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Writer/director Bradley Rust Gray’s JACK & DIANE
(debuting today on VOD from Magnolia Pictures) is an intense relationship drama
with a small but crucial creature component. We’ve got an exclusive pic of the
movie’s monster, along with comments from its creator, makeup FX veteran Gabe
The movie stars Riley Keough and KILLER JOE’s Juno Temple as
New York City teenagers (Keough’s Jack is street-smart, Temple’s Diane is
sheltered) who meet by chance and fall into an emotionally tumultuous romance;
the scary side of falling in love is visualized in brief scenes with Bartalos’
creation. When Gray approached the artist about making the monster, “I thought
it was very cool that it wasn’t primarily an effects film, based around the
creature,” Bartalos tells Fango. “The narrative was pretty neat, and obviously
very contemporary, touching upon modern youthful lifestyles. But then in the
middle of this ‘normal’ film, it descends into this no-apology creature
stuff—this girl’s rage is manifested three-dimensionally, and the audience sees
this embodiment of her id in this slobbering, deformed monster. So I signed up
right away [laughs].”
Bartalos also contributed some physical damage Keough’s
character suffers in the film. “Jack has her tooth knocked out in the film, and
it has this progressive negative cycle. We did a dental plate for her, which
was very subtle, but in close-ups it’s there—you see the loss of the tooth—as
well as designing the progression of her bruising. When she gets gored up, we
did a body cast of her and her leg so we could make replicas for the carnage.
That’s always a great way to break the ice.”
JACK & DIANE, which also features visceral stop-motion
sequences by the celebrated Quay Brothers, hits theaters November 2; watch the
trailer below, see the official website, and pick up Fango #318, on sale next
month, for further interviews with Bartalos and Gray.
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