L.A. based indie filmmaker Chris Morrissey returns to the scene with the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller Trick of the Witch. Inspired by Italian witchcraft Stregheria, the feature film stars actress Share Cherrie (Lipgloss Explosion!) in the leading role along with acclaimed indie vets Owen Alabado (Rock Haven), Suzy Cote (CSI, The Guardian, Guiding Light), and Australian cult star Abigail De’Ath. The film centers on a group of fashion models that get tangled up in a terrifying witchcraft curse while stranded at a secluded mansion during a photo shoot.
With the stunning success of recent micro-budget films like Paranormal Activity, Morrissey plans to launch TRICK OF THE WITCH with a grassroots release in Los Angeles and New York later this year. “We are making a very fun, scary film with so many talented people involved. We don’t want this film to go straight to DVD and get lost in the shuffle. It is meant for the big screen. If major distributors don’t jump on this project at the start then we will do whatever we can to self distribute and build word of mouth. If I have to travel from city to city each week showing the film then I will. Times have changed for indie filmmakers and there are so many ways to build an audience these days that it would be silly to not go for it.”
Chris Morrissey has worked in the film industry in various capacities for almost 20 years. Successful stints at Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine and Roger Corman’s Concorde Pictures led him to the indie film world of the late 90’s. TRICK OF THE WITCH will be his 4th feature film. His early features, SUPERSTAR FEMALE SERIAL KILLER and LIPGLOSS EXPLOSION garnered Morrissey an indie cult following after successful L.A. and NY Midnight showings in the early 2000’s.
Principal Photography for TRICK OF THE WITCH will wrap in early February with screenings for distributors and press planned for early May.