Independent production gravel Glass Eye Pix has announced that director Larry Fessenden (Wendigo, The Last Winter, Depressing) has completed principal photography on his seventh feature film, Blackout. The picture, which stars Alex hurt as Charley Barrett, a Fine Arts painter convinced he is a werewolf wreaking havoc on a small American town under the full moon, wrapped in the glow of October 8th. Hunter’s Moonwith pickups completed October 16.
The film features a cast including Addison Timlin (Little Sister, Like Me, Depressed), Former Foster Motel (A Wedding Story, Foxhole), Joseph Castillo-Midyett (Equalizer, Death That Saved My Life), Ella Rae Peck (coming Crumb Catcher), Rigo Gary (Crumb Catcher), John Speredakos (Wendigo, I Sell The Dead), Michael Buscemi (Habit, BlackkkKlansman), Jeremy Holm (The Keeper, Brooklyn 45), Joe Swanberg (You’re Next, Offseason), Barbara Crampton (You’re Next, Jakob’s Wife), James Le Gros (Foxhole, The Last Winter), a Marshall Bell (Remember, Stand Alive).
The film was produced by Fessenden, James Felix McKenney, and Chris Ingvordsen, and Co-produced by Gaby Leyner. Collin Braizie was cinematographer, following his previous stint on Glass Eye Pix production Foxhole. Paintings for the main character’s artwork were created for the film by Brooklyn artist John Mitchell.
Blackout was shot in local shops and locations in New York’s Hudson Valley and serves as a portrait of the area including Woodstock, Olivebridge, Andes, and Kingston. Many local merchants generously supported the independent production. Fessenden explains, “My approach was to blend a naturalistic documentary style with the mythological tropes of the werewolf story, an ongoing interest in blending realism with styling, and blending the themes of contemporary society with classic monster movie clichés.”
Makeup and special effects were handled by longtime Glass Eye Pix collaborators Brian Spears a Peter Gernerwho previously created the Frankenstein monster for Fessenden’s 2019 film Disheartened. Fessenden comments, “Yes, I’m competing with Marvel and Blumhouse to create my own Monsterverse, but at a very different price point.” Fessenden’s 1997 film Practice is a highly regarded vampire film due to its gritty New York 90s atmosphere and naturalistic treatment of the genre.