Though Lenzi was perhaps best known for Cannibal Ferox, my own introduction to the director was via Ghosthouse (released in his native Italy as La Casa 3, an indirect sequel to The Evil Dead series).
In 2006, I was hired to rewrite a horror feature film script for a European producer who had been impressed by one of my speculative scripts. My heart skipped a beat when I received the consultation copy and scanned the title page – ‘Impulso’ by Umberto Lenzi.
I remember thinking that the title sounded too much like a deodorant brand(!), and instead suggested ’13 Souls’, which stuck.
The producers flew me out to Rome for a meeting where I pitched my rewrite concepts, along with three different endings. I got the gig and, although I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr Lenzi in person, I based the character of ‘Click-clack’ on him in the script.
As so often happens in Development Hell the movie never got made (at one point it almost became a J-horror franchise if i recall correctly) but I really enjoyed working on it all hours to get a draft ready for pitching & packaging at the Cannes Film Festival. Most of all, I remember the thrill of working on something originated by the man who made Ghosthouse.
R.i.P. Umberto Lenzi – may your name remain writ large on the great silver screen in the sky!
La legado vivo! Join me at author/filmmaker Ryan Lieske’s blog where i discuss my peculiar reading habits.
The Table of Contents for horror anthology ‘The Beauty of Death 2 – Death by Water‘ has been revealed, including my story ‘To Take The Water Down And Go To Sleep’.
Follow the link to see the full Table of Contents, which features Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, and many, many admirable authors. I’m honoured to be part of such a wonderful line up of writers and their tales.
The book is edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renée Lester and published (in print and digital) in October 2017 by Independent Legions Publishing.
Movie news: #TheStayMovie in Official Selection for #HalloweenFilmFestival 2017
UPDATE: The Starburst international Film Festival has been rescheduled for 2018. More details when I get ’em!
Thrilled that my award winning short film ‘The Stay’ is in official selection at Starburst International Film Festival 2017.
Starburst Magazine says, “The Stay (Directed by Frazer Lee who wrote the screenplay for Panic Button), shows us a nightmarish holiday for one lone female. Broodingly creepy, this short is very much in the tradition of classic TV show Tales of the Unexpected.”
High praise indeed! And being selected by this festival has an extra buzz for me. Starburst was my first ever magazine subscription when I was a young monster kid, dreaming of making my own movies while poring over its full colour behind-the-scenes photo spreads.
The Starburst International Film Festival takes place in Manchester, UK across the Bank Holiday weekend August 25th-27th. Tickets are on sale now, and further details about the fantastic line-up are at the festival’s official site.
Check out a trailer for ‘The Stay’ starring Daniela Finley, below.