Patrick Rea, director of the FANGORIA’S BLOOD DRIVE shorts TK and the feature THE EMPTY ACRE, is set to begin shooting his new fright film NAIL BITER in spring 2008.
Scripted and to be helmed by Rea, it focuses on a mother and three daughters who have to deal not only with a tornado, but with a freaky fleet of creatures as well. Though details of the cast and FX are on lockdown for now, Rea does provide some insight into the film’s inspiration.
“My goal is to make a movie that’s scary before you even see the monsters, kind of like THE DESCENT,” he tells Fango. “It plays on that claustrophobia, and the monsters are the icing on the cake…that added layer of despair. I lived in Nebraska most of my life so I’ve seen my share of tornado weather, and I always found it to be really terrifying. I wanted to combine a monster movie with that.” Allan (ANGEL) Holt will be the FX coordinator, responsible for the look of the film’s mysterious creatures. “He’s been working on the monsters for quite a while now, and they really look great,” Rea says.
Based in Lawrence, Kansas, SenoReality Pictures—the production company Rea is part of—has teamed with local television company Free State Studios and Take Two Entertainment to make the project happen. Co-producer Richard Welnowski will be assisting behind the camera as well. “We’re gonna be shooting all around Lawrence,” Rea reveals. “The main location is in the cellar of the Reuters building. It used to be an organ factory, and that’s where they shot a lot of [1962’s] CARNIVAL OF SOULS. So we’re lucky to have that.”
An announcement website is up now here, and a teaser trailer should be posted there around Christmastime. In the meantime, keep checking here for more details as we get ’em.