We’ve been talking about the recent homage to 50’s horror entitled Gorilla, now called Attack of the Gorilla, for a couple of months now; and thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you can watch the flick right now!
From the Press Release
Shot entirely in Ottawa, and fresh from its world premiere screening at The Mayfair Theatre, the retro-style comedy Attack of the GORILLA! has been released via the online portal Vimeo on Demand for purchase or rental.
A comedic salute to 1950’s “Monster on the Loose” B-Movies (with modern twists), Attack of the GORILLA! tells the tale of Anna, a young woman who discovers an escaped gorilla is killing her friends and family. Her only hope to stop the beast is booze-hound TV show host Riggs Deardon, who tussled with another gorilla 20 years previously. Anna enlists the help of her sarcastic boyfriend Stephen, Riggs’ lost in the Rat Pack-era ex-wife Mimsy, and not quite with it cop Officer Landis to stop the beast before it kills again!
“I came up with the idea while working at a local legitimate theatre,” says writer/director Dave Shaw, 44. “I knew I had no idea how to direct a play, but I had some experience in movies. The cast was primarily local theatre actors, and I had worked with (co-producer and editor) Julian Adderley before on a TV show I hosted and he cut. I was very lucky they all came aboard.”
The film had its world premiere this past summer 2013 at Ottawa’s Mayfair Theatre. “People laughed and enjoyed it,” recalls Shaw. “I can’t speak for everyone who worked on it, but for me it was tremendously gratifying to see a local crowd supporting the film and getting a kick out of it.”
Before shooting began, the producers found an innovative way to raise production funding by offering Executive Producer credits to anyone willing to invest $20 or more. After several local media outlets picked up the story, individual investors donated several thousand dollars in increments ranging from $20 to $5,000. Every one of them can now see their name on screen, in good old fashioned black and white.
Attack of the GORILLA! stars theatre and film veterans Sara Duplancic, Francis Fisk, Paul Washer (Shoot ‘Em Up, 16 Blocks), Sherry Thurig (The Bonesetter), and Penu Chalykoff. The film was written and directed by Dave Shaw and produced by Shaw and Julian Francis Adderley.
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