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

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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 get its Canadian premiere via Montreal Horrorfest!

David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS will finally gets its Canadian premiere via the Montreal Horrorfest which is part of the Montreal Comic Con. I of course have a role in the film and will be there to present the picture which will screen on Sunday, September 15th 2013, closing the Festival. Get all the deets HERE! Dead Shadows stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Narnigère and Rurik Sallé. Check out the trailer below!

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Dead Shadows infects Australia!

DEAD SHADOWS is slowly but surely infecting the world! The film is now available in Australia via GRYPHON distribution. Check them out here! And it’s in 3D at that! So I expect my Ozzie buds to catch it with a beer (s) in tow to help them see triple!

Dead Shadows was directed by David Cholewa and written by Vincent Jule. It stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, Rurik Sallé and myself. 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?

Cheers mates!

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Dead Shadows gets its UK and France distribution locked!

A film I starred in; David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS finally comes home, yes the French film just nabbed its France and UK distribution. About F-ing time! Here are the deets from the Hollywood Reporter:

TLA Releasing has closed a pair of multi-territory deals in Cannes, snatching up David Cholewa’s genre feature Dead Shadows from DC Medias for release in the U.K. and France. Cholewa’s French sci-fi horror film is set against the arrival of Haley’s comet, an event that begins to turn the world’s populace into violent mutants. TLA is planning a cross-platform release in France and U.K. for the title.

Congrats to David Cholewa and everybody else who had a hand in making DEAD SHADOWS happen!

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Dead Shadows TV Spot for its theatrical release in Greece!

DEAD SHADOWS is going straight to DVD in North America via Shout!Factory but it’s going theatrical in Greece. Very cool! You can check out a TV Spot pushing its release below! Big congrats to everybody who worked their asses off on the film! Cast, crew, effects peeps, food peeps, random french dude on the streets that spared me a couple of cigarettes at the time…everybody!


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Dead Shadows was directed by David Cholewa and written by Vincent Jule. It stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, Rurik Sallé and myself. 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?

On set with director David Cholewa...I didn't want to hear it 😉
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The Horror Asylum reviews Dead Shadows!

THE HORROR ASYLUM just reviewed David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS and here’s an excerpt of their review:

Let me first say that Dead Shadows is great fun. It will make you smile and cringe, occasionally at the same time, and credit must go to David Cholewa for striking the balance between creating something genuinely original and yet still paying homage to creature features of the 70’s and 80’s. At no point does the film slip into parody and it will keep you guessing right up until the very end. The direction is clean and crisp and never dwells too long on one scene keeping the pace of the action high. There is an atmosphere to Dead Shadows that is hard to put your finger on but throughout I had the feeling that something was about to happen, that there was something just around the corner, but even when there was a reveal or key plot moment it was always somehow unexpected.

Read the whole review here! PS: Expect some USA Dead Shadows distribution news in the near future.

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The Horror Movies Blog reviews Dead Shadows!

THE HORROR MOVIES BLOG just reviewed David Cholewa’s DEAD SHADOWS and here’s an excerpt of their review:

This French sci-fi is no doubt great, and the role played by John Fallon was simple rocking, in short. If you want some true bizarre and impressive horror visuals, then this movie is a must watch.  It is strongly influenced by John carpenter’s classic The Thing, and the most notable thing about this horror movie is its music score. The credit goes to the sound editor Alan Howarth and Kevin Riepl.

Nothing to say on the performances, as John Fallon is too perfect, and though it is a foreign film and he was unaware of the language, but he has given his best. Fallon’s role is the  most captivating, he plays with gun, sword and relishes his acting in the movie every second.

Read the whole review here!

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Dead Shadows Festival news and German DVD/Blu-Ray!

A couple of DEAD SHADOWS updates for yall! The film will be competing in the Official Selection at the Fantaspoa Festival in Brazil in 2013 (dates to be confirmed).

And the flick is now available on DVD and BLU-RAY in Germany. The Blu-Ray is in 3D (should be interesting) and I hear we’re all dubbed in German, I want to get a copy just for that, to hear myself dubbed in German. Get it here on Blu-Ray! DVD is here! For everybody asking me about its US release… the fine folks at DC MEDIAS are working on it.

Dead Shadows was directed by David Cholewa and written by Vincent Jule. It stars Fabian Wolfrom, Blandine Marmigère, Rurik Sallé and myself. 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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Two positive Dead Shadows reviews from its Sitges screening!

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..

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We Came from the Basement review Dead Shadows!

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.

Read the whole review here! NOTE: You can also listen to their radio show/podcast here, the DEAD SHADOWS review is about 45 minutes in.

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