Today we were informed that horror film icon Tom Sullivan (Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” “Evil Dead 2″) and fan fave Ellen Sandweiss (star of Raimi’s “Evil Dead” “Within the Woods” and Dante Tomaselli’s “Satan’s Playground”) have reunited for the shocking new horror film The Dread! You can read the whole story on this amazing announcement inside…
Sullivan and Sandweiss Reunite for “The Dread”
Horror film icon Tom Sullivan (Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” “Evil Dead 2″) and fan fave Ellen Sandweiss (star of Raimi’s “Evil Dead” “Within the Woods” and Dante Tomaselli’s “Satan’s Playground”) have reunited for the shocking new horror film “The Dread.”
Tom not only created and designed the horrifying creature for “The Dread”… he also plays a major role as Dr. Boorstin, a well-intentioned psychotherapist who unleashes the unspeakable terror on innocent victims.
Ellen stars as Diane Benson, the bitchy administrator of Briarcliff, a creepy and crumbling mental institution. Unable to escape her unfortunate relationship with forest products (you may recall her unwelcome date rape by aggressive saplings in “Evil Dead”), Ellen’s character in “The Dread” has a distinct affinity for razor-sharp pencils.
“The Dread” was written and directed by Michael Spence (editor of “Silent Night, Deadly Night” and “The Boogens”), produced by Michael Meltzer (“The Hidden” “Dead Heat” “They Always Come Back Again”) and David O’Malley (“The Boogens” “House of the Dead” “Fatal Instinct”).
Spence and O’Malley developed the script for the picture through their Two Islands Entertainment and then teamed up with Meltzer to produce the film under their new genre banner, Safe Harbor Productions.
Next up from Safe Harbor will be the film noir thriller “Dark Honeymoon” directed by O’Malley (for release by Alpine Pictures), followed by the horror nightmare “Tooth & Nail” which will be directed by Spence.
After years of crossing paths at horror fan conventions, Tom and Ellen jumped at the opportunity to work together again. They have several scenes in the film where their characters clash. To Tom’s delight, he was also able to design and execute Ellen’s unfortunate and shocking demise in the film.
Sullivan’s own bloody fate (which is being kept under wraps until the film is released) was executed by Tom Luhtala and Don Bumgarner from Cleveland FX (“Ghouls” “The Stranger” “Seeing Things”). They also handled the life casting execution of Sullivan’s unique creature design and numerous other horror FX.
Tom Bambard (from Anchor Bay) visited the set in hopes of seeing Ellen’s shocking death but the scene got pushed to a later date. “We just loved working with Ellen so much that we kept putting off her death scene,” said producer David O’Malley.
According to Ellen, Tom (Bambard) was very disappointed that he couldn’t make it back to witness her gory encounter with the creature. Ellen observed wryly, “He seemed to be unusually interested in seeing me get killed. Should I be worried?”
The film, which also stars Sally Pressman, Ryan Welsh, Sid Ellis, Jay Steadman and Amanda Galmiche, will be released by Shoreline Entertainment in February. Plans for a sequel are already in the works.