Michael Walker, writer/director of the psychological horror films CHASING SLEEP and THE MAID’S ROOM, ventures into more extreme horror territory with CALL SHEET. The movie recently wrapped principal photography, and we’ve got exclusive info and a couple of grisly pics from the movie.
A co-production of Pango Films and Backseat Conceptions, CALL SHEET is Walker’s fourth feature in a résumé that also includes the Parker Posey comedy PRICE CHECK. “I’ve made two psychological thrillers,” he says, “but CALL SHEET is a different kind of film. It’s really fun, with some great characters and a lot of action. But it’s not your typical slasher film at all.”
Instead of the usual gambit of campers or coeds getting stalked and slain, this one takes a horror-movie-within-the-movie approach. The synopsis: “Serena Brooks [Alexandra Socha of Amazon Studios’ RED OAKS], a serious actress who needs some work, decides to sign on as the star of a low-budget horror film.
The film is set to shoot in an isolated group of cabins with a crew of backwoods filmmakers that have worked together for years. Their director, Alabama Chapman [Alex Hurt], has garnered notoriety for his chillingly realistic style. On set, Serena grows suspicious when the other actors start to disappear as soon as their work on the film is completed. The executive producer, Eddie Shipman [Henry Zebrowski], makes it clear to Alabama that he wants Serena back for a sequel, but will Serena survive through the first film?” Kyle Harris, Catherine Curtian and Phil Burke co-star.
In addition to producing with Alfred Sapse, Backseat Conceptions’ Doug Sakmann served as CALL SHEET’s FX coordinator. “We have partnered on many movies over the years,” he says, “but the majority in this budget range have had some kind of outside factor preventing us from handling every aspect of the project. Michael and Alfred came to Backseat early on, and this enabled us to be very thorough and ensure every detail of the movie is perfect. I have no doubt this will be our best project to date!”