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Trance finally sees the light of day on Amazon Prime

New poster (left) – old poster (right).

In 2007, I sold a script called TRANCE – my take on a Night of the Demons type of horror party, one that was set at a rave, cause at the time, I was knee deep in the scene and they were trendy. The film was shot that same year (starring Dominique Swain, Brea Grant and Jeremy London) and then POUF… nothing. Been trying to see it ever since.

Over the years TV Spots and Trailers surfaced, the film got brief VOD releases (under the title Blood Rave) that I missed and I heard lots of “BTS stories” that may have had to do as to why the film was never properly released. Well, my wait is over as it’s now on Amazon Prime (WATCH IT HERE). I was told they changed my script considerably and if go by the trailer – they had a lower budget then what I was told or the money didn’t wind up on screen (i don’t think it looks very good to be honest). But no matter – after 12 years, I can finally see what they did with one of my babies. So overlong unfinished business is about to be closed.

Synopsis: Sexy girls at a rave turn into bloodthirsty killers after taking a mysterious new drug.
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The Proposal to play 3 Festivals this month! Woodland Grey Teaser!

Marc Natoli in The Proposal

Our retro action film The Proposal starring Marc Natoli and Kahli Williams (which I wrote and Produced) has been on fire since its SITGES Film Festival premiere late last year. Not only will it be screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival on March 22nd in Munich, Germany, it will also screen at the MidWest WeirdFest (on March 9 before The FP) and then at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival at the end of the Month (dates TOD).

Finally, a horror film I was producer on just saw its teaser trailer drop. see it below! Congrats to lead Producers Franky Films!

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Trailer for Dolorosa Gioia aka Sweet Pain hits the web!

Feast your retinas on the English trailer to Gonzalo López’s bold thriller Dolorosa Gioia aka Sweet Pain, a film that I co produced under my Bruise Productions banner. So happy with this one!

The film was written and directed by Gonzalo Lopez and it was Produced by Javier Rueda and myself. It stars Amiran Winter, Paula Célières, and Cristian Monasterio.

Our Synopsis: “Carlo, a young music composer from a wealthy family, is going through an emotional crisis. When he moves to a new house he recalls the events that led to his condition: the moment he met Maria, his first marriage, his obsession with music, the infidelities and the brutal consequences of it. While the past returns in the form of memories, Carlo fights to recover his life, to old on to his desire to compose music and to retain his sanity. “

It is now seeking a USA premiere and worldwide distribution. Follow it on Facebook here.

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The Proposal to screen at the Landshut Short Film Festival

We’re happy to announce that after it’s successful premiere at the SITGES Film Festival late last year, our retro action short The Proposal (film that I wrote and co produced) will be screening at the Landshut Short Film Festival on March 22nd in Munich, Germany! Congrats to all involved!

The film is Directed by Ben Whimpey (producer of Quanta and Arrowhead), Produced by Antonio Raiola, Edited by Elizna van der Walt while the Juzzy Kane was the DP.  The Music is by Dmitri Golovko. It also stars Kahli Williams (Neighbors), action star Paul Allica (Trigonal) and actor/stuntman Lincoln Barros (The Wheel).

Synopsis: When gun for hire and all around tough customer Mason Stone (Marc Natoli) takes his long time girlfriend Emma (Kahli Williams) out on the town with the intent of popping the big question, he finds his proposal plans rudely interrupted by a group of highly skilled assassins who are after him. What’s a man to do in this kind of situation? Only one thing: kick butt.

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Ode to 80’s action The Proposal gets a trailer! Feature film version a possibility?


Our ode to 80’s action The Proposal now has a trailer! Check it out below!

On a  side note, although I had written off doing a feature length version of the short – the solid reception it got via its Sitges premiere and the critics, got interest from some big players – and when money talks – you know the rest – so we’re exploring all avenues at the moment. Lets see what the Movie Gods have in store for us. Who knows?

And for everybody that’s asking me where they can see the short; I hope to have an answer for you sooner than late. The Proposal stars Marc Natoli and Kahli Williams. it was Directed by Ben Whimpey, Produced by Antonio Raiola and Written By and Co Produced by yours truly.

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Bruise Productions Inc. looking for “fight themed” screenplay!

Hey all, we are presently actively searching for a FINISHED “fight themed” (can be Boxing which would be ideal, but can also be MMA, Kickboxing etc.) screenplay for development. We need something that is character driven and with a male lead. Something with heart and grit – a drama with fight scenes – not the other way around. Think more Rocky and less Bloodsport. If you’re a screenwriter and you have something of the sort, send us your logline/synopsis HERE. Thank you and God bless!

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Sitges Film Fest premiere done! The Proposal reviews kick in!

Marc Natoli and I were at the Sitges Film Festival to premiere the retro action short film The Proposal (beautifully Directed by Ben Whimpey and Produced by Antonio Raiola). Marc was producer, fight choreographer and lead actor on it while and I wrote and co produced the thing.

The main reason I got onboard The Proposal was to introduce newcomer Marc Natoli to an international film audience/industry. The man can act, has 25 years of martial arts experience under his belt, has the right mindset and is a certified 3rd Degree Bruce Lee instructor. And what better place to break Natoli in the biz on a high level than the Sitges Film Festival!

I am happy to report that The Proposal was well received and it achieved what I wanted it to achieve. Now to build off it! In fact, Natoli and I presently have an action feature in development, so stay tuned on that! A huge thank you to the Sitges Film festival for their support. Still the best festival in the world. Here are some of the Proposal reviews that surfaced after Sitges!

Sitges Red Carpet

THE ACTION ELITE
“Once Natoli is on screen you know he will be capable of bringing the pain to all comers… and he doesn’t disappoint.”

“I’ve always been a fan of John Fallon’s writing as he hearkens back to the Grindhouse/Exploitation days in his movies like Deaden or American Muscle however, The Proposal almost feels more accessible for the casual viewer and fans of old-school action fare.”

“The Proposal left me hungry for more and I would love to see it with a bigger budget and longer runtime but as it stands Marc Natoli is one to watch.”

-FULL REVIEW HERE

ACTION FLIX.COM:
“Marc Natoli takes center stage for the first time and with it, he announces himself as the new contender in on screen martial arts action.”

“Ben Whimpey, keeps everything moving at a brisk pace and never lets anything lag from beginning to end. If he can do this with 12 minutes then he should definitely be allowed to helm a bigger action spectacle. “

“Producer and writer John Fallon’s script is chock full of awesome action one liners.”

FULL REVIEW HERE

FILMESETAL.COM
“The Proposal’s production values feel very high budget. All the great qualities are there. The action scenes are top notch (better than a bunch of movies and Netflix shows – cough Iron Fist cough.), the comedy is there. All around great writing. 

Fallon was able to pack a lot into so little. That takes a lot of mastery. This script could easily be turned into a game, a full-length movie (I could see a franchise being born from that), or a kick-ass series. The director, Ben Whimpey was able to get what Fallon crafted and shot it beautifully. “

“Natoli is poised for greatness, an action star in the making!”

FULL REVIEW HERE

FILM COMBAT SYNDICATE
“The fight scenery isn’t too far off and neither are some of the quips and one-liners that will give you a chuckle in between.

“Narrating between select scenes for the suited affect, Natoli delivers both in fine form, particularly having serviced the fight choreography.”

“It puts Natoli on the map for all of us to be aware of!”

FULL REVIEW HERE

WE CAME FROM THE BASEMENT
“This is a slick little movie that has the look and feel of a larger production. The camera work and production values are top notch, as are the performances. “

“Natoli is a martial arts expert, and it shows. The fights are fluid, but not too showy. They look real, and painful, and are a lot of fun to watch.”

“Fallon’s script hits all the right notes, taking a 90-minute concept and making it work in a short amount of time. “

FULL REVIEW HERE

ARROW IN THE HEAD
“The film is all about sporting an 80’s action vibe and I dug the hell out of all the details. THE PROPOSAL knows (for the most part) just why those films were as badass, charming, and enduring as they were. This quick flick doesn’t forget to sport a sense of humor, and the subgenre-required after-kill punchlines and puns are right on for this kind of film.”

“Marc Natoli as our main hero, Mason Stone, is just right for the part; brimming with muscle for days, the man handles the action with ease. But being that this is equal parts 80’s action throw-down and light romantic comedy, Natoli also handles the charm, and comedic touches, with just the right amount of pizzazz. Kahli Williams is beyond gorgeous and possesses more than her fair share of acting skills to boot”

FULL REVIEW HERE

Presenting The Proposal before a packed house.
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Horror film Woodland Grey now in Production!

The elevated horror film WOODLAND GREY is now in Production in Montreal, Canada. Award Winning director Adam Reider (Remain Calm) helms the picture from a screenplay written by Reider and Jesse Toufexis.

The film stars Jenny Raven (Jack Ryan), Ryan Blakely (The Expanse) and screen icon Art Hindle (Black Christmas). It is produced by Francesco Giannini (The Flare), Tamara Dupuis (Marjorie) and yours truly.

On set with producer Frank Giannani.

Synopsis: When an older man living alone in the woods saves the life of a young woman, they are forced to coexist. Chaos ensues when the woman makes a terrifying discovery in the woods behind the man’s home and unleashes something truly haunting.

You can follow the production on:

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80’s-90’s action film homage The Proposal has World Premiere at the Sitges Film Festival!

Od ton80’s-90’s  action short film THE PROPOSAL (which I wrote and co-produced) will be having its world premiere at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival (see its page here) in Catalonia Spain.

It will screen at the Tramuntana Meliá Sitges Theatre on October 10, 2018 at 4:00PM. You can get your tickets here! Star, producer and martial arts expert Marc Natoli and myself will be in attendance to support the picture. My Sitges friends better be there, belly well fed with beer, ready to have a good time! 😉

The film is Directed by Ben Whimpey (producer of Quanta and Arrowhead), Produced by Antonio Raiola, Edited by Elizna van der Walt while the Juzzy Kane was the DP.  The Music is by Dmitri Golovko. It also stars Kahli Williams (Neighbors), action star Paul Allica (Trigonal) and actor/stuntman Lincoln Barros (The Wheel).

Synopsis: When gun for hire and all around tough customer Mason Stone (Marc Natoli) takes his long time girlfriend Emma (Kahli Williams) out on the town with the intent of popping the big question, he finds his proposal plans rudely interrupted by a group of highly skilled assassins who are after him. What’s a man to do in this kind of situation? Only one thing: kick butt.

Natoli Productions, ARR Productions, Indimax Productions and Bruise Productions are behind the film.

You can follow the production via the Official Instagram page here:
https://www.instagram.com/proposal_film/

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My episode of Broken Trust, new interview and The Proposal wraps!

Hey all! A couple of updates to share!

-The episode of Broken Trust episode I starred in (Home Protection) on Investigation Discovery recently aired!  If you missed it like I did, you can also check it out on Direct TV! Was fun to play yet another “mentally unbalanced” character. Compared to writing, producing or directing – acting is a holiday for me 🙂

Had a nice little chat with Matt’s Movie Reviews.net about The Shelter now that everybody can see it around the world. Give it a listen HERE! Probably the last time I’ll talk about the film in the press. Yet again you can watch The Shelter on VOD here: https://goo.gl/24eGsz 7 and on DVD here: https://goo.gl/5hAkNr

Last but certainly not least the action short that I wrote The Proposal just wrapped today! It stars actor/martial artist Marc Natoli (who also produced) and actress Kahli Williams, is directed by Ben Whimpey while Antonio Raiola was lead producer. Find out more about the film HERE! We got a big announcement in our back pocket in terms of the film’s first screening, so stay tuned! You’re not done hearing about The Proposal! That’s it for now, back to work!

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