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Bill Moseley

William “Bill” Moseley (born November 11, 1951) is an American actor and musician who has starred in a number of classic cult horror films, with recent notable roles in including ‘House of 1000 Corpses’, ‘Repo! The Genetic Opera’ and ‘The Devil’s Rejects’. He has also released records with guitarist Buckethead in the band Cornbugs, as well as featuring on the guitarist’s solo work.

At the age of 29, Moseley got his first film role in Alan Rudolph’s Endangered Species as a cab driver. In 1985’s Osa he played a character named “Quilt Face.” His third role has become one of his most well known; he appeared as Chop Top in Tobe Hooper’s ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’, after Tobe Hooper saw him in the independent short, The Texas Chainsaw Manicure. The character spawned the famous film quotes, “Dog will hunt!”, “Incoming mail!”, and “Lick my plate, you dogdick!”.

Two years after TCM 2, he played Frank in 1988’s Mamba. Also in 1988 appeared as a soldier in the remake of the Steve McQueen movie ‘The Blob’. He next played Darrell in the film ‘Pink Cadillac’ starring Clint Eastwood, not one of Clint’s better efforts. He then played the lead role of Ricky Caldwell in ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! Even after his roles in these films, he still failed to achieve the popularity within the horror community that he had enjoyed after TCM 2.

In 1990, Moseley appeared in three films: Crash and Burn, The First Power, and The End of Innocence. That year, he also portrayed Johnnie in Tom Savini’s underwhelming remake of George Romero’s 1968 classic zombie film, ‘Night of the Living Dead’. In 1993, he had a small role in the cult hit ‘Army of Darkness’ as the Deadite Captain. A year later, he was featured in the video game ‘Corpse Killer’. In 1997 he did voiceover work, for the film, Anders Jacobsson’s Evil Ed.

He would not, however, have a role as popular as Chop Top until 2003, when he starred as the maniacal Otis B. Driftwood (named after Groucho Marx’s character from ‘A Night at the Opera’) in Rob Zombie’s directorial debut ‘House of 1000 Corpses’. As Otis, he again became an icon in the horror community. In 2005, he reprised the role of Otis in the superior sequel ‘The Devil’s Rejects’. It is Moseley’s best performance and even inspired an independent campaign for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, which of course ultimately failed.

In 2008, Moseley played the role of Luigi Largo in ‘Repo! The Genetic Opera’. Moseley also contributed songs to the 2008 soundtrack of Vampira: The Movie, a documentary by Kevin Sean Michaels on Maila Nurmi, in which he also stars.

Since his resurgence due to ‘…Corpses’, he’s become one of the horror go-to guys, appearing in 2009 in the thriller ‘The Tortured’ and the cult horror film, ‘Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet’. In 2010 he appeared in ‘2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams’, ‘The Graves’, lent his voice to ‘Godkiller: Walk Among Us’, and ‘Eldorado’. This year he’s featuring in ‘Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D’. ‘Exit Humanity’ and ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D’, which is due for release early next year.

Under the Dome – Brian K. Vaughan

Under the Dome, the Showtime/Dreamworks adaptation of the Stephen King novel has a screenwriter, Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan is famous in the comic world for his excellent graphic novels, ‘Y: The Last Man’ and ‘Ex Machina’, ‘Runaways’ and ‘Pride of Baghdad’, as well as writing for Batman and X-Men. He has also written for the series ‘Lost’ between 2007-09.

Under the Dome is  a supernatural thriller revolves around locals at a Maine vacation spot who battle one another when a force field suddenly surrounds their town and cuts them off from the rest of the world. DreamWorks’ Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider originally secured the rights to King’s novel shortly after it was published in November 2009.