The New York City Horror Film Festival will be rolling into the bloody Big Apple in two weeks (see feature lineup, HERE), and to get fans screaming in advance, Dread Central will be exclusively debuting some clips and trailers from several of the eagerly-awaited flicks in the days ahead. First up: a behind-the-scenes featurette (and early concept posters!) for the self-explanatory Exorcism at 60,000 Feet, which boasts more scream stars than the last Monsterpalooza convention! Check out the clip above and the early concept poster below.
“What a joy to have our politically-incorrect, meat-and-potatoes, teeth-gnashing movie-mashup of horrific unwokeness play the New York City Horror Film Festival,” says director Chad (The Ghouls) Ferrin, whose movie Parasites unspooled at the annual event in 2016. “[Producer] Robert Rhine fostered a fantastic creative environment, rife with equal parts inspiration and collaboration. Thinking back, only one of my scene suggestions got nixed; it entailed Father Romero [Robert Miano] in a seedy Encino motel room with an affectionate donkey…perhaps he was right to squash it. Either way, I hope you enjoy watching Exorcism at 60,000 Feet as much as we did making it. So, sit back, buckle up and enjoy the flight.”
Multihyphenate Rhine produced, co-wrote and also stars as Exorcism’s Rabbi Feldman, weighed in on his upcoming East Coast screening as well. “I am thrilled to be back at the New York City Horror Film Festival,” he says. “I also worked with Chad on his film The Chair as an executive producer, so I was lucky to get him to direct Exorcism at 60,000 Feet, which I co-wrote with Daniel Benton. One of my favorite horror films is The Exorcist, and I created an original story where an exorcism takes place on an airplane which led to my screenplay. Chad was equally interested in the exorcism genre, and since we had both worked with actor Robert Miano on Parasites, Chad and I could not think of a better person to play the exorcist.
“I am fortunate to have worked with some amazing actors, via my Girls and Corpses magazine,” Rhine continues, “so I pulled in some favors and cast some iconic talent such as Lance Henriksen, Bai Ling, Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Moseley, Kevin J. O’Connor, Matthew Moy, Kelli Maroney, Johnny Williams, and others. As a performer myself in the film, it was a master class working with such talented actors.”
Besides the assembly of familiar faces, the quickie production got more than a few other lucky breaks. “I was able to find an airplane set in LA, which was about to be junked, where we shot for two weeks,” Rhine reveals. “Chad is a fan of ’80s horror and suggested Richard Band [Re-Animator, Puppet Master] to do the score, and it came out fantastic.”
For more details on the NYC Horror Film Festival, go HERE. The fest runs December 5-8 at Chelsea’s Cinepolis Cinemas (23rd Street and Eighth Avenue). And watch this space for more exclusive content!