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Michael Paré talks the Horror in The Shelter! My thoughts on Cannes screening!

May 11th, 2015 No comments

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In anticipation for  THE SHELTER Cannes Screening on May 16 ( 4:00PM in the GRAY 3 THEATRE) here is an excerpt (from a longer interview which should be on the Blu-Ray when released) of star Michael Paré (Thomas) talking about the “type” of film The Shelter is. Scroll down at the end o this Post to watch it!

Will I be at the screening myself? To be honest, I was on the fence in terms of attending the Festival or not. On one end, I want to be there for my film and would love to see all of my friends from around the world and make new ones as I always do. On the other end, I’m an independent filmmaker; Cannes is mucho pricey and there is still a very long road ahead for The Shelter – one that I have to prep for financially. So I kept going back and forth. Recently, a new film opportunity arose and it made the decision for me.

The final outcome is: I will not be going to Cannes but I will be working on a new film project shortly one that will enrich me and give me further experience. Sometimes when you can’t make a choice – life does it for you! I said “sometimes”… I’m usually not one for waiting :) On that, THE SHELTER screens in 5 days (man that’s soon) on May 16 at 4:00PM at the Gray 3 theatre and is represented by DC MEDIAS. Contact them here! The Shelter wants a home!

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Full trailer for The Shelter and Cannes screening deets!

April 20th, 2015 No comments

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Happy Monday! You can check out our new trailer for THE SHELTER below! A big high-five and hit to David Cholewa for his invaluable trailer input! Dude’s got the touch. As for the Cannes Film Festival market, the film will screen on May, 16 at 4:00PM in the GRAY 3 THEATRE. Spread the word!

The release of this trailer feels like yet another reached echelon for me personally and for the film itself which is getting closer and closer to its Cannes screening. I knew that THE SHELTER would be a battle and a huge part of my life once I took it on – but hey, you don’t REALLY KNOW until you actually go through it and find out first had. To say this film has been a fight would be an understatement and I am very much aware that I’m not close to being done. A huge thank you to my friends, peers and family who have been supporting me throughout this journey. I couldn’t do it without you all. All right, internal monologue done!

 THE SHELTER stars Michael Paré, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle and Amy Wickenheiser. It is represented by DC MEDIAS in terms of sales.  The film was executive produced by Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions. Holbrook Multi Media completed both production and post production elements. The film was produced by Donny Broussard and John Fallon.

The film is about: On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. Inside, with nobody in sight, he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting wholeheartedly on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well-earned shut eye. All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel and notes that it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart so quickly. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?

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Dead Shadows! Why the film means so much to me and pics of cast/crew Paris signing!

April 14th, 2015 No comments

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Hey all! I’m back from Paris, France and I am happy that I got to support the French release of DEAD SHADOWS in person. Of course its home country was the last to distribute it, but hey better late than never. I will personally always look back at DEAD SHADOWS fondly. The flick means a lot to me for many reasons and allow me to share with you the main one: You see, at the end of 2009 I had a near stroke. It was one of the scariest moments of my life and it acted as a trigger for changes I HAD TO make. At the same time, the end of 2009 was when the film market bubble burst and the movie projects (i.e years of work) I had going went tits up. So all that to say, I was not doing too well. It took the bulk of 2010 for me to change my lifestyle and get my health, drive and my mind back on track (hardest year of my life thus far).  And although I had made some major headway come 2011, I was still dealing with leftovers of that awful night, something I was still learning to deal with: random anxiety/panic attacks.

With Producer/Director David Cholewa.

With Producer/Director/French brother David Cholewa.

So in 2011 when Director/Producer David Cholewa asked me to play John in DEAD SHADOWS, the film resulted in me getting back on the “film biz horse” after basically taking a year and half off to heal and rebuild myself. I hadn’t acted in anything since the near stroke, apart from a short stint on a webseries (which I did right after said life uppercut, thinking it would help me psychologically – it did not, – I was a scarred and overweight mess). Hence at the time, I perceived DEAD SHADOWS as the kick-off to the NEW beginning I was striving towards and I was right, it was and I haven’t looked back since. What doesn’t kill you… you know the rest :)

On that, a big thank you (s) to David Cholewa for involving me in this adventure, to Sylvie Cholewa and Laurie Cholewa for their kindness and hospitality (ratatouille!), to the cast/crew that were a pleasure to work with, to Producer Julien Dunand for also having me onboard and to the peeps who have supported the picture. Here are some pics from the signing in Paris (at the Metaluna Store), which also acted as a sort of reunion for us! It was great to see everybody! A little older, a little wiser – still hungry! With the film having had its home turf wide release; I can now say with a straight face that my DEAD SHADOWS ride is over. Lets get that sequel going! ;)

With co-star Fabian Wolfrom.

With co-star Fabian Wolfrom.

With my nemesis in the film Rurik Salle!

With my nemesis in the film Rurik Salle!

With co-editor Cesar Ducasse!

With co-editor and Tennis champ Cesar Ducasse!

Thank you DEAD SHADOWS! Hope to work with all of you again in the future!

Thank you DEAD SHADOWS!

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Dead Shadows French disk release and signing in Paris, France!

March 20th, 2015 No comments

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David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS will finally come full circle and be released on disk in its home country of France on April 7th. To celebrate, there will be a signing event with some of the DEAD SHADOWS cast and crew on April 4th at the Metaluna Store (7 rue Dante), which will of course sell the disk, and I am happy to announce that I will be there to partake in the event.

Here’s who will be there thus far: Co Writer, Director and Co Producer David Cholewa, fellow actors Rurik Salle and Fabian Wolfrom, editor César Ducasse and producer Julien Dunand

Here’s the film’s synopsis:

Dead Shadows tells the terrifying story of a young man, named Chris (Wolfrom), whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that Halley’s comet could be seen from earth. Tonight, a new comet is appearing and everyone in his building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There’s even an apocalypse theory going around. As the night falls, Chris discovers that people are starting to act strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. They are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they begin to mutate into something far beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris tries to escape from his building with the help of a gun taunting tenant named John (Fallon) – but will they make it out alive?

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Thanks for the joy and the pain 2014, here I come 2015!

January 2nd, 2015 No comments
Montserrat in Spain. Third time there! Love it!

Montserrat in Spain. Third time there! Love it!

I didn’t do a retrospective of 2013 on this blog, because it just wasn’t worth it. It was a year filled with waste of my time, thick bullshit and negative energy. Not one for the records. A year to forget. But at the end of the year, I had a burning desire to turn it all around and I went back to the basic rule of life. You have to pose an action to get a reaction; nothing will happen unless you prod life to budge…  so that’s what I did.

So in 2014 I “cut myself off” from said BS that ruined 2013 and started off the year by taking a huge risk, putting it all on the line in the name of directing my first film; THE SHELTER. It needs to be said that the film would not have happened without pal and producer Donny Broussard who took on and aced the pre production of the film early on. He and his team got me everything I needed and efficiently at that! I couldn’t have asked for more! Our hard working cast/crew who hustled hard on the shoot and JoBlo Movie Productions who came in and financed the Post Production once the shoot was done also helped make this dream a reality. So thank you all for that, I will never forget it.

da-boysWith Producer Donny Broussard and actor Michael Pare on The Shelter set!

Yup, getting The Shelter done was my highlight of 2014.

I felt alive on that set and in my element if you will. Having a veteran like Michael Pare as a lead was a pleasure (and an education), the Holbrooks were on f-ing fire (loved their on set ethics) and I was finally able to accomplish a dream that I’ve had for over 10 years. So I can stop this retrospective right here! In January of 2014 I finally reached what had been my Holy Grail for eons; I directed my first feature. But ya known what? I feel like babbling, so lets move on!

The rest of 2014 also had more The Shelter, The Shelter and The Shelter in it. Holbrook Multi Media and I took on Post Production duties with the whole of the process taking 8 months (on and off) to bring home.  It was a lot of work (note to self, next film, I have to pay myself), but work is fine when you enjoy what you’re doing. And what really stimulated me was that it was all creative.

Colby-Huvall-John-Fallon-Bobby-HolbrookPost on The Shelter with sound designer Colby Huval and editor Bobby Holbrook!

Locking the cut with editor Bobby Holbrook, working the score with composer Shawn Knippleberg, overseeing the VFX with Thomas Wilson or sitting down with Colby “Road House” Huval to nail that sound design; all mucho stimulating processes, made all that much more easy, being that these were fun fucking guys to work with. Needless to say I learned more about every aspect of filmmaking (and producing…ahhh…producing…  learn from your mistakes Johnny, LEARN!) from The Shelter, than I did in my entire life. That includes film school and the countless sets I have been on. So I will bring all of this new knowledge with me onto the next film (The Shadowing baby!). To say I am a better man for it would be an understatement.

Other than The Shelter, it was swell to see past work come to fruition. David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS ( a sci-fi/action film that I acted in) got its North American release via Scream Factory while Ravi Dhar’s AMERICAN MUSCLE (a film that I wrote and acted in) was unleashed on disk and Netflix via WellGoUsa. Both got good to middle ground to negative reviews but nothing entertained me more than than the “critics” who got their underpants in a bunch over American Muscle’s depiction of slutty women (the film was set in the biker world, not a Royal Wedding). Of course the fact that all the men in the film were all PURE SCUM with our leading man being the biggest SLUT of them all went over their heads but I digress. Highly entertaining reads from my POV. Thank you! needless to say that those were two projects that I am VERY PROUD to be a part of.

am-muscle-trailer-japanAmerican Muscle came out this year! It pissed some people off. That made me happy!

I also planted more seeds in 2014 in the form of two screenplays that I gunned out. I was hired to adapt/translate a french graphic novel into a script and I’m very happy as to how it turned out (I can’t say which novel it is at this stage) and then I was hired to do a polish on another script (initially written by somebody I grew up admiring), which in time wound up basically being a Page 1 rewrite to fit the producer’s wants. I can’t say which script that was either just yet but you’ll all know in due time. So two scripts in the bank and two acting roles on hold as well!

In between all that; I spent some considerable time in LA (always great to see my bro Eric Red and his lovely better half Meredith), I then fled to Spain again for a while (saw my bro Gonzalo there, hiked Montserrat once more, partied with my bud Mike Hostench and the beautiful city that is Barcelona always warms my heart), worked a script at my friend’s beach house (ideal place to write) and I got to experience some Navy Seal training in Washington DC. It was just a TINY taste of it, but I got hooked and I’ll be back to do the whole course when my wallet says I can.

kayak-johnAt home in nature.

In between all of that, I saw all kinds of Habs games live at the Bell Center (all winning games too, thx Bryant and Berge) spent lots of time in nature (nothing makes me happier than being there… nothing), hiking mountains, kayaking, sea-dooing, skiing, snowmobiling,  tree climbing, running and had a memorable booze/hockey fueled party week with my bud Bryant who came down from Australia to let loose. Fun, alcohol laced, weight gaining good times! Always great to see the lad.

Speaking of weight gain; I considerably cut down on my boozing this year. I have been spending more time in the Gym, playing hockey (not as much as I wanted), being in the wild, and more time boxing than in Pubs. I kind of like it that way to be honest It keeps me out of trouble, keeps me fit and really helps in terms of relieving stress. And more importantly – it makes me happy. I’ll be trying out Kickboxing early next year and giving classic boxing a rest for a bit, lets see how it goes!

arrow-gun-1Got a SMALL taste of Navy Seals training! LOVED IT!

2014 wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows though. As much as it was productive and rewarding, it also came with its fair share of hick-ups… such is life.  As opposed to listing all that went wrong, I’ll just list what I learned from it all and what I will bring with me in 2015

-Always back up your work cause you never know when your computer will die on you. I lost 25 pages of a spec script cause of that when my laptop went kaput. And now my PC just went down on me too (that didn’t sound right).

-I’m not a very trusting person by nature. But I was reminded the HARD WAY that mistrust shouldn’t just be applied to the people in your day to day surroundings, it also should be applied to complete strangers. People are fucking nuts out there! You have to watch your back, ALL THE TIME.

-Many are all talk and don’t keep their word, specially in the film biz. Just how it is. I have to deal with it and stop getting so pissed about it. The saying: You scratch my back, I scratch yours should be re-named as: I scratch yours, I scratch yours, I scratch yours.

-The saying: You want something done right, do it yourself, should be re-named as: You want something done, period, do it yourself, period.

hockey-johnPracticing my hockey.

-I fell for the oldest film financing deception in the book in 2014 at the hand of a scumbag “producer”, I was ashamed that after all that I have been through that I fell for such an old trick AGAIN and wasted so much of my time and efforts. It won’t happen again. Stern reminder.

-If you don’t want some nut-job out there to throw your cats in an abandoned pool and drown them to death; don’t let your cats out the house. I lost two of my feline buddies that way this year, and it broke my heart. Then I broke something else…

There’s another end of the year whopper that has already started to change my life and I will address that one when the time is right. Look for a blog entry about it in the near future.

In closing; if 2014 was the year THE SHELTER got made; 2015 will be the year when I find it a HOME! Sales, distribution and Festivals in should be interesting! I’m also excited to take on THE SHADOWING full time and get that bad-boy off the ground! I have a plan. It’s my next film as a director and I’m totally in love with the script. it’s gonna OWN! I  also got other projects up in the air with other people, a couple of acting roles too, but it’s too early for me to feel 100% excited about them i.e. I’ll believe it when it happens. I don’t buy talk – I buy action.

fallon-waterOnward and forward!

Do I have any resolutions? I guess quit Nicotine gum without getting back to cigarettes. Yeah, that would be it. Tough one. I also have a French sports spec script I’ve been wanting to write forever. I think 2015 is the year. Other than that just keep doing what I’m doing; challenge myself, work my butt off and continue to achieve. Oh and keep enjoying life. I’m thankfully a simple man and I don’t need much. Give me a lake to sit by or a mountain to hike and I’m happy as a pig in shit.

To some degree, 2015 will be uncharted territory for me; meaning that basically, my whole life changed in 2014 and now it’s time for me to find out where it goes in 2015. I anticipate lots of traveling and new endeavors that may surprise me. I made all kinds of new film biz connections in 2014 and I hope it leads to more exciting film projects in 2015. Whatever the case, I know I’ll have a good time traveling the path to find out what is in store for me! Successful or not. Rich or poor. I don’t sit on my hands and I always find a way to have a good time :) Here’s my 2015 National Anthem. RISE. :)

Happy New Year everybody! Much love and God bless!

2-sThis one’s ready to rise.

the-shelter-final-aitheadThis one’s ready to fly.

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Final one-sheet for The Shelter starring Michael Pare!

December 29th, 2014 No comments

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Hey all! You can see the final ONE-SHEET i.e. POSTER for my directorial debut THE SHELTER within this blog post! It was created by the talented Fredrik Lund. Hope you all dig it!

The film is represented by Sales Agent company DC MEDIAS who can be contacted HERE. We are presently working on creating the Official Site and the full trailer. We now have a TWITTER PAGE HERE and a FACEBOOK PAGE HERE. You can look for the film by way of DC MEDIAS at the 2015 BERLIN MARKET. Now to find the right Festival for it to premiere at… to be continued on that!

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The Shelter stars Michael Paré, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle and Amy Wickenheiser. It was produced by Bruise Productions Inc. and Donny Broussard. And executive produced by JoBlo Movie Productions and Bruise Productions Inc. Bobby Holbrook was the DP and Holbrook Multi Media handled the Post duties.
The film is about:
On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. Inside, with nobody in sight, he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting wholeheartedly on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well-earned shut eye. All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel and notes that it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart so quickly. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?
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American Muscle Japanese poster, trailer and theatrical release!

December 16th, 2014 No comments

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Ravi Dahr’s AMERICAN MUSCLE (film I wrote and co-star in) just got a cool Japanese poster and  a re-cut “hardcore” trailer (both below) and will come out on the big screen in Japan on January 27th 2015 via Klockworx!  So if you’re a Japanese fan, ENJOY! North Americans can get the BLU-RAY and DVD or watch it on INSTANT VIDEO. The film tells the heart-warming tale of:

John Falcon (Nick Principe) is a bad, bad man. But he didn’t deserve to go to prison. Now, after 10 years of hard time, he’s hell-bent on revenge. Screaming across the scarred landscape of the Yucca Valley, Falcon’s got 24 hours to inflict brutal vengeance on everyone he holds responsible for putting him away. Including his own brother.

AMERICAN MUSCLE stars Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger and Trent Haaga. It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment.

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My directional debut The Shelter with Michael Paré wraps Post Production!

December 5th, 2014 No comments

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And another step stomped down! Post Production is now officially done on my feature length directional debut THE SHELTER (which was financed by my company Bruise Productions and JoBlo Movie Productions), starring Michael Paré, Gayle James, Rachel Whittle and Amy Wickeneiser.

How do I feel? Good. It’s another firm step as to the long road ahead.  To be honest, there is still so much left for me to do, to figure out and so many hurdles left standing up (gotta get an outstanding this and an outstanding that, it’s like a scavenger hunt), that it is hard for me to “relax” and feel “great”. I’m still in “war” mode over here. On that, I look forward in swimming in shark infested waters to explore the world of sales/distribution and I’m also investigating “self distribution” for shits and giggles. Distribution has changed so much over the years and I need to catch up as to where it is now.  I don’t want to make an ill informed decision. You can also expect a new one-sheet, a full trailer and an Official Site to surface early next year. I am working on it!

PS: I’ll be exploring the Festival circuit in 2015; where the film premieres is very important to me on a personal and business level, hence I must choose wisely.

PPS: I’m also toying with the idea of shooting a music video using one of the songs from the film to then use it as a marketing tool down the road.

PPPS: I am setting up an online screener to show buyers that have already approached me and to Hollywood pals that want to see it.

Post wise, working on the film with Holbrook Multi Media was educational and creatively stimulating. Editor/Colorist Bobby Holbrook and I came up with many visceral visual motifs for the film and sitting down with sound designer Colby Huval was rewarding as well. The Shelter is a film that needed a potent sound design and I am happy to report that we have one and it meshes with the polished visuals beautifully. I am excited about the end result! Michael Pare is simply incredible in what I believe is one of the best performances of his career, the supporting cast lent him able support and the haunting music by Shawn Knippelberg and Colby Huval was the cherry on top!

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Colby Huval (sound), my sorry ass and Bobby Holbrook (editor/colorist)!

Here are some words from two key players on the project; the film would not have happened without them. Thanks again gents for believing in me and the movie.

Producer Donny Broussard: “Working with the Holbrooks and John Fallon has been a pleasure and the post process was seamless under John’s direction. I can’t wait for people to see what John cooked up in his twisted mind! I am proud to have helped bring this film to life”

Chief Editor/Colorist Bobby Holbrook: “It made sense for us to be involved in both sides of the film process since this is a unique story and needed to be woven together in a particular way, with many scenes requiring a different look. I shot with a Canon C300 using Ziess CP2 prime lenses, capturing everything wonderfully – from beautiful, wide lake shots, to cramped grimy alleyways, and the editing process consisted of fine tuning the look and feel John wished to convey. ”

In closing, THE SHELTER will be seeking worldwide distribution at the 2015 Berlin Film Market via Sales Agent DC- Medias. For now you can follow the film by way of its Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thesheltermovie

Here’s the TEASER TRAILER for the film which we put together before we even edited the movie. The colour correction has changed since.


And the Synopsis: On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. But soon enough, he realizes that the house won’t let him leave, as its doors are all locked while its windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. What does it want from him? Will he survive the ordeal?

I know where my focus will be in 2015, much like 2014 – it will all be about THE SHELTER. All good…

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American Muscle reviews!

November 23rd, 2014 No comments

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With Ravi Dhar’s AMERICAN MUSCLE now out on disk reviews are hitting the web. Some good, some bad, some downright offended by the film (which always makes me smile, good, get offended, this overtly PC world bores me)! Here are some of them! AMERICAN MUSCLE stars Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger, Trent Haaga and my sorry ass.  It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. It was directed/shot by  Ravi Dhar and written by yours truly.

Twitch: “Smashing, bloody, rude, and often nude, American Muscle captures the rowdy spirit of 70s exploitation movies and transfers it wholesale to the present day, while also instilling a dose of rueful, personal nostalgia. Make no mistake, American Muscle is first and foremost a movie about an incredibly uber-macho, extremely violent criminal — c’mon, he’s named John Falcon! — and the blood he sheds without remorse in his quest for vengeance.”- read the whole review here!

Supermarcey.com: “There is something emotionally hard hitting, in a film filled with serviceable violence and frantic fucking, about a story of a man who is “living with a memory” who finds himself unable to deal with the way things really are. It won’t be everyone’s bag of tea, but if you watch a movie like this it’s because you want what this film definitely delivers, and it does an admirable job in offering up something a bit more in my opinion. ” -read the whole review here!

Moviemet: “This is a film that delves head first into male fantasy and never bothers to come up for air.  Within minutes of the film starting, Falcon gets out of jail and starts hitchhiking, only to be picked up by a nice-looking lady. After the briefest of small talk they have sex in her car on the side of the highway in broad daylight.  In fact, for the remainder of the film, every girl he comes across ogles him with lust in their eyes. ” – Read the whole review here!

FALLON NOTE: I was actually inspired by the Bond movie Octopussy in terms of that angle. All Bond had to do was “show up” and boom women wanted him or/and he’d get laid. I thought it would be funny to do that with our hero Falcon. Alas, not many people got the joke and took it seriously.

Dienachtderlebendentexte (German): “Action // tits. Violence. Coolness. Brawls. Hail of bullets. Sex. Death. Machismo. Dust. Headshots. Asses. Testosterone. Blood. Muscle Cars. Retribution. Feminism. No – that last point was a joke. Replace it with more head shots!” – Read the whole review here!

After Movie Diner: “You can tell when a film is trying too hard because it keeps winking at the audience to get validation that everything they are doing, while gross, is all fine and in the spirit of the thing, whereas American Muscle doesn’t bother with that for one second. It simply doesn’t give a shit what you think. It sets up its situation and plays it out to its logical, tragic and gruesome conclusion.”-read the whole review here

DVD Verdict: “I understand that screenwriter John Fallon set out to write a very specific kind of movie—one in which the men are tough and the women are sexy and everyone leads a violent life. But because it’s all so calculated, there’s something ugly about it. Every single female character in the movie exists to throw themselves at some man (usually Principe, who beds three of the four women in the movie—two of them immediately upon meeting them) with sex that feels angry towards women. The one major female character in the film is a double-crossing thief, murderer in drug addict who lies around in nearly nothing and has sex with every single person near hear, man or woman. I recognize that these movies aren’t meant to be watched politically, but there’s just something repellent about a movie that’s this misogynist—even a deliberate genre exploitation movie. It reminded me of Larry Bishop’s Hell Ride from a few years ago, a movie that managed to be bad in a lot of the same ways as American Muscle. I can handle a movie that’s ugly and nasty and has a dark worldview, but it’s 2014, guys. Let’s try to do better.” – read the whole review here

FALLON NOTE: Everybody is scum in American Muscle, men and woman. The lead male character is a bigger whore than every woman in the film.  My intent was to write a trashy, smutty and nihilistic flick, that’s it, that’s all.

Cinema Masculin: ” Dès le départ, j’ai voulu aimer le long-métrage, qui s’inspire du cinéma d’exploitation des années 70/80, un genre qui est encore utilisé aujourd’hui par plusieurs réalisateurs comme Quentin Tarantino (Plup Fiction). Étant fan de ce genre, il me faut admettre qu’American Muscle remplit bien son rôle à ce titre. À l’exception de quelques éléments technologiques, le scénario aurait pu situer l’action en 1971 sans problèmes. L’histoire est condensée, avec beaucoup de flashbacks permettant au spectateur de souffler un peu pendant le film, qui durent à peine 75 minutes.”-Read the whole review here

TrainmansReviews: “Danny Trejo says, “A movie needs 3 things, Blood, Bullets and Boobs” and this film has plenty of all three. A tale of a bad guy going after some even worse bad guys. That simple!” - Read the whole review here

Movie City News:  Too often, revenge movies get caught up in sentimentality, a protagonist’s pursuit of redemption or the sapping of strength that comes with finding love at a most inconvenient time. They sometimes get tripped up, as well, by making the kind of factual mistakes that are caused by cutting corners and distract viewers from the narrative flow. Ravi Dahr’s unrelenting American Muscle wastes no time whatsoever getting to the point and staying there for its entire 90-minute length. The movie opens with a flashback to a violent crime that occurred 10 years earlier, then quickly takes us inside a prison where, presumably, one of the participants is about to be released. As played by veteran hard guy Nick Principe, John Falcon resembles a walking tattoo parlor. His muscular frame attests to a decade spent in the prison yard lifting weights and consuming steroids smuggled into the facility with marijuana, heroin and cellphones by guards and guests. It doesn’t take long to realize that Falcon is a man on a violent mission. After catching a ride with a woman who happily quenches all 10 years’ worth of his sublimated lust, Falcon is asked if he’d like to have her phone number. No, he replies, “I’ll probably be dead in 24 hours.”

Indeed, every hour of the next 24 is spent tracking down his brother, who betrayed him, and the wife he left behind when he was captured and went to prison. Falcon’s also vowed to kill the other gang members who avoided arrest and split up his spoils. He wastes no time doing just that. Writer John Fallon adds several more expository flashbacks and a few scenes in which crank whores are required to go topless, but, again, they don’t impede the forward trajectory of the story or keep Falcon from a final reunion with his brother. I’m usually not overly impressed by revenge pictures, especially those so obviously made on a limited budget.American Muscle managed to hold my interest, however, despite a deluge of wholly gratuitous bloodshed. (Gratuitous nudity is something else entirely.) It helps greatly that Dahr took advantage of the beauty and desolation of the desert near 29 Palms. Nothing says “meth labs” and “psycho-bikers” quite as eloquently as a drive through the giant “wind farms” outside Palm Springs.

YesWeekly: AMERICAN MUSCLE (Well Go USA Entertainment): Director/editor/cinematographer/music supervisor Ravi Dhar’s debut feature is a familiar revenge melodrama that sees ex-con Nick Principe embarking on a 24-hour rampage against those who wronged him, especially brother Todd Farmer. It’s familiar but fast-moving and full of gratuitous nudity and CGI violence. Co-star John Fallon is also scripted. – Read the whole review here

The Action Elite“American Muscle is essentially the ultimate male fantasy movie with fast cars, naked women and exploding heads. As long as you don’t go in looking for anything too deep then you might just have a blast. Really all you need to do is bring the beer.” - Read the whole review here.

Docteur No Review: “It’s raining blood, neurons and enough seminal fluids to fill the lungs … a fucking guilty pleasure! It’s like Tarantino on crack!”

Ravi Dhar nous plonge dans le nawak létal… AMERICAN MUSCLE est une divine agonie Z… Un torrent, à la fois décérébré et romantique, de nichons fatigués, de tatouages délirants, de gunfights vénères, de fratricides trisomiques et d’amour impossible… Comme une version sous crack de Tarantino

Un gros dur à moustache taciturne qui se prend pour Clint Eastwood (alors qu’il ressemble plutôt à un membre des Village People en tournée) sort de taule après 10 ans d’enfer… Il va se lancer dans une vendetta aussi et sanguinaire que grindhouse… Et accessoirement dans un remake mou du révolutionnaire POINT DE NON RETOUR à John Boorman. Mais version crade et vulgaire… Über vulgaire. Comme si la culture white trash (vivent les gros guns, les gros nichons, les grosses guitares assourdissantes et les grosses doses de crystal meth) se métamorphosait en parangon de subversion!

Et ben… En poussant tous les curseurs de la bienséance au delà des limites de l’entendement humain, l’inconnu Ravi Dhar nous plonge dans le nawak létal… AMERICAN MUSCLE est une divine agonie Z… Un torrent, à la fois décérébré et romantique, de nichons fatigués, de tatouages délirants, de gunfights vénères, de fratricides trisomiques et d’amour impossible… Comme une version sous crack de Tarantino (coucou KILL BILL 2). Et Ravi Dhar filme cette folie avec une sérieux et un minimalisme enthousiasmant. Résultat, on s’attache à ce héros vengeur et à ses aventures sanguinolentes… Il pleut du sang, des neurones et du liquide séminal à s’en remplir les poumons… Un putain de plaisir coupable. Ça c’est de la série B, bien plus noire qu’elle en a l’air, qui envoie les bichons! Et vive l’amour… Ça fait faire que des conneries! Notamment des séries z dérérébrées…

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Oh!Kelly’s “Howling at the Moon” joins The Shelter!

November 7th, 2014 No comments

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As Post Production comes to a close on THE SHELTER we have been finding the right songs (like Rurik Sallé’s Furui Shashin which you can hear below) for the film to support Shawn Knippelberg’s ominous score. Our more recent and final acquisition is called “Howling at the Moon” by Oh!Kelly (visit their Facebook page here).

It’s a song I completely fell in love with the moment I heard it in Colby Huval’s (our sound designer) truck. So much so that I re-arranged the music in the film a tad in order to fit it in. As per the end result, it actually all worked out for the better. You can give the song a listen below! PS: Here’s a VINE vid of writer/singer Jared O’Kelley signing the contract (I dig that pen). Happy to have you in The Shelter family bro! Rock on!

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