Horror Film ‘Darkest Night’ Releases Trailer and New Poster GPI Also Announces Upcoming Production Slate
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Gothic Productions International, a Philippine company funded by U.S. independent resources, has released its trailer and new poster for its film “Darkest Night,” to premiere in Manila in November or December 2011. The film is now in post production, and its opening is expected to be followed up by theatrical play in the Philippines and then across eastern Asia. Talks are currently underway with distributors in the U.S. for the rights.
The film has almost all Filipino actors, as well as American DJ Perry, edgy leading man from the U.S , of “The 8th Plague,” “Wicked Spring” and many other popular U.S. horror films. Perry plays the leading actor role. He has starred in several American horror/thrillers, as well as westerns and dramatic period pieces. Some of his better-known films include “G.P.S.,” “An Ordinary Killer,” “Book of Ruth, Journey of Faith” and Lionsgate’s 2008 hit “Dean Teaster’s Ghost Town.” Perry co-starred in director M.R. Shahjahan’s thriller “Karma Crime, Passion, Reincarnation,” produced by Golden Ticket Films & Picture Perfect Films and released theatrically across India in 2009.
“Darkest Night” came about as a collaboration between GPI in the Philippines and Collective Development Inc. in the U.S. owned by Perry and business partner Jeff Kennedy. The goal was simple – to create a hybrid horror film that would appeal to both eastern and western markets while not losing the edge that makes Asian horror unique. This international film is already creating a splash in the Asian media with Perry being among the first American stars to film in the Philippines with a local film company.
Gothic International Productions is managed by American writer/producer Russ Williams, a long-time resident of Malaysia, and director Noel Tan best known for his early documentary work with Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao. “Darkest Night” includes various Asian talents from the stage and screen.
“Darkest Night” unfolds in a “found video and documentary” style. Its story plops American Perry right in the middle to allow western audiences to experience a “holiday” trip away from home. Eastern audiences will identify with the many vivid Asian characters, as well as the local and family setting. Perry’s character in the film, Ken Tyler, is introduced to the traditional Filipino parents of his Filipino fiancé, Susan Reyes, played by Anne Gauthier, during a Christmas Day family reunion. What follows is a dark, horrific trip not to be missed, as demonic forces come into play. “Darkest Night” combines western demons with eastern spiritual traditions to come up with an original recipe for suspense and terror.
Founded in 2010 by a group of dedicated film-makers from Asia and the U.S., GPI chose as its primary mission to produce and encourage quality, independent Gothic and horror films in an Asian setting or with Asian ties. Its goal is to make excellent films in these genres and to promote Asian filmmakers who wish to make new, cutting-edge Gothic-dramatic films. GPI’s primary goal is to create productions with intense drama and real characters.
GPI is also proud to announce its slate of films planned for 2011, “Shadow of Death” (written by Williams) another offering in the horror genre, about a young man who returns to his island home in the Philippines after a long absence, to reclaim his birthright and his son. However, a centuries-long family feud and horrific, ages-old creatures from another world stand in his way. Another film planned is “PanDEMONium” (written by Perry), a sword and sorcery fantasy about a young prince out to avenge his father’s death and conquer another kingdom. His quest leads him to opposition from a monster created by the blackest of black magic.
Also in the fantasy realm, GPI is currently in preliminary communication with a Japanese anime franchise, whose story the producers wish to turn into a film and possibly even a series of films. The anime series has been extremely popular with anime fans, and its plot concerns a hero facing a personal struggle, who finds romance and danger as he battles to save his country from dark forces that would destroy it.
Don’t miss the website for “Darkest Night.” It will be online in mid August 2011 and will include a wealth of information on the film, including the real story behind the film’s story, how the film got to be made, tales of behind-the-scenes fun and information on the cast and crew.
The trailer is posted on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BILy8TKDr-k
You can find information on GPI’s films planned for production next year at the GPI website:http://www.gothicproductionsintl.com/upcoming.html