Exciting new horror feature, The Dark Tapes by Michael McQuown and Vincent J. Guastini presents a genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, and mystery. The 98-minute movie features four stories that interlock to create one clever anthology. It is a film that raises the possibility that ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more are real entities in our everyday lives.
I've always had a rational and scientific mind, especially in physics and string-theory. I wanted to explore how the paranormal could exist in reality while also having a western scientific basis behind them. Moreover, I've had two transformative experiences in my life. The first was seeing what can be best described as a 'ghost' or 'spirit' not once, but twice in the same night. The second is commonly called a 'Night Terror'. To this day, it is the most terrified I have ever been. Over the years, I've met other people who describe it the same way. The Dark Tapes is the result of all this," says writer-producer Michael McQuown.
The feature, which is billed as "'V/H/S' meets 'The Twilight Zone'", premiered at the Phoenix International Film Festival in competition for best horror feature and continues to travel the festival circuit, gathering over 20 awards and nominations along the way including:
WINNER - Best Feature - Independent Horror Movie Awards
WINNER - Best Horror Feature - CAL-TEX Horror Festival
WINNER - Best of Show - CAL-TEX Horror Festival
WINNER - Best Ensemble Cast - Los Angeles Independent Film Festival
NOMINEE - Best Feature Film - Fly Film Festival
NOMINEE - Best Feature Film - FantaFestival
Michael McQuown is known for having written the original script of Universal Studio's The Perfect Man, starring Hilary Duff, Chris Noth & Heather Locklear. McQuown is also the winner of the CableACE Award for Calling The Ghosts on HBO/Cinemax. The Dark Tapes is his first film.
The Dark Tapes was created, written, directed, filmed and edited by Michael McQuown. Co-directed by Emmy nominee Vincent J. Guastini, who also created the makeup and practical effects. Mr. Guastini's credits in the latter department include The Taking of Deborah Logan, Requiem for a Dream, I, Frankenstein and many more. The film is produced by Michael McQuown, Amon Mahmud, Nicole Odeku, Haldane Morris, and Vincent J. Guastini.
The cast includes seasoned Los Angeles actors: Cortnery Palm (Nicole), Emilia Ares Zoryan (Caitlin), Brittany Underwood (Amanda), David Roundtree (Martin), Jake O'Conner (Ryan), David Hull (Josh), Aral Gibble (Gerry), Shawn Lockie (Karen), Stephen Zimpel (David) and David Banks (Sam).
The Dark Tapes is currently looking for distribution with the intent to adapt the concept as a TV series or as the first in a yearly series of found-footage anthology films. The film will be released in early 2017.