then this is a film you need to get on top of. Gritty, confronting and a film that will turn the crime suspense genre on its head – that is just a few of the ways that you could describe this amazing film that stars Hollywood royalty Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. Together Gibson and Vaughn play two of their most memorable characters and Australian audiences will soon get a chance to see the film for the first time when it screens as the Opening Night film at this year’s Monster Fest in Melbourne.

HEAVY Mag’s Dave Griffiths recently sat down with the film’s director S. Craig Zahler (who brought us amazing films like Bone Tomahawk and Brawl In Cell Block 99) to chat about what cinema-goers can expect from his latest offering.

“Most of the things that I do just come from me being a fan of that particular genre,” explains Zahler when we start talking about where the original idea came from for Dragged Across Concrete. “So whether it be music and be heavy metal or black metal or whether it be books and be science fiction or westerns or movies and westerns and crime fiction it typically comes from me being a fan of that sort of thing.”

“In the case of this piece I had written a crime show for HBO,” he goes on to say. “It almost got made but I kind of developed this style of dialogue that turned into this stylised dialogue. And I had written a lot of crime pieces so I was interested in doing something that had multiple view points and even conflicting view points and then just watching different kinds of personalities converging and then have these situations where you would get to see friendships tried and those friendships develop. So this was something that was more of a core element of Bone Tomahawk than of Brawl In Cell Block 99 as far as friendship and how that dynamic develops over time rather than the characters changing, just the friendships changing and developing and that support that comes there. “


Make sure you listen to our full interview with S. Craig Zahler by playing the Spreaker player on this page. Also don’t forget to grab your tickets for Monster Fest from


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