Bad Moon Rising is both a completed short film and werewolf feature film project currently in development.
Trapped inside a bank after a botched robbery, a group of criminals must fight to survive the night
when their hostages become werewolves.
'From Dusk Till Dawn' meets 'Dog Soldiers'.
'Die Hard' with werewolves.
After a daring daylight robbery of a small town bank goes horribly wrong, a group of criminals take hostages and barricade themselves inside. With police on the scene the stage is set for a long standoff.
With the sun slowly sinking and nerves beginning to fray, the bank manager and his family plead with their captors to be released. But it is too late. A full moon has begun to rise and they suddenly transform into bloodthirsty werewolves. It is a massacre. The criminals’ guns prove useless and the bound hostages are like lambs to the slaughter.
Hearing screams and gunfire, the police storm the bank and join the fight. But the werewolves are too quick, too strong, and the policemen are torn to shreds. Seeing a chance of escape, the survivors – a bloodied selection of criminals, police and hostages – rush to the entrance, only to have the power system overload and security doors engage before their eyes. They’re trapped.
The situation goes from bad to worse when a group of heavily armed werewolf hunters crash through the ceiling, take control of the situation and force the survivors to be bait in their deadly trap. But the werewolves are cunning and survive the hunters’ trap.
Now the only chance of survival for this handful of cops, crims and hostages is to outwit the hunters, fight their way to the vault, lock themselves inside and wait until morning.
To illustrate the desired tone/mood/style for the film, please enjoy the following pitch trailer.
A modified version of the feature film’s opening sequence was shot in order to act as a guide to the overall feel of the film, and showcase Scott's work as a director in the horror genre. The film will be an old-school style that avoids all the heavy grading, handheld camera work and quick editing that seems to dominate a lot of horror films these days, and pay homage to the werewolf classics by utilising prosthetic make-up effects instead of CGI. This was accomplished on an extremely limited budget and only shows a minimalistic look at the werewolf transformation effects.
"... an awesome werewolf short... When Hamilton gets the feature version down, count me in."
- Ain't It Cool News
"...a full-on, practical effects extravaganza, I want this a feature, stat."
More information on the feature film project can be obtained via email.
Currently, the short film has been officially selected into over 45 international film festivals, including the following:
Writer/Director/Producer: Scott Hamilton
Writer: Peter J. Hamilton
Special Effects Make-Up: Steve Boyle http://steveboylefx.com/
Director of Photography: John Stokes, acs http://www.johnstokes.com.au/
Editor: Steve Cooper http://www.thepostlounge.com/
Sound Designer: James Starnes http://www.thepostlounge.com/
Music Composer: Peter Spierig http://spierigbrothers.com/