HIDDEN FEAR TRAILER DEBUTS
Writer/director Marc Selz has given Fango the first peek at HIDDEN FEAR (formerly UNAWARE), his Illinois-lensed slasher thriller about an escaped mental patient and a rash of dead bodies that keep piling up in a small town. (You can see the trailer by clicking here.) 'In HIDDEN FEAR, murders happen that unravel hidden family secrets,' Selz says. 'The movie explores the psychological repercussions of the past on the present and the surprising interconnection of events. It?s a whodunit thriller that will keep you guessing till the very end, with many twists and turns.'
The director assembled a cast of B-movie regulars for the project. 'It was great to work alongside such talented veteran actors as Joe [SOULTAKER] Estevez, Robert [MANIAC COP] Z?Dar and Linnea Quigley,' says Selz, who produced the film with his wife Claudia. 'We also had some great newcomers in the movie such as Ellie Weingardt, Circus-Szalewski, Nicole Buehrer, Amy Brown and Joe Morowitz. These actors brought a lot to the table, and we wound up with many great performances and interesting characters.'
Selz lensed his sophomore effort in 30 days in three rural Illinois cities, utilizing actual police stations and hospitals. 'HIDDEN FEAR has been a wonderful experience overall,' Selz says. 'It was a two-year process getting the movie written and made. It?s a huge step up from my first movie, SHORT CUT ROAD, which I still consider a great handheld, first-time slasher film. With HIDDEN FEAR, we had a much bigger budget and were able to shoot with a crew and in HD-24p, which is a format that rivals 35mm film. When you?re working on a smaller budget, this technology allows you to see exactly what the audience will see as you shoot, and it?s also cheaper to record on tape as opposed to 35mm film. It has a great, crisp look as well.'
Selz says HIDDEN FEAR represents his growth as a filmmaker and as a way to contribute to a cinematic tradition that has always inspired him. 'My intentions in making this movie were to improve as a director from my first feature and to move forward in a genre that I love,' he explains. 'I?ve been a horror fan my entire life. I want to give horror fans the things that I love to see in these films: the jumps, the scares, the suspense and the unknown.'
Courtesy of Fangoria