One horror flick that has me curious is Gary Jones’ Bunyan, a reimagining of the tall tale of titanic lumberjack Paul Bunyan that brings his legend to bloody life as a 15-foot giant maniac with a very large ax. Producer Jeff Miller was kind enough to send over some news stills from the movie and word of a new cast member who’s no stranger to forests.
Dan Haggerty, best known as TV’s “Grizzly Adams” but forever in the heart of schlock movie fans like myself for his portrayal of a chain-smoking department store Santa battling an evil Nazi elf in the bad movie classic Elves, has joined the cast of Bunyan.
Here’s the latest press release regarding the ongoing filming of Bunyan:
“BUNYAN, the new horror/creature film from director Gary Jones and producer Jeff Miller, filmed for several more days in Ohio this fall.
In other news, actor Dan Haggerty (TV’s “Grizzly Adams”) has been added to the cast. He will play “Foreman Bill” in crucial flashback scenes.
Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps is handling the bulk of the creature and makeup FX. Kurtzman has also come aboard as co-producer of the film.
The movie is a dark, contemporary take on the tall tale of lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Kids at a first-time offenders’ boot camp discover that the legend of Paul Bunyan is real but is much more horrifying than they could have imagined. They incur the wrath of the 15-foot monstrous giant, who was banished from town 100 years ago and thought dead.
Recent filming was at the Pleasant Hill Dam and in and around Mohican State Park and Forest and Crestline, Ohio. Previous filming was in Southern California.
The movie stars genre vet Joe Estevez, Tom Downey (JOLLY ROGER: MASSACRE AT CUTTER’S COVE, TRANSMORPHERS), and Tim Lovelace (MOSQUITO). Jesse Kove, Amber Connor, Cliff Williams, Victoria Ramos, Kristina Kopf, and Jill Evyn round out the cast.
Jones directed BOOGEYMAN 3 for Ghost House. He has directed several other “big” creature movies, including MOSQUITO, SPIDERS, and CROCODILE 2. Miller (BALLISTICA, HELLBLOCK 13) and Jones are producing through their company, Kinetic Filmworks. The screenplay was written by Miller and Jones, who wrote JOLLY ROGER together, along with newcomer Jason Ancona.”
As you’ll see in this trio of new stills, Bunyan leaves behind quite the enormous footprints and wields an ax that would certainly cause Victor Crowley to experience a massive case of male inadequacy.
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