I don’t know about you guys, but I love creature features. I also love body horror. So when I heard about Director Anthony R. Risen’s upcoming Parasite In The Park, my ears perked right up. Not only does the short star A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: the Dream Master’s (1988) Tuesday Knight, but the infamous Lloyd Kaufman, father of all things Troma, is in the cast as well! You might recognize the name Anthony R. Risen, since his previous short film, Devil’s Night, aired on Bloody Disgusting’s Halloween special series, World Of Death, in October 2019.
A young boy gets infected by an alien parasite and begins to wreak havoc on his neighborhood.
From the Parasite In The Park press release:
The project will feature actress Tuesday Knight (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master 1988), legendary co-founder of Troma Entertainment Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger franchise), veteran special effects artist Vincent Guastini (The Last of the Mohicans, Requiem for a Dream, The Taking of Deborah Logan 2014 – read our review here), Dogma, Child’s Play 3, Super Mario Bros.), and H.P. Lovecraft-inspired orchestral composer Graham Plowman.
Owner of Pantomorphic Pictures and director/co-writer/producer Anthony R. Risen has this to say:
“Our film, Parasite in the Park, has a different type of feel for horror fans. We want to take the effectiveness of gory practical effects combined with real situations of films like ‘The Thing’ and ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and put them alongside playful characters like the ones in ‘Gremlins,’ ‘The Goonies,’ and ‘The Monster Squad.’ It will be a mesh of everything that true horror fans will appreciate!”
The filmmakers are still trying to reach their crowdfunding goal of $8,000, but there’s still 10 days left to help out. Check out the Indiegogo campaign here.
Not only am I excited about the cast, but look at some of the things SFX artist Vincent Gaustini has created! Recognize anyone?
We’ve also got a sample of Composer Graham Plowman’s work.
Be sure to check out the crowdfunding campaign to see if there’s anything you can do to help get this short in production. It looks too good to pass up! As soon as we hear more about the Parasite In The Park, we’ll let you know!