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NYC Horror fans take note: you've got plans this Tuesday and Wednesday. Smart, funny and intense in equal measure, indie-horror flick CAPRICE is getting its New York premiere with a two-night exclusive engagement at The House of Yes in Brooklyn. Centered around a spellbinding lead performance by Renee Thrasher (better known to New Yorkers as burlesque star Stormy Leather), CAPRICE will screen both nights accompanied by live music, burlesque performances and other surprises, all for the modest admission fee of $10 at the door (doors open at 10pm).
Directed by Fangoria's own Jack Bennett, CAPRICE's complex characters and emotional intensity surprised audiences at 2010’s Shockerfest, in the UK at The Bram Stoker Film Festival, at the Alamo Drafthouse for Fangoria’s Night of Horrors and at this year's Days of the Dead convention. The New York screening is a homecoming, however, with CAPRICE finally showing on Thrasher/Leather's home turf.
The story of CAPRICE opens on Clark (Brandon Goertz) an urban professional who feels increasingly disconnected from his tense marriage and young son. Clark’s best friend since childhood is the handsome, extroverted Kevin (Jonathan Conyers), whose emotional support of Clark borders on bullying. Together, Clark and Kevin take regular late nights traveling to remote locations in Kevin’s flashy red Firebird to pick up anonymous women. On one such occasion, Kevin insists that Clark should pick out and approach a girl without assistance. That night, in some bar somewhere off the highway, Clark sees Caprice (Renee Thrasher), and from their chance encounter comes a night-long battle of wills between the three of them, full of hideous violence, exposed secrets and some incredible twists that must be seen to be believed.
Since its debut, CAPRICE has been steadily attracting fans of sophisticated, intelligent horror that won’t skimp on the bloody thrills of the genre. Coverage from 2010’s Maverick Movie Awards, where Renee Thrasher won Best Actress, calls Thrasher’s performance “both nuanced and bold,” going on to say “Renee Thrasher does what only the most gifted of actors can ever hope to achieve: create a character that is not just believable, but real and true and definitively frightening. Unforgettable is not a word I use lightly, but I use it here without hesitation.” FANGORIA editor-in-chief Chris Alexander emerged early as a champion of the film, plainly stating that “CAPRICE is f**king awesome,” and going on to say “Out of all the indie slop I get... this one was a revelation.”
Caprice the character was created by author Justin Cristelli, first appearing in his collection “Caprice and Other Stories.” Her introduction was then adapted by Cristelli and Bennett into the film version, which has led to developing Caprice for other media, including comic books and a potential film franchise and TV series. Tuesday and Wednesday’s shows offer the unique opportunity for New York audiences to see the character’s cinematic birth, with Thrasher’s much-praised performance. Since the film runs an hour long, Caprice's producers have included more to give audience members the most bang for their buck. Each night opens with live music (Tuesday features the band Vulgaras while Amour Obscura performs on Wednesday) and following the film will be burlesque performances from Madame Rosebud, Ekaterina, Nasty Canasta on Tuesday, Topher Bousquet, Ruby Valentine and Bunny Love on Wednesday, with Nikki Levillain and Stormy Leather herself performing on both nights. Bennett and Cristelli will be in attendance, along with key cast and crew members. Whether you go Tuesday or Wednesday, it looks to be a night to remember. Facebook users can learn more at facebook.com/capricemovie.￼
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