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Ray Wise, James Hong et al. are in “BEAST MODE” next month; trailer and poster

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Some cool character actors are part of this trip to the animal side of Hollywood.

Devilworks releases BEAST MODE on digital platforms and DVD December 1. Chris W. Freeman and Spain Willingham directed from a script they wrote with Drew Fortune; C. Thomas Howell (THE HITCHER), Leslie Easterbrook (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS), Ray Wise (TWIN PEAKS), James Hong (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA) and James Duval (DONNIE DARKO) star. The monster was designed by veteran creature maker Brian Wade, whose career spans from THE THING and GALAXY OF TERROR to FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4 to STRANGER THINGS and SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, and Julie Hapney was the on-set makeup effects artist. The synopsis: “The ’80s throwback horror tells the story of a has-been Hollywood producer who, after accidentally killing his lead star, turns to an ancient herbal elixir in the hope that it will save his career. He makes a dark deal that unleashes a band of bloodthirsty, shapeshifting, ferocious beasts on LA.”

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.