Independent motion picture distribution and production company American World Pictures tells us that principal photography is completed on their period fantasy film , JABBERWOCKY.
Directed by Steven R. Monroe (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: Unrated), JABBERWOCKY stars Tahmoh Penikett (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, FOX’s DOLLHOUSE) and Kacey Barnfield (RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, BBC’s GRANGE HILL).
The film, written by Raul Inglis and Rafael Jordan, also stars Richard Riddell (THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS), Ian Virgo (the upcoming John Cusack film THE RAVEN, BLACK HAWK DOWN) and Michael Worth (GOD’S EAR), and was shot in Bulgaria.
This is the company’s first of three co-productions with Bron Studios.
From their press release:
Director Steven R. Monroe stated: “Anytime you get to shoot a period piece project like JABBERWOCKY with sets, wardrobe, swords and creatures you are like a kid in the candy store. Also, when you get to assemble a great diverse cast to be in that atmosphere it adds yet another level of excitement. Everyone just kind of falls into place and into character when they land in all these elements and it’s just really fun as a director to be in the middle of all that.
Shooting in Bulgaria was a huge plus for this production, even with all the winter weather hitting us it just added to the whole vibe of the project.”
In this Sci-Fi/Fantasy tale, JABBERWOCKY chronicles the story of a young squire (Michael Worth) who, alongside his brother (Tahmoh Penikett), must become a warrior to save his people and the woman he loves (Kacey Barnfield) after a horrific beast is unleashed on the Kingdom.
American World Pictures’ Mark L. Lester and Dana Dubovsky and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert serve as Producers, with John Raymonds and Bron’s Bernie Melanson as Executive Producers.
Says AWP’s Lester, “We are delighted with Steven’s work as director, his ability as a storyteller is remarkable. And the performance of the cast and crew were top notch.”
After debating whether three animated films in one year is more than enough from DreamWorks Animation, the Cinefantastique podcast crew of Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski attack MONSTERS (2010), the low-budget science fiction film getting a platform theatrical release to boost its VOD. Also on the menu: listener reaction to the on-going “LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT vs I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE” debate. And a brief discussion of why you will not have to go elsewhere if you want to hear George Takei calling a former Arkansa school board member a “douchebag.”
Having exorcised the demonic apparitions of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 in this week’s Cinefantastique Podcast, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowsk turn their attention to the world-shattering debate over whether the original version of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1978) is more technically competent than Wes Craven’s original version of THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (1972).
In the mood for some unrated horror of the revenge variety? Then listen in to this week’s CFQ Post-Mortem Podcast as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski mull the pros and cons of I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE, the remake of the notorious exploitation shocker. Also on the table for discussion: listener mail on why the Podcast crew did not enjoy LET ME IN quite enough.
Anchor Bay Entertainment releases this rather unnecessary remake of the infamous exploitation horror film. Since Anchor Bay is primarily a home video company, presumably this will be a small platform release designed mostly to boost DVD sales; the timing also seems a deliberate attempt to get the jump on SAW 3-D, which opens a couple weeks later. The plot has a woman writer, brutalized during a retreat to an isolated cabin to work on her latest novel, take vengeance upon her captors in ways equally brutal. Steven R. Monroe directed, from a screenplay by Stuart Morse and Jeffrey Reddick, based on the 1978 film written by Meir Zarchi. The cast includes Sarah Butler, Daniel Franzese, Chad Lindberg, Jeff Branson, Rodney Eastman, Saxon Sharbing, and the always fun character actor Tracey Walter (REPO MAN).
Fans of the original seem concerned about whether the remake will include a castration scene. My feeling is that, after the witty variation on this idea in STORM WARNING, who cares?
Release date: October 8