Pack your bags, folks, because this one’s a trip. The Demon’s Rook is here to whisk you away to the Dark Womb and then split your soul wide open. The film is a surreal homage to Italian gore and ’80s monster flicks that miraculously manages to be wholly original at the same time. It piggybacks on some well-respected genre traditions and molds them into something visionary and refreshing – all while having one helluva time doing it. Writer/director/effects wizard/star James Sizemore transports the audience back to the childhood days of running around with your buds, making homemade movies. The Demon’s Rook has that enthusiastic spirit of youth, but with more artistic ability and a serious knack for demonic imagery.
In a small rural town, young Roscoe spends his days goofing off in the yard with his friend Eva. This idyllic childhood is tucked away at night when Roscoe is visited by a demon, Dimwos, who tells Roscoe how special he is. The visits continue until one night, when Dimwos leads Roscoe into a shadowy, underground world where he is instructed in the ways of the dark arts. Although Dimwos is vague in his purpose, he clearly has a mission in mind for young Roscoe. Many years later, Roscoe flees the underground and in doing so, unknowingly leads evil right to earth’s door. READ MORE
Screamfest, the preeminent horror festival in the country, and what the LA Weekly calls “the best place to get a jump on tomorrow’s cult hits”, kicks off its 13th annual event in Los Angeles on October 8 through October 17 at the Laemmle NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601).
This morning they announced a second batch of films, which includes The Dead 2, Delivery and even the effects heavy Demon’s Rook (pictured). READ MORE
After watching countless pieces of crap jam-packed with CGI, it’s a breath of fresh air to see the practical effects work in Loup’Rah Garomore’s The Demon’s Rook, which you’ll find a second trailer after the break. Starring Dustin Dorough, Colby Doler, Sade’ Smith, Daniel Sizemore, Loup’Rah Garomore and Ashleigh Ford, the newly launched official website is loaded with behind-the-scenes imagery (such as the pic seen above).
“The story follows a young boy named Roscoe who finds a portal to another world where he is taught magic by an exiled demon elder. Confined to their mystical cave, Roscoe is raised up by the demon elder in secret. Once he is discovered by three other demons, Roscoe must escape to avoid their wrath. Through desperation, he is forced to escape through the portal that leads back to our world. Unbeknownst to Roscoe, he leads the demons to discover the portal for themselves. Once the demons pass through, a nightmarish foray of summoned monsters are unleashed. One demon possesses the minds and will of all whom she crosses, another transforms a man into a murderous beast, and the other summons an army of the dead to do his bidding.” READ MORE