Ever since Lon Chaney, Jr., sprouted a puppy nose and lengthy canines in Universal’s The Wolf Man, filmmakers have been penning love letters to the iconic film, and Spencer Estabrooks has now added to that canon with his short The Hunt.
Below we have the film’s trailer, a still, word on a possible feature incarnation, and more.
First, though, here’s the synopsis for Insurrection Films’ eight-minute Canadian short:
An estranged father and son head out into the woods to repair their fractured relationship. Alone and isolated, they encounter something beyond their worst nightmares, but there is nothing a little hunting trip can’t fix, right?
The Hunt stars Chris Potter and Rohan Campbell and features creature design by Bleeding Art Industries.
“We set out to make a film that used zero digital effects,” says director Eastabrooks. “We are fans of old school horror, and we didn’t want our monster looking like something out of a video game. Bleeding Art Industries, based in Calgary Alberta, excelled at this task, and the creatures look phenomenal. We look forward to taking this short film out on the road.”
The Hunt was made possible through support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and ACTRA Alberta. “This project is a showcase for the Alberta Motion Picture Industry,” continues Estabrooks. “We can make films that people want to see; we just need the opportunity.”
The film will screen at international film festivals in 2013, with a world premiere at Film4 FrightFest in Glasglow, Scotland, and producer Greg Jeffs has feature designs for the project.
“The feature is a direct continuation of the short film,” says Jeffs, who previously produced the zombie short Tasha which Estabrooks directed (see our coverage of that here). “It was created as a proof of concept, and the feature script is really strong. I am greatly appreciative of the boost we gained with Tasha,” continues Jeffs, “which I was able to get on broadcast TV here in Canada, and a TV series is in development.”
As for The Hunt, “It’s straight-up horror,” concluded the producer. “We built a kick-ass suit, stuffed a 4-1/2′ tall French-Canadian trapeze artist in it, and had her kick a 15-year-old kid’s ass. It’s a fun property that I’m excited to kick off.”
For more visit the official The Hunt website.
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