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…



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:

“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.”

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”).

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