I’m excited about this coming Thursday’s release of TALES OF LIGHT & DARK: GEOKILLING. It has a terrific cast and was a lot of fun to make. If you haven’t noticed by now, we’ve been slowly reeling you in and getting a little darker with every episode. This is the darkest one yet and we have even darker stories to tell in a second season.
GEOKILLING is a straight up slasher flick with some decent twists. This episode will tie together events that happened throughout the season. If you liked my movie FAIRVIEW FALLS you’ll like this. It has a similar but darker vibe to it.
You may have noticed that one of the villains in OPEN CALL had a gas mask and that the villains featured in the preview of GEOKILLING did too. Here’s a bit of trivia for those who haven’t seen my movies. We’ve featured movies within a movie that were directed by the fictitious twin Korman brothers (Fangoria’s Michael Gingold). A recurring character was the Sistine Slasher (Gene Mazza) who wore a gas mask. Gene was supposed to be the same gask mask killer at the end of OPEN CALL.
Gene Mazza (Sistine Slasher) in NO TRESPASSING 2: NO EXIT
As a fan of Stephen King, I’ve always enjoyed sharing locations and characters throughout the Light & Dark universe just as King has done in his books. What you have been witnessing this season is the origin of a new killer. Our staple killer has always been the Black Rose Killer but now it’s time that we pass the torch and create some new villains and some new story arcs.
Matt Cavaliere ( one of several people to play the Black Rose Killer over the years)
in FEAR OF THE DARK
So how do you that with the challenge of working with the same troupe of actors? Joe Lauria played his own father in the flashback scenes in SINS OF THE FATHER. Sandy Oppedisano played both mother and wife to Joe in flashback and present day scenes.
Sandy Oppedisano (Megan) and Joe Lauria (Ethan) in SINS OF THE FATHER
Sandy Oppedianso (Megan) in SINS OF THE FATHER
Mike Lane has played multiple characters throughout the movie series (John in FAIRVIEW FALLS and Jimmy Wayne Garrick in THE TENEMENT to name a few). In fact, his character in OPEN CALL is supposed to be Jimmy Wayne Garrick from The Tenement.
Mike Lane (John) in FAIRVIEW FALLS
Mike Lane (Jimmy Wayne Garrick) in THE TENEMENT
Sandy Oppedisano (Mary David) and Mike Lane (Jimmy Wayne Garrick)
in TALES OF LIGHT & DARK: OPEN CALL
I’ve always been a fan of Kevin Smith and if he can get away with using the same actors in the same universe as different characters then I figured so can I. It’s also worked well for the AMERICAN HORRROR STORY series. Hell, I’ve more than crossed the line with OPEN CALL. Sandy Oppedisano played a pivotal character in FAIRVIEW FALLS and SINS OF THE FATHER – movies that feature the gas mask killer who appears in the same scene with her in OPEN CALL where she plays Mary David.
Sandy Oppedisano (Mary David) and Gene Mazza (Seth/Gask Mask Killer)
in TALES OF LIGHT & DARK: OPEN CALL
The producer (Richard Redmond) at Mary’s audition in OPEN CALL is meant to be Peter Jacobs, a major character from the movies.
Richard Redmond (Peter Jacobs) and Pete Barker (Ethan) in SINS OF THE FATHER
Richard Redmond (Peter Jacobs/Producer) in TALES OF LIGHT & DARK:OPEN CALL
We didn’t call his character out by name because we are trying to keep the stories separated as much as possibly to avoid confusion however, there is an opportunity to bring back characters that you’ve enjoyed over the years and we will be doing it more at some point. It’s a lot to keep track of and if I can get confused then the bigger challenge is not to confuse the audience. That’s why this season we haven’t really emphasized the mythology of the original four movies and are moving towards new story arcs.
Why not just bring new actors into the mix? I call the cast the Light & Dark family. I’ve been blessed with knowing a really great group of talented people. I have become very close with many of the cast over the years. They know how I work and vice versa. If something’s not broken then why fix it? That being said, with the scale of what we are trying to do with TALES OF LIGHT & DARK we need some fresh faces too. Rest assured though, you’ll be seeing more of our alumni cast in the future.
We would love to know what your favorite characters and stories are from the movies and this season of TALES OF LIGHT & DARK. Do you like how some of the episodes are intertwined? Do you think we should just stick to completely one off stories? Your feedback will really help shape the future of the series. More importantly, the future of the series depends on your support. Our YouTube videos are monetized and a tip jar is available on our Vimeo channel with each video. Watching YouTube will help generate money for the series. Donating to Vimeo’s tip jar will help too just your Likes of the videos and the fan page on Facebook as well as word of mouth. Help support independent film! So don’t forget to tune back this Thursday for Part 1 of TALES OF LIGHT & DARK: GEOKILLING.
And now that I’ve climbed off my soap box, I present for your enjoyment No TRESPASSING 2: NO EXIT featuring the Sistine Slasher. This was shot in 2004 and released as an extra on the FAIRVIEW FALLS: INSANITY EDITION DVD which is available for purchase now exclusively on our web site. This is what a group of friends can shoot on short notice in a haunted house attraction when they have nothing better to do on a weekend afternoon.
Coming February 2014!
Starring: Sabrina Coleman, Jaime Colins, Michael Knowles, Joseph Policastro and Haley Rice
A group of friends go geocaching and find an unusual surprise waiting for them at the end of their quest.