Early Details on MAD Z Productions’ The Devil’s Nightmare

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MAD Z ProductionsDave Zagorski of MAD Z Productions recently got in touch with us to announce the company’s next horror project: the gruesome occult thriller The Devil’s Nightmare. Addiction can be your own personal hell…

From the Press Release:
A remake of Jean Brismee’s Belgian/Italian film from 1971 (not released in America until 1974 and alternately titled La plus longue nuit du diable, Castle of Death, La terrificante notte del demonio, and Succubus), The Devil’s Nightmare is written and directed by Dave Zagorski (Killing Brooke), who’s producing under his MAD Z banner alongside Johnny Donaldson.

Veteran indie scream queens Seregon O’Dassey (Cleric, Ghost Watcher 2) and Devanny Pinn (15 til Midnight, Nude Nuns with Big Guns) join a cast that includes Donaldson, Kt Baldassaro, Colin Allen, Ray Hryb, Dina Baker, and Chris Shanahan (all encoring from Killing Brooke) alongside newcomer Camee Manderfield in this gory tale of demonic temptation and terror. Jared Skolnick, an award-winning director in his own right (for his short H.P. Lovecraft adaptation The Music of Erich Zann), reprises cinematographer duties from Killing Brooke, shooting on the Canon EOS 7D.

The original Devil’s Nightmare starred flame-haired Italian screen goddess Erika Blanc (best known for her role in Mario Bava’s classic ghost story Kill Baby Kill) as an evil succubus preying on a group of travelers stranded at a remote castle owned by a cursed baron. Presaging David Fincher’s Se7en by over two decades, Blanc killed each unlucky traveler in accordance with one of the seven deadly sins. This new Nightmare will retain the sinful focus but modernizes the story by updating the locale to an experimental rehab facility where people’s addictions will become the end of them.

Dr. Henry Rhoneberg (Shanahan) has developed an experimental technique to completely cure people of the vices that rule their lives and has gathered a motley assortment of addicts – from an easily angered alcoholic to a rock star with a love for excess (is there any other kind?) – in a remote facility for treatment. No sooner does the group settle in before interpersonal relationships begin to conflict, people fall into bed, a mysterious stranger arrives at the door…and then the killing starts…

A gruesome homage to both the original film and Italian horror and splatter cinema in general (including a rather stomach-churning shout-out to the legendary Lucio Fulci), The Devil’s Nightmare will delight, gross-out, and have horror audiences everywhere cheering.

The Devil's Nightmare

“I liked the original but definitely thought it could be better. Felt with a little modernizing it could work for today’s audience,” Zagorski says in regard to why he’s mounting a remake. “I agree,” says Donaldson. “The first one has a great idea at its core that could use a little tender loving care. The original was decent, though hardly a classic of Italian horror cinema, and it falters by not making the seven deadly sins premise very clear. Here we’re taking that, running with it, and hoping to make a kick-ass, scary, fun supernatural horror flick in the nasty Eurohorror mold. You know – gore, sex, weirdness. All the things that make horror great.”

MAD Z Productions is hoping to get production rolling this summer for a planned 15-day shoot. Click the link below for more info.

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