With a recent increase in hate crimes, homophobic violence and religious extremism, filmmakers Andy Collier and Tor Mian set to explore the controversial topics in their latest horror film Perpetual.
As a modernised adaptation of Lee Thomas’ award- winning novel The German, independent London- based filmmakers from Loose Canon Films and Hydra Films RKM, Collier and Mian, will co-produce and co-direct the film which will be slathered in graphic violence and depravity, as they reimagine the tale in current times. Perpetual will give the horror element a more real and disturbing meaning as it explores how susceptible human nature is to bigotry, violence and evil as a community are terrorised by murder, homophobia and xenophobia.
Perpetual is a realistic horror that documents how tension in a small town erupts into scenes of vicious vengeance as a Sheriff hunts down a brutal killer who leaves what appear to be Islamist terror calling cards in the remains of his victims. After the Brexit vote in the UK, and the Trump election in the US, Andy and Tor were compelled to make the film; changing the nationality of the refugees from German to Iraqi and Syrian, making Perpetual shockingly topical. Tor mentioned that by “updating the novel to a contemporary setting, what we found most remarkable is how timeless these issues unfortunately are.”
The book itself contains very dark and disturbing themes throughout, which confirms the film will be brutal on both mental and physical levels. Writer of the original novel, Thomas, believes that “Andy and Tor are smart filmmakers, and I think they’re going to do a fantastic job with the material” and therefore should appeal to fans of the horror genre who prefer intelligent and gripping plot lines.
Having recently publicised their horror film Charismata and received high praise, Perpetual is set to be highly anticipated within both the horror and LGBTQ communities.
Summer 2018. A killer preys on the young men of a quiet Western town. The murders are calculated, vicious, and they are only just beginning. Sheriff Fran Rabbit and her men are bewildered by the crimes, and the community she serves is terrified of the monster lurking their streets. The only clues left behind by the killer are painted trinket boxes containing notes written in Arabic, which insinuate a private Holy War against America. As panic mounts, all eyes turn towards a quiet man with secrets of his own. Ziad Al-Ahmadi fled Iraq in 2014. Once a brute, a soldier, a leader of Saddam’s genocidal Republican Guard, he has renounced aggression and embraces a peaceful obscurity. But Ziad is haunted by an impossible past. He remembers his own execution and the extremes of sex and violence that led to it. He remembers the men he led into battle, the men he seduced, and the men who betrayed him. But are these the memories of a man given a second life, or the delusions of a lunatic?
Confirmed to star in Perpetual is accomplished actor Ross Mullan, who is best known for his role as the WhiteWalker in Game of Thrones. As an openly gay actor, Ross has said “Never has there been a better time to address the core issues of prejudices and homophobia that are rife in its storyline. It is rare to find a thrilling story with such a strong political message.” The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be confirmed.
Shooting will begin next Summer 2018 in Northern Utah.
About Loose Canon Films and Hydra Films RKM
Loose Canon Films and Hydra Films RKM are London based co-product film companies, first established in 2010. Set up by Andy Collier and Tor Mian, they have grown over the years to produce and collaborate on numerous projects, including the critically acclaimed horror film Charismata, which is available for general release from Spring 2018. Watch the trailer here for a taste of cinematic terror: www.charismata.film/trailer.html
For more information
Loose Canon Films: www.loosecanonfilms.org/
Hydra Films RKM: www.hydrafilmsrkm.com/
About Lee Thomas
Lee Thomas is the award-winning American horror-fiction author behind the original novel The German, and has written over 25 books including Torn, The Dust of Wonderland and Down on Your Knees. His works have won him the Bram Stoker Award and twice the Lambda Literary Award.
Thomas’ latest novel, Down on Your Knees, is available from all online retailers.