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Producer/Director Julien Dunand’s take on The Shelter!

May 30th, 2016 No comments

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Hola! As we strive to bring you some wonderful THE SHELTER news very soon (I know I’ve been saying that for a month now, but shit takes the time it takes i.e. much longer than anticipated); I felt like sharing with y’all one of the first pieces of feedback I got about the film, in the name of giving you an idea as to what you’re in for.

The thoughts come from French Producer/Director JULIEN DUNAND, whom I worked with on DEAD SHADOWS in 2012. The lad also produced/directed BIG JOHN (2006) and DU SANG SUR LA NEIGE (2013)  and produced NWR (Nicolas Windig Refn).

“I finished watching The Shelter. Not only do I think it’s a good movie but it might even be a great one. I probably need to see it again in a few months just to be sure. All I knew before watching it was that it was some kind of a haunted house flick. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Shelter is a reflection about Christianity and redemption. It stands on its own as an independent film. I was taken completely by surprise. I never thought it would be what it was. As a Christian catholic, I completely got what you were trying to say. The film has real power, and I don’t mean the images. Yes the shots and frames are quality, and the overall work on visuals is very good. So is the excellent sound design. But I never paid too much attention to technique. Because visuals to me are concrete, almost mathematics. If you have decent money and a good crew, it’s not that complicated to have good camera work. I’m not saying it’s easy –just that it’s controllable. On the other hand what isn’t, is soul. The will to express something.

One thing I’ve learned in this business over the past 10 years is that it’s very easy to make a bad movie. And it’s even easier to make an average one. Directing is having something to say. I see plenty of brilliantly shot movies all the time, but they’re dull and useless because they have nothing to say. They are soulless. So they just exist out there in the middle of thousands of other ones and no one will ever remember them in 6 months. So what’s the point of making them? Making a first film can be so hard that if you don’t have anything to say, don’t do it. It’s just not worth it.

A true director is someone who has his own eye (le regard in French). And having an own eye means having soul, putting your heart and guts on screen. Expressing something. In the end it’s all that matters. It’s all that counts. It’s all that’s remembered. And I felt you did that.

It is also obvious to me that religion at some point played an important part in your life. All these images are very reminiscent to me of the early works of Martin Scorsese, from Means Streets right up to Cape Fear, but also of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant (Thomas’ character has a direct link with Harvey Keitel’s character). Who gets to ask for redemption? At what price? Under what conditions? The Shelter confronts these issues with power and force. It’s meaningful.

I tend to get emotional about all of this but the most important thing I want to say to you is this: You have something here. So what ever you do next, don’t fuck it up! Congratulations John!”

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Escape from the Dark Dimensions at Cannes 2016!

May 11th, 2016 No comments

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Hey all! ESCAPE FROM THE DARK DIMENSIONS (a screenplay that I had the pleasure of working on as co-writer and a film I’m slated to act in – it’s in the same vein as BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA btw) is being shopped around at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Writer/Director David Cholewa (who’s prior feature DEAD SHADOWS was distributed in over 25 territories and screened at the Sitges Film Festival) and Producer Sidney Chiu will be on hand pushing the project. They are presently in the process of attaching name talent to the film. Check out the synopsis and one-sheet below! I had lots of fun with this one, it’s a crazy ride! Kill it boys!!

“When best friends Gabe and John meet up at a local bar to discuss plans for Gabe’s upcoming bachelor party, they never expected to get caught in a battle between good and evil.  After running for their lives to escape the clutches of a psychotic vigilante cop named Largo, with a serious axe to grind, along with his furious henchmen, they seek refuge in a decrepit old community center where an unspeakable act has occurred.  The brilliantly deranged mathematician and master of the kabbalah, Rabbi Sandoval, has perfected a formula to open a portal which will destroy creation itself.  All the Rabbi needs is one more sacrifice to complete his evil scheme.  Now, Gabe and John are forced to make common cause with Largo, and two of the building original inhabitants, an old blind man, Isaac, who is more than he seems, and his young daughter Tsofia ,  to fight their way up through the floors, each of which is protected by a supernatural guardian more terrifying than the last, and somehow prevent Sandoval from finishing the ritual and opening the seventh portal.  Will they be able to stop the ultimate doom and make it back to the world they know? Or has time really run out?”

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American Muscle & Deaden will have a sister. Writing female vigilante action film Eva!

January 27th, 2016 No comments

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The last time that I wrote a screenplay on spec it was THE SHELTER and to be honest, the trial and tribulations that I have had with that film in 2015 nipped my creative streak in the bud for the bulk of the year. In short, handling the producing duties after the shoot killed the screenwriter in me. Now although I’m still carrying/pushing/hustling THE SHELTER (and with some help, FINALLY overcoming the obstacles that have plagued us); I’ve rediscovered my creative streak and am now in the midst of writing my next spec script EVA (working title, or maybe not).

After DEADEN and AMERICAN MUSCLE, I’ve always wanted to round up my “revenge” trilogy (as a writer anyways) with a female protagonist. I have been thinking about Eva and her story for a long time and I am now having a blast finally giving it life on the page. I’m relishing writing a strong, intelligent and damaged female lead character, the story that I have is unique within the subgenre and yes, there will be blood – lots of it. In between taking THE SHELTER home, setting up my next film as a director THE PRIZE, fulfilling my duties on a writing job for hire, a new project with Dead Shadows director David Cholewa and now EVA, my 2016 is off to a solid start. Off to the Pub! Got some writing to do.

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Greg Plitt, one year gone but his legacy lives on!

January 17th, 2016 No comments

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It was on this day last year in 2015 (on January 17)  that ex Army Ranger, Fitness Model, Body Builder, Motivational speaker, Actor on the rise and thrill seeker GREG PLITT passed on. Now I’ve never met Greg in real life but his death hit me like a ton of bricks none the less. Much like many of his followers out there, Greg’s videos spoke to me, moved me, educated me and inspired me. They did years ago when I found some of them on YouTube and they helped me climb out of the gutter I had dug for myself and they did even more in 2015.

You see, prompted by his passing I went to his site and I got so much out of it in terms of learning (fitness, nutrition, supplements), inspiration and motivation. You’ve been gone a year Greg, but you still live on through all of us. I can only speak for myself and say a heartfelt THANK YOU for all that you’ve given me and still give me. And thank you to the Plitt family for keeping his legacy alive via updating his website and Facebook Page. In honor of Greg, I share with you this MOTIVATIONAL MP3 (download it here), trust me when I say this: if you need a good morale boost, this will do it (I listen to this on the subway all the time). I am also sharing my fav fan made Plitt video below and finally I urge you to JOIN HIS SITE if you want to know more about training, nutrition, achieving goals, his philosophy etc. I’m actually going to ski a mountain today in his honor. God bless you brother! Your legacy lives on!

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At Greg Plitt’s place of death. Had to do it. Pay my respects…

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Vengeance Road reviews aka American Muscle in the UK!

December 23rd, 2015 No comments

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Early this year AMERICAN  MUSCLE was released in the UK on disk under the title VENGEANCE ROAD. Being that THE SHELTER has been consuming the bulk of my life, I totally forgot to keep tabs on the UK reviews of the flick. So here are four reviews that I found below! This is probably the last time that I will I post about American Muscle aka Vengeance Road, so I will end with this: I am and will always be very proud of the film. It so didn’t get the attention that it deserved from the festival circuit IMO (it was an ideal drunken Midnight audience movie) but I do find comfort in the fact that it has been gaining a sturdy cult following.

PS: I do have one more vigilante film in me, this time with a female protagonist. I already have a basic story line mapped out. Yes I kind of like the idea of leaving a”revenge” trilogy behind; screenplay wise anyways: Deaden, American Muscle and this  next one. To be continued on that! :)

Letterboxd.com:
“What better way to end this span of enforced detox than with the latest from the pen of John Fallon. VENGEANCE ROAD is a brisk uber-violent piece of glorious neo-Grindhouse”!

Brutal as Hell:
“Vengeance Road does what so few neo-grindhouse movies manage: it delivers all the old school sleaze you hope to see, but doesn’t neglect to tell a well-rounded story in an intelligent way.”

Films and Swearing (very funny review):
“Easily one of the most straight forward and most metal indy films I’ve seen!”

Horror Cult Films:
“VENGEANCE ROAD is every bit as brilliant as you’d want it to be with an anti-hero to really get behind.

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GET THE UK DVD HERE!

 

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Watch the short giallo inspired Old Number Seven online!

November 3rd, 2015 No comments

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The short OLD NUMBER SEVEN (read my production diary here) started off with writer/director Gonzalo Lopez and I getting inspired by way of a bottle of Jack Daniels, some early Argento movies and Maiden’s Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album. We wrote the film in 2 days, we got ace DP Javier Rueda on board and we eventually shot the film on a shoe string budget. The film premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in 2009 to a so-so response and based off of that screening we re-cut the film (for the better). It screened at 5 more International Festivals after that and then vanished – and pretty much everybody involved was content with that. It had vanished. It was over.

On a personal level; this film happened pretty much around the time where my whole life went downhill. So for me, on top of not performing as well as I had hoped, the short had a “bad times” connotation tagged to it, one that I wanted to leave behind me. Over the years though, every single time I’d go to Spain, Gonzalo and I would watch the film, and all depending on the amount of beers we’d have, it was either a piece of shit or a masterpiece. Either way, we’d always fun with it – in a Rocky Horror Picture Show kind of way!

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On my last trip to Spain, we watched it yet again, and although flawed, I did recognize some very solid elements within it (the opening, the abortion, the kill, Saida’s fine performance, some of the imagery) and I convinced director Gonzalo Lopez to slap the short online and fully close the book on the film if you will.

So there ya have it! You curious about OLD NUMBER SEVEN? You can watch it below! Some aspects I love, some I hate, it didn’t have the end result or life I wanted it to have… but that’s just how it goes sometimes. I’ve made peace with all of it and I now look at it fondly as it does come with its far share of good memories. I’m happy it’s now online. Cheers! JF PS: Yes Iron Maiden gave us the permission to use the opening song :)

Old Number Seven (Short Film) from John Fallon on Vimeo.

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The Shelter at the Sitges Film Festival! My thoughts….

October 16th, 2015 No comments

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The SITGES FILM FESTIVAL screening of THE SHELTER has come and gone and here are my quick thoughts on how it went down. When I presented the film I said: “You know me for films with tits and gore” and the crowd went wild and then I said “Well, this isn’t one of those” and the crowd groaned. This was the first day of the Fest, the audience wanted to party and if there’s one thing THE SHELTER is NOT is a party movie. With that aside; the crowd didn’t boo (those trustee whistles) which I saw as a positive thing and they all clapped at a certain point which at least told me they were involved in the happenings.

PS: It was star Michael Pare’s B-Day on that day – thanks to the crowd for their well wishes :)

PPS: When the flick finally rolled, I did a double take. The image didn’t look too good with the colors being all over the place. Not sure if it was my DCP, the projector or a bit of both, but the film never looked this bad on a big screen. I am still in Spain now, but when I get home, I will get to the bottom of things as I NEVER want the movie to look like that on a big screen again.

Me and Dead Shadows co-star Rurik Salle finally finishing our fight!

Post screening, I corresponded in person with folks at the Fest and online with people who enjoyed the picture and on the flip side I read some negative things online but nothing that I would call too thought out i.e. no sweat off my bulldog balls. Hence overall my SITGES was a positive one , saw old amigos (too many to name, you know who you are), made new ones, saw one film that I LOVED (Julien Seri’s Night Fare – see it), dealt with one sucker-punch burst of negative energy in a surprisingly admirable fashion (I impressed myself… God bless this new maturity), appreciated all of the fans who came to see me (signed some Shelter and even Dead Shadows stuff) and that supported me and left Sitges to hit Barcelona with a smile on my face.

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With great men Rurik Salle, Pascal Sid and Julien Seri. Keep fighting gents!

I am now talking with varied distributors who are interested in putting out THE SHELTER, say prayers, knock on wood, do whatever you do – send that positive energy our way! In closing: big thank you to the Sitges Film Festival and specifically to the great Mike Hostench for having me and making my stay there yet another memorable one. See you with the next film!

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Blessed to know this man for 10 years! The Hostench!

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The Shelter to screen in Lafayette LA this November!

October 2nd, 2015 No comments

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In the words of the immortal Gunther: “Mama mia, give me a sangria!”

Filmmaking is a team sport…period. Everybody from craft, PA, makeup, crew, cast etc. makes the film happen. So it was very important for me to lock a screening of THE SHELTER in Lafayette Louisiana (where we shot the picture), so that the people who worked on the movie would have the opportunity to see it on the big screen.

Good news is – it is FINALLY locked in stone. THE SHELTER will screen in Lafayette, LA between November 19 and 22nd 2015 at the SOUTHERN SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL. I of course invite everybody that hustled on the film to attend. Will I be there? I want to be, I am not 100% sure yet, I will know in about two weeks. But if I am, I’ll try to bring star Michael Pare with me! So there you have it! WOOT!

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I talk The Shelter with AICN!

September 30th, 2015 No comments

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I was recently interviewed by the famous fan site  AIN’T IT COOL NEWS aka AICN. We talked THE SHELTER…what else?! All I got these days :)  Here is an excerpt:

CO: Was there anything else that changed between the script and what was shot?

JF: The religious imagery. There was a statue of Christ and I do little ‘push ins’ on it. When I walked into the house location, the man who owned it was a hardcore Christian and it was filled with religious imagery everywhere. Everywhere. EVERYWHERE. It was a shrine to Christ. And I was like, okay, we’re in the right house.

 You can read the whole interview here!


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THE SHELTER will be screening at the SITGES FILM FESTIVAL on October 9th at 8:00PM at the Retiro as part of the Panorama Fantastic section! Writer/Director John Fallon will be on hand to present the screening.

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The Shelter world premiere at Film4 Frightfest! Personal recap!

September 2nd, 2015 No comments
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Hey all! So executive producer Berge Garabedian and I are back from THE SHELTER world premiere at FILM4 FRIGHTFEST in London England. I’m a bit sick, jet lagged and I probably gained 5 pounds by way of all them pints of Trooper Ale I guzzled (back in the Gym tomorrow), but I am happy!

The screening went well from my POV. Granted not everybody will like what you create, especially when it’s something that is in some ways “non-traditional” like The Shelter, and that is fine. On that, I found it very rewarding to hear from the people who did esteem it, those who were moved by it and got something out of it. That has been my favorite part of this process thus far. Moreover, the reviews that came out of the Fest (below) were positive for the most part.  I’m anticipating more reviews/interviews to surface in the following week. I’ll of course keep you all in the loop!

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Thanks for the support goombah! None of this would have happened without you.

In closing, I want to say a big thank you to the Film4 Frightfest team ( Alan Jones, Greg Day, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy) for having us and the film. We had lots of fun and I was happy to learn first hand WHY Frightfest is considered to be one of the best genre Film Festivals in the world! And of course a huge thank you to the people who showed up at the screening!  I also saw old friends on this trip and made many new ones. In short,  I’m feeling blessed like a mothertrucker today! – All love baby! All love.

You can expect more THE SHELTER news shortly. I am hoping that the Frightfest showing will act as the beginning of a new chapter for the movie. This has been and still is a long and hard f*cking road. I’m learning a lot as I forge forward (like just how much longer of a journey getting an Indie film from point A to point Z truly is). All good though. Onward and forward!

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SCIFINOW: “The Shelter swirls Christianity and Silent Hill-levels of guilt to torment its protagonist, and Fallon’s strong visual style combines with a very strong turn from Pare to good effect. There’s a confidence to Fallon’s choices too, as he gives us a not particularly likeable protagonist and maintains a sombre tone throughout this emotionally raw journey.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

STARBURST MAGAZINE: “For all its anger and impressive visuals, The Shelter is a meditative piece about moving from confusion to the acceptance of something perhaps cannot be fully understood. Fallon’s piece is piercing as a disconcerting family dreamscape.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

MOVIERAMBLINGS.COM: “Director John Fallon keeps the audience on their toes, as well as off balance, with a series of scenes that practically force the viewer to pay attention. From what appears a simple opening the film opens up into musings on life, love, loss, suffering and redemption.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS:The Shelter is the directorial debut of John Fallon who, up until now, has had a steady career as an actor and writer. His first venture running things highlights a lot of visual flair and a head full of ideas. A tale of one man’s existential plight, the horrors within The Shelter aren’t your usual jump scares or buckets of blood. Imagine being trapped, watching a movie of all your greatest mistakes with no way to turn it off, that’s way more horrifying than anything Carpenter could dream up. ” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

NERDLY: “The Shelter is at its core a one-man production, with Michael Paré carrying the film entirely on his shoulders and often without saying so much as a word – often backed only by atmospheric visuals and a strong, sullen, score. And Paré revels in it, easily giving his best performance since the actors early 80s heyday.” -READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

BRITFLICKS: “It’s an uncomfortable watch as real become unreal! THE SHELTER broods on the edges of hope, but like all falls from grace, rock bottom is as high as Thomas will ever get and this story rubs him into the dirt like a discarded cigarette.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

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AINT IT COOL NEWS: ” Writer/director John Fallon conveys this theme of loss and regret clearly and expertly. Sure, that makes for the exact opposite of the feel good movie of the year, but it does make for a pretty fantastic character study of a man who has crumbled to almost nothing.Pare really gives it his all here, plunging to emotional depths I never thought he was able to do and doing them with a real sense of soul. – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE!

FROMDUSKTILLCON: “The Shelter is a beautifully crafted movie that every horror fan should see. It’s clearly a love letter to the genre.  If you love movies that don’t spell everything out for you and leaves it up for debate and discussion, then this is the movie for you.  I personally can’t give it high enough praise for accomplishing what it did.  You owe it to yourself to check it out ! – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE!

 

DREAD CENTRAL: “Paré, doing most of his acting alone and in relative silence, is a standout. He’s got to carry this whole film on his shoulders, and he does it ably. It’s Paré’s parade, lock and stock.   Overall The Shelter is enjoyable, well made and ably acted. It is definitely worth a look for fans of psychological slow burns.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

 

SUPERMARCEY: “THE SHELTER is one of those special indie films that comes along out of the blue and completely floors you. Since watching this film, I haven’t stopped thinking about it and its deeper meanings. You know you have seen something special when it leaves you shaking and wanting more. A fine film, that fit me like a glove. - READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

 

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