Speaking exclusively with Fango from the set of FALLEN ANGELS, director Jeff Thomas, currently shooting the supernatural horror film at Ohio’s shuttered Mansfield State Reformatory, says that joining his already genre-centric ensemble (which includes Michael Berryman, David Hess, Kevin McCarthy, Michael Dorn and THE THING’s Joel Polis) has become a veritable Who’s Who of genre notables. He reveals, “R.A. [LEATHERFACE] Mihailoff [pictured], Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Reggie Bannister, Paul [MOTEL HELL] Linke and Daniel [SE7EN] Zacapa have joined the film.”
Additionally, WWE wrestling diva and Playboy cover girl Christie Hemme has signed on, joining previously reported reality television star Adrianne Curry on the project. Curry’s real-life fiancé Christopher (“Peter Brady”) Knight also makes an appearance, portraying “an overly zealous investment banker who meets an untimely and completely horrifying death,” according to Thomas.
FALLEN ANGELS’ story revolves around the demolition of a turn-of-the-century prison and subsequent unearthing of a legion of demons. Mihailoff further explains, “The demons in the story are the corporeal personifications of the seven deadly sins, and the one I portray is the anger demon. My character as written is a juggernaut of unbridled and unstoppable fury—a behemoth.”
Given Mihailoff’s imposing stature, essaying such a role should be a walk in the park, although it’s not without its hurdles. Reveals the actor, “They’ve added costuming that’s made me even larger!” As for his makeup, Mihailoff says of his fanged, scarlet and snarling visage, “The mask was sculpted by Bob [DOG SOLDIERS] Keen, makeup artist extraordinaire, although I have to say it’s the most restrictive mask I’ve ever worn. But knowing that at the end of each take they’ll bust me out of it, I’m having a blast!” While reticent to reveal much more, Mihailoff does allow that Hodder has also been cast as one of the “seven deadly demons,” and additionally serves as FALLEN ANGELS’ stunt coordinator and associate producer.
Preparing to menace newcomer Sarah White, an actress he describes as a “delightful, lovely girl, who I chase through the endless corridors of the prison,” the good-natured Mihailoff concludes, “The crew is making a very sincere effort to pull off a good film on a low budget, and they’re doing a great job!”