Dead and Gone: Ready To Go!
Actor Jack Wade (Quentin Jones of Fright Night
) takes his comatose wife Frankie (Kathrine Bates of General Hospital) to an isolated cabin in the mountains... a place where a man once murdered his entire family.
Jack was a kept man. Now he must care for Frankie alone, because they have run out of money. This dilapidated cabin is all they have left. The redneck father and son that live nearby are definitely eccentric, but seem harmless enough. Jack flirts with Kate Eidson (Gillian Shure, The Slaughterhouse Massacre
), the local constable, a woman who has such bad memories of the war in Iraq she won't even carry a gun. Poor Jack is a fish out of water. Everything in nature scares him. He starts to imagine things and comes to believe Frankie is up and moving around. She's rude, crude and taunts him relentlessly. Jack starts to come unraveled - and eventually decides to smother his wife.
But Frankie won't die.
Is she some kind of monster, or is Jack just insane? Is the cabin haunted, or is it all of the above?
"Dead and Gone" is a relentless, non-stop exercise in terror mixed with wild, black humor. Director Yossi Sasson says: "When I read it for the first time, everything flowed like greased lightning. It felt like "Twin Peaks" in the first act and a contemporary Evil Dead
from there on out. I loved it immediately. You can never relax, and unlike a lot of other independent horror scripts, its virtually impossible to get ahead of the story line."
Novelist/Screenwriter Harry Shannon
, who has worked on a number of major films including Basic Instinct and Terminator 2, comments, "I adored EC Comics
as a kid, and have always had a soft spot for those intense, yet darkly funny films from the 70's and 80's. My horror novels
can be terrifying, but also tend to be a mix of homage and parody, so I just kicked all that up a notch and tried to write a movie that I would really love to see."
The script impressed rocker Ben Moody, co-founder of Evanescence, who came on board as weird local Booger Rose. Comic actor Kyle Gass, Jack Black's manic partner (Tenacious D and the Pick of Destiny), essays the not-so-Reverend Grass. Lovely scream queen Felissa Rose (Return to Sleepaway Camp
, Evil Ever After, Slaughter Party
) will play attorney Peggy Goldstein. Chris Bruno (TVs The Dead Zone), Marilyn Ghilgliotti (Clerks
), Aaron Sherry (Nightmare Man) and Zack Ward (Resident Evil: Apocalypse
) also appear. Veteran stage actor Jeff McFarland (Actors Gang) plays murderer Wayne Lee Garrett. Stuntman/actor Robert Herrick (Mortal Kombat, Speed 2) is Booger's big brother Moss Rose.
Famed composer Harry Manfredini (Friday 13th
, House) will score. Mr. Manfredini says: "This script has a quality to it that makes it a classic. It is scary and creepy, witty and sarcastic. It is simple but textured. It keeps your interest with a varied arsenal of visual and verbal techniques. Okay thats the script. Now let me tell you about Yossi Sasson. Hes a bright and talented young man with great style and vision. He gets it."
Makeup effects were created by the brilliant Dan Crawley of After Midnight Studios.net. Dan has worked on Superman Returns, Fantastic Four, Seed of Chucky
, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Ring, Appocalypto, and many other film and television projects.
Principal photography was completed May 8, 2006. Visit the Official Website