‘Where do monsters come from?’
Slapface is a 2021 American horror film about a withdrawn boy and the deadly monster in the woods that he befriends.
Written and directed by Jeremiah Kipp (Black Wake; 60 Seconds to Die ‘Monster’; The Sadist; The Pod) based on his short film of the same title, the movie stars August Maturo (The Nun), Mike Manning, Dan Hedaya and Libe Barer.
After the death of his mother, Lucas (August Maturo), a loner who lives in a rundown home with his brother Tom (Mike Manning), regularly seeks solace in the nearby woods. With his only “friends” being a group of female bullies, he keeps to himself most of the time.
After a strange encounter with an inhuman monster, Lucas begins to withdraw from others. The two reach a tentative trust and the boy is swept up in a series of primal adventures. A bizarre friendship is born. When violence and carnage begin to follow, Lucas must try and stop his new friend from killing again.
Meanwhile, Anna (Libe Barer), an outsider in their small town who becomes romantically involved with Tom and grows increasingly concerned about the welfare of Tom’s little brother. Plus, Sheriff John Thurston (Dan Hedaya), has a history with Tom and Lucas’ deceased mother and feels a responsibility to look out for the well-being of her orphaned children…
Slapface will be shown at the Cinequest/Cinejoy festival, which runs online from March 20th to 30th 2021. Book tickets here
Previously, Jeremiah Kipp told Rue Morgue: “I was always inspired by the personal filmmaking of writer/directors like Larry Fessenden. With Slapface, I wanted to make a movie about where I grew up, and part of my childhood always involved a sense of wonder about monsters.
My grandfather raised me, and he grew up in a brutal environment where Frankenstein and Dracula were a source of comfort for him. He’d often imagine the monster swooping in and killing his enemies, but the old curse says the one who seeks revenge had better dig two graves. I took the monster of his imagination and made the creature literal, and deadly, in Slapface.”
Cast and characters:
August Maturo … Lucas
Mike Manning … Tom
Libe Barer … Anna
Mirabelle Lee … Moriah
Dan Hedaya … Sheriff John Thurston
Bianca D’Ambrosio … Donna
Chiara D’Ambrosio … Rose
Lukas Hassel … The Monster
Alixx Schottland … Mrs. Blair
John Backstrom … Bartender
Mack Kuhr … Deputy Leggett
Nick Theurer … Deputy Shepard
Curtis Braly … Nurse
Maha Maturo … The Mom
Stella Hollon-King … Little Girl
Upstate New York
There is currently no trailer available for Slapface.