While on the set of Plague Town over the weekend (read my set visit preview here), I got a chance to chat with makeup effects man Brian Spears, who during our conversation made mention of another film he worked on recently that I couldn’t help but pick his brain about; Glenn McQuaid’s I Sell the Dead, the next pic we’ll be seeing from Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix.
”I’ve done a lot of stuff; various genres and budgets, but this is the movie I cannot wait to see how it turns out,” Spears told me, ”It’s the movie I’ve been waiting to do. I’m a huge zombie freak and this, the zombies aren’t just extras, they’re actors, they’re giving a performance. We’re not making just background monsters; these are actual characters.”
For those unfamiliar with the plot, it involves two grave robbers; “Lost” star Dominic Monaghan and Fessenden himself, who tell their life story to a priest (Ron Perlman) before they’re sent to the chopping block. It’s revealed that these two weren’t just ordinary grave robbers, and that not all corpses are equal.
”The director, Glenn McQuaid, is the coolest guy in the world,” Spears continued, ”He knew what he wanted and while sometimes that could be a problem, it always worked out really well. I’m pretty low on the totem poll in this industry and what that guy gave me the freedom to do was just awesome.”
From the sounds of it, I Sell the Dead is going to be another quality output from Glass Eye, something that doesn’t bend to the usual genre conventions and actually tries to stand out from the crowd which, if nothing else, can be said of every film from the company since its inception. ”They just want to make really good movies and you don’t find that too often,” Spears said of the business, ”It’s usually more about the profit but for Glasss Eye, they just want to make good films and if there’s a profit, that much better. They’re fans!”
They’re planning to go back in late November/early December to shoot some final scenes with Ron Perlman, who’s been out of town doing a little film called Hellboy 2, so expect to hear more about it very soon! For now, though, you can click here to see the I Sell the Dead teaser in our Broadband section, then head to the official I Sell the Dead site for more info!
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