Independent production shingle Glass Eye Pix has announced that the director Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, Last Winter, Corrupted) has completed principal photography on his seventh feature film, Blackout. A picture that stars Alex Hurt as Charley Barrett, a fine art painter convinced he is a werewolf wreaking havoc in small-town America under a full moon enveloped in the glow of October 8 Hunting monthwhile the subscriptions were completed on October 16.
The film features a cast including Addison Timlin (Little sister, like me, spoiled), Gyn Foster Motel (Marriage story, Foxhole), Joseph Castillo-Midyett (The Equalizer, Death Saved My Life), Ella Rae Peck (forthcoming Crumb catcher), Rigo Garay (Crumb catcher), John Speredakos (Wendigo, I sell the dead), Michael Buscemi (Habit, BlackKkKlansman), Jeremy Holm (Watchman, Brooklyn 45), Joe Swanberg (You’re next, out of season), Barbara Crampton (You are next, Jacob’s wife), James Le Gros (Foxhole, The Last Winter), a Marshall Bell (Total Recall, Stand By Me).
The film was produced by Fessenden, James Felix McKenney and Chris Ingvordsen and co-produced by Gaby Leyner. Collin Braizie was the cinematographer, following his previous work on the Glass Eye Pix production Foxhole. Paintings for the main character artwork were created for the film by Brooklyn-based artist John Mitchell.
Blackout was filmed in local shops and locations in New York’s Hudson Valley and serves as a portrait of the area including Woodstock, Olivebridge, Andes and Kingston. Many local merchants generously supported independent production. Fessenden explains, “My approach was to combine a naturalistic documentary style with the mythological tropes of a werewolf story, a constant interest in combining realism with stylization, and combining themes of contemporary society with classic monster movie clichés.”
Make-up and special effects were taken care of by long-time colleagues of Glass Eye Pix Brian Spears a Peter Gernerwho previously created Frankenstein’s monster for Fessenden’s 2019 film Corrupted. Fessenden comments, “Yes, I’m competing with Marvel and Blumhouse to create my own Monsterverse, but at a very different price.” Fessenden’s 1997 film Habit is a vampire film that is characterized by the harsh atmosphere of New York of the 90s and the naturalistic treatment of the genre.