Shooting at the Walker-Ames House in Port Gamble, WA
(pictured right) that has been the site of reported ghost activity for years
and visited by a number of parapsychologists, SQUATTER focuses on Ellie Walker
(Tracy Pettit), who is forced to return to her childhood home and finds a
stranger living there, claiming squatter’s rights. As she tries to get him out,
she discovers that something much more evil has also taken up residence in the
house. The cast additionally includes Alexi Yulish (1st and 2nd photo below
with Pettit), whose credits include David Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE, as the fallen
angel Abaddon, Jeff Newberg (3rd photo below) and Andres Faucher.
”The investors who decided to fund the project told me I needed
to find the perfect, iconic house on which the film would center,” Jerusha
Pettit tells us. ”Port Gamble was suggested to me, so I went to scout it out. When
I drove into town, I immediately knew that the Walker-Ames house was the location. When I first drove down the main street, it
was like being plugged into an electrical socket, there was so much energy.”
The filmmaker was so inspired by her location, she adds, “Certain
events and inspiration for SQUATTER have come directly from the town, its founders
and the Walker-Ames House. We’re finding that the making of the movie is proving
just as interesting as the film itself, so we’re eager to share that as well. We’ll
be placing surveillance cameras to capture how the house and its
Following a series of performances in some of the most talked-about genre pictures of the last few years, the ever-surprising and hyper-prolific filmmaker Amy Seimetz directed her first narrative feature with SUN DON’T SHINE – a curious, spellbinding and seamless mix of genre, textures and tones, ranging from pulp-infused Americana to the road movie, the paranoid-to-psychotic woman’s film and the doomed relationship drama. Following Crystal (Kate Lyn Sheil) and Leo (Kentuckler Audley), lovers on the run through the humid and haunted landscapes of Saint Petersburg, Florida, SUN DON’T SHINE had its world premiere at SXSW in 2012 and was recently acquired by Factory25 for a Spring 2013 release. In the following, Amy also discusses her collaboration with PRIMER director Shane Carruth on his mystifying, visceral and unclassifiable sophomore effort, UPSTREAM COLOR and her recent casting in the AMC series THE KILLING, now shooting its 3rd season in Vancouver.
FANGO: SUN DON’T SHINE is a particular film for genre-related reasons, but also because it seems so spontaneous. It’s a movie that has a specific narrative to it, but that is also so much informed by the locale you shot it in and the actors you chose for the part. How does a film like that come together for you?
SEIMETZ: I was living in Florida where we shot. I was born and raised there, in Tampa, St. Pete. [The film] explores a really
There’s about as little new to a damaged authority figure returning to the field as there is to Hannibal Lecter, but against all odds, NBC’s upcoming series looks and smells (will it taste?) fresh. Opening with the soothing sounds of Laurence Fishburne’s voice, this much longer clip gives us an idea of how HANNIBAL plans to play out; that is, following the solo (but linked) adventures of Thomas Harris-created agent Will Graham and the notorious Dr. Lecter, and then watching them convene for consultation and psychiatric evaluation in between. Meanwhile, all manner of murder, flesh consuming, dreamy imagery and once again, Fishburne voice round out the proceedings.
The lovely look comes courtesy of PUSHING DAISIES and DEAD LIKE ME creator Bryan Fuller. HANNIBAL premieres Thursday, April 4.
Variety reports that Daniel Radcliffe is close to signing on to play Igor in
FRANKENSTEIN for 20th Century Fox and Davis Entertainment. The film is set to
be directed by Paul McGuigan from a script by CHRONICLE’s Max Landis, and is
described as a tale of friendship and redemption (hmmmmm…). Radcliffe has been
busy in the horror/Gothic genres since the HARRY POTTER series wrapped up,
starring in THE WOMAN IN BLACK and the upcoming film version of Joe Hill’s
HORNS directed by Alexandre Aja.
Having exploded into the cult community with a mass of shorts and ludicrous, squalid, violent features like FATHER’S DAY and MANBORG, Canada’s collective Astron-6 is undoubtedly on the rise. Now, they’ve garnered government attention in the aforementioned program that aims to “support new filmmakers seeking to produce their first feature-length films, with special emphasis on digital-media production and marketing methods.”
One of eight finalists, Astron-6′s Matthew Kennedy and Adam Brooks will helm THE EDITOR, which regular Astron actress Meredith Sweeney previously told FANGORIA, is “70s Italian-style horror movie about a movie editor.” Keep an eye on Fango for more as the film develops.
An Oral History of the Zombie War is a 2006 post-apocalyptic horror novel by Max Brooks. It is a follow-up to his 2003 book, The Zombie Survival Guide. Rather than a grand overview or narrative, World War Z is a collection of individual accounts in the form of first-person anecdotes. Brooks plays the role of an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission, who published the report a decade after the ten-year Zombie War. The United Nations left much of his research out of the official report, choosing to focus on facts and figures from the war rather than the individual stories that form the bulk of Brooks’ novel. The interviews chart a decade-long war against zombies from the view point of many different people of various nationalities. The personal accounts also describe the religious, geo-political, and environmental changes as a result of the Zombie War.
Olive Films has announced that it will release 1995’s NIGHT
OF THE SCARECROW April 30 on DVD and Blu-ray, both in anamorphic widescreen with special
features to be announced. Directed by Jeff Burr of STEPFATHER II and THE
OFFSPRING and scripted by Reed Steiner and Dan Mazur, the film takes place in a
small town where partying teenagers accidentally free an evil spirit that takes
over a nearby scarecrow, which sets out on a vengeful murder spree. Elizabeth
Barondes and John Mese star, and the cool supporting cast includes OFFICE SPACE’s
Stephen Root, veteran character actors Bruce Glover and Dirk Blocker, 2001: A
SPACE ODYSSEY’s Gary Lockwood, future Oscar nominee John Hawkes and Hammer
glamour gal Martine Beswick. Retail prices are $24.95 for the DVD, $29.95 for
Prepping a giallo-esque film for production later this year
in Tasmania, Kidd plans to use crowdfunding to help support DAUGHTERS OF THE
EVERLASTING LUSTRE. In the film, “Jane
Harrington, 45, is a successful crime novelist and lectures in creative writing. With beauty, wealth and
intelligence, she seems to have it
all…but her conﬁdence is unraveling under the
gaze of a mysterious stalker who phones her in the dead of night and
watches her from afar. Out of the blue a colleague, Olivia, becomes the victim
of a serial killer. The only clue is a silver coin that’s been placed on her
tongue. Suspecting a link between this gruesome crime and her stalker, Jane
begins to doubt the students in her creative writing tutor group―particularly
the ethereal Eve and her sullen friend Ursula, both of whom seem to harbor
passionate feelings towards her. Realizing that the detectives assigned to the
case are out of their depth, Jane decides that her only hope is to discover the
killer’s identity herself. She invites her students to attend a writing retreat
at her house in the country, a Modernist glass box overlooking bushland. Her
plan is to undercover clues as to her tormentor’s identity under the pretext of
writing exercises and philosophical discussions. But her sense of control is
short-lived. Plunged into an hallucinatory realm of cults, incest and twisted
obsessions, Jane must learn the rules of the killer’s perverse game… and play
Having already displayed a lyrical aesthetic in TOP OF THE
STAIRS (pictured above), Kidd’s style and vision of the dreamy-sounding film seem a
Highland Myst Entertainment and Wolfclan Productions have
announced that they’re in the midst of shooting on THE HARROWING in Dallas.
Directed by Jon Keeyes and co-starring his NIGHTMARES villainess Debbie Rochon,
the movie toplines Matthew Tompkins (1st photo below) as fallen-from-grace vice
detective Ryan Calhoun. The synopsis tells us, “After a routine surveillance
goes horribly wrong, Calhoun is accused of the ritualistic murder of his best
friend and partner, a prostitute and a corrupt Congressman. Unhinged and
tormented by demonic dreams, and bent on discovering the truth, Calhoun is
admitted to a forensic hospital for observation where, his sanity slowly
sipping away, he begins to uncover the darkest, most terrifying truth
Rochon plays Ella, a schizophrenic necrophiliac and the
cast also includes Damon Carney, Michael Crabtree, Robert McCollum, Ambre Lowe
and Erin Marie Garrett (2nd photo below). The role of Dr. Whitney, the head of
the hospital who may be a villain, will be filled by a yet-to-be-cast horror
icon. Shooting is expected to wrap in April; Keeyes and Tompkins also have
NIGHTMARE BOX, with Rochon (see exclusive comments and pics here),
and ODD MAN OUT awaiting release, and are developing a six-part miniseries
based on their short film THE MECHANICAL GRAVE.
We’re excited to feature none other than Lori Cardille, the inimitable Sarah from George A. Romero’s 1985 horror masterpiece DAY OF THE DEAD. Cardille’s strong, single minded and yet still vulnerable lead in Romero’s beloved third “Dead” film is inarguably one of the most important female characters in horror and the woman who played her is a delight. Lori is looking forward to hanging out in the romantic and garish Niagara Falls setting and meeting some of her devoted fanbase.
Also joining the roster is David Prowse, the man known best as Darth Vader who is beloved by horror fans for his double-shot turns as the Frankenstein Monster in Hammer’s EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN and FRANKENSTEIN AND THE MONSTER FROM HELL.
Also on the still-expanding bill is author Kier-La Janisse (HOUSE OF PSYCHOTIC WOMEN), FANGO editor Chris Alexander and the cast of his indie arthouse horror film BLOOD FOR IRINA and maverick indie horror auteur Gregory Lamberson (SLIME CITY, SLIME CITY MASSACRE). These new guests join the likes of FX wizard Paul Jones (the RESIDENT EVIL series, SILENT HILL 1&2, HELLRAISER 2&3, THE THING remake and many, many more), Kane Hodder (FRIDAY THE 13th, HATCHET) and genre film FX legend Tom Savini (DAWN OF THE DEAD, MANIAC, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN). The con is in collusion with the Niagara Falls Comic