“HELL FIRE” burns on DVD this December; exclusive commentsMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
A very different take on deviltry arises at the end of this year when the outrageously entertaining HELL FIRE blazes into release. Read on for the details, the trailer and cover art and exclusive words from one of the filmmakers.
Written and directed by Marc Fratto and produced by Fratto and Frank Garfi (the Insane-O-Rama Productions team behind STRANGE THINGS HAPPEN AT SUNDOWN and ZA—ZOMBIES ANONYMOUS, a.k.a. LAST RITES OF THE DEAD), HELL FIRE is a blood-drenched and blackly humorous marriage of the horror and crime genres. Midnight Releasing issues the movie on DVD December 30; the synopsis: “Meet the Antichrist. He’s been kidnapped by a group of prostitutes who’ve mistaken him for someone else, and now they’re about to find out exactly who they’re messing with. One by one, the women become possessed by demonic forces and turn on each other. As the bodies begin to pile up, the girls fight for their lives and to save mankind against the Prince of Evil.” Extras on the DVD are:
“It’s a little different from what we’ve done before,” Garfi tells Fango. “Our other movies have had multiple stories that come together as one in the end, while this is one story from beginning to end—a very tight, straightforward script. We’re very happy with it.”
HELLFIRE, an award-winner at several festivals, features “an incredible cast” led by J. Scott Green (from STRANGE THINGS and ZA, plus James Tucker and Joshua Nelson’s PINK EYE and EAT YOUR HEART OUT) as the Antichrist, Katelyn Marie Marshall as Justine, Selene Beretta as Rosetta, Jennice Carter as Shanice and Kasey Williams as Cinnamon, plus Chris Davis as Dark Gable, the girls’ pimp. “They’re all new actresses, but they’re incredible; we really got lucky,” Garfi says. “The chemistry between these people is so natural, and it really shows on screen.”
The streamlined plot led to a different production approach for Insane-O-Rama’s third feature. “It was the first time we shot a movie from beginning to end, all in one block of time, instead of on weekends,” Garfi explains. “It’s so night-and-day. We just took three weeks off and rented a house in the woods, and most of the movie takes place there, so it’s a beautiful thing—we just set up once and that’s it. It’s the way real movies are made, I suppose! Marc and I did practically every job; we got help here and there, but for the most part, it was the just the two of us doing everything.”
Actress/makeup artist Melissa Roth was responsible for the special FX, which follow in the messy tradition of Insane-O-Rama’s previous flicks. “You can expect it to be just as bloody,” Garfi says. “We shot in HD, and we can’t wait for people to see this one. It’s everything people expect from Insane-O-Rama!”