From Oct. 17 to Oct. 31 FilAm Creative will be celebrating all things Filipino and horror. Halo-Haloween is hosted and programmed by FilAm director Walter Boholst and his new horror film “Voodoo Possession.” Contributions by Natasia Gascon and Mark Owen.
Writer/director Walter Boholst talks about how Voodoo Possession isn’t a traditional horror movie just about scares but a multi-genre movie that’s more about troubled characters and a dark story.
Production designer Kalie Acheson talks about the director and production challenges.
SIGAW (The Echo)
Sigaw is a 2004 Filipino horror film directed by Yam Laranas. The film was a box office success in the Philippines where the horror genre has become increasingly popular.
Laranas also directed the 2008 english language remake called “The Echo” starring Jesse Bradford. If you’re curious what an American remake of a Philippine movie looks like you can compare the trailers.
Horror-movies.ca interview Yam.
Q. Moviemaven and myself recently viewed your film “The Echo” (Sigaw) and I must say I was impressed. What would you say was your main inspiration for the dark, moody feel of the film?
When I saw Ringu, I thought to myself “…I wanna make something scarier sans the make-up and special effects. Not necessarily better, but, at least different. So, let’s just say Ringu indirectly inspired us.
But, the major inspiration was an ACTUAL MURDER that happened in one of the elevators of our apartment building. I was one of the first to see the blood scattered inside the elevator – and trails of it leading to the main lobby. That was eerily inspiring.
A lot of people find some similarities between The Echo and Ju-On The Grudge or Dark Water. But, it’s so tough to let some people believe that I never saw these movies up until the release of The Echo.
Read the full interview here.
Michael Copon’s KILLER HOLIDAY
Michael Sowell Copon is an American actor, model, producer, and singer. He is known for playing Felix Taggaro in the television series One Tree Hill, Vin Keahi in the television series Beyond the Break, and Lucas Kendall in Power Rangers: Time Force. He also starred in Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior. Copon was born in Chesapeake, Virginia to a Filipino father, and a mother of German descent, Monica (Sowell). Michael was an actor an producer on Killer Holiday.
In Killer Holiday, Psychotic killer Melvin ‘Spider’ Holiday stalks eight unsuspecting teenage victims along old Route 66. As the friends get further and further from civilization anxiety starts to build until the group is lured to an abandoned amusement park with a horrifying past. They discover that this park comes complete with broken down carnival rides, the smell of death and a killer ready to give them one ticket to hell.
Michael was also in Dark House with Jeffrey Combs. Looks kinda cheesy fun.
A troupe of actors hired for a haunted house attraction soon find that they are working in a true house of horror.
Night of the Demons
When 2 is good, 3 is great. He was also in this movie with Monica Keena, Edward Furlong and Shannon Elizabeth.
On Halloween night, Maddie (Monica Keena) attends a decadent party at the notorious Broussard mansion – a place where 80 years ago the owner hung herself and six people disappeared without a trace. After the police shut down the party, Angela (Shannon Elizabeth), the seductive hostess, invites Maddie and her friends to stay behind. But soon they all discover a horrifying secret – that the mansion is home to a group of vengeful, blood-thirsty demons.
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When a man must search for his missing brother in a Haitian insane asylum he discovers that all of the patients are possessed by an evil voodoo spirit hungry for sacrifices of blood. (At Redbox, Walmart, Amazon, iTunes, Amazon Prime, Dish, Vudu, Xbox, Sony Playstation, Youtube etc.). Starring Danny Trejo, Ryan Caltagirone, Kerry Knuppe, David Thomas Jenkins, Treva Etiene, Tomas Boykin.
Check out more about Voodoo Possession here.
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“Voodoo Possession” is a Rough Riders, Front Row Media, B2FX and Waltertainment production based in Los Angeles, CA. Additional information can be found at the official movie website voodoopossession.com, facebook.com/thisplaceiscursed,
Walter Boholst can be found at facebook.com/itswalterb and waltertainment.com.
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