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There are countless species of insects and many ways to be
scared by them, and that’s what CREEPING CRAWLING aims to exploit. We’ve got
info and exclusive pics to share from this “entomological anthology of terror.”
CREEPING CRAWLING had its genesis when director Jon Russell
Cring (pictured right) brought home a stray kitten for his wife,
cinematographer Tracy Nichole Cring. Their brownstone quickly became infested
by fleas, which spawned the idea of a movie about what happens when the lives
of humans and insects intersect. The duo wrote the script, inviting Joshua
Owens to lend his comedic take on one of the stories. “They gave me the story outline,
and I was in,” Owens says. “I’ve never seen anything like this on film.” Adds
Jon Russell Cring, “If my audience doesn’t squirm, or feel like something is
crawling on them, I haven’t done my job.”
The framing story involves a pair of college students
interviewing famed entomologist Dr. Tarkovsky (Yury Tsykun), who shares his
theories on the interaction between people and bugs via three strange tales. In
“R.I.D.,” a troubled young woman (Anna Shields) steals the identity of a nurse
and takes on the job of caretaker for a comatose patient in a Gothic mansion.
When she seems to be getting bitten by tiny predators at night, she breaks out
the repellant and sprays—which have the odd side effect of seeming to bring the
patient—with whom she is developing an infatuation—out of his coma. “Grubbery”
stars Sarah von Ouhl as a model using highly unorthodox and illegal methods to
lose weight, provided to her by her friend Ginger (AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL’s
Laura LaFrate). And the lighter-toned “Bugger” sees lonely guy Bailey (Chuck
Girard) attempting to find on-line dates who share his peculiar fetish, a
situation complicated by a marauding serial murderer called the Praying Mantis
Killer, a couple of co-workers (Raine Brown and Jonathan Hernandez) playing
amateur detective and a formicophilia femme named Ms. Cootie.
“I had a great time working on this film,” Brown tells
Fango. “I got to take on a very funny, wacky character, and was allowed to play
with the role and bring her to life off the page, adding little quirks and
idiosyncrasies. I knew it would be a wacky shoot when, as soon as I arrived on
set, the director asked me if I want to film with a snake around my neck!”
“R.I.D.” screens at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival this weekend; you can see its
trailer below the photos, and find CREEPING CRAWLING’s official website here.
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