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13 Eerie
Logline: We Prey for You.
Short Synopsis: Six forensic undergraduate students are marooned on a remote
island during an overnight field testing project for a university forensic class when
they come face-to-face with creature surely resurrected from the dead and raging
through the forest in hot pursuit, a drama reminiscent of The Crazies, Predator
and 28 Days Later.
An abandoned wild animal park in the central Canadian prairie province of
Saskatchewan was the unlikely host to a motley crew of criminally-minded
zombies when Kevin DeWalt, Roger Christian and Don Carmody selected the
site to film their epic zombie thriller 13 Eerie late in October 2011.
The last day of shooting marked a memorable Halloween for the cast and crew,
when the final scenes concluded production in a veritable ghost town in the cover
of night.
The zombie genre has enjoyed unprecedented popularity with mainstream
audiences thanks to the success of films like Dawn of the Dead and Frank
Darabont’s runaway hit television series The Walking Dead.
But 13 Eerie is a fresh take on a genre that’s literally decomposing.
This epic battle of the undead follows the story of six ambitious forensic
undergraduate students who find themselves marooned on a remote island
during a university field project.
Not surprisingly, the troop finds themselves ill-prepared for a night in the wilds of
the former site of the Eerie Straight Penitentiary.
Unbeknownst to the group, the site was formerly used as an illegal biological
testing ground for life-term criminals left for dead. But they aren’t. They’re
What ensues is as captivating as it is terrifying. This fast-paced, action-filled
zombie flick defies audience expectations.
And, while you may have seen a zombie movie before, you haven’t seen
zombies quite like this.
These zombies are mean. And they’re ruthless.
The living cast features Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps) in the role of Megan
and Michael Shanks (Stargate, Burn Notice, Smallville) in the role of Professor
Tomkins. Brendan Fletcher (The Pacific, Freddy vs Jason) is cast as Josh and
Nick Moran (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Lock Stock and Two Smoking
Barrels) plays the ne’er do well Larry.
Brendan Fehr (Bones, CSI: Miami) puts his CSI forensic skills to use as Daniel –
an undergraduate criminal sciences student.
The zombies themselves are a virtually unrecognizable version of their former
selves and were played with frightening accuracy by a trio of locally-sourced
talent that include Jason Truong, Shannon Jardine and Ryland Alexander.
These aren’t your typical reanimated corpses.
Under the direction of self-taught special effects make-up expert Emersen Ziffle,
the trio of zombies affectionately known to the shooting crew as Tattoo Zombie
(Ryland Alexander), Thug Zombie (Jason Truong) and Skinhead Zombie
(Shannon Jardine) come to life in an unforgettable fashion.
The film is the feature length debut for director Lowell Dean, a self-professed
zombie aficionado and was written by Christian Piers Betley, whose thriller Dark
Hearts is currently in post-production.
The film is an Ontario/Saskatchewan interprovincial co-production produced by
Don Carmody Productions and Minds Eye Entertainment.
Kevin Dewalt (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd), Don Carmody (Chicago, Silent
Hill, Resident Evil) and Mark Montague (The Tall Man, Faces in the Crowd)
produced. Roger Christian (Bandido, Underworld) is an executive producer.
The film was produced with the financial assistance of Telefilm Canada, the
Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit, Ontario Productions Services Tax
Credit, and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. The Canadian
and International distribution rights are held by Entertainment One Films Canada.
Now, let us tell you a bit about the real people behind the story.
Katharine Isabelle – MEGAN
A native of Vancouver, Katharine Isabelle began acting at an early age. Her big
screen debut came in Joel Schumacher’s critical success, Cousins, starring Ted
Danson and Isabella Rossellini, as Rossellini’s on-screen daughter.
Memorable guest appearances in such television series as The X-Files,
DaVinci’s Inquest, Smallville and Supernatural followed. American audiences
began to take notice of Isabelle after her performance in the teen thriller,
Disturbing Behavior, and a memorable turn opposite Al Pacino in Christopher
Nolan’s suspense hit, Insomnia.
However, it would be her starring role as “Ginger” in Ginger Snaps and its
lucrative indie hit sequels that would give her cult status among genre fans.
Isabelle is also a hot commodity on the independent film scene as well, with
starring roles in such films as Falling Angels, On The Corner and Turning Paige.
In 2008, Isabelle was the recipient of the Gemini Award for Best Performance by
an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series
for her role in The Englishman’s Boy. Most recently, she was a series regular on
the Showtime series Endgame; which earned her a 2011 Gemini Nomination for
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic
Shanks’ other television credits include roles on CSI: Miami, Stargate: Atlantis,
The Outer Limits, A Family Divided and a lead role in the UPN telefilm Escape to
Mars. He also co-starred in the Emmy Award-winning William H. Macy telefilm
Door to Door and the film adaptation of the Jack London’s Call of the Wild.
After a decade-long stint as fan favorite Dr. Daniel Jackson in the Sci-Fi
Channel’s number one hit show Stargate SG-1, Michael Shanks wasted no time
in taking on new challenges.
Stargate SG-1 the series was based on the 1994 box office hit Stargate starring
Kurt Russell and James Spader, who originated the Daniel Jackson role to which
Shanks bears an uncanny resemblance. For his portrayal of Jackson, Shanks
was nominated several times for both LEO and Saturn Awards for Best Actor.
He won the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Male and made his
directorial debut with the episode titled Double Jeopardy.
He has appeared in the recurring role of Victor on USA’s Burn Notice and
appeared in a three-episode arc on the Emmy Award-winning television drama
24. He also appeared in a Lifetime MOW Judicial Indiscretion and guest starred
on the SyFy Channel show Eureka.
He returned as Dr. Jackson in the Stargate SG-1 DVD feature films The Ark of
Truth and Continuum.
Brendan Fehr - DANIEL
Discovered on the streets of Vancouver, Brendan Fehr quickly emerged as one
of Hollywood’s most versatile talents. With his standout performance in the cult
favorite television series Roswell, in which he portrayed the quiet and
complicated alien Micheal Guerin, who was committed to finding out ‘the truth,’
Fehr gained a loyal fan base.
Following the series, he was seen as the co-lead in ABC Family’s 3 part
miniseries, Samurai Girl. Fehr played Jake Stanton, a martial-arts expert who
teaches the daughter of a rich Japanese businessman how to protect herself
when she sets out to avenge her brother’s death. He continued his work with
ABC Family starring in the movie, Cutting Edge 4: Fire and Ice. His other
television credits include Millenium, CSI: Miami, Nikita and the recurring role of
David Boreanaz’s younger brother on the Fox hit show Bones.
Fehr’s past feature credits include the Golden Circle film The Long Weekend
opposite Chris Klein, the New Line horror film Final Destination, Child Star with
Jennifer Jason Leigh, the Dreamworks film Biker Boyz alongside Laurence
Fishburne and The Fifth Patient opposite Peter Bogdanovich and Marley Shelton;
and, X-Men: First Class.
Brendan Fletcher – JOSH
One of Canada’s hottest stars; Brendan Fletcher burst into the scene in 1996 at
the young age of 13 and hasn’t looked back since. His acting debut was the lead
in the CBC movie-of-the-week Little Criminals, a performance that earned him a
Leo Award as well as a Gemini Award Nomination for best lead actor in a
dramatic role.
Since 1996, Fletcher has been the lead in several award-winning films, including
Jimmy Zip, Rollercoaster and The Five Senses. In 2002 Fletcher was awarded a
Genie for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in the feature film The Law of
Enclosures and more recently, he was nominated for a Gemini Award for the
MOW, 100 Days in the Jungle.
Recent feature films include the Terry Gilliam flick, Tideland, 88 Minutes, with Al
Pacino, and the upcoming comedy, The Onion Movie, based on material from the
satirical website. He has recently been seen on television as a guest star on
Globals’ Shattered, The CW’s Supernatural, and was featured in a recurring role
on the hit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In 2008, Fletcher spent time in Australia filming Steven Spielberg’s, Emmy Award
winning miniseries, The Pacific. Most recently, Brendan filmed Edwin Boyd
alongside Scott Speedman.
Nicholas Moran – LARRY JEFFERSON
Nicholas Moran is an accomplished actor, writer and director who appeared as
Scabior in the box office sensation Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Moran won the LAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Comedy for his role in Guy
Ritchie’s cult classic Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrells.
His other feature film credits include St. Georges Day, Prisoners of the Sun, The
Amazing Grace, Puritan, The Last Drop, The Silent Partner, American Daylight,
Soccer Dog: The Cup, SPIVS, Chaos & Cadavers and Ashes & Sand.
Moran wrote and directed the telefilm Game of Life for BBC3; and, he appeared
in a number of critically acclaimed stage plays in London’s west end.
Moran is an accredited stunt driver, and holds an ARDS International Racing
Lowell Dean, Director
Lowell Dean is the rookie director with the eye of a wily veteran. An up-andcoming Canadian filmmaker with a talent for the twisted, Dean is a name to
watch in the world of genre filmmaking. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts
in Film Studies, he began working as an editor, writer and director for production
companies across Canada.
All the while, Dean has been busy writing and directing his short film projects that
have screened at festivals around the world including New York, Los Angeles
and Sydney, Australia.
13 Eerie is his feature length directorial debut.
Lowell Dean dedicates his time to his passions – filmmaking and preparing for
the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Roger Christian, Executive Producer
Academy Award-winner Roger Christian won an Oscar for set decoration on
director George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, which began a
long collaboration between the filmmakers.
Christian directed second unit on Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and
more recently on Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Through Lucas, Christian directed the short film Black Angel which accompanied
the release of the blockbuster Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.
His next short, The Dollar Bottom, won the Academy Award for Best Live Action
Short Film. He followed that success with the thriller The Sender which received
critical acclaim and a nomination for Best Film by the Academy of Science
Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
Other directing credits include the Orion Pictures release Nostradamus starring
Julia Ormond and F. Murray Abraham, The Final Cut featuring Sam Elliot,
Underworld starring Denis Leary and Joe Montagna, Masterminds with Patrick
Stewart, Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000 with John Travolta and Forest
Whitaker, Bandido starring Carlos Guillardo and Kim Coates; and, Prisoners of
the Sun with John Rhys Davies and Joss Ackland.
Christian has also directed numerous high profile commercials, including
worldwide campaigns for SEGA, Taco Bell, Jeep, Lancia, Fiat and
Chrysler/Dodge among others. Christian was also nominated for an Academy
Award for art direction on Ridley Scott’s epic Alien.
Don Carmody, Producer
A producer with more than 35 years of credits, Don Carmody started his own
production company in 1980 and went on to produce the smash hits Porky’s and
Porky’s II, perennially popular family films like A Christmas Story and The Mighty,
several Chuck Norris films, including The Hitman and Sidekicks, and cult
favourites like The Boondock Saints, Wrong Turn and Lucky Number Slevin.
Over the years, he continued returning to comedy with films like the Weekend at
Bernie’s series, The Whole Nine Yards and The Late Shift for HBO, which was
nominated for seven Emmy Awards, three Cable Ace awards and the Producers’
Guild of America Golden Laurel. The Late Shift also won a Golden Globe for
actor Kathy Bates and a Directors’ Guild Award for Betty Thomas.
Carmody’s credits include some 90 films thus far, including many produced for
the major Hollywood studios as well as the mini-majors like Lions Gate Films,
Miramax and Summit Films. He has worked with many of the major stars of the
industry including Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Hilary Swank, Bruce Willis,
Morgan Freeman, Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Danny
Devito and Robert De Niro.
In 2002, he co-produced the hit film musical Chicago starring Renee Zellweger,
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere, which won seven Academy Awards
including Best Picture, three Golden Globe Awards including Best Musical or
Comedy and the Producers’ Guild of American Golden Laurel Award for Best
Picture as well as many other awards and honours around the world.
Kevin Dewalt, Producer
Kevin Dewalt is the CEO and Chairman of Minds Eye Entertainment and has
produced over 50 film and television projects. Dewalt spearheaded the
development of a regional production company into an internationally-recognized,
vertically-integrated media organization which includes subsidiaries in
distribution, production and post-production. With Dewalt at the helm, Minds Eye
Entertainment received more than 60 national and international awards.
His exceptional, exportable projects have been sold to more than 200 territories
around the world. His portfolio of projects includes two four-hour mini-series The
Englishman’s Boy based on the Governor General Award-winning novel by Guy
Vanderhaeghe and Prairie Giant: The Tommy Douglas Story.
Dewalt produced the one-hour legal drama series Just Cause starring Richard
Thomas, the television movie Betrayed for CBC, the television movie Stranger in
Town, the action adventure teen series 2030CE; and, My Global Adventure,
MythQuest and Incredible Story Studio which sold to more 170 countries and
multiple networks including The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and YTV to name
a few.
Dewalt has produced several feature length films including Decoy starring Patrick
Swayze, The Unsaid starring Andy Garcia and Teri Polo, Falling Angels starring
Miranda Richardson, Viva Los Nowhere starring James Caan and Daniel Stern,
Held Up starring Jamie Foxx and Nia Long, Walled In with Mischa Barton, the
action/thriller Super Hybrid, the adaptation of Stephen King’s short story Dolan’s
Cadillac starring Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Wes Bentley; and,
Lullaby for Pi starring Rupert Friend, Clemence Poesy and Forest Whitaker.
His genre film credits include Grace starring Jordan Ladd, which opened to rave
reviews at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and The Shortcut, co-produced with
Leomax Entertainment and Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions.
Most recently, Dewalt produced Faces in the Crowd starring Milla Jovovich and
The Tall Man with Jessica Biel.
Entertainment One International
eOne Films International is a distributor of feature films. With roots in Quebec
and ties to the rest of Canada, Entertainment One has the advantage of being
able to work with a mix of cultures backed by substantial means. Its goal is to
ensure our artists’ works find audiences worldwide, offering people worldwide a
window on Quebec culture.
As the leading exporter of Quebec films, eOne Films International seeks to
contribute to the international exposure of Quebec-made works. Highlights of its
catalogue include select works by directors such as Denis Villeneuve (Incendies),
Léa Pool (Mommy Is At The Hairdresser’s), Daniel Grou (alias Podz) (7 Days),
Denys Arcand (Decline of the American Empire) and Bernard Émond (The
Novena, Summit Circle and The Legacy). The recent international success of
films such as Starbuck and Bon Cop, Bad Cop are a testament to Entertainment
One’s level of commitment. Bon Cop, Bad Cop is the most popular film in the
history of Canadian cinema, and won awards such as the 2007 Jutra for most
internationally successful film, with distribution in 87 countries. Thanks to
international distribution rights for more than one hundred features, of which
more than half are entirely Quebec productions, eOne and its Montreal subsidiary
are top-tier players in Quebec’s film industry.
At Entertainment One, we believe in the quality of Quebec films and wish to help
them receive as much international exposure as possible. For that reason, the
company has created a department whose exclusive mission is to promote and
sell its catalogue in foreign markets. Known worldwide for representing quality
films, eOne is among the few companies with an international sales division that
has achieved profitability for more than nine years. Our presence at major
international markets (Berlinale, American Film Market, Toronto International Film
Market, Semaine du cinéma québécois à Paris, Festival de Cannes, Sundance)
has given us the opportunity to meet hundreds of industry players from around
the world, with the aim of championing our artists’ talent.
The international sales department also includes an individual responsible for
ensuring that our films appear at the world’s large and small film festivals, helping
to maximize the exposure of our productions and build a network of contacts.
This important work results in enhanced visibility in all parts of the world.