Filmmaker and novelist Gregory Lamberson ( Slime City and Personal Demons) has cast actress Erin Brown as the female lead in GRUESOME, the short film/music video based on his upcoming novel, JOHNNY GRUESOME, and rock CD GRUESOME. Brown, known to softcore and horror fans around the world as “Misty Mundae,” stars as Karen Slatter, girlfriend of Johnny Grissom, a murdered head-banger who becomes the vengeful zombie Johnny Gruesome.
“It’s a strange business,” Lamberson says. “I originally offered the role to Erin , but she was busy on another shoot and wasn’t able to get back to me. So I cast another actress, who then accepted a role in BACHELOR PARTY 2 that conflicted with my shoot. At that point, I was able to get hold of Erin , my original choice, so everything worked out for the best. From the minute I decided to cast a scream queen as ‘Johnny’s girl,’ I thought Erin was perfect for the role.”
Brown’s recent projects include the features SINFUL and SKIN CRAWL, as well as the “Sick Girl” segment of MASTERS OF HORROR, and she recently completed DYING GOD, scripted by Nicanor Loreti, in Argentina.
Even though he’s directed three micro-budget features, Lamberson calls the GRUESOME short “The most ambitious film I’ve made. We’ve been shooting at the House of Horrors and Haunted Catacombs (http://www.houseofhorrorsbuffalo.com/), two Halloween attractions outside Buffalo . They share an 80,000 square foot space with numerous sets and mazes. The owner and his crew have been rearranging the layout and building new sets for us, just because they’re into the idea– it’s like having a film studio at my disposal. I rented a 1960 black caddy with fins to serve as Johnny’s car, The Death Mobile, and I’ve been using both a steadicam and a dolly for production value.”
With a name like GRUESOME, the music video includes its share of gore. “I’m using a local effects guy named Dave Gray (http://www.grayeffects.com). Last weekend, we filmed a scene in which Johnny (Ryan O’Connell) bites the middle finger off a cheerleader (Jenifer Bihl). There was plenty of red stuff on his face and on the floor.”
The video will premiere on-line in mid-summer, ahead of the August release of the CD and the novel’s September publication. A comic book adaptation of one chapter of the novel is available at www.johnnygruesome.com.