A Sneak Peek of the Creature Sculpt for Phil Nichols' Stage and Film Frankenstein Projects
We previously told you about Phil Nichols' upcoming stage production of Frankenstein at the Country Playhouse in Houston, Texas, and now we've gotten word that he also has a Frankenstein film project in the pipeline with the working title The Sick and Twisted Tale of Frankenstein.
Phil was kind enough to send over some preliminary artwork for The Sick and Twisted Tale of Frankenstein: The Undying Monster along with pictures of the finished sculpture of the facial prosthetic for both the stage and film projects. When we inquired whether showing off the sculpt might be a bit of a spoiler, Phil replied, "The look of the Creature really isn’t the surprise in the feature—the Bride will be!"
The Sick and Twisted Tale of Frankenstein is the first movie Nichols and his sister, Melissa, are doing through Facades FX Films. They are currently in the script and early pre-production phase. The cast so far includes Shelley Boozer (Renfield: The Un-Dead, Blood Sucking Babes from Burbank) as Detective Mary Shelley solving a modern mystery of a kidnapped scientist and a body count of mangled corpses with missing parts. Sam Martinez (Renfield: The Un-Dead) will play Victor Stein, a modern descendant of Victor Frankenstein; Yankie Grant (Renfield: The Un-Dead, Backstabber, Burned Soul) will play City Coroner Dr. Joan Polidori; newcomer Amesti Reoux will play Justine Moritz, who is brutally murdered as the movie opens and becomes the raw materials for the Creature’s mate. Also in the cast are Renfield alums Bobby Simpson III as Detective George Byron, Melissa L. Nichols as Helen McDougal (a body snatcher), and, finally making his screen debut, Michael Raabe as the Creature.
As for the plot, Nichols explains that "it’s now more than 200 years after the events in Mary Shelley’s book occurred, and through the years the Creature keeps coming to the descendants of Frankenstein to fulfill his promise of making him a mate. We catch up to them in the 21st century with the current descendant of Frankenstein, Victor Stein, a war vet conscripted by the Creature to complete the task or face certain death as all his ancestors have. It will be a classic 1980’s-1990’s style slasher film in structure with a lot of blood, gore and viscera. I am writing, directing, and doing the Creature and make-up FX work."
Check out the poster and photos below, and look for more soon. For additional details on the stage play, click here, and stay up-to-date on everything Phil and Melissa are working on by visiting Facades FX Lab on Facebook.
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