So we’re gearing up for the Myctophobia premiere this weekend. Just wrote up this press release and sent it off:
Freakwolf Productions is happy to announce that on Saturday May 12th at 7PM that their newest film Myctophobia will be having it’s world premiere at
Landmark Cinemas in Peoria, IL. Entry is free. Writer/Director Bryan Wolford will be in attendance to present this new film along with old short films and trailers along with fellow filmmakers Darrin Ford and Brandon
Landmark Cinemas has been gracious enough to offer their theater to local independent filmmakers to showcase their work and help spread the love of independent cinema to film fans.
Myctophobia is a short film that was shot in Bartonville, IL on February 25th and 26th of this year. It follows Kelly who has an intense fear of darkness. She is forced to confront it
when she is left home alone and the lights go out. Are the things she is seeing and hearing all just in her head or is something way more sinister happening in her house? The film stars Kitsie Duncan as Kelly, Eric Shellito as John, and Steve Christopher as Therapist Michael Dover.
This is the third collaboration between Freakwolf Production’s Bryan Wolford and Reality’s End Film’s Darrin Ford and Brandon Lamprecht. Their previous efforts Shadows and Whisper have gone on to garner many accolades at film festivals world wide. Whisper was nominated for A Rondo Award in the category of Best Short Film 2011.
The following films will also be screened:
Shadows – A man and son have a sleepless night after the boy claims there is a man hiding in his room. Written and Directed by Bryan Wolford
Bookbinder – The Central Illinois Ghost legend of A. Manual Bookbinder is finally brought to life through the eyes of Dr. Zeller. Based on a true story. Written and Directed by Brandon Lamprecht
Whisper – Mike moves into a new dorm room and finds something strange whispering to him at night in his closet. What is it and how far will Mike go to learn it’s secret?
Written by Bryan Wolford and Mathew Kister/Directed By Bryan Wolford
Bait – A man stops by a farmer’s house to get some of his world famous fishing bait only to find more than he bargained for. Written by Tony Crumpton/Directed by Bryan Wolford
Praise for Myctophobia:
Myctophobia contains the perfect blend of horror and suspense and still manages to keep everything realistic, a big nod to the actuality of the film. From the opening scene discussing “Kelly’s” fear (yes, Myctophobia is a real thing, the fear of the dark) to the ending I did not see coming, Myctophobia will keep fans interested and engaged. Again, Duncan’s ability to accurately display emotions from relief to fear, and Wolford’s clear vision really helped bring this film together.
Michael DeFellipo – HorrorSociety.Com
Kitsie Duncan delivers a strong performance in director Bryan Wolford’s newest scare-thriller ‘Myctophibia’. Tackling the often-attempted, but often-failed topic of “why are we afraid of the dark”, Wolford handles the suspense wonderfully. A blend of classic and modern horror elements, Wolford plays not just with horrific monsters, but also with simple suspense elements that are often very underutilized, or even totally cast aside, in modern commercial films. But does it work? Well…I can’t remember the last film that made me afraid of a knock at the door…and the sound effects alone of the dark horrors are enough to make you want to turn on the lights. Beautiful camera work, strong acting
and legitimate scares make this film a blast to watch. If you like suspense horror, it’s time to turn the lights off and enjoy the show.
Ryan Pierson, Director/Producer – Apocalypse Salad
With Myctophobia, Bryan Wolford has produced a concisely-written, tightly-produced little gem that demonstrates his continued growth as a director / writer… and delivers some nicely creepy moments. Myctophobia — focused on humanity’s instinctive fear of the dark — moves with confidence and purpose, and Kitsie Duncan’s likeable, convincing lead performance seamlessly works with Wolford’s directing to smoothly draw you in for a chilling ride. Matt R. Jones, Author – The Hollywood Vampires series
Praise for Shadows:
Bryan Wolford’s SHADOWS delivers that rare combination of parental fear and kindertrauma that reminds the viewer, regardless of age, that there truly is something to fear in the dark. -Sean Keller – Screenwriter of GIALLO and MAMMOTH
They say the greatest trick the devil ever played was to convince the world that he didn’t exist. The same can be said for monsters that appear only when the lights go out. It’s cool to see what happens when a warned, but still unsuspecting father falls prey to such a monster.” -Sylvia Soska – Writer, Director, and star of Dead Hooker In A Trunk
Wolford’s ingenuity shows through his lack of budget with his creative use of lighting, camera angles, practical fx and CG. His story-telling brings the viewer back to the monster movies from back in the day. He does a good job of describing fear from a child’s mind and creates a dreamlike world both visually and literally. -Tony Wash – Director of It’s My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To
This is a terrific little creeper, with a great twist on a childhood nightmare. Solid directing guides a likable cast in this resourceful and very entertaining production. It’s believable family make great protagonists, and the creative visual ideas have a really spooky edge. Great stuff! -David Schmidt – Director of House Of Black Wings
SHADOWS is an excellent example of someone with a passion for the genre and exceptional filmmaking skills bringing you something unique and intriguing. -Miguel – FearShop.com
Praise for Whisper:
Whisper never takes itself too seriously, which is what makes the ending of the film that much more effective. It’s a decent effort that has a few genuinely chilling moments and a final scene that pops! -Doctor Gash – DreadCentral.Com