The feature length horror comedy Killer Rack has wrapped principal photography in Buffalo, New York, according to author and filmmaker Gregory Lamberson (Slime City Massacre, The Jake Helman Files), and along with a few more details, he’s provided us with a batch of new stills from the shoot.
The film, which Lamberson directed from a screenplay by Paul McGinnis, stars Jessica Zwolak (Dry Bones, Gave Up the Ghost), supported by Debbie Rochon, Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Thurber, and Brooke Lewis. Roy Frumkes has a cameo.
“This was the biggest film I’ve directed,” says Lamberson. “Paul and I kept adding bits to the script, and by the time we finished, we had forty characters. We shot the bulk of the film on weekends at the Pierce Arrow Film Arts Center, a fledgling production studio. The climax took four nights to shoot.”
Zwolak portrays Betty Downer, a young woman who discovers her new breast implants are man-eating monsters. Special make-up effects were created by Arick Szymecki and his assistant Stacey Book, and Brett Piper provided stop-motion animation. One day of greenscreen shooting for the final permutation of the monster lies ahead.
“Arick and Stacey outdid themselves on this one,” Lamberson says. “The boob creatures are genuinely horrific, and the climax was the bloodiest I’ve shot, albeit for laughs. This is a movie for fans of practical effects, although we’ll use CGI to enhance what we shot on set. Our DP, Chris Rados, had to do a lot of shooting behind plexiglass.”
Lamberson reserves his highest praise for Zwolak. “Jessica is an unknown quantity, even here in Buffalo. I cast her in small roles in Dry Bones and Gave Up the Ghost, but nothing could have prepared her for this. She was on set every day of shooting, which is a heavy responsibility, and never complained once, even when wearing pasties in an alley at night when the temperature dropped to forty-four degrees. Her comic timing is impeccable, and she’s going to have a lot of fans when this film is released.”
Killer Rack now enters post-production, spearheaded by editor Phil Gallo, and will be completed early in 2015. Music producer Armand Petri is creating the score.
“It’s going to be a special film, very unique,” Lamberson says. “We’re not going to rush it into distribution and want to give it maximum exposure on the film festival circuit.”