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Fango has obtained some exclusive pics and comments on the new horror flick THE PERFECT HOUSE, which reunites SLEEPAWAY CAMP stars Felissa Rose and actor/musician Jonathan Tiersten (pictured left). The movie, not to be confused with the similarly titled THE PERFECT HOST (due from Magnolia Pictures), takes place in the titular locale and spins three tales of murder within its walls: “The Storm,” “Chic-ken” and “Dinner Guest.”
Directed by Randy Kent and Kris Hulbert (the latter also scripted) and shot in Buffalo, New York and LA, THE PERFECT HOUSE stars Monique Parent (BLOOD SCARAB, MIRROR MIRROR III, VOODOO DOLLZ) as the real estate agent who markets the deadly abode. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD’s John Philbin also turns up.
“It’s funny how I always seem to have an immediate bond with these guys who have this terribly dark imagination,” Tiersten tells Fango. “The movie is actually three movies with a fourth story that ties them all together. All of the murders take place in the same house, but at different times. Each vignette has its own particular style. The dialogue, lighting, camera angles, music and killers are different in each one. As far as the kills, there are a few firsts. The special effects team was unbelievable!”
Tiersten, who has stepped away from acting in recent years to concentrate on his musical career, plays his first villain in THE PERFECT HOUSE. “The thing I like about my character, John Doesy, is that he is the only killer with style in the movie,” he says. “He has that certain panache that almost makes him endearing. After all this time, I was so lucky to get a meaty character like this. Kris and I worked on the script for weeks before the shoot, and I even had a Writers Guild friend help. When we got on set, Kris said, ‘If you feel something, do it.’ He really has a gift for getting the most out of actors and letting them shine. He understands that a character is not what he envisions in his mind, but what the actor has inside of them, and he is very adept at bringing that out.”
The actor spreads kudos to other members of the production, which will see completion this fall. “I would be remiss not to mention our incomparable director of photography, Tal Lazar,” Tiersten says. “The colors he got out of that dank basement are almost too pretty. We had 35 people in a basement in Buffalo in the middle of the summer for 14 hours… Not exactly conducive to great art, but Tal never lost focus—pun intended. I am so glad this was my first project back. I have Felissa Rose to thank for it, as she’s the one who recommended me. Without her, I would not be back on this journey. She is my rock.”
Tiersten relished tackling his vile role, and those around him—both on and off the set—got chills from his murderous methodology. “Every time I tell someone I played a serial killer, they remark, ‘I can see that,’ “ he laughs. “That is starting to worry me! I think I was pretty terrifying. Apparently the crew thought I was doing drugs, because they couldn’t understand how I had so much energy during the 15-hour days. Glad to see the old man still can surprise some folks. They also changed the ending to let my character live, because they want to bring Mr. Doesy back for a [full] feature.”
In recent years, Tiersten’s passion has been music, which you can find more about here. He also just composed the score for a short film called COMMITMENT, about racial profiling in the paranoid terrorist era, and one of his songs may make it on the PERFECT HOUSE soundtrack. East Coast fans can catch him this weekend in New Jersey at the Sheraton Meadowlands’ National Rock Con (2 Meadowlands Plaza), and he plays Maxwell’s (1039 Washington Street) in Hoboken on Monday, August 2. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $10. You can find out more about THE PERFECT HOUSE at its official website and Facebook page.
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