Metal Noir (1990) | Shot-On-Video Body Horror Film Feb 24, 2020 18:51:02 GMT owlbea likes this
Post by forlornjackalope on Feb 24, 2020 18:51:02 GMT
This is a bit of an old find from last year (give or take), and I thought I'd share for the fellow horror fans on here. I was checking my recommendations, and I got a trailer for the film by way of Tony Maisello (SOVHorror), a filmmaker, SFX artist, and owner of SOVHorror.com that celebrates and discusses shot on video horror films - of course. I'm still looking for articles, podcasts, and interviews on this to learn more about what it details and how Tony found it, which I'll include links to as what I'm currently listening to.
Metal Noir was directed by David R. Williams in the late 1980s and released in July 1990 and fell into total obscurity. According to Tony, he was approached by director Jay Woelfel while working on a shot-on-video project with some old VHS tapes he had, which he took to look over. While going through the tapes, he saw Metal Noir come up, which he took interest in because he never heard of it before. While he loved it, the quality was very poor, calling it a "dub of a dub". He was surprised to find nothing at all about the film out there, and he was able to get ahold of him to talk about the film. Tony talked about how he could release the film on his platform for him, which David approved of. David managed to have the master tapes in storage, but they were covered in mold and he was having a hard time finding any processing company that wanted to take a risk with running it through their systems. One thing lead to another, and the film was made available to the public for sale on Tony's website.
Like I said, I'm still looking around for more about the story behind the production of the film, but it seems like after a year or year and a half of things being discussed as far as I know, there's still limited information about this. At the moment, there doesn't appear to be an IMDb or Letterbox page for this. But, we can only hope more comes out soon. It happened with another SOV horror film of the time, The Basement, and that was lost for roughly 20 years before it resurfaced.