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Exclusive photos, posters, comments: An urban nightmare in Chad Ferrin’s “PARASITES”Home,Movies/TV,News Michael Gingold
Chad Ferrin, the filmmaker whose credits range from the gritty urban shocker THE GHOULS to the surreal SOMEONE’S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR, now adapts a horror story from America’s past to modern mean streets with PARASITES. We’ve got a bunch of exclusive pics, posters and comments from Ferrin.
“PARASITES is a modern spin on the gripping true story of John Colter and his fight to evade capture by a sadistic tribe of Blackfeet Indians,” Ferrin tells Fango. According to PARASITES’ official synopsis, “The industrial barbarism of downtown Los Angeles is equal parts player and punisher in this survive-at-all-costs tale of a group of friends who get lost in the seedy streets, where they encounter a crazed gang of homeless derelicts who seize them and, one by one, horrifically kill all but one man. The surviving man escapes on foot, naked and unarmed, with a pack of depraved transients in pursuit, and only seconds away from capture. Clinging to sanity and reduced to helpless human quarry, with only instinct to guide him, can he survive this coliseum of horror?”
The cast is led by genre-film veteran Robert Miano (1st and 2nd photos below), DAY OF THE DEAD’s Joseph Pilato (3rd photo), Sean Samuels (4th and 5th photos), Rich Lee, Silvia Spross, Tim Halpin and Robert “Corpsy” Rhine of Girls and Corpses magazine; the makeup FX were handled by Crystal Nardico. “With an amazing cast and crew, we were able to pull off the greatest cinematic adventure of my career,” Ferrin says. “Every second of filming on the mean streets of Skid Row was a pure, adrenaline-filled joy. From being the last feature to shoot Los Angeles’ iconic 6th Street Bridge to getting two amazing songs from Gerard McMahon, a.k.a. G Tom Mac [of THE LOST BOYS’ “Cry Little Sister”] in the movie, it has been a dream come true. Now, with PARASITES in the can, and submissions to film festivals flying, a new chapter in its story begins. I hope the world enjoys it as much as we did making it.”
The posters were created by artist Nenad Gucunja; below the photos, you can enjoy the two G Tom Mac songs, which were previously heard in the 1980 cult Jan-Michael Vincent thriller DEFIANCE.