CEMETERY GATES FILMING BEGINS
Production began last week on Graveyard Filmworks? CEMETERY GATES, which follows on the heels of Anthony Ferrante?s just-wrapped BOO, the company?s first effort. The film is being helmed by SOTA FX chief Roy Knyrim, who recently made his directorial debut on DEMONS AT THE DOOR (see Fango #229). As previously reported CEMETERY GATES revolves around a genetically altered creature (described as a Tasmanian Devil-like critter) that gets loose underneath the titular locale where some college kids are partying.
'The creature itself looks pretty good,' reports the film?s star, New York actor Peter Stickles. 'It?s about 8 feet tall with a fully animatronic head. I spent a good amount of time in the workshop with the guys building it before we started filming. They had to test out some of the bloodier special effects on someone, and that was me! I got my arm ripped off, my stomach sliced open and had all my guts spill out! I was absolutely covered in blood by the end of the day. Roy just kept yelling, ?More blood!? It was shooting about 3 feet out of me every time! I also had to wrestle around with the creature a lot, having it tackle me and shred me up and bite me and things like that.'
SOTA FX is handling CEMETERY GATES? monster magic, while a PHANTASM favorite and two familiar makeup masters will be appearing in the film as well. 'Reggie Bannister is playing my dad,' Stickles tells Fango. 'We?ve been having fun just hanging out together. The guys from KNB EFX?the N and the B [Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger]?are playing two stoner dudes who are eventually killed by the beast. And Richard Elfman [Danny?s brother and Jenna?s uncle] plays a haggard old fisherman that runs into the creature.' Elfman previously cameoed as monster bait in DEMONS AT THE DOOR.
Courtesy of Fangoria