Late breaking news from New York’s one and only Sean Ledden:
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Last weekend unsuspecting movie-goers in Chicago were the first people in 54 years to see a brand new trailer for a horror movie that never was. The twisted brain-child of movie mystery man Doug McKeown, best known for directing “The Deadly Spawn,” “It Feeds On The Living” purports to show scenes from a 1959 black & white sci-fi shocker about a menace to the entire planet.
Shot as a “lark” to honor a last minute request from Chicago filmmaker and festival producer Rusty Nails, the trailer for “It Feeds On The Living” had to overcome numerous production hurdles – some pedestrian, others ominous. As if some mysterious force sought to prevent this work from ever seeing the light of day. How else to explain the approaching cold front that would soon make outdoor photography highly uncomfortable? Or the camera battery that suddenly died only an hour before the first scenes were scheduled to be shot in New York’s famed Central Park? Yet through it all McKeown displayed the calm, some would say ruthless, determination that he is known, even feared for – and production wrapped after two concentrated half-days that made some participants feel zestfully alive, while giving others a strong tension headache. How true, that “Art Demands Sacrifice”, as someone famous must have said at some point.
Happily, one obstacle that did not appear was the location of a top secret and expensively equipped laboratory setting to be used for the key conversation between “Biologist Number 1” and “Biologist Number 2.” Non-disclosure agreements prevent the publishing of any further details, but viewers of the trailer will no doubt appreciate the time and effort that went into bringing its striking images onto film (er, video.)
And so, without further ado, and fresh from Sci-Fi Spectacular 7, at Chicago’s Portage Theater, The Monster Shack is proud to present (the trailer for)….
CORRECTION: Contrary to pre-screening reports, the laboratory location was NOT the one used for the infamous “Alien Autopsy” film.