Katt Shea, the director who empowered a generation of up and coming female directors with such hit movies as Poision Ivy, Stripped to Kill & The Rage: Carrie II, has announced the she will be directing a remake of Dance of the Damned. Dance of the Damned is a film that Shea made nearly 25 years ago. She decided to tackle a remake of her own film, because the concept behind Dance of the Damned has the potential to resonate with a new generation of movie goers. Dance of the Damned is about the human condition. It’s a universal concept that’s timeless and has the ability to engage viewers in a unqiue way through a film that combines elements of horror and drama.
In the original Dance of the Damned, a vampire follows his instincts to a strip joint where he focuses in on one of the performers. He picks her for his meal because she is contemplating suicide, but he wants to share her life before taking it, and during the course of the evening they discuss their differences, their fears, and their lifestyles. As the moment of truth approaches, the woman becomes less sure that she wants to die.
Katt Shea is the type of director that can bring out the best out of her actors and of the material that she directs. As one critic noted – I see an unusually kinetic talent combined with a flare for complex narrative. Ms. Shea does little things so well that big meanings flow out of them. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers adds, The emotional resonance, visual sophistication and strong subtext of Shea’s work fuse to create a distinctive style”.
Dance of the Damned has just gotten underway with pre-production with legendary director / producer Roger Corman (Piranha, Little Shop of Horrors) serving as executive producer.
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