Attack of the Morningside Monster
The town of Morningside has always been a quiet place; a safe place where no one locks their doors. Then, one day, the body of Ryan O'Malley was discovered in the woods. Now a desperate search has begun, as Sheriff Tom Haulk (Robert Pralgo) and Deputy Klara Austin (Tiffany Shepis) race to find the killer before the entire town falls victim to a monster.
I play two-bit hoodlum Johnny Eckman in this. Four days on set including some serious fight and trauma scenes. I spent again as much time off-set for the special effects prep work.
One of the final festival screenings is at the New Orleans Comic and Horror Film Festival, part of the New Orleans Comic Expo. Saturday, November 22nd at 10:00pm.
After a great nine-month-long run of festivals screenings, the film is going to be released VOD, via Gravitas, on 14 October 2014, through many channels. DVD released is expect 20 January 2015 through Apprehensive Films.
The Scareacon Film Festival, which is part of the Scare-a-con convention, is September 12-14. Our film has been nominated for Best Feature, Director Chris Ethridge, Actor Nicholas Brendon, Actress Tiffany Shepis, Music Jeremy Frank and FX Tracie Dailey & Cynthia Michel.
Screening in Miami at the Super Geek Film Festival as part of FLORIDA SUPERCON during the week of July 3-6th. This is our first screening in Florida!
The world premiere was January 14, 2014 at The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta. People got to see me on the big screen playing a asshole who gets the crap (and kidneys) beat out him. Packed house followed by Q&A with stars Nicholas Brendon (Criminal Minds, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Robert Pralgo (The Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf, The Blindside) along with the writer, director, and producers. It's off to festivals now followed by video-on-demand distribution.
First complete cut of the film was finished this month. Work on the score continues.
Back on set for two days this month. June 8th I'm back with Kris Nelson for some dialog and we film our characters' encounter with the Monster. I have a bit of fight choreography as my character gets beat-up. Then at the end of the month, I have a a couple pages of dialog. Then I, and the movie, is wrapped. It will be almost 7 months after my first day on set.
A short teaser-trailer is released. If you watch without blinking, you can see me show off my quixotic skills at playing perfectly still and absolutely dead. Something like 70% of the script is now filmed.
Nine-day shooting schedule this month for principal photography, including some messy, messy, messy, corpse discoveries with me. Here's director Chris Ethridge's cameo in the film. It was so much fun teasing him to break character during this scene; nothing quite like hearing a song from a corpse to get you giddy.
Nicholas Brendon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Criminal Minds") and Amber Chaney ("The Hunger Games," "The Walking Dead") have joined the cast. Read the press release at Marketwatch.com
Pre-production location scouting.
"Independent film company Blue Dusk Productions announces the September production of the horror-thriller feature film "The Morningside Monster," to be lensed in the greater Atlanta area. Director Chris Ethridge and writer Jayson Palmer, the dynamic team behind the 2011 award-winning adaptation of Stephen King's classic short story "Survivor Type", have returned with a powerful original tale of brotherhood, right versus wrong, and the true roots of evil...
...The story unfolds around the discovery of a brutally murdered corpse in the woods of the otherwise-peaceful small town of Morningside, NJ. As the bodies pile up, Sheriff Tom Haulk and his deputy, Klara Austin, embark on a desperate race against time to catch the killer, pitting them against friends, enemies and even each other. "The film melds the frights and scares of the modern horror film with an emotionally gritty human story" and it's a fantastic whodunnit!" says Ethridge."