A year and a half after the DVD release of his genuinely frightening survival-horror feature SAVAGE ISLAND, director Jeffery Lando has not one but two follow-up features completed, both of them creature features. INSECTICIDAL is set at a sorority house where one girl’s science project results in giant, hungry, intelligent bugs, while ALIEN INCURSION is about a park ranger who takes on not only invading extraterrestrial monsters but also a paramilitary team out to stop them—and eliminate witnesses. Both movies were scripted by Jeff O’Brien.
“Making the two movies was absolutely insane and an absolute blast,” Lando tells Fango. “We had pretty much total creative freedom, as long as enough people got killed. We went on a real killing spree, let me tell you! Jeff, a prolific up-and-coming screenwriter, wrote both in record time. He’s a maniac writer with dozens of specs behind him, all horror or suspense-thriller. He’s a deeply disturbed individual if you ask me, but then again—who isn’t?
“On INSECTICIDAL, I channeled imaginary renowned campy director ‘Gigi Moreno’ to make a classically styled ‘sorority girls vs. giant mutant bugs’ story. Apparently Gigi did well since we came in on time and on budget, winning an award at our first festival only a few weeks ago—Best Creature Feature at the International Horror and Sci-Fi Film Festival in Arizona. On ALIEN INCURSION, I chose to direct in person and the storyline was designed to be suspenseful and much more multilayered. It deals with a father-child relationship and is infused with deep distrust for authority, especially the government. Oh, and did I mention giant carnivorous aliens? Land sharks!”
Both movies are being handled for worldwide distribution by Shoreline Entertainment, though U.S. deals have yet to be closed. You can check out trailers for both at Shoreline’s website; INSECTICIDAL’s is here and ALIEN INCURSION’s is here.
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