Guns N ‘Roses guitarist Slash to produce horror film
It all started before he could even walk.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” “The blob.” “Fly.” These are just a few of the movies Slash’s mother, a self-proclaimed horror fanatic, turned him on while he was still in diapers.
So it’s safe to say that the legendary Guns N ‘Roses guitarist has been a horror fanatic for longer than he is a guitar god. That’s why it makes perfect sense for him to dip his toes back into the world of horror movies.
Slash is the executive producer of the upcoming horror feature “The Breach”, directed by Rodrigo GudiÃ±o, Mexican-Canadian director and founder of Rue Morgue magazine, and produced by Hangar 18 Media of Toronto. Slash got involved when GudiÃ±o asked if he would be interested in becoming an executive producer.
âHe sent me the script and it was just a great script,â Slash said. “There is a monster element, which is exciting because it’s rare these days.”
Slash said the call for him is to produce something that the horror lacked.
âAround 2011, I realized that the horror genre was starting to lose a lot of its integrity and class. The majority of films were starting to get really superficial and out of date. “
He therefore decided to take matters into his own hands by producing his first horror film in 2013, “Nothing to fear”.
“I wanted to get into the heart of the profession of a producer so that I could try to make films that I would like to see,” he said. âI’ve been here pretty much since. “
As a producer, Slash is involved in just about everything that goes into making a movie; from finding the right script to locating places and even casting actors. He was also the co-composer of the score for “The Breach” and provided some of the musical material before going on tour with Guns N ‘Roses.
âOne of my big interests is getting involved in music because, as a musician, I think it’s probably the ultimate entertainment experience,â he said. “When you have a really good story and the visuals and then you have the right music to go with it, it really brings them together.”
âThe Breachâ was filmed in Parry Sound, Ontario in September 2020 with an all-Canadian cast and crew. The film stars Allan Hawco, Natalie Brown, Emily Alatalo and Wesley French. Canadian musician and fellow guitarist Alex Lifeson of the band Rush also has a small role.
This is GudiÃ±o’s second feature film after making “The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh” in 2012. GudiÃ±o said his role as founder and president of Rue Morgue gave him the foundational knowledge to make his own films.
âIt really gave me a unique insight into this whole process,â said GudiÃ±o. âFinally, it got me thinking, ‘Oh, I can do this. I can give it a try.
The film is based on a book by horror novelist Nick Cutter – the horror pen name of Canadian author Craig Davidson – with the screenplay co-written by him and Ian Weir. It was Davidson’s first time writing a screenplay, which he said was very different from writing a novel.
âThe tendency is to think that it’s easy to skip tracks and write in scripts, but I certainly found it not very easy,â Davidson said. âIt’s definitely a different kind of skill. “
The film is in its final post-production phase and its world premiere at the festival is scheduled for 2022. Producer Andrew Thomas Hunt of Raven Banner Entertainment, a genre film sales and distribution company in Toronto, is eager to release. the movie soon.
âWe’re going to bring the film to film buyers and distributors around the world and find a good home for it,â Hunt said.
A private screening of the cast and crew recently took place at the Paradise Theater on Bloor Street West, with over 100 people in attendance including Slash and Lifeson.
As for what the future holds for this group of creators, Slash says collaborating with GudiÃ±o and Raven Banner again is something he looks forward to.
âIt was great to come together to collaborate on this particular movie,â Slash said. âI can’t wait to do something in the future, find something that we all think is great and work together again. “
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