Art House Massacre wins horror festival awardsBy Pete Bryant
October 24, 2012
A ‘TRULY terrifying’ motion picture partly filmed in Guildford has landed its makers awards at a festival in Leicester Square.
Art House Massacre, by Falcon Productions, was premiered at the British Horror Film Festival last week, where it was awarded Best Music and Best Feature Film by a panel of judges.
One hour and 24 minutes of suspense, chase scenes and killings set in places such as Guildford High Street, Tunsgate and The Legion pub in the town impressed the audience and judges.
The Falcon Production team, made up of Martin Laurence, 33, his brother Steve, 31, from Cranleigh, and Ben Cannell, 27, from Bookham, were in attendance for the film’s opening night and to pick up two trophies.
Martin, who also played one of the lead parts in the film, said: “I wanted to create something that would have people on the edge of their seats, gripped with the weaving story and jumping at the frights.
“Not only did we want a full-throttle ride to hell, we wanted to mix in a touching story of a husband and wife with dire financial and personal problems.”
The plot sees a nurse turn to modelling work as a way of making ends meet, but she ends up being the victim of a photographer’s latest horrifying art project. The film included input from actor Ben Loyd Holmes, who appeared in Band of Brothers and Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Make up artist Sammi Timms also helped create some dramatic death scenes, one of which involved a prosthetic melon head being splattered.
Martin added: “Sammi was great, full of enthusiasm and her prosthetic body parts were almost too believable.”
Judge Shawn Boyer said: “It was the only feature film at the British Horror Film Festival 2012 that was truly terrifying.”
On the moment the winners were read out, co-producer and cinematographer Ben Cannell said: “My heart was pounding, but when our film was announced the winner I was overjoyed and so proud of all our work.”