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Scream Queen Jessica Cameron has just announced that her latest project, An Ending, which she will produce and co-direct with screenwriter Josh Chiara, begins shooting at the end of April.
Jessica Cameron will also star in An Ending as Florence, a woman who wakes up in a nightmare world after being rushed to a hospital for unknown reasons.
An Ending also stars Heather Dorff as Collette, a woman who has been in the nightmare world much longer than Florence, and Ali Ferda as Molly, a woman coming to terms with crushing guilt.
As the three women are stalked through the corridors of the nightmare world by something lurking in the shadows, they are split apart, and each finds herself on her own personal journey.
Josh Chiara previously worked with Jessica Cameron as DP on her film Mania, which just won its tenth film festival award. Heather Dorff acted in Jessica Cameron's debut feature Truth or Dare, and the two star alongside each other on Scream Queen Stream, a weekly variety show that airs online. Ali Ferda stars alongside Jessica Cameron in Desolation, which was shot as part of the Kill the PA road trip and is currently in post production.
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A young woman, Mary Morstan (Cheri Lunghi), desperate for help enlists the aid of Sherlock Holmes (Ian Richardson) and his assistant Watson (David Healy). Draw in by her intriguing tale the game is afoot and they begin to delve deeper into the case of a missing army captain in India, secret pacts and a king's ransom in stolen jewels, all the while shadowed by a mysterious peg-legged man and his dangerous associate.
Richardson is terrific as Holmes encapsulating exactly how I envisage the famous detective to be, much preferred to Jeremy Brett's later moody, caustic performance of Holmes in the British TV series. Richardson is more playful and easier to warm to and like. However David Healy, as sidekick Watson, appears uncertain as to how to interpret the role - should he adhere to the buffoon template made famous in the Rathbone movies or play him as he appears in the source material? His performance sits awkwardly between both.
Stacy Keach excels as Colonel Vincent Kane, a former member of a United States Marine Corps special unit assigned as the new head doctor at a military insane asylum. The softly spoken Kane appears unphased by the insanity he is faced with at the remote castle location used by the US Government. He is introduced to each of the patients by Colonel Fell (Ed Flanders). They include The Walking Dead's Scott Wilson as Billy Cutshaw, an astronaut who lost it prior to launch, The Exorcist's Jason Miller, a man obsessed with producing a Shakespeare production populated by dogs with Maniac's Joe Spinell as his right-hand man.
Kane is drawn towards Cutshaw and questions his reasoning for not wanting to go to the moon and Cutshaw is convinced that all is not as it seems with Kane. Their conversations together provide the basis of the film as they question the existence of God, Cutshaw insisting that Kane give him an example of pure-sacrifice as proof of human goodness.
Prior to reviewing I knew very little about this film except that it had been written, directed and produced by William Peter Blatty, more famously known for writing The Exorcist. I knew also that the film starred Stacy Keach and that, despite underwhelming at the box-office upon its initial theatrical release, it has since become a cult film. The film was adapted by Blatty from his own 1978 novel (itself a reworking of his own 1966 novel Twinkle, Twinkle "Killer" Kane!) and he deservedly won a Golden Globe for his effort.
Back in 1982 writer Charles Edward Pogue was approached, by producers Sy Weintraub and Otto Plaschkes, to adapt six Sherlock Holmes stories for TV. Ultimately only two were filmed - The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of the Four. The producers were unaware that the copyright on the Holmes stories was about to elapse in the UK, and as they negotiated Granada started filming a TV series of the famous detective with Jeremy Brett in the lead.
Weintraub was less than pleased given the financial investment he had made to gain permission to film the adaptations and took them to court resulting in the producer receiving enough in compensation to cover his costs on both The Sign of the Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles so stopped there with their planned adaptations.
The Baskervilles are alleged to be haunted by a curse, menaced by a demonic dog who has a nasty habit of stalking the family's estate in Dartmoor and killing people, including an ancient forbear of the Baskervilles. Following the mysterious demise of Sir Charles, the last descendant of the Baskervilles, Sherlock Holmes (Ian Richardson) is called upon to investigate.
Like how many times has this classic Arthur Conan Doyle tale been filmed! Surely there's little chance of another version impressing when the story is so familiar? It hasn't been that long since I was called upon to review the 1959 version starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee and I failed to be enamoured with that take. Upon finding out that I was now to receive another version, this one made-for-TV and from the early Eighties, I was hardly brimming with excitement at the prospect.
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