It’s been a long time since there’s been anything new from Philip Cook, an industrious low budget filmmaker whose films Invader and Despiser are overlooked gems deserving to be rediscovered. He’s finally back behind the camera with a new web series called Malice that puts a very different spin on the idea of Alice going down the rabbit hole.
Malice concerns the Turner family’s supernatural adventures in their late grandma’s home. It’s up to teens Alice and Abbey to solve mysteries and survive dangers emanating from the old home. And when people start disappearing, Alice–the sixteen year-old with an active imagination–must go down the “rabbit hole” and confront a shocking revelation.
This contemporary Gothic horror-fantasy web series starring Brittany Martz, Rebekkah Johnson, Mark Hyde, Leanna Chamish, and Matthew Gulbranson begins with bi-weekly episodes January 15th.
Philip Cook’s 1992 Invader is a witty pre-“X-Files”-ish science fiction flick about a reporting investigating UFO sightings that turn out to be the work of an ultra-nationalistic, megalomaniacal, giant robot built in part from reverse engineered UFO parts that decides to nuke the rest of the world for the greater glory of the United States of America.
Cook’s entertaining 2003 supernatural “Mad Max”-ish Despiser revolves around a small band of characters trying to find their way out of Purgatory while having to deal with the monstrous occupant of a crashed UFO that doesn’t realize it’s dead and has made itself overlord of the afterlife.
With Malice it seems Mr. Cook is keeping with what seems to be his modus operandi of taking about a decade between projects. He may truly be the Terrence Malick of micro-budget genre filmmakers.
Check out the trailer for Malice below, and then head over to the Malice Facebook page for more info on this web series beginning January 15th.
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