I think back to the 80s and early 90s… my sisters and I were big into movies and had a huge collection of tapes (VHS) in drawers. They were mostly recorded movies and shows off of the television. We watched them over and over. I know my parents wouldn’t let us watch scary movies – or at least they would attempt to keep us from watching. “No way!” to Friday the 13th, Halloween, Chucky, Gremlins, etc. However, movies like Howard the Duck and The Peanut Butter Solution, Dark Crystal, Interview with a Vampire and Labyrinth were okay – though watching them now as an adult I wonder how these movies slipped past my parents. Other films I did see: Poltergeist I, II, and III, The Exorcist, Silence of the Lambs, Pet Sematary, It, Tremors, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Death Becomes Her, The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, Frankenstein, The Craft, Fear, Scream…. You get the picture.
So what draws me to Love in the Time of Monsters? Well, it’s a great script for one (thanks to long time friend, Michael Skvarla). Second, the leads are women and they rock. Third, the themes of the movie are sacrifice, courage, forgiveness, and Zombie Bigfoots. (Okay Zombie Bigfoots isn’t a theme but it should be!!) Fourth, the amazing people we’re pulling together for this film. It’s guaranteed to be fantastic.
Introducing the director, Matt Jackson, a good friend and dedicated filmmaker – I’m so excited to watch him on this journey! Andy Gunn – Producer and ring-leader – I worked with Andy and Matt on Background(ed) about 4 years ago and after numerous awards and festivals I’m happy to be making another film with them.
Our Cast: So far we’ve got Kane Hodder – the guy who has played Jason in the last four Friday the 13th movies. Kane is also our stunt coordinator and he’s bringing along a bunch of his best stunt guys to play a handful of other key stunt performing roles in the film. We’ve got Doug Jones – the guy who has played a million creatures (okay a million is a slight exaggeration) such as Fauno in Pan’s Labyrinth and Abe Sapien in Hellboy. The rest of our cast is growing – more juicy details to come in the near future.
Then we’ve got behind-the-scenes guys and girls with credits such as Thor, Hatchet, The Avengers, Transformers, Jeepers Creepers, and Dragon Age. Every day we are joined by more and more skilled and gifted people. And the best part – as if that wasn’t enough, they are all damn cool, down to earth people and I’m excited to spend a few weeks up in the redwoods with them all. We may never return.
So just to recap: Love in the Time of Monsters is oozing awesome.