JFR Productions has released the teaser trailer for its upcoming action horror thriller Dick Johnson and Tommygun vs. The Cannibal Cop, which begins filming in Buffalo, New York next month. The film was written by John Renna, who will co-star with Sam Qualiana (Snow Shark, The Legend of Six Fingers) as mismatched police detectives hunting the titular cannibal. The cast also includes Debbie Rochon (Dry Bones), Danny Hicks (Evild Dead 2: Dead by Dawn) and Timothy Patrick Quill (Army of Darkness). Renna will co-produce and co-direct with Chris Rados (His Name is Clownface) of WNY Grip & Lighting.
“The teaser shows the vibe we’re going for,” says Renna. “A 70s cop film blended with 80s horror and 90s action flicks. Chris will be shooting much of the film since I’ll be on screen most of the time with Sam. We’ve got a really tight unit here in Buffalo, and plan to deliver a movie fans of all these subgenres will love.”
In the film, which purports to be based on a true story, Hicks plays Captain Phil Philips, who assigns straight arrow Dick Johnson (Qualiana) and wild card Jeff “Tommygun” Thompson to solve a series of gruesome murders which may lead to the department’s front doorstep. Rochon plays Yvonne, an insider who may hold the secret to the mystery, and Quill plays Shabby Sammy, a shady character who leads the detectives through Buffalo’s criminal underworld.
Renna, who is also a special make-up effects artist, intends to use squibs for the massive shootout scenes rather than use digital blood, and he and Rados intend to track how much red stuff they splatter. When production wraps, they will spearhead a drive to match the same amount of blood for UNYTS Resources in Buffalo.
“We’re making this film in our home town and want to do something positive for the community,” says Rados.
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