Co-producer/co-writer Joe Moe got in touch with Fango to give them the lowdown and some pics on RED VELVET, a new genre film he co-wrote with Anthony Burns which will soon be making the festival rounds. Helmed by first-time director and seasoned visual FX artist Bruce (SPIDER-MAN 3) Dickson, the movie stars Henry (MASTERS OF HORROR: CHOCOLATE) Thomas and Kelli (BULLY) Garner and, Moe tells Fango, “is meant to be a sort of deconstructed slasher film, which aspires to play with conventions of the genre while hitting all the necessary horror marks.”
Filmed in LA and its surrounding environs last September and October, RED VELVET “was shot on Super 35mm,” Moe says, “and features suspense, shocks, iconic characters and creative imagery, with a sexy young something-for-everyone cast!” Additional players include Eric (KILLER PAD) Jungmann, Michele Nordin and Carlie (AN AMERICAN CRIME) Westerman, with a cameo (his 211th!) by Famous Monsters of Filmland editor Forrest J Ackerman.
With Sean Fernald, Ari Citak and James, Justin and Nicole McConville also on the producing team, RED VELVET revolves around the characters of Aaron and Linda (Thomas and Garner, respectively), who, following a chance meeting at a Laundromat, go on an impromptu lunch date. The conversation soon turns to the fantastical as Aaron weaves macabre and titillating stories in an effort to seduce Linda, although his storytelling turns even darker once Linda confides to him that she missed her best friend’s birthday party the previous night. Aaron postulates that her friends were murdered by a maniac in a white jumpsuit—but what’s his angle? And were her friends actually slaughtered?
Moe says that the mayhem that does appear on screen, provided by Jeff Colbert and Richard Courte of MPFX and Kevin Kirkpatrick, is “fresh, stylized and generous. There’s a high body count too, but our intended difference was to deliver an abstract treatment of the violence on display.” Check out RED VELVET’s official website here for a look at the film’s non-work-safe trailer, a couple of promo clips, cast bios and some slick production photos.