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Director talks “CAPTURED HEARTS,” with Durning, Loggia, Todd, etc.; exclusive pics, NSFW trailer

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A clutch of veteran actors, along with a selection of scream starlets appear in the independent murderama CAPTURED HEARTS, which is set to premiere this summer. Read on for exclusive comments from the director and a look at a couple of exclusive photos and the NSFW trailer.

CAPTUREDHEARTSNEWS1CAPTURED HEARTS is one of a pair of films (the other being SCAVENGER KILLERS) directed by Dylan Bank of 2005’s NIGHTMARE and written (with actress Rachael Robbins) and produced by Kenneth Del Vecchio. It’s set in the tiny town of Mansionville, where the beautiful and brilliant Van Houten sisters are the backbone of the local economy—one is the only doctor, another the only lawyer, etc. Every year, the five girls take a vacation—during which five local men go missing, victims of the Van Houtens’ desire to “capture their hearts.” When a documentary filmmaker becomes stranded in Mansionville after his car breaks down, he begins looking into the disappearances, to his eventual peril. The cast includes Robbins, Charles Durning in his final film role, Robert Loggia, Tony Todd, Suzi Lorraine, Seregon O’Dassey, Jamie White, Melantha Blackthorne, SAVED BY THE BELL’s Dustin Diamond, Tony Award winner Wilson Jermaine Heredia and Robert Bogue.

Bank recalls that he was in the midst of editing SCAVENGER KILLERS when Del Vecchio and Robbins sent him the CAPTURED HEARTS script. “I was like, ‘What? We’re not even done with the first damn movie!’ ” the director recalls. “So I opened the file and started reading, and did what everyone does when they get through its first few pages: check the file to make sure I downloaded the right screenplay. It has Jesus Christ, Satan and Santa living in the same apartment together—and then a few pages later, it all makes sense. At least in our kind of way.”

Bank describes CAPTURED HEARTS as “kind of the inverse of SCAVENGER KILLERS—character types who were victims in that film are now the killers. So many horror movies are themed around men killing women, we just felt it would be refreshing to flip it. At one point, I joked to Rachael Robbins that she, Ken and I were in a contest to see who could come up with the most f**ked-up ideas. The real challenge with making a film like this is that it’s all gotta be fun. This isn’t a socially conscious horror movie that illustrates the real-life consequences of murder and sexual violence; this is a midnight sex-and-gorefest. Tonewise, CAPTURED HEARTS and SCAVENGER KILLERS are perfect companion pieces. I made them as a kind of unofficial double feature. They have no plot connections, and are stand-alone films, but they’re also made to go perfectly back to back.”

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To further the connection, a number of the SCAVENGER cast carried over into HEARTS, including Durning, Loggia, Lorraine, Robbins, Diamond and Bogue. “When someone’s good, and easy to work with, you’ve got to hang onto that,” Bank explains. Another “character” in the movie is its key location: “We shot a large portion of CAPTURED HEARTS in the gigantic old Paramount Theatre in Middletown, NY. That place is so huge, the owner told me the heating bill was 10 grand a month. It was made for silent movies, and is one of the few that’s left; it still has the pipe organ that can do all the sound effects and everything, a balcony, fancy lobby, curtains, the whole nine yards. It’s the kind of gorgeous place you can’t get a bad shot in, so that’s where we had the sisters take their male victims to torture and rape to death.”

The Paramount will be a perfect place to see CAPTURED HEARTS, too. That’s where we’re having the premiere, June 1 as part of the Hoboken International Film Festival,” where SCAVENGER KILLERS will be the opening-night feature on May 31. “It’s a rare treat to see a horror movie in the same place it was filmed,” Bank says, “so we’d be mental not to show it there. And it’s perfect that we’re premiering at a festival sponsored in part by Zombie Apocalypse Vodka. If you’re curious about taking a zombie shot, this is your movie.”

Look for more on CAPTURED HEARTS as well as SCAVENGER KILLERS at this site soon!

About the author
Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor, the position he holds to this day while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews.
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