Sure his The Convent was nothing but a rip-off of Night of the Demons, but have you seen Mike Mendez’s amazing Real Killers? If you haven’t, then you don’t know what you’re missing. Well it’s been a whopping five years and Mike is finally making his return to the directors chair. We first heard about his new movie The Gravedancers when he was in LA a few weeks back, but Dread Central got more details than we could ever imagine on the film. Read on for the scoop…
Dread Central writes:
“After five years, director Mike Mendez is taking his place behind the camera for his third feature film entitled The Gravedancers. The production begins principal photography today in North Carolina and is based on a script by newcomers Brad Keene and Chris Skinner who have concocted a tale surrounding “three friends who desecrate the graves of three very unforgiving ghosts.”
Mendez, since his demonic killer nun flick The Convent (starring Adrienne Barbeau), hasn’t been sitting on his haunches collecting toys the last few years. Since that sophomore effort, he partnered with Dave Parker (The Dead Hate the Living) on the respected documentary Masters of Horror – seen last Halloween on the Sci-Fi Channel and the year prior on Showtime.
“I’m super-excited about the cast and crew we’ve put together,” Mendez tells Dread Central. “This is a project I have been really passionate about for a few years now, and I’m very fortunate to have such a talented group of people working me to raise the dead.”
Following the director’s zealous lead into the cemetery is a cast that includes Blade: Trinity’s Dominic Purcell, Van Helsing’s Josie Maran, Tcheky Karyo (La Femme Nikita) and Claire Kramer (the main baddie known as “Glory” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer). And lending what will no doubt be an appropriate look for the film, Saw’s David Armstrong is pulling cinematographer duties.
FX-wise, Gravedancers has attracted Mike Elizalde’s Spectral Motion whose efforts were on display in last year’s Hellboy and Blade: Trinity and will make their appearance in this summer’s Fantastic Four. Luma Pictures (Underworld, The Cave) is handling all of the CG visual effects work.”