We’ve been following the progress of the new folklore-inspired horror flick Bunyan. If you’re at Shockfest in Hollywood next weekend you’ll be the first to get a chance to see the giant lumberjack chop up some campers.
I’ll let the press release fill you in:
BUNYAN, the new horror/creature feature from director Gary Jones (BOOGEYMAN 3) and producer Jeff Miller, will have its World Premiere on November 17 at the Shockfest Film Festival in Hollywood.
“We think it’s pretty cool to be a part of Shockfest,” says writer/producer Miller. “They have great things planned. No one’s done this character before in horror, and we think horror fans will enjoy it.”
BUNYAN is a dark, contemporary take on the tall tale of lumberjack Paul Bunyan. Kids at a first-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.
The movie stars genre vet Joe Estevez, Dan Haggerty (TV’s “Grizzly Adams”), Tom Downey (SyFy’s WAR OF THE WORLDS), and Tim Lovelace (MOSQUITO). Amber Connor, Jesse Kove, Kristina Kopf, Clifton Williams, Victoria Ramos, Jill Evyn, and former WWF wrestler Chris Hahn round out the cast. This is the first major role for Kove, son of veteran actor Martin Kove (THE KARATE KID 1-3, RAMBO).
Shockfest, in its sixth year, will be held at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, across from Paramount Pictures. BUNYAN has the coveted “closing nightmare” slot. It has already secured five festival nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Estevez), Best Writing, Best Monster, and Best Special Effects. Filming on BUNYAN encompassed many locations over three states – California, Ohio, and Michigan.
Miller (BALLISTICA, HELLBLOCK 13) and Jones produced through their company, Kinetic Filmworks, along with newcomer Jason Ancona. Robert Kurtzman’s Creature Corps handled the bulk of makeup FX, with Kurtzman (creator of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN) and Philip R. Garret (HORRORS OF WAR) joining the team as co-producers.
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