BY JOE MARVILLI
A Bayside director is ready for his full-length premiere.
Rick McDonald, with the help of his family, has put together a low-budget horror film that hopes to give audiences an original scare and maybe even find its way into a few festivals.
Titled “Lucifer’s Angels,” this film focuses on three different stories combined into one. A group of friends go on their first camping trip together in the Catskill Mountains. A ghost hunter from New York City and his fiancé travel to the same mountains hoping to research and record any paranormal phenomenon. All of them unknowingly enter into a world of evil. Meanwhile, a father and son who live in the woods are forced to make life or death decisions.
McDonald said the idea for the movie first came together in 2008. He was on a camping trip with his family and they made a short home movie while they were in the woods. From there, he was inspired to write a full-length feature.
The film was partially shot in Queens, as well as in upstate New York and Strasburg, Pa. While pre-production and filming came with their own difficulties, McDonald said that he did all of the post-production himself.
“I work full time. I would get home at 7 p.m., go on my computer and work until 3 or 4 in the morning. I learned a lot. I did the editing and special effects myself,” he said.
The film cost between $5,000 and $8,000 to make. McDonald paid for most of it, with his uncle, Brian McDonald, contributing a good amount of money and the rest of his family chipping in where they could.
“Since there was practically no budget, we had to be super, super creative,” McDonald said.
He said he hopes that creativity comes across to audiences looking for something different than the typical Hollywood movie.
“I hope they see an extra-fresh horror film, not the cheesy Hollywood stuff,” McDonald said. “I think it’s gritty. It’s an original story. It’s fresh.”
There will be a private screening of “Lucifer’s Angels” on April 13 at MovieWorld Cinemas in Douglaston. McDonald said he wants to try to get the film into festivals like Tribeca and plans to have it distributed early next year.
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