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Putting the finishing touches to a film in advance of a festival is no unusual task for a filmmaker. Quite often, directors will still be tinkering with the final product in the few weeks running up to their presenting it to an audience. But what about a film that only kicked off one month before its world premiere?

That's exactly the challenge that directors Mike Testin and Matt Mercer took on when they were invited to screen at Chicago's Cinepocalypse. "Cinepocalypse held their first annual event last November (2017), and they reserved a slot for an unmade feature-length film." says Mercer. "In a nutshell, they challenged us to conceive, finance, shoot, and finish a feature film, script-to-screen, in literally 5 weeks (beginning the day the festival announced their schedule) and see if something could come of it. Whatever we made, they promised to show it in that slot".

"We couldn’t resist the challenge, so we said, "Hell yes." We got a few friends together and decided to make a completely unrelated, darkly comedic sequel to a critically-acclaimed thriller Mike directed a couple of years ago called Dementia. Instead of shooting for dramatic-thriller territory again, we aimed for off-kilter midnight horror-comedy territory, and put the pedal to the metal. The goal was not to fly in the face of the first film, but instead to create something entirely of its own identity, and make a fun, gooey, bizarre ride in the process".

"So this movie was the result of that one month of insanity, and we’re excited at the response it’s garnering. Since that first screening, composer David Labovitch created an original and entertaining new score for it, and we’ve slightly tweaked the film to smooth some rough edges, and pad the runtime with some new little bits... so, here it is, the finished version of our midnight jaunt, Dementia Part II".

Suzanne wasn't always this confused. She wasn't always DEAD either...

When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.

Wendell (Matt Mercer) receives a threatening phone call from his parole officer Reggie (Graham Skipper)… if he doesn’t find a job immediately, he will face serious legal repercussions. Wendell wrangles some home maintenance work for a seemingly benign older woman, Suzanne (Suzanne Voss), who persists in giving him increasingly absurd tasks to complete around the house. As the workday progresses, Wendell is thrown into an ever-escalating nightmare, and comes face to face with an unexpected evil.

Suzanne hides a dark secret. And it’s up to Wendell and Suzanne’s daughter, Sheila (Najarra Townsend) to put an end to her madness.

Dementia Part II Links: IMDB | Mike Testin on Twitter | Matt Mercer on Twitter

Dementia Part II receives its European premiere on 25th August at 7.00pm in the Cineworld Discovery Screen. For tickets go to: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html


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