Chicago filmmaker Red Clark has been making his own movies as long as he can remember, and his latest project, Gray Matter, is an adaptation of a story in Stephen King's Night Shift collection of short horror stories. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Clark went on to create a promising short horror film that excited many Chicago horror fans after screening at the Movieside Massacre 24-hour film festival last weekend.
This film stands out above other King short film adaptations because it truly feels like a Stephen King story. Instead of missing the mark on the right tone, this gets it right, portraying a sense of nostalgia, wonder, and small town quirky characters. Frustratingly, this hasn't been an easy feat for many filmmakers, which is why Clark's trailer has evoked a strong buzz of excitement around town. Speaking of Chicago, Gray Matter was mostly filmed in the Chicagoland area.
The poster art by The Dude Designs / Tom Hodge (view in gallery at bottom of post) is a beautiful work of art! Hodge has created a multitude of killer art for films such as The Innkeepers, Dear God No!, House of the Devil, The Heat, Would You Rather, They Live, Hypothermia, Almost Human, Father's Day, Hobo with a Shotgun, and much, much more!
Using resources from the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, Clark and his team created some really impressive effects using entirely practical fx for the old school feel we love so much (giant animatronic spider, anyone?) – not to mention a great cast including indie genre vet Larry Fessenden (You're Next, Stake Land, We Are What We Are, The Innkeepers, Habit), Chicago actor Aaron Christensen (Dead Weight), and more! Produced by stop motion filmmaker and longtime “Redfilms” collaborator Ross Gerbasi and Chicago's guerrilla camera wizard Mike Bove as D.P.
Look for an interview with director Red Clark here on The Chicago Creepout very soon! Follow his Gray Matter updates at Red Clark Presents on Facebook. Expect to see this film hitting the festival circuit by the time winter rolls around this year!
**Please check out the GALLERY below for production photos!**
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