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Their rivalry goes back to the original 1931 Frankenstein which had been written with Lugosi in mind as The Monster. Because Lugosi was still basking in the glorious success of Dracula, he refused the role, thinking it was beneath him. So British supporting player William Henry Pratt, aka Boris Karloff, stepped in and the rest is Horror history. But Bela never forgave him for making the film such a success...
The Boris and Bela script mainly focuses on their lives when they were both at their career peaks in the late Thirties. The casting for the project is very interesting too as the producers want Jeremy Irons to play Karloff and Gabriel Byrne for Bela. Until someone decides to make a film about the feud between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, which reached its zenith on Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, this battle of the Horror Titans will fit the bill nicely.
Unlike those movies which only appropriated certain facts about the case for dramatic and unsettling purposes, Ed Gein is the first time the whole story is being told with a rigid grip on the true facts based on Geins own confessions. Written by Stephen Johnston, the movie is being directed by Chuck Parello, the man responsible for launching John McNaughtons career after he realized his friends low budget feature Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer was a masterpiece and should get a wider audience.
Starring as Wisconsins most gruesome cross-dresser is Steven Railsback whose genre credits include Disturbing Behaviour, Alligator II: The Mutation, Blue Monkey, Lifeforce and Turkey Shoot but is best remembered for his leading role in director Richard Rushs cult 1980 movie The Stunt Man.
I arrived on the set in Topanga Canyon, California (the producers were told that their safety could not be assured if they dared film in Wisconsin itself, because feelings still run high there even after 40 years) to see Railsback dressed up in Eds notoriously grisly skin suit, made from his victims bodies and bits of grave-robbing, wailing to the moon... Therell be a lot more on this exciting project in a future issue.
Love Witch Project
But there will be a $10 million Blair Witch prequel which the duo will produce but not direct. Myrick said, Theres definitely going to be a prequel, and we have a first-look deal with [American distributor] Artisan who have the prequel and sequel rights. Were slated to do the third Blair Witch film - if there is a third!.Feature © Visual Imagination Ltd 2000. Not for reproduction