Boston Film Family, LLC, has released the official trailer of its upcoming feature film, PARTS UNKNOWN. The wrestling/horror movie will have its world premiere on June 9, 2018.
Written, produced, and directed by Boston Film Family CEO Richard Chandler, PARTS UNKNOWN is the story about how the infamous Von Strasser family (of professional wrestling fame) seek to violently reclaim their notorious status through supernatural means despite being blackballed by forces within the industry. The movie stars retired pro-wrestler/actor William DeCoff, pro-wrestling manager/actress Lizzie Havoc, and Boston Film Family alumni Alexandra Cipolla, Alexander Hauck, and Sarah Michelle.
“DeCoff and myself have been talking about (this kind of) horror film for years,” said Chandler about the relationship he developed with one of the lead actors in his movie. “He’s a retired pro-wrestler with a real old school mentality who really understood what we were going for with this film and brought a lot to the table as both a former wrestler and as an actor.”
“(DeCoff) and I worked together to establish how (his character) would feel,” stated the Boston-based filmmaker, “from the estranged interactions with his family to the simpler, finer things in life. (DeCoff’s character) is a multi-sided and complex man, who needed to be portrayed by a very good actor who happened to have lived the life of an actual wrestler.”
Havoc herself is no stranger to the wrestling ring. The statuesque redhead (6’, 2”) was trained by New England Pro Wrestling Hall of Famer Beau Douglas under the name “Lizzie Raze”. She claims to have been “breaking hearts, backs, and bottles in the ring” since 2013.
Chandler “discovered” Havoc when they first met at the BLAIR WITCH movie premiere in Boston. He decided to cast her as female wrestler Lacey Tormada when he decided the “edgy” lead character needed to be interpreted by the “fresh face” actress he found in Havoc.
“Lizzie hung in there with the much more experienced leads and did a great job with this film,” enthused Chandler. “You wouldn’t know that this was her first big on-screen performance.”
Aside from acting, Havoc is also an award-winning writer. She won the Nancy Potter Short Story Award in 2003 and was cited as “Boston’s Best Nightlife Blogger” in 2011 by Dirty Water TV.
Legendary independent movie actress Melantha Blackthorne, who had a leading role in Chandler’s feature film GILGAMESH (2014), returns in a smaller role while former pro-wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts lends his vocal talents to the movie. Cameos are also provided by the indie tag team The Devil’s Doormen as well as YouTube and podcast personality Brian Zane (of “Wrestling with Wregret” fame).
“Professional wrestling has always been plagued with controversies over drug use, exploitation, and violence” explained Chandler about the deeper social issues that fuel his latest cinematic endeavor. “As over-the-top as PARTS UNKNOWN is, it still addresses the personal, political, and business pressures that lead to some of the movie’s crazier moments.”
“You get a glimpse – albeit slightly exagerated – at what wrestling as a business has become,” continued the self-described “massive” wrestling fan. “What wrestlers put themselves through for the art of wrestling – especially in the indie scene – to please small goups of rabid fans is crazy but triumphant. Much of the movie involves undertones of sacrifice for a greater ‘cause’ and how that sense of sacrifice has affected entertainment in particular and possibly the world in general.”
“(Wrestling) is an art form,” added Chandler. “So is horror if it’s done right. Both incorporate violence, brutality, crazy characters, a little humor, and more. The slow build to intense moments is something both wrestling and horror can deliver.”
“PARTS UNKNOWN exists in its own world of stylized violence,” remarked Chandler when asked to describe his latest endeavor. “It combines neon color schemes, retro cinematography with a sharp, modern day feel, uniquely created costumes, practical effects, a synth-wave soundtrack, and more.”
Chandler had high praise for the returning members of his company’s tightly knit ensemble. He said that the performance of former pro-wrestler/actress Michelle, who had worked with Chandler in a variety of projects over the past six years, will “shock” audiences to their core when they view her interpretation of Kitty Von Strasser.
“I needed someone who was fearless,” he declared, “someone who had no care about anything outside of PARTS UNKNOWN. Her character – Kitty – is kind of like that, but on a much more violent level. There’s really no one else that could have played this character. (Michelle) was able to bring an intensity to her dialogue and a wild physicality to her fight scenes like no one else.”
Hauk was tapped to play a wrestling “hype man” whose “dynamic” persona displayed his range as an actor. “Alex gets pretty dark in this (movie),” confided Chandler. “It’s his best role to date.” And Cipolla, he added, also brought a high level of professionalism to her lead role as Mary Price that made her character’s “dramatic transition” in the movie “very believable.”
Chandler lauded cinematographer Denez McAdoo, costumer Jenny French, and notably musical composer Andre Fernandea for their contributions towards the movie’s aesthetic.
“Without the music,” declared Chandler, “the film wouldn’t be complete. It really helped to round the circle and connect the ideas and motifs of the film. And it hooks you into the violence.”
Boston Film Family, LLC, is an award-winning Massachusetts-based independent film production company that specializes in the creation of visual horror and grindhouse stories. Its previous works include the featurette WITCH HUNT (2016), the feature film GILGAMESH (2014), and the webseries BOSTON MASSACRE (2012-2013).
For more information on Boston Film Family, LLC, the company’s homepage can be accessed at Facebook or on the company’s website – www.bostonfilmfamily.com . The movie’s IMDb page can be found through the following link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5759188/reference .