BANNISTER HOWLS IN WOLFSBAYNE
PHANTASM star Reggie Bannister continues to be a best friend to indie filmmakers nationwide. After playing the President of the United States in the Missouri-based zombie musical SONG OF THE DEAD and battling more ghouls in LA?s LAST RITES, Bannister has joined the cast of the Tennessee-lensed lycanthropicture WOLFSBAYNE. With only a few weeks left of principal photography, Bannister will cameo in the werewolves-vs.-the-church mini-epic that also features B-movie stalwarts Gunnar Hansen, Linnea Quigley, Debbie Rochon, Lloyd Kaufman and the film?s co-writer, Jim O?Rear.
About signing on to WOLFSBAYNE, Bannister says in a statement, 'When I read the scene Jim had written, I was pleasantly surprised. It was a three-dimensional character that I could really relate to. After jamming some additional ideas with director Ben Dixon over the phone, Ben decided to create a second scene involving my character [Oliver]. It was great, the kind of experience every actor loves?collaboration.'
Oliver, O'Rear adds, 'is a powerful occultist and religious expert who has been appointed by the church as 'The Guardian' of a magicial sword capable of exterminating werewolves and other supernatural creatures.'
The shoot boasted some interesting spectators. 'We filmed in an 1850s farmhouse in Tennessee,' Bannister says, 'and when we opened up one of the windows to place some lighting, the room filled with flies. We thought that was pretty trippy until somebody said, ?Hey, look over there!? We all took a look and there was a mouse, not just running around crazy, but checking us out. The mouse hung out for the entire shoot. I don?t think anyone is exactly sure who directed that scene, Ben or the mouse. Overall, WOLFSBAYNE was a great experience in guerrilla filmmaking, and my hat?s off to both O?Rear and Dixon for bringing me on.'
Courtesy of Fangoria