WithanO Productions revealed a lengthy trailer for Muck and I honestly can’t tell you what it’s about. I hoped the press release that accompanied the piece would tell me, but no luck. The Facebook page? No dice. But that spot tells me, “Muck is the highly stylized and hyper-violent middle chapter of a true horror trilogy that unfolds like a love letter to horror fanatics everywhere.” The official site? No go.
Oh well, I’ll tell you what we do know: Kane Hodder appears somewhere in here and Playboy playmate Jaclyn Swedberg also stars for writer-director Steve Wolsh. I’m going to just present the rest of the press release because it ends with something that drives me a bit crazy.
Following up on its teaser trailer that generated over 30 articles in the horror community and earned the only horror film panel at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2013, WithanO Productions just released the theatrical trailer for its upcoming “Muck” film. “Muck” stars the horror legend Kane Hodder (“Friday the 13th” 7-10, “Hatchet” trilogy) and the new Scream Queen, 2012 Playboy Playmate of the Year, Jaclyn Swedberg. The trailer will provide a more in-depth look at the film, and it can be seen at http://youtu.be/EJUg8D3VpSQ or on the film’s website, www.getthemuckout.com. “Muck” was filmed completely on the Red Epic in Ultra HD over the course of 19 grueling all-night shoots. Shot entirely on location in the swamps and marshes of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, this dangerous shoot was nearly impossible when you factor in first-time director Steve Wolsh produced “Muck” on a mirco-budget of $200,000.
Although an independent feature, “Muck” matches the quality of any top Hollywood film. By using the industry’s preferred 4K HD camera, “Muck” images surpassed larger budget indie films even before DaVinci color correction. For the record, the Red cameras used weren’t “stolen”, just “borrowed without asking” and returned with minimal water damage. Moreover, after Universal Studios viewed the first cut of the film, the powerhouse agreed to mix “Muck” for theatre surround sound on the Universal lot. Besides the Horror Legend and Playmate of the Year, “Muck” features an amazing cast of up-and-coming actors, led by Australian hunk Lachlan Buchanan (“Newcastle”, “Pretty Little Liars”, and “NCIS: Red”) and Indian beauty PujaMohindra. Very few Hollywood films feature strong lead roles for Indian actresses, and this is a first for any American horror film, a breakout role for Mohindra. The “Muck” production did not make it easy on the actors, though.
SAG expressed concern during production of this film, stating, “‘Muck’ is, without a doubt, one of the top 5 most violent scripts we have ever seen come through.” With concern from SAG, horror fans can rejoice about stunts in the upcoming film: in-water fighting, full-body fire burns, high-impact falls, and even a naked woman thrown through glass.
At this point, surely horror fans want to rejoice for more than just seeing a naked woman being thrown through glass, yes?