It was at the New York City Horror Film Festival back in 2005 that I first met director and producer Andrew van den Houten while sitting in the audience at Tribeca Cinema. He and his cohorts were in-house for the world premiere of his first independent venture into horror – Headspace. Unbeknownst at the time, it would firmly set the foundation for Houten’s film company Moderncine (which would later direct and/or produce Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door, Jack Ketchum’s Offspring, Ketchum & McKee’s The Woman, and Brian Keene’s Ghoul) building toward their present day reputation for art house caliber productions, creating gutter-violent and dark, taboo material for those who usually wouldn’t confront such content directly.
In Headspace, Houten’s rookie passion for horror puts forth a psychological yarn knotted with psionic nightmares and beasts that crossover from them. On paper, or from the mind of Troy McCombs who actually milked this plot from a dream – it sounds like a rich, cerebral thriller. With a veteran cast from Olivia Hussey to William Atherton to Udo Kier, and stage caliber talent like Christopher Denham, the original cut of Headspace – even with such a steroidal cast and crew – still manages to land on tails instead of heads. A good looking, well acted, New York City set horror film that just somehow falls flat for oddballs reasons. A bit like Houten’s other film, Offspring. Here’s why. READ MORE
Bloody Disgusting can exclusively report that Moderncine’s next film will be called Jug Face and will be shooting in Nashville, TN in April. As a fan of The Woman I’m pretty excited about the package they’ve put together.
Lauren Ashley Carter and Sean Bridgers (both from The Woman) will be playing the lead roles of Ada and Dawai. The rest of the ensemble cast includes Larry Fessenden (Stake Land, I Sell The Dead) and Sean Young (Blade Runner, Wall Street) playing husband and wife as Ada’s parents and Graham Patrick Martin (“Two and a Half Men”, Jack Ketchum’s The Girl Next Door) playing Ada’s brother, Jessaby.
Writer/Director Chad Crawford Kinkle will be helmer and Cinematographer Chris Heinrich will be shooting. Producers are Andrew van den Houten and Robert Tonino(Brian Keene’s Ghoul/The Woman) for MODERNCINÉ. Kinkle’s original script for the film won Slamdance’s screenplay competition last year.
“‘Jug Face’ tells the story of a teen, pregnant with her brother’s child, who tries to escape from a backwoods community when she discovers she must sacrifice herself to a creature in a pit.”
Thanks to John Marrone for the heads up. READ MORE
The Woman is the last surviving member of a feral clan that has roamed the Northeast Coast for decades. When the last of her family is killed in a battle with the police, The Woman finds herself alone, severely wounded and vulnerable. Unfortunately, she is now a far too easy prey for local hunter, successful country lawyer and seriously disturbed family man Christopher Cleek. With his twisted set of ideals, Cleek decides to embark upon a deranged project – to capture her and “break” The Woman – a decision that will soon threaten the lives of Cleek, his family and The Woman. Andrew van den Houten and Robert Tonino produce.
Alex Borden (Christopher Denham) has everything going for him: good looks, charm and smarts. But soon after he meets Harry, a mysterious chess expert and a thoroughly bad influence, Alex’s mental powers inexplicably begin to grow and horrible visions haunt his dreams. It’s not long before people in town begin disappearing, forcing Alex to confront the dark urges and violent repressed memories invading his subconscious.