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The backwoods of Oregon are the latest stalking ground for
Bill Moseley, who stars in today’s DVD release ROGUE RIVER. He shares a few
thoughts on the filming after the jump, where you can see an exclusive clip (with a bit of non-work-safe language) as
Out from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, the Jourdan McClure-directed ROGUE RIVER casts
Moseley as Jon, who invites a stranded young woman named Mara (Michelle Page)
back to the remote house he shares with his wife Lea (Moseley’s real-life squeeze
Lucinda Jenney). The couple’s kindness soon gives way to madness as it becomes
clear they have no intentions of letting Mara leave. “The film was actually
shot on the banks of the real Rogue River,” Moseley tells Fango, “which is a
U.S. designated scenic river. It’s up by Grant’s Pass, which is just gorgeous.
In fact, it was the director’s family summer house that we used, so that added
even more to the sense of home and place.
“The setting really added layers to our approach,” he
continues. “For the first part of the movie, it’s all about how beautiful it
is—remote is good, at least for a little while. Then the darker we get, the
more the blinds are dropped [laughs],
and it ends up that whenever anyone goes outside, it’s a dark and evil place.
We chase people through the woods, we catch them in the middle of the night
when they’re trying to get away, and there’s something in that kind of
remoteness that turns it from a beautiful place into an area of great danger. I
The local fauna also added some lighter moments while
filming the disturbing material. “Across the street, there was a neighbor who
had a bunch of turkeys that were running free, and they would come over and
gobble around the yard—maybe the crew was feeding them, I don’t know. So sometimes
that messed up the sound a little bit [laughs].” Less amusing were some of the weather problems the region posed.
“Grant’s Pass is known for its climate,” he notes. “In fact, there’s a sign
there that says, ‘It’s the climate’—like, that’s the secret to the wonder and
beauty of Grant’s Pass. Well, as it turned out, we happened to be shooting
during the coldest it had been in 30 years. One day, we couldn’t film because
one of the cables had frozen and snapped, and the freeway was closed down
because of black ice. So some of the area’s charms were very thin!”
Moseley further discusses ROGUE RIVER, along with his other
June releases THE TORTURED and EXIT HUMANITY, in Fango #315, on sale soon.
He’ll also talk up his part in a much-anticipated 3D horror franchise film at
this site very shortly…
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