There was always something strangely attractive about those silly 1940s/1950s B-film horror flicks that feature apes that go on a rampage, their human "occupant" not really hidden by cheap ape-suits that must have seen a lot of action over the years, as they seemed to get increasingly tatty as time went by. Must have been all those blondes they ran around with. Mind you, the fake ape suits work well in comedies of the kind made by The Three Stooges and Abbott and Costello: "Quit monkeying around, Lou!" Hard to take seriously really.
Probably Joel Potrykus, director of Coyote, isn't making that sort of film.
Sob Noisse Movies brings us the upcoming feature film Ape, written and directed by Potrykus. It's his first feature. Once again, Potrykus teams up with Joshua Burge, the star of their super-8 werewolf short “Coyote.” As he did in that film, Burge plays a man with problems, but this time he fights back.
Trevor Newandyke is a struggling small-time comedian. Not only does he bomb on stage, but he bombs in everyday life. To him, it’s the little things that matter most. He’s fed up with the threats from the cable company, 7-11 raising the price of the Slurpee, and all the jerks who think they can push him around. All he wants is a break, and for someone to get him. Not everyone, just someone.
But instead of taking a breath and getting himself together or taking his anger to the stage, he turns to the loud din of his headphones and the crackling glow of fire to ease his mind. He’s not only a lousy comic, but a pyromaniac, as well. After a typical night disappointing the crowd he finds that one of his jokes begins to come to life. A fruit salesman posing as the Devil strikes a bargain with Trevor. A golden apple for a joke.
He treasures the apple, seeing it as a sign or a magical object. But after some troubling news he tells the audience that it’s likely just an apple and meaningless. He decides to just eat it. It’s good, too. Makes Trevor feel something. The next day he finally reaches his boiling point during the clamor of his neighbors fighting.
But instead of hiding behind a match or homemade flame thrower, he instead turns to the baseball bat. He not only hits hard against those in his way, but he finds his voice on stage as well. He tells it like it is. No fluff. From here, Trevor lets go. He’s mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore. Of course, deals with the Devil don’t ever turn out well.Ape hits independent theaters in the summer of 2012 in the US, with a DVD release in October.
Source: Joel Potrykus via Avery Guerra. Written by Robert Hood.