Exclusive: Photos and First News on Revenge Flick Sorrow
With filmmaker Millie Loredo’s serial killer revenge feature Sorrow having wrapped recently, we thought it time to give the Dread Central audience a first look at the blood-soaked independent flick. Read on!
Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Loredo, who also produces alongside John Benton, John Mastrangelo and Melanie DeMayo, Sorrow stars actress Vannessa Vasquez as "Mila Sweeney," a woman attacked by serial killers, who is taken to a decaying home where the torture and humiliation continue before she manages to escape. Seeking justice and exacting revenge on her aggressors, she refuses to surrender, even as local police are moving in closer.
Filmed on the Red Scarlet over the course of twenty-three days in Utah and Texas, Sorrow is set to make the international festival circuit once post-production is complete. Andrew Sensenig, Melissa Mars, Eric Martinez, Donny Boaz and Mary Etuk round out the cast.
Catching up with Texas transplant and Hollywood resident Vasquez, the film’s star stated of her preparation for the role, “I did a lot research in forensic psychology and serial killers, as well as kidnap victims and survivors. Coming from a psychology background, a lot of it was very familiar to me, but what really struck me the hardest was hearing the stories of the kidnap survivors and of how they managed to escape. I didn't know how I was going to be able to portray the pain and suffering they went through, so for the most part I stayed in character, always in my thoughts the victims that were going through it and the stories of those survivors out there.”
Recent events factored, too, into Vasquez’s preparation, particularly given the escape of Cleveland, Ohio, kidnap victims Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight from their abductor on May 6, 2013, just prior to the start of principal photography on Sorrow.
“I listened to their stories and wondered how they were able to find the strength to stay alive,” recalled Vasquez.
As to whether or not the narrative of Sorrow warranted such preparation, Vasquez stated of the violence inherent to the script, “Let me just say, when the director has to turn her head away while filming scenes because the blood is so intense, you know it's gonna be sick!”
With Sorrow in the can, Vasquez dished on the next feature she’s set to star in, an international espionage action-thriller called Osprey.
“I play a Persian daughter of an Iranian government official who gets into trouble with high authority, and therefore they come after me being I was closest to him,” Vasquez told us of the film. “It has lots of action and drama; it’s going to be lots of fun. We are shooting it in Texas, New York, Washington, France and Dubai.”
It is the early morning in Fieldhouse, Texas, with a population of 20,000. While many open their eyes and get ready for school, Ana Salinas, a forensic detective, arrives at a crime scene. This isn’t your usual crime scene even though it seems like it. Police officers put up yellow tape around the house as neighbors congregate around the scene.
Inside the house two corpses are found along with two torture chambers with hundreds of items of women’s clothing inside, torture devices and blood in every inch of the rooms. The media are quick to claim that they are the supposed “American Spree Serial Killers,” who were wanted by authorities. They had gotten caught up in a murder charge in Dolores, Colorado, three weeks before they were found dead. Hersey took the blame but escaped almost immediately with the help of her lover, Dale. After eluding state cops, they arrived in Moab, Utah, to pick up a friend, Gambit Neely, a good for nothing drifter.
Meanwhile, Mila Sweeney, a forensic psychologist, is on her way to La Sal to visit her mother, who is moving to New York City. Her flight leaves in less than 48 hours. Exhausted, she takes a nap after the long drive from Salt Lake City. Her car doesn’t start up so she is now stranded in an unfamiliar remote location not far from her mother's house. She seeks out help from sadistic serial killers Dale, Hersey and Gambit on the road heading to La Sal.
Taken hostage, she endures their sadistic ways. Later she is taken hundreds of miles away to a dark and gritty house on the outskirts of a small Texas town barely on the map. This is the killers’ territory where they have tortured and killed most of their victims, and no one knows a thing. After surviving a traumatizing, painful, and unforgettable attack, Mila loses touch with reality with signs indicating post-traumatic stress. A women who had everything now has nothing to lose and puts up a fight to get even with her aggressors. When she accomplishes her horrific vengeance, which is pure cruelty, she is confronted with the results of her actions.
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