Two positive reviews surfaced (in Spanish) from the DEAD SHADOWS screening at the Sitges Film Festival. I translated these segments to the best of my ability.
The first was a small one from Miradas.net:
David Cholewa’s debut Dead Shadows lack of pretension was its best advantage and its worst handicap. The film is a sensible but innocent homage to the creature that fed the creators as children. We have Lovecraft imagery, John Carpenter influences, some visuals that evoked the best of Yuzna, the comics of Eleuteri Serpieri and the delirium of Toshio Maeda. A simple film with, a good rhythm, notable visual effects, an apocalyptic romance and a cast that works well enough where John Fallon easily stands out with a character with iconic potential but not fully capitalized on by the filmmakers.
The second is from the site El terror Tiene Forma:
The actors are better than average, the protagonist Wolfrom Fabian and his partner Blandine Marmigère give it their all as the helpless hero and his romantic interest. One must recognize that Wolfrom is a lot better than the norm in communicating sadness. Also one must emphasize the presence of Rurik Sallé, a familiar face in the French horror cinema scene. But the big surprise is cult actor John Fallon, as a he steals the scenes he’s in with a character tailor made for him..
Dread Central: And there’s the key word for Dead Shadows…fun. This movie is an absolute blast for its entire 70-minute run. It’s sci-fi, it’s horror, it has aliens and zombie-like creatures with tons of action and stunts. The fight scenes are great, the sex scene is incredibly memorable and the F/X work is very effective. The filmmakers blend slickly created CGI with practical effects, making a nightmarish landscape of terrors. And the weapons…you name it, you’ve got it. Guns, swords, baseball bats, I even saw a tank go rolling through one scene. All this eye candy adds up to a great time for the viewer.
Super Marcey’s Super Website: Fabian Wolfrom was a solid lead, and he pulled off everything rather well. John Fallon for me stole the show, he was charismatic, witty and a badass cool cat – he’s the one you’d want on your ‘Survive The Apocalypse’ team. The script I thought was very sharp, and the build up was spot on. It really is very well rounded, and my only gripe is I wished it were a tad longer. I was so engaged with the film that I actually didn’t want it to end.
The clock is ticking down, almost there, we start shooting BILLY TRIGGER in a bit more than a week. This is an exciting time for me for many reasons. First, it’s a script I’ve been trying to get off the ground for 5 years, so am pretty stoked to see it finally come to life. Moreover it’s the most ambitious role I’ve ever tackled on a physical standpoint. Been training hard the past months, not to bulk up or even look ripped (although am getting there on the latter), but to build endurance which I will need big time for this particular shoot. I feel ready. I’ve been taking the rust off my kicks (am green belt Taekwondo, but that was along time ago), my upper body skills are well greased (went back to boxing this year, so all good ) and am learning new things in fight rehearsals (MMA type of fighting). Oh and am finally off book in terms of my lines. Bases = covered.
I say this all the time, I’ll say it again here. Making a film is the equivalent of going to war. You got a first in command, his right hand man and his soldiers. All with one singular goal in common; to take down the fort. But making a film with a low budget, especially one like this one; that is filled with action scenes and has a lot of locations; is the equivalent of going to war with popguns. It will be a challenge but I feel well surrounded and am counting down the days till we charge, can’t look back and will fight till it’s in the can. Godspeed Billy Trigger team! Let’s do this!
NOTE TO SELF: Stock up on painkillers, ice packs, Red Bull and protein bars, I will need them.
David Cholewa’s Dead Shadows will screen at the upcoming UTOPIALES FILM FESTIVAL in Nantes, France on Saturday November 10 at 9PM (ideal time, not too late, not too early). Dead Shadows stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, badass Rurik Sallé and myself as tough guy John. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! Here’s the film’s synopsis, and the trailer below!
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?
On the day it is to screen at the Sitges Film Festival (merde a tous), fellow Canucks at the movie/podcast website WE CAME FROM THE BASEMENT just reviewed David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS (I play the chipper John in the film) and here’s and excerpt of their positive review:
Our man John Fallon steals the show. He’s got leading man charisma and comes on like a young Bruce Willis. Its a shame he isn’t the lead because this is his movie. And he puts some serious foot to some creepy mutant ass. But I can’t knock Fabian Wolfrom either. His is an interesting story arc. I also dug the boy-meets-girl-at-the-end-of-the-world romance with Claire. Their scenes work really well without overshadowing what I’m here to see — the action and freaky shit. And there’s a lot of awesome, original freaky shit going on here.
While in France for the premiere of DEAD SHADOWS at L’Etrange Festival, the Cryptkeeper blog interviewed some of the cast and crew, namely producer Julien Dunand, actors Fabian Wolfrom and Rurik Sallé, screenwriter Vincent Jule, director/producer David Cholewa and me (acting as set decoration) ;). Check it out below to get more insight as to the making of the film. Brush up on your French yo!