"SHIVER" to be presented at the Puerto Rico Horror Film Festival in mid-October.
"SHIVER" NOW AN OFFICIAL SELECTION AT 22 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS.
DANIELLE HARRIS WINS "BEST ACTRESS" AWARD AT BOTH
EERIE HORROR AND BRAGACINE FILM FESTIVALS FOR "SHIVER".
ROBERT WEINBACH WINS "BEST SCREENPLAY" AWARD AND "SPECIAL PRODUCER" AWARD AT THE BRAGACINE FILM FESTIVAL FOR "SHIVER".
SHIVER, the first feature in competition presented at the tenth edition of the Ravenna Nightmare Festival, brought viewers of the film up to the threshold of horror,
Julian Richards' film is distinguished by a markedly popular approach to staging and narrative development. From a structural point of view SHIVER, from the beginning, appears deeply immersed to the core in the dynamics of gender and ready to follow those dictates without any willingness to deviate. Already, the beginning set in California ("twelve years ago," indicated by a chronological caption), with the first victim of the "Griffin", a sadistic serial killer who severs the heads of women after killing them with a garrote and thereafter abuses the corpses - appears to move effectively on predetermined tracks. But, this is only a superficial impression, because actually it feeds on an interest in the Griffin's motivations for his bloody modus operandi: Indeed, it is precisely when the screenplay searches for the monster's psychiatric background (with an impulsive, though shortsighted flashback) an orchestrated mechanism written by Robert D. Weinbach who is also, the film's producer, jams leaving out some crack. The scenic function of the crafty and sly serial murderer (a truly remarkable interpretation by John Jarratt - seemingly meek but capable of unspeakable atrocities, always with an enigmatic smile on his face) is not to be traced because of his immoral acts, but rather in how they are committed.
The severed heads, the ephemeral hunting trophies that the Griffin collects, akin to a mad scientist grappling with a monstrous redefinition of the human body, are somehow both the sense of irreparable nature of the gesture – the lack of a skull, the only offshoot of the human trunk without which it is impossible to survive – is the desire of possession likely to remain unfulfilled for an impotent and mediocre man in the larger sense of the term: the conservation of the rudimentary heads also stresses his childlike desire to freeze the beauty, expose it and worship it in his own way. For this variety of reasons SHIVER rises in momentum at a time when the murderous intentions of the Griffin are replaced by his uncanny, monomaniacal, obsessive hunting of the victim who escaped the clutches of this monster. The film becomes focused on the relationship between Rood, the killer, and the young and comely Wendy Alden, played by Danielle Harris, who miraculously manages to survive all assaults: a perennially unbalanced relationship, not always in favour of the Griffin. Wendy is a weak and timid element of the social chain of the city staged vividly by events in Portland – She has a job that is not rewarding from a professional and economic point of view and, a disgraceful and obsessive mother, a lover for whom there is only a cold affection. There is, in her condition of being prey, an opportunity to vindicate the right to existence, up to the extreme. When Shiver moves away from the night-time glow of the city's "theater of the killings", to the shack in the countryside where the Griffin leads Wendy, hoping to recreate a deformed copy of a traditional home, the film ménage is the ultimate perfection, reaching heights of sublime surrealism that identify once and for all the peculiarities of expression.
Written with care and intelligence – even in cliche descriptions of the inadequacy of the police – and directed with remarkable visual vitality by Richards (can delete>despite the tight budget<), SHIVER deserves to find its own place within the vast universe of serial killer thrillers - even if only for the sequence of dialogue between the murderer and the womens' heads that he severed, or for the final carnage in Wendy's office; sequences that will remain long imprinted in the minds of the viewers.
9 September 2012
DANIELLE HARRIS WINS "BEST ACTRESS" AWARD AT BURBANK
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
25 August 2012
SHIVER WINS "MOST SHOCKING FEATURE" AWARD AT CRYPTICON FILM FESTIVAL
30 August 2012
SHIVER, DANIELLE HARRIS, JOHN JARRATT NOMINEES AT BURBANK
SHIVER has been nominated for Best Horror/Thriller at the upcoming Burbank International Film Festival. Danielle Harris and John Jarratt are both nominated for Best Actress and Best Actor respectively.
SHIVER IS OFFICIAL SELECTION AT BURBANK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
20 August 2012
Producer, Robert Weinbach is pleased to announce that his recently completed feature film, SHIVER is now an Offical Selection at the Burbank International Film Festival. The film will be presented as a “Red Carpet” event on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM at the Burbank AMC Town Center 6 Theatre and will be followed by a Killer After Party at the IATSE Soundstage in Burbank.
SHIVER is an exciting, action packed, suspense, thriller based on the acclaimed novel by by New York Times best selling author, Brian Harper. There are currently over one million copies of Brian Harper novels in circulation worldwide. The recent Ebook republication of the novel has sold over 250,000 copies in the past several months.
Starring Danielle Harris (“Halloween”,“Stakeland”), John Jarratt (“Wolf Creek”) and Casper Van Dien (“Starship Troopers”), the film was directed by multi film fest award winner, Julian Richards. The film also, features Rae Dawn Chong, Emmy and Golden Globe winner, Valerie Harper, Brad Harris, the iconic star of many Italian and German films and fan favorite, Nikita Esco, making her feature film debut.
Veteran Emmy nominated, composer, Richard Band ("Reanimator") has written the score which Weinbach describes as simply “awesome”.
SHIVER was recently presented and further invited as an Official Selection at the following International Film Festivals: Fantasporto, Portugal, Fantaspoa, Brazil, Fanta, Italy, Grossmann, Slovenia, Cinestrange, Germany, Melbourne, Australia, Horrorthon, Ireland, RazorReel, Belgium, Sitges, Spain, BragaCine, Portugal, RainDance, UK, Bram Stoker International Horror Film Festival, UK.
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To win tickets to the Red Carpet Presentation of SHIVER at the Burbank Film Festival and to be entered in a special SHIVER Sweepstakes Go To: http://www.indiegogo.com/SHIVER?a=4559
PRESS RELEASE - JANUARY 17, 2011 - SHIVER COMPLETES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Bandersnatch FilmCo is excited to announce that their feature film production of SHIVER has completed principal. Written & Produced by Robert D. Weinbach, a multi film fest screenplay award winner, the thriller is based on the acclaimed novel by Brian Harper. The film was Co-Produced with A.J. Gordon and shot entirely on location in Portland, OR pursuant to the I-OPIF Rebate Program.
Two time British Academy Award winner, Julian Richards (The Last Horror Movie, Summe Scars) helmed the film which stars Danielle Harris (Halloween, Hatchet 1 &2), John Jarratt (Wolf Creek, Australia, Rogue), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers), Rae Dawn Chong (Commando, The Color Purple), and features Brad Harris and new screen sensation, Nikita Esco. Significant supporting roles were cast with Portland natives.
Epic Pictures Group is the foreign sales agency and plans to launch the marketing of the picture at the Berlin Film Fest in February.
A Trailer Debut to Make You Shiver
The trailer debut for Julian Richards' (The Last Horror Movie, Summer Scars) latest terror tale, Shiver, is here, but is it anything to lose your head over? Watch it now and decide for yourself! Likened to both Halloween and The Silence of the Lambs by the director, Shiver, based upon a 1992 novel of the same name by Brian Harper, stars Casper Van Dien, Rae Dawn Chong, Danielle Harris, John Jarratt, Nikita Esco and Brad Harris. For more, keep an eye on the official Shiver website.
Synopsis Wendy Alden, a young, attractive secretary lacking in self- confidence and self-esteem, becomes victim of a savage killer who has claimed the lives of a number of other women. Somehow Wendy finds resources of courage to fight back and escape. Obsessed with killing Wendy, Franklin Rood, the killer, penetrates a police cordon and kidnaps Wendy. Wendy finally confronts the monster of her living nightmare in the hair raising, harrowing climax.
Julian Richards' Shiver, which stars Danielle Harris (Halloween, Stake Land), John Jarratt (Wolf Creek), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and Rae Dawn Chong (Commando), is off at Cannes hoping to find distribution. While we already brought you tons of stills and art from the Richards-directed thriller, we just now scored the official sales trailer that can be enjoyed beyond the break. Richards is best known for The Last Horror Movie. "Wendy Alden, a young secretary in Portland lacking in self- confidence becomes victim of a savage killer who has claimed the lives of a number of other women. Somehow Wendy finds the resources of courage to fight back and escape and finally confront the monster of her living nightmare in a nerve shattering climax." »
A bit of art floated our way. The first is for Shiver , Julian Richards' upcoming thriller with Danielle Harris, John Jarratt and Casper Van Dien. Harris plays a young, timid secretary terrorized by a savage killer who finally finds the resources of courage to confront the monster of her living nightmare.
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