First-Names Films has wrapped shooting on the found-footage horror-comedy Mean Spirited and released the first look at the film. It launches on the festival circuit in 2022.
The genre pic, directed by Jeff Ryan (Mass Hysteria, YouthMin), stars Michelle Veintimilla (Gotham, ABC’s Big Skyand The Baker and the Beauty), Neville Archambault (The Block Island Sound), Will Madden (Beast Beast), Daniel Rashid (Beast Beast), Will Martin (YouthMin), Maria DeCotis (Euphonia), and Charlie Pollock (The Good Wife). Ryan also acts in Mean Spirited while also sharing writing credits with Joe Adams. The film was shot in the Poconos Mountains, with Kenneth Wales (The Beta Test) behind the camera as cinematographer.
Madden leads the cast as Andy, an up-and-coming Vlogger who attempts to reconnect with his estranged friend, Bryce (Ryan). But, it all falls apart when a demonic presence begins tormenting the vacationing group.
“There’s no better way to spend your October than filming a movie in the Poconos Mountains amidst abandoned hotels, ice-cold waterfalls, and haunted mansions,” said Ryan on the experience. “Filming on location has its challenges. But the bond our cast and crew felt throughout production is evident on screen, and I’m thrilled to share their work with the world”.
“I’m not superstitious,” he continued. “But one night after filming some spooky scenes, my door opened and closed throughout the night, my shower smelled like sulfur, and birds flew into our windows during breakfast. After rescuing the injured bird back to health, the haunting of Mean Spirited stopped.”
Mean Spirited is a First-Names Films production. Joe Adams and Owen Williams produced the film. Jacob Andres Padilla serves as co-producer. Gerry Pass co-executive produced and Charlie Phoenix associate produced.
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