I don’t care that it is 2pm, I think a celebratory drink is in order, and dammit I am going to have one! Hopefully you will join me! What is without question the best news of the week, and could well be the best news all month is that Richard Raaphorst has finally got behind the camera for his long awaited Frankenstein’s Army.
The film has been talked about here at HCF since we first opened our doors last March, and it has been very high on my must-see list for what seems like forever. Well folks, the wait is over, the film enjoyed its first day of shooting yesterday, and those lovely people behind the film have even shared an image of the shoot, just to prove it is actually happening!
A press release will give you all the details you need, but I strongly suggest you click here for all our previous stories, which include two absolutely stunning teaser trailers. People, it is time to get behind Frankenstein’s Army, this is gonna be special!
Filming of long-awaited feature commences in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.
(PRAGUE March 5, 2012) – MPI/Dark Sky Films, LA-based XYZ Films, and Pellicola of Amsterdam announced today that the first day of principal photography on Richard Raaphorst’s long-awaited debut feature, FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, has been completed in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. The stunning, ancient location, situated near historic Prague, was also recently used in the 2006 box office hit Casino Royale.
FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY takes place toward the end of World War II, as Russian soldiers push into eastern Germany and stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Viktor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein’s work to assemble an army of super-soldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades – a desperate Hitler’s last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.
Director Raaphorst co-wrote FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, with the film being produced by Nick Jongerius and Daniel Koefoed (Harry Doright and Dead End) of Pellicola, Todd Brown of XYZ Films, and Derek Curl of MPI/Dark Sky Films. The director of photography is Bart Beekman.
Raaphorst’s Worst Case Scenario stands as one of the great horror films that never was. The Nazi-zombie project whipped up a massive international following thanks to two early promo reels. But due to financing and production difficulties, the project was abandoned in 2009. Now, director Raaphorst will bring his visionary design skills to this new horror movie, to be distributed by MPI/Dark Sky Films in North America.
FRANKENSTEIN’S ARMY, currently filming in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, is a co-production of MPI/Dark Sky Films, Los Angeles-based XYZ Films, and Pellicola of Amsterdam.
By a very excited Matt Wavish