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A malevolent demon and a nefarious cult raise big trouble in
THE ASCENSION, a new chiller from producer/writer/director Robert Stock. The
Massachusetts-based filmmaker shared some exclusive pics, info and the trailer
from THE ASCENSION, which stars THE DENTIST’s Corbin Bernsen (pictured left) and features a
cameo by Fango editor emeritus Anthony Timpone, and you can see them below the
In THE ASCENSION, intrepid reporter Carl Kolchinski
(Bernsen) investigates a rash of suicides. Are they related? Many threads seem
to be connecting—is there some kind of conspiracy? And is the rumor of a
twisted cult trying to raise up an evil force true? If so, can Carl stop them
before it’s too late?
According to Stock, THE ASCENSION pays homage to ’70s TV
fave THE NIGHT STALKER. “Corbin Bernsen plays a character similar to the
original Carl Kolchak [Darren McGavin] from THE NIGHT STALKER, a show I always
loved,” he says. “And he has a boss named Tony, just like Kolchak’s boss, Tony
Vincenzo [Simon Oakland]. In our movie, Fango’s own Tony Timpone plays Tony!
And as a crazy coincidence, our production team included Darren McGavin’s
daughter, Graemm McGavin, as line producer. Just like on the old TV show, our
Carl enjoys investigating bizarre happenings.”
Well-versed in the FX business thanks to his background as a
video-game creator, Stock and his company have assembled an ambitious group to
bring the visual magic and mischief to life for his independent horror/fantasy
flick. “We worked with a very small, in-house team for the CGI,” Stock says.
“They were led by longtime Stock’s Eye effects supervisor Kris McKenzie. The
props were created by the talented Dave Ernst. The makeup effects team at Carl
Paolino Studios was responsible for creating the prosthetics—Carl also directed
THE SICKNESS, among his other credits—and the on-set silicone prosthetics crew
was supervised by Paul Mason. For effects and gore fun, we have head shots via
pistol, people impaled on a mystical staff, a person being eaten by spiders,
eyeballs popping, a house implosion and explosion, a beheading in a tree and
Besides Bernsen, THE ASCENSION boasts a few other familiar
faces in the cast. “We have a wonderful ensemble group, led by Don Jeanes, who
was recently seen as Neil Armstrong in TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON,” Stock
says. “Don just finished a role on a horror film shot in the Amazon, with the
working title of AMAZON SPIRIT. We also have Raw Leiba as a bad guy. The
imposing Raw has a role in the CONAN remake.”
With THE ASCENSION days away from postproduction completion,
Stock will next begin sending his film to potential buyers, with a likely stop
at this fall’s American Film Market. “We will be looking for distribution and
hope to garner a worldwide audience soon,” he says. Stay tuned for more updates
and exclusives from THE ASCENSION right here!
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