When you write a screenplay and somebody buys it off you, you lose control of the project. But that doesn’t change the amount of hours, days and months you put in to create the thing in the first place. And yes even though it is out of your hands, you have no say and changes were made to it without your consent… you still feel a sense of ownership. Well I do anyways. And that’s what’s been happening with me and good old TRANCE, a script I wrote a lifetime ago, which was bought from me and shot in 2007 (starring Dominique Swain, Jeremy London, Brea Grant, Madeline Zima and Jessica Heap) and then vanished off the map.
Nobody behind the production ever let me know what happened with the project, nobody has ever sent me a screener of the finished film and I have no idea where the film is at now. But I haven’t given up on seeing it someday. Now and again, I look it up online and I recently found a couple of people saying they saw it On Demand either via Time Warner of Fearnet this year. So at least I now know it’s still out there. So if you’re reading this and you have access to the film, shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and hook the screenwriter up! On that, here’s the latest review I found for it.
“Just say no to drugs” does not apply.
Author: Samurai1406 from United States 5 September 2013
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I was searching for movies On Demand one night and found this one. It seemed interesting and I decided to check it out. Four friends are picking out their Halloween costumes, when they’re invited to a rave by a very beautiful girl named Laura, played by Dominique Swain. Laura gives them a drug that turns them into psychotic killers. The drug only works on women though. There’s not much else to the story. If there is, I won’t spoil anything (not that there is anything interesting to spoil anyway).
I just think that things could have been better, such as added depth. The acting was mediocre. That, along with a lot of the scenes were just dull. From the way the killings were executed, I figure that they were trying to mimic what was in Zombie Strippers, only without people turning into zombies. Despite how dull most of the movie was, I actually think it’s worth seeing. Is it decent to watch around Halloween if you have nothing to do? Yes. Is it an Oscar winner? Not even close.
The AFM is upon us and EYE SEE DEATH will be there! Written by Jason Hewlett from a story by myself and Rurik Salle. EYE SEE DEATH stars myself and Rurik Salle while the fight choreography will be done by Manu Lanzi (JCVD, Chinese Zodiac, Kiss of the Dragon, District 13, Unleashed). The film is a horror, action hybrid.
Here’s a new one-sheet for the film and the synopsis is below!
New York. One year, ten women brutally stabbed to death in their homes. This is the work of the serial killer the media have dubbed ‘The Uptown Slasher’, and it’s a case that has become an obsession for no-nonsense homicide cop Shane Carter (John Fallon). In France, the maverick Inspector Malterre (Rurik Sallé) has dedicated a good portion of his career in patrolling the most violent of suburbs, dealing with the toughest gangs and street thugs. When Carter takes down The Uptown Slasher in a decoy operation, they find out that the assassin is actually french.
In order to help the US unit on the case and to bring the madman back home for trial, the french Police sends Inspector Malterre over to New York. Alas, the Uptown Slasher eventually escapes his captors, and heads back to France with Carter and Malterre hot on his trail. But things are about to get worse. The psychopath has a secret; he can’t sleep and has been living under heavy medication for years. Without his pills, not only is he awake twenty-four hours a day, but his perception of reality gets heavily distorted, bringing forth horrific visions. During his evasion, his medication was lost and now The Uptown Slasher sees hell everywhere he looks and he won’t stop until he lets the apocalypse loose onto the world… Will the clock run out before justice is served?
FANGORIA recently interviewed me about my directorial debut THE SHELTER, starring Michael Pare, here’s an excerpt and read the whole thing HERE.
“THE SHELTER is a bit of a genre bender in the sense that it’s a horror film, a mystery, a character study, a mindf*ck, a spiritual journey and much more, all at the same time. It has a lot of layers to it, and if I go by the folks that have read the screenplay thus far, most get something different out of it, which was my intent,” proclaims Fallon. “Although THE SHELTER sports familiar elements, such as a creepy house, unexplained happenings etc., it goes much further than that thematically and has a fairly unpredictable chain of events. To give you an idea: one of our key locations is a frozen lake, draped in snow. So it’s much more than a dude trapped in a spooked house movie.”
As I say every time, I grew up on Fango, so it is always an honor when they cover one of my projects!