As part of its Orbiter Year-Round Series, Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival is proud to present the Texas premiere of DIRECTOR’S COMMENTARY: THE TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN on Thursday, August 25 (9:00pm) at Flix Brewhouse. Co-writer/Director Tim Kirk will do a Q&A via Skype after the screening.
A long-forgotten horror film somehow makes it into your DVD player. For some reason, you click on the commentary track. As the director and writer discuss the images on the screen, it becomes apparent that the horror behind the camera was far more disturbing than what they filmed. Featuring BARRY LYNDON star Leon Vitali as himself, and Frankenstein in the actual THE TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN.
TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN is an exercise in extreme meta-fictional tragicomedy. Presented as the commentary track of a rushed reissue of a forgotten (but 100% genuine) Frankenstein film's DVD (because of unspecified 'recent events'), this project transforms the film into an entirely new, very human horror story. Featuring Clu Gulager as the director of the 1977 original who is happily exploiting the unmentioned tragedy linked to the film, the recording session unravels a mystery as he clashes with the screenwriter (Zack Norman) and, ultimately, its star (Leon Vitali from Stanley Kubrick's EYES WIDE SHUT and BARRY LYNDON, playing himself.) TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN is MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000 by way of Sartre, an icy satire of the monsters onscreen, behind the camera, and in the audience.
“I cannot begin to explain how brilliant this set up is,” says Bears Fonté, OWA Founder and Artistic Director, “because as the writer and director discuss the film’s notoriety it becomes very clear that most people’s interest in the film stems not from what’s on screen, but from a series of gruesome murders and a lengthy public trial of one of the cast members. Bits of the story leak out as they watch the film together, as well as old grudges and hints of blame. But it all starts very subtly, which is why it works so well. The audience is left to try to piece together what happened as they are asked to follow the placement and heaviness of a certain piece of prop luggage, which we later learn had parts of a dead body shoved in it.”
CLU GULAGER has appeared in countless films, perhaps most memorably in THE LAST PICTURE SHOW, THE KILLERS and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD. HIs TV work includes THE TALL MAN and THE VIRGINIAN. His short film, and directorial debut, A DAY WITH THE BOYS was nominated for the Palme d'Or for best short film film at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.
LEON VITALI is an actor and producer. Besides playing Victor Frankenstein in TERROR OF FRANKENSTEIN, he played Lord Bullingdon in BARRY LYNDON and then worked closely with Stanley Kubrick for the rest of Kubrick's life. In 2004, he was honored with the Cinema Audio Society's President's Award for overseeing the restoration of most of Kubrick's work.
ZACK NORMAN is an actor and producer. Of his many film appearances, he is best known for his work in ROMANCING THE STONE, FESTIVAL AT CANNES and CADILLAC MAN. He produced the 1974 Academy Award winning documentary HEARTS AND MINDS, as well as over 40 other films.
TIM KIRK (Producer, Director, Co-Writer) produced ROOM 237 and the web-series TOM EXPLORES LOS ANGELES. He is the director of BEWTICHED? featured at the 2006 LA Film Festival. He returns to the Sundance Film Festival with his latest work with Rodney Ascher, THE NIGHTMARE.
RODNEY ASCHER (Producer, Editor) is the director and editor of the film ROOM 237. He is the winner of the 2012 IDA Creative Achievement Award for Best Editing and the 2012 Fantastic Fest Award for Best Director. His new film, THE NIGHTMARE, debuts at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
JAY KIRK (Co-Writer) is the author of Kingdom Under Glass, and a contributor to GQ, Harper's, and The New York Times Magazine. He teaches Narrative Nonfiction at the University of Pennsylvania. His second book, Bartok's Monster (Harper Perennial), is due out in 2016.
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About Flix Brewhouse
In addition to its flagship location in Round Rock, TX, Flix Brewhouse operates in Des Moines, Iowa and Carmel, Indiana, with more locations coming. The Flix Mix lobby bar and cafe is open seven days a week to the public, no ticket required, so you can come in and grab a bite to eat or have a locally brewed beer anytime!