and SFIndie's Digital Underground Program
The first stop was ItD's world premiere at the Chicago Underground Film Festival on Saturday, August 19 at the Fine Arts Theatre. As the film itself was shot entirely in the Chicagoland area, CUFF was the perfect venue for In the Dark's world premiere.
To keep things short and simple, the premiere was a success. We sold out the theatre and have been receiving great feedback from audience members all week long.
Thanks to all the CUFF programmers who put on a great festival and gave us a very nice opening-weekend timeslot in that festival. Thank you thank you thank you.
The following weekend ItD made it's second public appearance, at the SFIndie Digital Underground Program. Unfortunately none of the Gemineye staff could make it so we don't have any first hand reports. However the program's director, Jef Ross, sent us an email after the showing, saying: "Screening went well, you got good press... good audience reaction..."
He'll be forwarding us more info in the near future, including some of that press stuff he was talking about, so we'll get an update out on the DU program as soon as possible.
But don't think we're about to take a rest, ItD will be screened at the IFP Market in New York on September 22. This showing is designed for industry types alone (hence the name "IFP Market"), which include producers directors and festival programmers from around the world. In other words, unless you are a producer or distributor, don't run out looking for tickets to that showing.
What happens after the market? We continue entering ItD into as many festivals as we can, until we attract full-scale distribution interest. If the market goes really well, ItD might be showing at a theatre near you... or for rent anyway...
Let's keep those fingers crossed. And in the mean time you can stay up to date on upcoming screenings and the latest reviews by visiting the gemineye website at: www.gemineye.demon.nl (and don't forget to refresh your browser!)
If you are interested in contacting us directly you can find our individual email addresses at the gemineye site, or write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
|In the Dark 8/10.
Once in a while a film comes along that manages to do something Hollywood hasn't been able to do for years: scare you. Really scare you.
In The Dark is that film.
Filmed without Hollywood bigwigs or studio sets, In The Dark will quickly become a horror classic wherever it is screened. The action, filmed with hand-held cameras and accompanied by sharp editing, is non-stop from the first (pre-credits) scene to the very last.
Gemineye Productions has turned in a film which is absolutely staggering. Not only have they produced the first film from a Richard Laymon novel and filmed it while staying almost totally loyal to the book (something Hollywood would never do!), they have also been able to invoke a feeling of real terror in the audience by using black and white film (changing to color for only one horrifying scene...with the color making it even more horrific) and getting by with only the bare necessities - making the film feel oh-so-very much like real life.
Every aspect of this film is perfect: from the actors with their top-rate dialogue to the locations and their murky lighting.
In The Dark is the first film since Hitchock's version of Psycho to instill real fear into the audience. It also succeeds in "real-life-horror" much better than Blair Witch could ever have hoped.
The film was watched by Laymon fans who had read the book, and also by non-Laymonites. Both groups were equally spellbound and were on the edge of their seats...right to the very end, where there is a surprise for everyone - even Laymon fans who remember the book so well.
With the right backing and a distributor to push the film through the Hollywood quagmire and onto cinema screens, In The Dark could easily become a blockbuster.
No matter what you do, see it.
|In the Dark *** 1/2 (Clifton Holmes).
It's been a long time since I've seen a horror film that really scared me, but I was feeling more than a little on edge when I pulled this tape out of my VCR after midnight. Shot on black and white video (an underused but effective format), "In The Dark" is a story of game-playing that grows dangerous, as a bored and frustrated librarian named Jane starts finding money in envelopes addressed to her, along with instructions on where to go and what to do next for more cash. They are signed "M.O.G." (Master of Games), and as you can probably guess, things get out of hand as Jane's greed and curiosity take her to places she definitely shouldn't be. I won't tell you any more about it, so you can enjoy the whole creepy experience yourself, but I will say that this is a much better film than "The Blair Witch Project," and that director Clifton Holmes is definitely somebody to keep an eye on. (10 p.m. Saturday) --J.P.
It's a hot summer night in West LA, a night when the fresh breeze from the ocean fails to cool those with no air conditioning. Shane Malone sits sweltering in front of the computer, thinking how easy it should be to write a contribution for an anthology; an anthology in which every chilling tale must end in the death of a twenty-two-year-old woman in her apartment.
Ideas swirl, but it has to be a grabber - Shane doesn't want to look like a slouch. And the deafening music blaring from next door is not helping.
Shane furiously bangs on the neighbour's door, ready to let rip. But Francine just happens to be a twenty-two-year-old woman who will not be argued with...and Shane is about to find out that life really can imitate art.
[then carries on with 'so begins the first tale...']
It's a hot summer night in West LA, a night when the fresh breeze from the ocean fails to cool those with no air conditioning. Shane sits sweltering in front of his computer, thinking how easy it should be to meet a deadline for an anthology he is contributing to; an anthology in which every chilling tale must end in the death of a twenty-two-year-old woman in her apartment.
Ideas swirl round and round in his head, but it has to be a grabber - he doesn't want to look like a slouch. And the deafening music blaring from next door is adding to his frustration.
He furiously bangs on his neighbour's door, ready to let rip. But Francine just happens to be a twenty-two-year-old woman who will not be argued with...and Shane is about to find out that life really can imitate art.
So begins the first tale in this terrifying collection of short stories - a delicious cornucopia of homicidal maniacs, vampires and lust-crazed teenagers - that showcase the macabre genius of Richard Laymon