Exclusive: Dread Central Visits the Set of Hostel Part III
As the shoot rolled on into the night and screams, simulated gunfire, and the grind of power tools echoed throughout the Temple, the very real atmosphere of Detroit and its economic plight still couldn’t be denied.
“There is a nice energy given the filmmaking community here,” Pardue mused, “but also feeling the weight of the city, it helps me as an actor, and it’s been affecting. I don’t feel unsafe here, even though the depression is everywhere, but there are gems here. It’s not a good situation, and it’s not a great place, but there are glimmers of hope here and there.”
One of those glimmers was reflected later that evening in the demeanor of the production’s chosen hotel’s nearest bar and its bartender, who amidst the economic slump seemingly hung on with aplomb.
“Sorry, the special effects crew drank all of our tequila,” the congenial Detroiter replied when asked for a shot of Cuervo, “but they are great guys! It’s exciting to have all of these films shooting here. People are going back to work, learning new trades, and it gives us a bit of hope. My brother used to be a machinist, and now’s he learning carpentry to work on set design.”
Addendum: As of December 15, 2011, Governor Rick Snyder’s budget to cap Michigan’s previously generous film industry incentive program at $25 million a year was passed by the Senate and the House, and while offering a still competitive rebate, the end result will more than likely be a loss of industry jobs in Detroit and a talent exodus as film productions move to states with greener incentive pastures.
Hostel Part III debuts on Unrated DVD and Digital Download on December 27th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Bonus materials include a commentary with director Scott Spiegel and actor Kip Pardue.
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