The feature length horror comedy Killer Rack has wrapped principal photography in Buffalo, New York, according to author and filmmaker Gregory Lamberson (Slime City Massacre, The Jake Helman Files). The film, which Lamberson directed from a screenplay by Paul McGinnis, stars Jessica Zwolak (Dry Bones and Gave Up the Ghost), supported by Debbie Rochon, Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Thurber and Brooke Lewis. Roy Frumkes has a cameo, and Brett Piper is providing stop motion animation.
“This was the biggest film I’ve directed,” says Lamberson. “Paul and I kept adding bits to the script, and by the time we finished, we had forty characters. We shot the bulk of the film on weekends at the Pierce Arrow Film Arts Center, a fledgling production studio. The climax took four nights to shoot.”
Zwolak portrays Betty Downer, a young woman who discovers her new breast implants are man eating monsters. Special make-up effects were created by Arick Szymecki and his assistant Stacey Book. One day of green screen shooting for the final permutation of the monster lies ahead.
“Arick and Stacey outdid themselves on this one,” Lamberson says. “The boob creatures are genuinely horrific, and the climax was bloodiest I’ve shot, albeit for laughs. This is a movie for fans of practical effects, although we’ll use CGI to enhance what we shot on set. Our DP, Chris Rados, had to do a lot of shooting behind plexiglass.”
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Lamberson reserves his highest praise for Zwolak. “Jessica is an unknown quantity, even here in Buffalo. I cast her in small roles in Dry Bones and Gave Up the Ghost, but nothing could have prepared her for this. She was on set every day of shooting, which is a heavy responsibility, and never complained once, even when wearing pasties in an alley at night when the temperature dropped to forty four degrees. Her comic timing is impeccable, and she’s going to have a lot of fans when this film is released.”
Killer Rack now enters post production, spearheaded by editor Phil Gallo, and will be completed early in 2015. Music producer Armand Petri is creating the score.
“It’s going to be a special film, very unique,” Lamberson says. “We’re not going to rush it into distribution, and want to give it maximum exposure on the film festival circuit.”
Lamberson has three projects coming out in October: Dry Bones will be released on DVD by Camp Motion Pictures; a limited edition Blu-ray of Creepers, the horror anthology featuring Gave Up the Ghost, will be available from Reel Progress; and his werewolf novel The Frenzy Wolves will be published by Medallion Press.
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