On-line monster series “FEAR FORCE FIVE” coming for Christmas; trailer, exclusive picsMovies/TV,News Michael Gingold
Jack Perez, director of SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE, returns to the giant-monster territory of a couple of his earlier movies with FEAR FORCE FIVE, an Internet series debuting later this month. Read on for his comments, a few exclusive photos and the just-debuted trailer.
Debuting December 23 at CineFix, FEAR FORCE FIVE is set in, as Perez (pictured in 1st photo below) describes it to Fango, “a boring beach community where a handful of 20somethings who’d rather be anywhere else end up being charged with defending the town, and the world, against an onslaught of marauding gigantic monsters. Keene McRae is Mike, the brooding, sarcastic protagonist—a modern-day George Bailey who just wants to get the hell out of his crap town, only to discover that he’s charged with staying and saving the world every week. Jason McNichols plays Shawn, his painfully geeky, tech-wizard best friend; Jasmine Hester is Mike’s bright and beautiful marine biologist ex, Emma; Verona Blue is Vera, a punked-out, fully tatted bad-ass who owns the local motel and has an ongoing affair with Mike; and Michael Hudson is Rod, the annoying fellow marine biologist who is currently dating Emma.”
In the midst of the quintet’s interpersonal drama, which Perez says makes this more than a mindless monster show, there’s plenty of destructive action inspired by creature features of the past, from THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN to WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS. The threat in FEAR FORCE FIVE’s pilot is a Mega Zombie Pirate, created by Dean Jones and his American Makeup FX crew (with Jessee Clarkson overseeing the miniatures and Scott Roon supervising the digital/compositing FX). Perez previously explored this territory in the TV movie MONSTER ISLAND and (under a pseudonym) the Asylum cult flick MEGA SHARK VS. GIANT OCTOPUS, but says this project allowed him a lot more freedom.
“As I’ve whined many times over, MEGA SHARK was taken away from me in the editing phase,” he says. “On MONSTER ISLAND, I had more money because of all the stop-motion animation, but again was always dealing with notes. With FEAR FORCE FIVE, even though the budget was low, the creative autonomy was there. I was basically free to go nuts, and I learned on those past movies not to be afraid to let my imagination run wild—that in a giant-monster movie, it’s more fun for everyone if you kinda go crazy with stuff. That’s what yielded the better moments in MEGA SHARK, like the shark jumping 30,000 feet out of the ocean and eating the plane. So on FEAR FORCE FIVE, I felt liberated to do some crazy, messed-up shit—like a mutated great white shark that lives inside the skull of the Mega Zombie, and periodically shoots out of the monster’s eye socket and eats people!
“All kinds of 1950s, ’70s and ’80s-inspired mutations are forthcoming,” Perez adds. “I hope to resurrect our Mega Zombie and pit him against some of these new marauders in future episodes, à la KING KONG VS. GODZILLA and DESTROY ALL MONSTERS.”
The FEAR FORCE FIVE pilot will be shown as three separate episodes, along with a behind-the-scenes documentary, at CineFix, all for free. You can read more about the series in Fango #329, now on sale, and check out the trailer below the photos.