SCARLET MOON....DVD RELEASE
April 2006 USA and Canada via Troma, Inc
Cast and crew members, photos and reviews:
SCARLET MOON's story was different in that it didn't have any humans in it. The story was about supernaturals and about their relationships to each other. Dominic Gregoria plays a satanic vampire named Andreas who has a side kick vampire named Smoke, played by Colin Reynolds, who is a junkie. Annemarie Donato plays Satanya, an artist who got turned into a vampire in the 1960s and still lives like she did in the 1960s. Guy Camilleri plays the evil devil cult leader Edward Crowely, who thinks nothing of using babies for satanic blood sacrifices. Crowley's mistress is Muldavia, play by Francesca Chirelli.. The "Scarlet Moon" of the title is a huge red diamond the size of your fist. It has magical powers. It is the last of the missing satanic items from Tara, Queen of Egypt's secret worship chamber and all the supernaturals are trying to find it first and get ultimate power on earth.
SCARLET MOON started out as a quickie vampire movie for my last distributor before TROMA, EI Entertainment. EI Entertainment had made a lot of money with a erotic vampire flick called CARASS OF THE VAMPIRE and was looking for more like it.
And so I originally wrote what E.I. wanted me to, a seductive, "limited in scope" vampire story which I was going to shoot for them. But I soon found myself re-writing it, expanding it, and ended up with a different story about all kinds of supernaturals beings and scenes set around the world and showing the earth being destroyed.
From the standpoint of making a quick buck little weekend wonder made for a fast cash, SCARLET MOON turned out to be a major failure at concept level and wasn’t what E.I. wanted at all.
SCARLET MOON also had two name stars involved, Michael Bruce of the Alice Cooper Group and Forrest J. Ackerman of Famous Monsters Of Filmland.
The real horror of SCARLET MOON was that it took years to make! Mainly because the cast was older this time and most of the time only gave me a few hours on the weekends, mostly Sundays, to shoot. It took forever. Of course I was doing the same juggling act of re-writing the script, changing it, adding and subtracting characters as actors came and went. As usual, I wasn't going to let anybody get in my way of making the best movie I could for what very little money I had.
When it was finally over, and I did a first edit of SCARLET MOON, it was over three hours long! So I cut the movie down to 94 minutes for SCARLET MOON and the 54 minutes leftover became DARK BEGINNINGS. Not a bad deal getting almost two movies out of one!
Making SCARLET MOON was a terrible filmmaking experience and brought me to the point of wanting to quit making movies all together. Unlike FLESH EATERS FROM OUTER SPACE and INVASION FOR FLESH AND BLOOD, I literally had no crew at all. There was maybe 4 or 5 shoots where there were people around to help behind-the-scenes, but 99% of the time I did everything alone. It was very hard work and the situation was very, very depressing but it was released on DVD in 2006 and was well received. Despite all the problems it turned out good and has been seen around the world and was successful on several different levels. I guess that’s all that matters.