Blood Moon Pictures taps ‘Scary Movie’ actor for new movie | Community
Blood Moon Pictures, a local independent film company headed by filmmakers PJ Starks and Eric Huskisson, is tapping some big names for its upcoming film “New Fears Eve.”
Felissa Rose, who played Angela Baker in the 1983 cult horror film ‘Sleepaway Camp’, Hannah Fierman, known as Lily in the 2012 horror anthology ‘V/H/S’ and the movie horror spoof “SiREN” from 2016 and Dave Sheridan, who rose to prominence as Officer Doofy in the horror parody “Scary Movie” from 2000, were cast in starring roles.
Sheridan will also produce the film, and musician Rocky Gray, former drummer for rock band Evanescence, will score the project.
The local auditions took place over two days in June, with most of the film being cast.
The film revolves around three friends and co-workers – Leslie, Moses and Brian – who end up being stalked by a serial killer called “The Doctor” at their company’s New Year’s party.
While Starks and Huskisson want to continue to center their films around Owensboro and the region, they also want to expand their appeal with household names that could “bring gravity” and marketability to the project.
Starks eventually got in touch with his and Huskisson’s friend, Lance Wagner, who connected the pair with Rose — whom Starks already loved.
“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Felissa,” he said. “She’s got over 160 credits to her name and all I’ve seen her is a solid actress.”
Starks said Rose loved the script and was “100 percent on board”. After having a conference call with Starks and Huskisson, Rose asked them if they had any other ideas for people they potentially wanted to sign.
Starks and Huskisson suggested Sheridan and Fierman, who Rose was related to. After reading the script and having a conference call, Sheridan and Fierman accepted the roles.
It was on another conference call that Starks said Sheridan was interested in taking the project to the next level.
“(Dave) was like, ‘Hey, I don’t know how much you’d be interested in this, but I really, really like this script and I really want to be behind it and help you get it moving. …, potentially help with the funding , potentially helping with distribution later….’ Starks said. “He said, ‘How would you like me to come on as a producer on the project?’ And, of course, Erik and I are like, ‘Uh, yeah? Of course, we are interested. ”
Starks said they are currently focused on seeking funding through two different methods to reach their goal of raising $40,000.
One method includes a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo, which allows people to purchase producer credits and attend a private meet and greet event with Rose and Sheridan, among other options.
The second initiative, Starks said, focuses on sponsoring local and regional businesses where they can get product placement in the film.
“It’s a way for local and regional businesses to get exposure through a very unique and non-traditional way of getting the word out about what they do,” he said. “Even in regards to Dave, Felissa and Hannah playing with your products in the film. …You have the potential, if you’re a business owner, to have a real celebrity doing something with your products….
Starks hopes to begin filming in January with a December 2023 release date, depending on funding.
Despite the uncertainty over funds, Starks is pleased with the progress being made and hopes pursuing a project of this caliber will put Owensboro “on the map.”
“I feel really good because we’re doing something that no one else in the region is doing to this degree,” he said. “…Because of the people we have attached to the project, we feel really good because the people who are doing this for a living and who are part of the industry believe in the project. The biggest obstacle we are now facing is to get everyone in Owensboro now to be like them and believe as much as they do and as much as we do…and get them in and behind.
Starks thinks some have a stigma about the horror genre, but said Blood Moon Pictures’ focus goes beyond the types of movies they release.
“I would say that a majority of artists think that if I want to be successful in what I do, I have to go to Hollywood, I have to go to LA, I have to go to New York – and there are a lot of stories of success like that…because these areas have been supporting and supporting these kinds of efforts for so long…” he said. “We’re trying to prove that you don’t have to go to Los Angeles (or) in New York to do these things, and that’s what we want the people of Owensboro to understand.
“You’re not supporting the horror genre by supporting this movie. What you’re doing is supporting artists who can’t necessarily go to Hollywood, who can’t move to Atlanta, who don’t have the means to go to New York to realize their dream; and they want to do it, but they have no possibility. That’s what we do with Blood Moon Pictures. That’s why we are stationed here.
For more information, www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-fears-eve-horror-feature-film#/