Editor-in-chief of Fangoria magazine Chris Alexander has secured financing for his next film project: “surreal, psychosexual horror drama” Female Werewolf, which he is also writing, directing, editing and scoring himself. It’s still in production in the Toronto area, but are some photos and a teaser trailer.
In a press release from November, the film is described as “a violent, erotic, psychological indie thriller” about “a woman on the brink of madness, marginalized and isolated, whose fevered dreams are causing radical changes to her mind and body.”
“Female Werewolf falls in line with my interest in stories about women in extreme situations, realized in deliberately abstract ways while trading in well-worn genre iconography,” says Alexander. “The film is inspired in part by Rino Di Silvestro’s exploitation classic Legend of the Werewolf Woman, a film I greatly admire, as well as Jess Franco’s Female Vampire, a picture I reference often, and of course, Polanski’s Repulsion. But Female Werewolf’s style, dreamy tone, and sensualized violence are something different, something unique to my personal vision. I’m excited to bring this one to life.”
Female Werewolf is being produced by TLA Entertainment Group’s Derek Curl, and Raymond Murray of Artsploitation Films will serve as executive producer.
From the look of the teaser tailer and the photos below, Alexander’s returning to the dreamy horror-trash aesthetic he employed on his previous films, Blood for Irina (which also seems to be about a dazed and confused monster woman and implied lesbianism in a dingy hotel room) and its sequel Queen of Blood. Both of those films garnered praise for visual style, but took a lot of criticism for weak storytelling. Hopefully the producers on this project will encourage Alexander to strengthen the narrative a bit – the visuals and music are stark and weird and great, but brother, I need a story.