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Thursday, January 30, 2014

CC: Brian Clement – Dead/Paradox

Brian Clement is a Canadian independent film director, writer, and producer.  He is most well-known for his low budget zombie films, including Meat Market, Meat Market 2, and Meat Market 3.  Clement was born in Kelowna, British Columbia but his family moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1980, where he grew up.  He lived for a year in Japan teaching English from 1996-97 and met several relatives; Clement is of Japanese-Canadian and English descent.  His mother is Japanese-Canadian.

In Victoria, Clement made several short films and an historical drama feature in 1999.  In 2000, Meat Market, made for under $CAD2000, was picked up for distribution by Sub Rosa Cinema (later SRS Cinema), based out of upstate New York.  During his time working on low-budget and direct-to-video features in Victoria, he won several local awards including three M-Awards from Monday Magazine for his films.  Clement's 2003 feature “Exhumed” won Best Independent Feature at the 2004 Fangoria Days of Darkness Convention's Film Competition in Los Angeles. After several zombie films, he decided that he wanted to branch out to psychological thrillers and science fiction. He was tempted back to zombie films in 2006 for Meat Market 3 when UK-based Cryptkeeper Films offered to produce it.  His final feature in Victoria was Dark Paradox, a 2007 film about a writer who battles a cult that worships an extra-dimensional tentacled entity.  It screened in 2008 at the Rio de Janeiro Riofan Fantastic Film Fest and the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon.

Hank & Lily Techromancer In 2008, he moved to Toronto and worked on several short films and directed music videos for Canadian music groups Hank & Lily and Techromancer.  In 2009, he wrote a sci-fi/horror conspiracy thriller screenplay, which was reworked into Project Breakwater, a science fiction film about an alien scientist studying humanity.  In 2012, he adapted and expanded the same original screenplay to the unrelated novel The Final Transmission, which was published by Damnation Books in December 2013.

The Dead Inside (2005)

  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed: Brian Clement
  • Produced: Brian Clement
  • Written: Brian Clement
  • Starring: Chuck Depape, Bronwyn Lee, Chris Tihor, Theodore Trout, Bettina May, Ryan Christensen, Michael Ian Farrell, Debra Easton, Andrea Hume, Trinda Reed, Ira Hunter, Curtis Ottenbreit
  • Music:
    • Justin Hagberg 
    • Tim Hagberg
  • Cinematography: Brian Clement
  • Editing: Brian Clement
  • Studio:
    • Frontline Films 
    • Fangoria Magazine
  • Distributed: SRS Cinema
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 8 October 2005 (USA)
  • Running Time: 81 minutes
  • Country: Canada
  • Language: English

The Dead Inside follows paranormal detectives John Katzen and Lola Morgandy in 1940's Victoria, Canada as they are hired to investigate disappearances in a 19th century estate.  After experiencing strange hallucinations that closely resemble their real memories from the Second World War, they assemble a team of experts including Professor Fallstead and Dr. Koeppler to unravel the secret behind the phenomena.  As the house slowly exerts its influence over the team they realize that the malevolent force is attempting to destroy them one by one, besieging the researchers with doppelgangers of past occupants and others the house has consumed.  Desperately attempting to find a way to defeat the parasitic entities within the house, they uncover a mystery involving the interdimensional experiments of a former tenant, and that within the dwelling the line between the dream world and the real world has vanished...

As of February 2010: The distributor for The Dead Inside - SRS Cinema - had originally sold the rights to another company, then taken them back after that company did nothing with it.  SRS has recently sold its entire catalog to another company.  Will this new company release The Dead Inside?  Your guess is as good as Brian Clement’s.


 

Dark Paradox (2007)

  • Genre: Horror – Sci-Fi
  • Directed: Brian Clement
  • Produced:
    • Brian Clement 
    • Ann McLetchie 
    • George McLetchie
  • Written: Brian Clement
  • Starring: Chuck Depape, Bronwyn Lee, Michael Ian Farrell, Robin Thompson
  • Music: Jason Robertson
  • Cinematography: Brian Clement
  • Editing: Brian Clement
  • Studio: Frontline Films
  • Distributed: Cryptkeeper Films
  • Rated: NR
  • Release Date: 3 October 2008 (USA)
  • Running Time: 89 minutes
  • Country: Canada
  • Language: English

A book of the black arts enables its possessor the ability to conjoin parallel time periods, and in so doing brings humanity to the brink of nihilistic chaos!

War torn Italy 1943, introduces two Canadian soldiers, having deserted their post.  The pair set out to relieve their German counterparts of an ancient artifact, a book that has been under the guardianship of monks to protect the world from its contents of Evil.  Only one of the soldiers survives a fatal fracas, claiming the book as his own and with intent to learn of its scriptures in alchemy and witchcraft, for nefarious personal gain.

Away from the battlefield, and back in civilian life, the books possessor resides in a solitary room within a guest house.  Having gorged on knowledge from the book he delves deep into the passages of the tomes pages, and unlocks a dimensional portal between this world and an alter-verse.  Lashings of H.P. Lovecraft follow from here on in with welcome relish.  A slithering tentacle dispatches with several federal agents, called to the house by its terrified owner, consuming their very fiber and still leaving room for the house cat!  Finished with the menu for dessert it leaves the home owner to immediately dial for the Forties version of agents Mulder and Scully, in the returning guise of Paranormal Investigators John Katzen and Lola Morgandy to tick another ‘X’ in their box of mysterious case files.

Sixty years later the house is still standing and the book is rediscovered, sat all too conveniently upon the wooden floorboards in the middle of the same room.  The book finds its way to a modern writer, a note with it stating he should use the tome as inspiration for his own new manuscript.  The recipient of the package is Barry, as played by the movie’s Director and scribe himself Brian Clement.

After receiving the dark book the world outside of Barry’s sanctum sanctorum turns into a state of disturbing discourse.  When he takes a break from his typewriter and goes for a walk all around him he witnesses violence.  Something has begun to impede upon the harmonious balance of day to day life.  Barry accepts an offer from his agent, Allen, to stay at his family home on a more remote island retreat. Reminiscent of Director John Carpenter’s ‘In The Mouth Of Madness’ (1995), all the classic signatures of H.P. Lovecraft inspiration seep into proceedings, heightening viewer interest and brings about that welcome feeling of viewing anxiety associated with the best experiences in horror films.

Is the writer of violent fiction traversing a paradoxical path, upon which a convergence of what he is creating in written form he is actually starting to experience in the real world?  Once away from the madding crowd and in residence at his new retreat Barry starts writing anew.  Creating what he believes are two new characters, whom he names John Katzen and Lola Morgandy.  A reality check for the watching audience that turns into a classic jump to the edge of the seat moment of pure genius.  As an audience member intrigued by unraveling events to this point you will suddenly be further invigorated by this revelation, as truly a ‘Dark Paradox’ draws you deeper into Barry’s fragmenting world.  The plutonic P.I’s are born, given character, shape, form, depth and dimension as if the writer were drawing upon factual rather than fictional creativity.

Taking a break from his prose Barry turns on the television set to witness news reels showing escalating scenes of violence breaking out all over the city he has left behind.  The general public are advised to stay inside and lock their doors!  Two worlds of parallel existence set sixty years apart touch each other as Barry continues to write about the adventures of his two lead characters.  At the exact same time Barry is releasing his creativity upon the blank page both Katzen and Morgandy become aware of Barry’s own existence.  Lola and John fear that this writer they perceive may be manipulating both them and events surrounding the environment around them.  Is Barry becoming a character in his own book or are his characters becoming people in his real world?

Exploring the house Barry uncovers its dark past as hidden newspaper clippings detail murders and violence associated with the family of this home.  The cuttings also reveal in pictured detail Allen, his long time writers agent, as a young boy with his mother and father at the core of the morbid undertakings.  But, how is it that even as a young boy some sixty years earlier that Allen, in 2007, is still a relatively young man in his forties?  Satanic covens and dark rituals of evil intent are at play, and Barry has become enveloped in these malevolent machinations.

 

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