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Exclusive news and poster: Creature effects veterans open up the “SORORITY OF THE DAMNED”

Tuesday, October 6, 2020 | Exclusive, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Artists with decades of experience in the genre are co-directing and creating monsters for the soon-to-film feature.

Roy Knyrim of SOTA FX (pictured left) gave us the heads-up that he and actor Joe Davison (pictured right) will helm SORORITY OF THE DAMNED, a horror/comedy in which Davison will also star. The actor, who appeared in the second season of STRANGER THINGS and wrote the killer-clown gorefest 100 TEARS, plays “a hapless handyman who unwillingly continues the family tradition and reluctantly fights the supernatural, with the help of some sexy sorority girls,” according to the official synopsis.

“Joe and I decided that 90 percent of the film needs to be practical effects,” says Knyrim, who’s been plying that trade since the late ’80s and whose credits range from UNCLE SAM to 2001 MANIACS to SINISTER 2 and TALES OF HALLOWEEN. He’ll oversee all of that work and the monster designs for SORORITY, and “We have Marcel Banks [AMERICAN HORROR STORY, RIDDICK] keying the creature and gore effects.”

“I’m so excited to see all of this come together,” Davison adds. “We have guys like Ken Hall [the effects artist and screenwriter whose career dates back to the original PUPPET MASTER and CRITTERS] sculpting a kick-ass living statue creature.” Felissa Rose will co-star in SORORITY OF THE DAMNED; keep your eyes here for updates.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.