Sick Trailer for Ryan Nicholson’s Latest, ‘Famine’
by Marc Patterson
Ryan Nicholson is an indie filmmaker who excels in the art of gross-out. He stands out there on the fringes of a more polite horror crowd unafraid to create film that is brash, offensive, and nasty to the core. His films are true modern day grindhouse and not imitation knock-off’s. I’ve been lucky enough to have been turned onto his work back when he started directing with films like Torched, Live Feed and Gutterballs. Having followed his career in horror I’ll admit to being preferential to his earlier films. Nicholson seems to produce his best work when he’s putting his own dark twisted spin on the 80’s slasher vibe, and while I’m still waiting for Gutterballs 2: Balls Deep, I’m sure to have my appetite for depravity satiated with his latest, a nasty little dish called Famine. (As a sidebar note, you’ll want to be sure to check out my interview with Nicholson from 2009, one that I still hold as a favorite.)
According to the Nicholson’s Plotdigger website Famine is “a colourful kill-a-minute gorefest” and the synopsis is too over the top to even try to improvise on. Just check it out:
Two years after a high-school prank involving flesh-eating acid nearly kills popular teacher Mr. Balszack, the graduating class of Sloppy Secondary holds a ’24-Hour Famine’ charity event on school grounds. But there’s an uninvited guest at this event, masquerading as the school’s handyman mascot, and he’s got an insatiable hunger of his own. The power’s cut, the doors and windows are chained shut, and now it’s not just cheerleaders who are getting nailed! Has Mr. Balszack come back for revenge? Is his sad tale just a cover for a brand-new psycho? Can the Nailer be stopped before the whole Class of 2011 goes six feet under?
Famine is being co-produced with New Image Entertainment. While we don’t know the details of who will eventually distribute I feel safe in speculating that Breaking Glass Pictures will pick this one up, as they have with Gutterballs, Hanger, and Bleeding Lady, (which just hit DVD by the way!)
Watch the trailer but don’t say we didn’t warn you!