Fangoria Editor Launches into Filmmaking, ‘Blood for Irina’ to Mark Debut Film
by Marc Patterson
We’ve received word that Chris Alexander, the new(ish) kick-ass editor of Fangoria, is venturing into the land of filmmaking and will be making his directorial debut with an atmospheric tale of vampirism. Blood for Irina will mark the first feature film backed by Autonomy Pictures, the same company that is distributing The Bunny Game later this month.
We’re told that Alexander approached Autonomy “with a micro-budget proposal, the desire to make a personal horror film, a fever dream inspired by Herzog, Rollin and Franco. The film was shot in five days at a crumbling 70 year old waterfront motel set for demolition in Toronto, Canada.“
Yes, that’s right. They said “Herzog, Rollin, and Franco”. But will it have the art-house sleaze and the seductive drippings of blood and sex?
“I wanted to make something that is intimate, dark, lonely, beautiful and surreal, fueled by dread, imagery and emotion,” says Alexander. “I’m confident that Blood for Irina accomplishes this.“
I have little doubt that if anyone making films today could pull this off, paying faithful homage to a long-dead genre, that Chris Alexander is the guy for the job. His knowledge and love for the genre is expansive and I’ve been consistently impressed with how Fangoria has been run since he’s been taking helm of the once sinking ship. Personally speaking, it’s been interesting to watch as a cadre of genre journalists have slowly moved into making films, Alexander now joining the ranks of Bloody-Disgusting’s Brad Miska, and former Rue Morgue EIC Jovanka Vuckovic. Our hope is that this trend makes a move to invigorate the genre with films that fans will embrace and truly want to see, rather than just being force fed the latest big-budget studio based drivel.
Blood for Irina follows our lead character, portrayed by Shauna Henry, who is a dying vampire. A predator who stalks streets at night looking for blood, she has lived over a century; tormented by memory, living in a run-down motel by the sea, Irina has reached the end. Her perceptions skewed, her body and mind revolting against themselves, she waits for an exit.
Her private hell is echoed by the motel manager (David Goodfellow, who also co-produced), driven by an obsession to protect Irina and keep her secrets safe, and a broken prostitute (Carrie Gemmell) whose desperate plight may be worse than Irina’s. It’s the tale of three people living a life on the fringe, trapped in world of literal and figurative decay.
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