Classic Scares to be Turned Into Cinematic Horror by Hispanic Filmmaker
MOJO CREATIVE GROUP in association with CGO and GORE ENTERTAINMENT, are producing their newest venture into horror with DEATH LIKE ME a horror film based on the Edgar Allan Poe classic short story “The Black Cat”. The film will be shooting in Union City, New Jersey for an early 2018 release.
Death Like Me is about an introverted home health aide, Genesis Narvaez, who is fighting a deep-‐seated need to kill and is seduced into giving in to her murderous desires. Much like Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Black Cat,” “Death Like Me” takes a look into the mind of madness and examines how a normal person can be transformed into a vicious killer.
“Our spin on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Black Cat” also features a black cat but ours encourages our main character, Genesis, to go further down the rabbit hole of madness,” said Ruben Rodriguez the film’s director. “Our film is really a study of how desire and insanity can be one and the same. Our main character has a desire to do harm, but she fights not to give into it. She just wants to be a normal girl.Unfortunately, she loses the fight when she encounters a stranger at a bar. Through that encounter we get a very entertaining twist ending that will definitely delight and scare viewers.”
Early Makeup Tests
The three friends and former students of New Jersey City University media arts program — Ruben Rodriguez (director, producer), Cesar G. Orellana (producer) and Brit Barrison (producer) — are the team members behind the feature film Death of April and a series of horror shorts currently being distributed by Ruthless Studios: “Delete,” “Don’t Skimp on the Undead,” and “It Requires Sacrifice.”
“Death Like Me” has an incredible creep factor and just turns up the tension throughout,” said Cesar G. Orellana, producer. “I have worked with Ruben on all of his films and they just keep getting creeper with each attempt. Being a Hispanic filmmaker in Hollywood has proven to be tough. There are only a few well-‐known Hispanic horror filmmakers in the industry: Guillermo Del Toro (Crimson Peak, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead 2013, Don’t Breathe) to name a couple. We want to help add Ruben Rodriguez’s name to that list.”
With much emphasis lately on the lack of minorities in film, in directorial roles in particular, it’s important that people get behind a project like this, devised and driven by a new and ambitious Hispanic filmmaker. Mojocreative group’s previous film, The Death of April, earned them a number of festival awards and a distribution deal with ITN Distribution. Ruben Rodriguez and his team are seeking a modest contribution to pay for the make-‐up and production supplies they need to create their gore effects, with the team putting up the remainder of the film’s budget, so there’s really no excuse not to back this grisly little gem!
The film has a distribution deal and is going to be released on DVD and VOD in early 2018.