Sunday, April 10, 2011

Exclusive: Night Claws

Whoever said Bigfoot likes to stay hidden?

There's another Sasquatch-style monster flick on the way, this one set and made in Alabama, thanks to State financial incentives -- and the inspiration of Polish producer Fabio Soldani. Soldani conceived the film and encouraged local filmmaker David Prior to write the screenplay and direct. Among Prior's 30 previous films lurk a wealth of genre B-flicks such as Deadly Prey, Zombie Wars and Mutant Species.

"Night Claws is a homage for a monster movies from the 80s," producer Fabio Soldani told the Backbrain. He noted that it was to be produced without the aid of CGI.

Night Claws (US-2011; dir. David A. Prior)

A small town is being terrorized by a killer Bigfoot. One that is blood thirsty, vicious and kills without warning and without discrimination. A scientist by the name of Sarah Evans (Leilani Sarelle) shows up to help the town’s sheriff (Reb Brown) and his deputy girlfriend Roberta (Sherrie Rose) hunt this thing down and put an end to the killings. At the same time, Hunter Crawford (David Campbell) is a thug-like character who along with his two henchmen, is hunting the creature himself, for his own personal gain and he does not care who he has to go through to accomplish this. Enter Charlie Parker (Ted Prior) a tough east coast type who is on a survivalist camping trip, led by the seasoned survivalist Sharon Farmer (Tara Sanford Kleinpeter) at the behest of his young trophy wife (Alissa Koenig) and whom, by no fault of his own, winds up being used as bait for the creature, by Hunter. But there is more at work here than meets the eye. A sinister plot is afoot and at its centre is the vengeful Mister Testi (Frank Stallone). And in the end this plot takes a twist that no one will expect.

"I'm very excited about this project," Soldani told us. "Developing the storyline for it was a blast. I tried to put as much 80s in it as I could and hire some favorite actors of mine. All known from 80s." 

The cast includes genre stalwarts Reb Brown (Howling II, Ssssnake), Leilani Sarelle (Neon Maniacs, Basic Instinct), Ted Prior (Deadly Prey, Bio Force), Sherrie Rose (Killer Crocodile), David Campbell (Scarecrows), Frank Stallone Jr. (Rocky Balboa, Rambo: First Blood IIMasque of the Red Death), Alissa Koenig (Zombie Wars) and Tara Kleinpeter (The Dead Will Tell). Bill "Splat" Johnson (The Walking Dead, Zombieland, Halloween II) and Bruce Larsen (The Patriot, Dead Birds) form the SFX team.

Night Claws was set to film at the end of March and from there will be set for a TV premiere. There are lots of production pictures on the film's Facebook page. A news piece on the film and its Alabama production appears on the WKRG News 5 website.

Sources: Producer Fabio Soldani; IMDb; Facebook page; WKRG News 5 website. Via Avery Guerra. Written by Robert Hood.

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