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A bevy of indie-horror starlets and stalwarts took part in SHE WOLF RISING, a new fright flick originally lensed under the title HORROTICA in the New York/New Jersey area by writer/director Marc Leland. An official website has just opened for the movie, and we’ve got some exclusive photos and comments to share from it as well.
Tiffany Shepis (above and 1st photo below) plays B-movie actress Gina Sklar, whose attempts to track down stolen footage from her latest flick with the help of her number-one fan (Timothy Mandala) lead her into some scary situations. The cast also includes FANGORIA Radio’s Debbie Rochon (2nd photo), J. Edmund Fond (as a producer/mentor to Gina named Lonzo), FLESH FOR THE BEAST’s Ruby LaRocca (3rd photo with Mandala), Brandon Ellis, PENNY DREADFUL’s Tina Krause, THE BLOOD SHED’s Alan Rowe Kelly, BARRICADE’s Joe Zaso (4th photo with Shepis) and horror up-and-comer Nicola Fiore; BLOOD NIGHT: THE LEGEND OF MARY HATCHET’s Jeremy Selenfriend handled the makeup FX. “Like any low-budget shoot, it had its challenges,” Selenfriend tells us, “but all in all it was a really fun experience.”
The artist recalls that a lot of the enjoyment had to do with the cast. “Tiffany is an absolute dream to work with, and Alan is always a pleasure,” Selenfriend says. “The rest of the familiar faces were also great to be around. Alan [who plays Gina’s agent] definitely knows his way around a casting session, and knows who the fans want to see!
“For a low-budget show, I got to do some very interesting work,” he continues. “I’m especially happy with the Lillian zombie [LaRocca] since, oddly enough, I don’t get the chance to do many zombies. You’d think they’d be all over the place, but this was the first one I had done in years. I was pleased with how it came out, and Ruby was fantastic about the whole process from start to finish.”
Zaso appears in the film as a dream demon/guardian who watches over Gina. “Joe’s makeup was meant to be a very subtle, off-putting look that, when combined with the blue filters the scene was shot with and the tricks they pulled in post, make him really menacing and, at the same time, hopefully a bit ethereal,” Selenfriend explains. “The severed head is just an example that low-budget doesn’t have to mean low-quality!”
Selenfriend’s favorite SHE WOLF effect, Shepis’ own monster visage (“which is lovingly and humorously referred to as the ‘baby bird’ makeup”) is being kept under wraps right now, but Selenfriend hopes to be able to reveal it to Fango soon. In the meantime, watch the trailer below and check out the film’s official website, as well as its Facebook page and MySpace page.
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