The movie trailer for BREATH OF HATE has landed on the Internet from Youtube to Facebook and the great horror sites beyond. I’m going to watch it and give some insight and commentary. Who am I? Wes Laurie and I wrote the script for Breath Of Hate and was sitting there picking my nose off to the side while every single scene of it was being shot.
If you want to watch the trailer along with me while you read check it out : BREATH OF HATE MOVIE TRAILER
First thing you hear is the voice of actor Ezra Buzzington. He is out of focus at the start of the trailer, but I can mention he was always the lead focus for director Sean Cain once the project actually got the green light. Sean had previously worked with Ezra when he produced for the movie Someone’s Knocking At The Door; a trippy Chad Ferrin grindhouse ordeal where Ezra plays a killer that rapes people to death. After Sean read the Breath Of Hate script he immediately mentioned Ezra to me as a candidate. Sean was impressed by Mr. Buzzington’s talent and thought he was a fine professional to work with. I must admit when I was writing the script I had pictured a Trent Reznor looking dude in that role, possibly because the writing for the character was in some ways recapturing some of my High School age angst and Nine Inch Nails was a moody soundtrack for the times. However, Ezra comes with a unique look capable of emitting a vibe equal parts creepy and suave, and thus the script saw some re-writes to better suit Sean’s vision of Ezra taking the role. I can’t imagine anyone else really having done the role now.
The camera is working into focus, just enough that you’re able to see some rope, and then some almost in focus Ezra, and then: oh no! Actress Lauren Walsh is at the end of the rope! She looks asleep, let’s hope so. I recall seeing Lauren’s audition tape for the first time. We were down to the wire with casting and part of her audition is a scene that is probably my favorite moment of seeing her in the actual movie. I won’t ruin it by talking of it anymore, but she is too cute!
Ezra is sitting in a chair, by the way, and the footage was shot in a living room in Los Angeles. Not only did Ezra have to focus on being such a maniacally outspoken character, but also work with the uncomfortable positions he was stuck in for long spells in the chair and sweaty room conditions. A lot of crew in a small space and no air conditioner on because it would mess up the sound guy. Yep, the sound guy has to ruin it for everyone.
Brief intro titles start letting you know some of the devils responsible for the movie: my company ArsonCuff Entertainment and Sean’s Velvet Hammer Films. I’m not a big fan of the techno being played, which is perhaps befittingly weird, but think the end product might end up trying for something more “gritty” in tone.
Music over and: meet Jason Mewes; of Kevin Smith movies and Jay And Silent Bob fame! His character Ned is telling Lauren’s character he’s in love with her. Jason’s performance is a little outside the box of what people are used to seeing from him. I was impressed several times over with some of what he was able to draw out of the character. Then we hear actor Jack Forcinito in voice over; as we visually see Lauren Walsh walking down a hotel hallway. Those hotel shots were done guerrilla style with me keeping guard at the elevator end of the hall.
Next you see Jack in his chair as the character Sonny: he’s a pimp. Jack is the lead in Silent Night, Zombie Night: a cult classic star making performance if ever there was one. If I look close enough at the shelf behind him looks like one of the DVDs might be Donnie Darko. A cool movie to have landed there, I can only hope we captured some of the atmosphere that movies such as that one mastered.
“One job, it’s the last one, then I’m out.” Yes, I was having fun with that cliché movie concept when I wrote the script. You know the one: a hitman on one last job, where everything goes wrong. I combined that with the hooker with a heart of gold: ha ha.
Jason claims to be her boyfriend and then you meet actor Timothy Muskatell. Tim is a super talent, bound to rise above the Indie scene with his acting chops and great comedic timing. He was also featured in our movie Silent Night, Zombie Night as one of the lead zombies.
We shot at a big mansion in Malibu, on a curvy, rocky road that sent at least one vehicle to the auto repair shop. Standing next to Ezra Buzzington in the mansion one sees for the first time actress Monique Parent. She is a woman that was made to be on film and video or whatever other visual medium you prefer. Lauren is seen again, with her character’s trademark lollipop it seems, and she has been joined by actresses Alexis Zibolis who did a great Associated Content Interview HERE. Also we see, actress Jeanine Daniels, who I believe was making her feature debut! Oh, the memories she will have. And the fellow with them is Ricardo Gray. This isn’t the first time he has worked with director Sean Cain. Ricardo is in Someone’s Knocking At The Door and Silent Night, Zombie Night as well.
Lauren is seen tied up in a bed with Ezra beside her. At some point during shooting when you have an actress tied up you start to feel guilty, because more or less she is “in character” in a dark place and we have her really bound, so, yeah, can be a bit awkward. Lauren was one heck of a trooper though and I hope she is proud of what light she brought into the project.
That second punching sound effect was kind of like a paper bag being crumpled. The movie is still in post-production, where we hand over money for lovely things such as sound design and color correction, etc. etc.
Lauren’s talking a little fast on that telephone, some deep stuff though, and there’s Mr. Sensitive Jason Mewes again.
All kinds of stuff happening in the flashing montage: blood and sex with equal portions of knife stabbing and foot licking. There are some brief flashes of Ezra in some gory makeup. Ezra was a piece of horror art. Tom Devlin and his company 1313 FX were on set and we also had a makeup artist Eileen Mastromatteo who knew her way around some blood. You might have also caught a glimpse of horror scream queen Felissa Rose in there. She was nine months pregnant when we shot her scenes!
And then the trailer for Breath Of Hate ends with Lauren releasing some breathy screams, releasing some pain perhaps? Not to sound weird, but I love the sound of it, a little bit of voice losing rasp on the edge of the noise, probably be sexy if it was listened to out of context. And then of course Ezra Buzzington puts in the last word and there we have it: the first trailer for Breath Of Hate.
The first publicly released trailer any way. I’ve seen a “dirty” cut that let’s some naughty language slip and shows off some of the work we did on Strip Club Day with Joanna Angel and friends.