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Exclusive photos and comments, plus NSFW trailer: “ALICE IN WONDERLAND meets MANIAC” in “THERESA & ALLISON”

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Jeremiah Kipp, director of numerous acclaimed short horror films, makes the leap to features with THERESA & ALLISON, which he describes to Fango as “If William Lustig had directed ALICE IN WONDERLAND in the style of MANIAC.” For more words and exclusive pics as well as the first trailer (with NSFW imagery), jump past the jump!

THERESA & ALLISON, currently in the midst of shooting, “is my attempt to go back to the gritty NYC sleaze of Lustig,” Kipp continues, “only relocated to Brooklyn so we keep up with the times. It’s a coming-of-age story drenched in blood, in which our main character Theresa gets led into a nocturnal subculture of lesbians, murderers, all manner of sadistic mayhem and the supernatural, and horrors that push into the realm of NC-17—if we even bother to attempt getting an MPAA rating. It’s definitely the grisliest and nastiest genre film I’ve made to date, which pushes the envelope while retaining strong characters played by experienced actors and a macabre dark sense of humor.”

THERESAISABELLEEXCPICSNEWS7That cast includes Arielle Hope as Theresa, Sarah Schoofs from GUT and PHOBIA as Allison, Charles Lincoln (also the movie’s writer/producer) as Tony, Alyson Danielczuk, Pooya Mohseni, Alexandra Frantsevich, Jennie Sedlacek, Amy Jo Jackson and Sarah Kraus. Lincoln, son of Fred Lincoln from the original LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, tells us, “I’ve always been fascinated by the ways that we, as human beings, tend to think of ourselves as more civilized than we are, yet when either circumstance or opportunity arises, those masks often come off very quickly. One of the things I wanted to touch on in THERESA & ALLISON was that struggle within us, between what we deem proper and what is in our in nature. How many of us would suddenly be capable of monstrous things if we were suddenly given absolute freedom?”

One of the more unpleasant characters Lincoln came up with is the guy he himself is enacting. “Tony is such a fun character to play, because he’s an unmitigated douchebag. He doesn’t care enough to hide it. I based him on a lot of people I remember my mom and dad being friends with when I was a little kid. Just this old-school New York City hustler who thinks with his dick and doesn’t care who he harms to get his way. He’s always playing at something, and you know it and he knows you know it, but you don’t know just what he’s playing at. That’s what makes him so much fun.”

Tony’s aggressive masculinity puts him in the minority in THERESA & ALLISON, though, as Schoofs notes, “The majority of the cast is female, and they are a strong, sexual, manipulative, feisty, powerful group of women. It’s like the Cellblock Tango raised to a supernatural level. For those who have seen PHOBIA, Allison is like my character at the end of that film, only packaged as a sweet, innocent, sexual, fun-loving girl—definitely a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And true to all of my characters in horror, I will at some point be naked and covered in blood.” See the trailer below the photos, and to keep up with THERESA & ALLISON’s progress, hit up its Facebook page!

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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. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.

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