Hank Boyd Is Dead is a pitch black comedy of terrors that follows, in real time, a hapless caterer held hostage by a bickering family of sociopaths who will stop at nothing to protect their darkest secrets.
Written and directed by emerging filmmaker, Sean Melia, this psychopathic soap opear has been hailed as a "...film to look out for." (Ain't It Cool News), "...one of the best surprises I've had this year." (BenethTheUnderground.com), "...a twisted and darkly funny tale." (HorrorTalk.com) and "...nothing short of a bloody brilliant movie!" (searchmytrash.com).
The film, which was named Best Drama at the 2015 Atlanta Horror Film Festival and awarded Platinum distinction by 2015 Spotlight Horror Awards, was shot over eight days in the director's childhood home on a micro budget utilizing every resource available and stars an outstanding ensemble of veteran NYC theater actors that worked with Melia on several past projects. The end result is a smart, fast paced and twisted take on classic horror tropes which audiences love.
Says writer / director Sean Melia: "The response we've received from our early reviewers has been fantastic and made us that much more excited to partner with Amazon to bring the Boyd family to the world. I'm forever grateful to the actors, craftsmen and friends that helped make this happen. Hank Boyd is dead, long live Hank Boyd."
Fans can purchase limited edition Hank Boyd Is Dead posters, signed DVDs and t-shirts on the film's official site www.HankBoydIsDead.com. There will also be a contest to win one of ten original storyboards from the film autographed by the artist, Caroline Falby.
Hank Boyd Is Dead stars Stefanie E. Frame (Sarah Walsh), David Christopher Wells (David Boyd), Liv Rooth (Aubrey Boyd), Carole Monferdini (Beverly Boyd), and Michael Hogan (Ray Moon). Written and directed by Sean Melia and produced by Sean Melia and Michael Hogan. Cinematography by Joseph White, Editing and Sound Design by Sean Melia, Visual Effects by Chase Gordon, Music by Chase Horseman, Audio Mix and Master by Rob Daly, and Color Calibration by Dustin Blowes.
Sean Melia is a self-taught filmmaker living with his young family in Brookyln, New York. Previously, he's directed three short films: You Don't Know Me (2008), What Goes Bump in the Night (2009), and The Administrator (2011). All his films have been featured as Editor's Picks on openfilm.com. You Don't Know Me received the Audience Choice award at the NYC Downtown Short Film Festival and was reviewed as "...a minor-key horror tale told with a Hitchcockian flair" and "a handsomely mounted production that benefits from just the right choices." He has written various feature screenplays including, I See A Darkness and Welcome to the Johnsons, currently available for option. Hank Boyd Is Dead is his first feature film.
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