I have several directors that I follow but there is one director that I follow religiously. That director, Richard Griffin, has been in the game for well over a decade now and I have yet to see a film of his that does not satisfy. A few weeks back I got word that he was working on a new flick that is set to star the amazing Michael Thurber and the beautiful Sarah Nicklin (call me?). This new film, The Sins of Dracula, marks Griffin’s return to horror after working on his comedy Accidental Incest and his tribute to 80s post-apocalyptic action films with Future Justice.
Yesterday I received a press release on the film and was unable to post it today. Check that out below:
Scorpio Film Releasing, New England’s most prolific feature film production company will begin production this May on their newest film, The Sins of Dracula. A tongue-in-cheek tale that satirizes the Christian scare films of the 70s and 80s, The Sins of Dracula is a story of sex, sacrilege, and sin from Director Richard Griffin, writer Michael Varrati and producers Ted Marr and Stacey St. Edmunds.
As the star of his church choir, there’s nothing that brings Billy more joy than the opportunity to sing for an audience. However, as his desire to perform grows, the stalwart youth finds that waiting until Sunday to get his fix just simply isn’t enough. Going against the advice of his pastor, Billy follows his girlfriend into the world of secular entertainment, joining the local community theatre troupe. There, Billy is introduced to a whole new world, where his fellow thespians dabble in drugs, sexual perversion, and table-top game-play. Yet, for all the newly minted depravities Billy encounters, none could prepare him for the darkest truth of them all: The theatre group is actually a front for a Satanic cult intent on raising Dracula from the grave! It’s a world where Sondheim is Satan, Broadway means blasphemy, and where taking the stage just might mean curtains…for your eternal soul.
“The Sins of Dracula is a project that I’ve had in development for almost two years now,” said Director Richard Griffin. “I’ve been dying to cast Michael Thurber as Dracula for some time now. I consider him to be our generation’s Vincent Price and Peter Cushing all rolled into one, so I couldn’t think of anyone more suited to don the cape. I am also overjoyed to be reunited with my favorite leading lady Sarah Nicklin and Jamie Dufault, who starred in my film Murder University. This also marks the first time I’ll be working with Carmine Capobianco, who starred in everyone’s favorite cult film Psychos in Love!”
“In writing The Sins of Dracula, the notion was always to explore the idea of what would happen if Hammer had made a Christian scare film, and if I did my job correctly, the movie should play as a loving homage to the former and a biting satire of the latter,” explained writer Michael Varrati. “I’m so honored to have Richard and the team from Scorpio make this script come to life, and I appreciate that they gave me the freedom to cut loose and write the tale my way. It’s a deliciously blasphemous collaboration.”
Sins of Dracula stars Michael Thurber, Jamie Dufault, Sarah Nicklin, Carmine Capobianco, Steven O’Broin, Aaron Peaslee, Patrick Keeffe, Elyssa Baldassarri, Sammi Acampora, Derek Laurendeau and Tobias Wilson.
“I have never looked forward to anything as much as this project,” said actor Michael Thurber who plays Dracula in the film. “As my Mom would say, it’s a role I was BORN to play!”
For the icing on the cake, Griffin was kind enough to hook Horror Society up with an exclusive image that you can see below. Check that out below and don’t forget to check the film out on Facebook and donate to the Go Fund Me so the film can be amazing!