Not too long ago, writer/director John C. Lyons released Schism, a brilliant independent feature that tackled the real-life horror of Alzheimer’s through the eyes of a character named Neil Woodward. It’s a film that stuck with me over the years, and it’s a shame it hasn’t received more attention. Do yourself a favor: If you love horror films grounded in reality, then rent the flick on Amazon. It deserves to be seen. Thankfully, Lyons is still out there making movies.
Like many filmmakers these days, Lyons is gathering funds for his next project via Kickstarter. He’s also promising a horror flick oozing with practical effects, which is always a good thing.
From the Press Release:
The award-winning team at Lyons Den Productions are excited to announce their next feature film will be “Unearth”, a uniquely American horror story about the terrifying repercussions sown by shortsighted decisions, and what our children reap from our actions. This announcement comes with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign tomorrow, Tuesday October 6th, to raise the necessary funding for the project expected to go into production next year in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Equal parts docu-drama and eco-horror, “Unearth” was inspired by increasing environmental concerns ripped from today’s headlines. The film’s writer and director, John C. Lyons, said of the project “In light of new evidence uncovered by journalists like Public Herald regarding years of cover-up by state regulators regarding water contamination caused by the Marcellus shale industry, I think now more than ever it is time for a film like “Unearth”.
Jennifer Hooper, star of feature films “Schism” and “There Are No Goodbyes”, and an award-winning filmmaker herself, has snagged one of the film’s lead roles as has Ruth Thoma Andrews, a stage and screen veteran who’s appeared in over 50 plays in the past 30 years. Several lead roles have yet to be cast. Scripts are being sent to actors and agents and the filmmakers hope to hold auditions, both locally and online.
“Monster” Mark Kosobucki, a graduate of the Douglas Education Center for Special Makeup FX and Sculpting will serve as the film’s Special FX Coordinator and Graphic Designer. Andy Flatley, who has scored each of Lyons Den Productions’ films, will return to paint music to image.