Haunted Honeymoon

New horror-comedy IT GROWS now in pre-production!

Whip out your weed-wacker! IT GROWS is a new horticultural horror comedy that looks like a combination of The Thing, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Day Of The Triffids and The Blob. Produced and written by award-winner Nick Stathopoulos and directed by talented up-and-comer Ryan Cauchi, IT GROWS will start life as a short film and then, hopefully one day, bloom as a fully-grown feature film. All they need is enough manure…so to speak. I was lucky enough to meet the team on the set of See You Next Wednesday! a television program hosted by Nick, presenting Hollywood classics every Wednesday night on TVS Sydney.

The concept for IT GROWS germinated during the production of See You Next Wednesday! when the budding filmmakers started mulling over ideas, agreeing to one day make a short horror film together. Soon that day came, and it was decided that the production (and therefore costs) was to be kept at a strict minimum, as these sorts of projects can easily collapse while still on the drawing board. The team are bravely trying to avoid relying on CGI for their special effects, attempting to capture as many effects as possible in-camera, utilising a Canon 550D digital SLR. Both filmmakers obviously adore models and puppets, and insist on an old-school non-digital look.

Nick Stathopoulos is one of Australia’s most celebrated artist-illustrators, responsible for some of the best cover art in Australian science fiction and fantasy, extensive box art and graphics for computer games, and worked for both Hanna Barbera and the Disney Corporation as a background artist. His talents include traditional and digital painting, storyboards and conceptual art, set painting, sculpting and scriptwriting. Working for film and television, Nick has designed productions, art directed, painted cycloramas, drawn storyboards and built props. Nick has worked on commercials and music videos, and his illustrations have graced the covers of books by Terry Dowling, Ian Irvine, Josephine Pennicott, Jack Dann and John Marsden. Nick’s work has also won a Penguin Television Award for Art Direction and, in 2003, he was a finalist for the Archibald Art Prize for portraiture with his painting of Mister Squiggle and his creator Norman Hetherington. Nick Stathopoulos has since become a regular name found among Archibald Prize finalists almost every year.

The script is finished, miniatures have been constructed, lighting and colour tests are complete but, although it’s currently summertime here in Australia, the entire season has been extremely overcast. Once the sky clears, there’s nothing to stop these unlikely landscapers. I’ll quickly wrap-up this article with a big thanks to all my good friends at Undead Backbrain and Moovy Boovy for bringing this wonderful news to my attention. I’m convinced you’ll show your gratitude too, by popping in again next week when I dig-up another terror from beyond at the bottom of the garden path for…Horror News! Toodles!

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About Nigel Honeybone

Wee Willie"Nigel Honeybone's debut was as Hamlet's dead father, portraying him as a tall posh skeleton. This triumph was followed in Richard III, as the remains of a young prince which he interpreted as a tall posh skeleton. He began attracting starring roles. Henry VIII was scaled down to suit Honeybone's very personalised view of this famous king. Honeybone suggested that perhaps he really was quite skeletal, quite tall, and quite posh. MacBeth, Shylock and Othello followed, all played as tall, skeletal and posh, respectively. Considering his reputation for playing tall English skeletons, many believed that the real Honeybone inside to be something very different, like a squat hunchback perhaps. Interestingly enough, Honeybone did once play a squat hunchback, but it was as a tall posh skeleton. But he was propelled into the film world when, in Psycho (1960), he wore women's clothing for the very first time. The seed of an idea was planted and, after working with director Ed Wood for five years, he realised the unlimited possibilities of tall posh skeletons who dressed in women's clothing. He went on to wear women's clothing in thirteen major motion pictures, including the Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Star Wars (1977), heartbreaking as the remains of Aunt Beru. With the onslaught of special effects came the demise of real actors in these sorts of roles. After modeling for CGI skeletons in Total Recall (1990) and Toys (1992), the only possible step forward for a tall posh skeleton was television, imparting his knowledge and expertise of the arts. As well as writing for the world's best genre news website HORROR NEWS, Nigel Honeybone is currently signed to star in a new series for television presenting the finest examples of B-grade horror. THE SCHLOCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is seen on Friday nights at 10.30pm on TVS Television Sydney, and where ever good Youtube downloads are available." (Fantales candy wrapper circa 2007)

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