Since he’s taken over as editor for Fangoria, Chris Alexander has been broadening his profile as a figure in the horror genre. He’s recently taken the next step forward by making his debut as feature film director with Blood For Irina. This micro-budget item was produced by Autonomy Pictures and is described by those involved as an homage to the low-budget Euro-surrealism of Jesus Franco and Jean Rollin. Read below for a press release from Autonomy that offers all the early surrealist-sanguine details on this project…
AUTONOMY PICTURES QUENCHES
ITS THIRST FOR GENRE FILM WITH
BLOOD FOR IRINA
Chris Alexander, editor of Fangoria magazine, makes directorial debut with a haunting vampire tale, becoming new genre label’s first film production. Poster and teaser trailer are revealed!
(New York, NY – July 6, 2012) Writer, journalist and FANGORIA magazine editor Chris Alexander makes his directorial feature film debut for Autonomy Pictures with “BLOOD FOR IRINA,” a psychological, experimental vampire tale. Alexander approached Autonomy Pictures with a micro-budget proposal, the desire to make a personal horror film, a fever dream inspired by Herzog, Rollin and Franco. The film was shot in five days at a crumbling 70 year old waterfront motel set for demolition in Toronto, Canada.
Autonomy Pictures executive producers Derek Curl (“HOUSE OF THE DEVIL,” “STAKE LAND”), David Gregory (“THE THEATRE BIZARRE,” “PLAGUE TOWN”) and Lewis Tice of DANGER AFTER DARK, already impressed with Alexander’s revitalization of Fangoria since taking over as editor-in-chief, were excited to see what he would do with a genre-based underground concept, budget and schedule.. The film is currently in post-production and will hit film festivals later this year. Here is the teaser trailer, which offers a first glimpse of the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciueHAJLAxY&feature=youtu.be
““BLOOD FOR IRINA” fits our company’s dedication to supporting emerging genre talent,” says Derek Curl, CEO of Autonomy Pictures. “We are delighted to collaborate with Chris Alexander on his film debut with his unique and haunting take on vampirism.”
“I wanted to make something that is intimate, dark, lonely, beautiful and surreal, fueled by dread, imagery and emotion,” says Alexander. “I¹m confident that “BLOOD FOR IRINA” accomplishes this.” About “BLOOD FOR IRINA”
Irina (Shauna Henry) is dying. A predator who stalks streets at night looking for blood, she has lived over a century; tormented by memory, living in a run-down motel by the sea, Irina has reached the end. Her perceptions skewed, her body and mind revolting against themselves, she waits for an exit.
Her private hell is echoed by the motel manager (David Goodfellow, who also co-produced), driven by an obsession to protect Irina and keep her secrets safe, and a broken prostitute (Carrie Gemmell) whose desperate plight may be worse than Irina¹s. It’s the tale of three people living a life on the fringe, trapped in world of literal and figurative decay.
Alexander also co-produced, edited and co-shot “BLOOD FOR IRINA” and provides the film¹s hypnotic score. Blood effects work was handled by Paul Jones (the “RESIDENT EVIL” series, “SILENT HILL”).