MISIRLOU is a stylish thriller about West, a new American Veteran riding in to Venice Beach, CA on a motorcycle. He's hustled on the boardwalk by Penny, a prostitute playing hippy selling hallucinogenic tea; and then falls for Bonnie, who fell into the wrong crowd. West goes on a psychedelic trip. First he plays with a mermaid, then he sees the first masked murder. Gruesome masked men slash and kill an innocent couple fornicating near a beach party. When West seeks help, the bodies have vanished. He's unsure whether what he's seen was real or drug induced. West is determined to uncover the mystery.
West's efforts to unmask the ghost resembles that of the unrelenting US Soldier. It's not your traditional slasher film in that it has more substance, both politically and structurally. Ultimately, West prevails.
Location is everything. Venice Beach sets the perfect backdrop for a hip psychedelic beach slasher. When things get rocky the mountainous Southern California landscape is showcased. It will take 20 days to shoot the entire film.
MISIRLOU is John Carpenter's 'Halloween' meets 'Point Break', with a little splash of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.' The director's style has been compared to Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and Oliver Stone.
The cast will be chosen favoring heavily toward authenticity. The actors chosen will all perform their own stunts. Stunts involved include surf, skates, fights, and motorcycle and car chases.
The following are some of the film's major themes:
1) The American Soldier. The integration of American troops back into society after the war. The film explores the fragile temperament that comes with most post war Veterans as well as the potential for destruction. Although he is in the pursuit of overcoming evil, West reveals characteristics of a loose cannon.
2) The Hippy Movement. The counter culture from the late 60's and early 70's is brought back to life to spice up the film with the psychedelic twist. However, the drug fueled movement is not shown without consequences. The film's antagonist, Charlie, is based loosely on Charles Manson and we're shown the evils of the movement.
3) Adrenaline Junkies. The kills occur when the victim is performing an activity that causes ones adrenaline to pump. Sex, Surf, Bike, Skate, and Lifting Weights.
Saturday Aug 11,2012 12:00 AM