A little while ago Chris Alexander (formerly of Rue Morgue Radio’s “Caustic Critics” and RM magazine contributor) took over the Head Honcho reins at Fangoria Magazine and turned, what some would call a flailing publication, completely around to its former glory. What some don’t know is that Chris is also a damn good musician and songwriter.
Now you can add “filmmaker” to that already stellar resume considering his new project with fledgling film company Autonomy Pictures, an experimental vampire flick entitled Blood For Irina. “I wanted to make something that is intimate, dark, lonely, beautiful and surreal, fueled by dread, imagery and emotion,” says Alexander. “I’m confident that Blood For Irina accomplishes this.”
“Writer, journalist and FANGORIA magazine editor Chris Alexander makes his directorial feature film debut for Autonomy Pictures with BLOOD FOR IRINA, a psychological, experimental vampire tale. Alexander approached Autonomy Pictures with a micro-budget proposal, the desire to make a personal horror film, a fever dream inspired by Herzog, Rollin and Franco. The film was shot in five days at a crumbling 70-year-old waterfront motel set for demolition in Toronto, Canada.
Autonomy Pictures executive producers Derek Curl (HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, STAKE LAND), David Gregory (THE THEATRE BIZARRE, PLAGUE TOWN) and Lewis Tice of DANGER AFTER DARK, already impressed with Alexander’s revitalization of Fangoria since taking over as editor-in-chief, were excited to see what he would do with a genre-based underground concept, budget and schedule.. The film is currently in post-production and will hit film festivals later this year.”
Irina (Shauna Henry) is dying. A predator who stalks streets at night looking for blood, she has lived over a century; tormented by memory, living in a run-down motel by the sea, Irina has reached the end. Her perceptions skewed, her body and mind revolting against themselves, she waits for an exit.
Her private hell is echoed by the motel manager (David Goodfellow, who also co-produced), driven by an obsession to protect Irina and keep her secrets safe, and a broken prostitute (Carrie Gemmell) whose desperate plight may be worse than Irina¹s. It’s the tale of three people living a life on the fringe, trapped in world of literal and figurative decay.