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When the economic going gets tough, the tough make
independent horror movies. Or at least, Dominic Perez did; after he was fired
from his Wall Street investment banking job, he decided to fulfill his lifelong
dream of filmmaking, and the result is EVIL THINGS, arriving on DVD next month.
We’ve got an exclusive clip (with non-work-safe language) and some comments
Shot on a quick schedule in New York’s Catskill Mountains,
EVIL THINGS, streeting August 9 from Inception Media Group, follows five college students as they travel to the
country house belonging to one’s aunt for a weekend vacation/birthday
celebration. During their drive, they realize someone’s following them, and
that someone begins tormenting and killing them once they arrive at the remote
house, with all the terrorization captured on one of the friends’ video camera.
Laurel Casillo, Morgan Hooper, Torrey Weiss, Ryan Maslyn, Elyssa Mersdorf and
Gail Cadden star. “It took me three months to write EVIL THINGS, seven days to
shoot it and one month to edit it,” Perez tells Fango, “but it took me 41 years
to finally believe that I could do it all.
“I had been planning our very tight shooting schedule for
months,” he continues. “Everything had to be perfect—and then a snowstorm hit
the northeastern United States on our first day of shooting. A good friend said
that it would be a blessing or a curse; I decided to allow the storm to be our
blessing, and so it was.”
That wasn’t the only unexpected element that would up being
worked in EVIL THINGS’ plot. “In the world of low-budget indie filmmaking,”
Perez notes, “you should plan every detail and then let it all hang loose and
just make it happen. If your main actress becomes incredibly ill and you only
have one day to shoot something, instantly rewrite the script and make her
illness part of your story. The story gods must have wanted her to be sick for
that particular scene. Reality is usually the best fiction.”
The DVD will present the movie in 16x9-enhanced 1.78:1
widescreen and 5.1 digital Surround sound, with no special features announced
and a retail price of $26.98. See EVIL THINGS’ official website here.
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