May 27th, 2009

Horror Track

Linnea Henriksson, Mari Tveito, and Angelina Lundh previewed their Undead in the Night soundtrack composition for us last night – it is incredible! This soundtrack accompanies the audience’s drive in a mini-bus to the woods. All I will say about it is this: if I were in a bus listening to this soundtrack while being deposited in the woods for a living horror film, you could not pay me enough to get out. Scary!

Jillian

May 27th, 2009

Living Dead

Ulf Kristiansson wrote an article called Livs levande döda for the Helsingborgs Dagblad newspaper. It includes great photos by Sven-Erik Svensson. Check it out!

May 26th, 2009

Covergirl

amanda apocalypse

Yesterday I mentioned Amanda Apocalypse: a self-professed “zombie nerd” who stars as one of the zombies in Undead in the Night.

Today, after her stellar performance for the media conference, she is the Malmö Lund City Paper cover girl! Judging from the published photos which entirely ignore the stunning vampires who lurked around the press, “zombies” are the sexier creature these days, at least for the author who erroneously conflated my definitions of vampire and zombie – a difficult mistake to make.

Download the pdf file – 2 pages including cover.

May 25th, 2009

Monstrous Swedish TV Spot

The full article from SVT, Zombievandring i mörkret is online! The TV spot features my ever-frightening vampiric and zombified friends Märta and Clara (V’s), Tom and Amanda (Z’s). Notice Tom’s vacant hungry stare, you wouldn’t want to meet him alone in the dark forest…

May 25th, 2009

Swedish Zombie Zine

Check out this great online Zombie comic by Amanda C (aka Apocalypse Amanda), who when she’s not drawing ghouls stars as a Swedish zombie extraordinaire in my upcoming performance Undead in the Night.

Especially note the exposed guts of Santa zombie who clutches our heroine’s highlighted hair. It’s a lot less scary if you can’t read Swedish…

May 24th, 2009

Zombie POV

At the top of a list of notes about the zombie film I want to make one day is this sentence, “film from the zombie’s point of view” which as far as I know was not done before at any length – until now. Enter Colin, a new British horror flick that does just that. My friend Ellen Pearlman was the bearer of bad news.

From the press release:
“Our hero Colin is bitten by a Zombie; he dies and returns from the dead. We
follow him as he wanders through suburbia during the throes of a cadaverous
apocalypse.”

Mark Price who wrote and directed Colin, claims on CNN the film cost $70 to make through Nowhere Fast Productions, his own outfit. That seems highly unlikely and more of a publicity quote than anything. According to CNN, American and Japanese distributors at Cannes are vying for the prize – look for it soon!

Trailer:

The battle scene or us vs. them. In this case, it’s a question of who is who:

May 23rd, 2009

Full of love for my Swedish zombie and vampire friends

Undead in the Night Jillian Mcdonald Malmo

In case you thought this performance wouldn’t be scary…here are just two photos featuring vampire Emma and victims Mathias and Mikael, all non-professional and amazing actors. (Photos by Petter Pettersson…press quality available at Lilith’s website).

Undead in the Night Jillian Mcdonald Malmo

…we’ll see you in the forest after dark…
Jillian

May 16th, 2009

Horror Makeup

makeup jillian mcdonald undead in the night

Undead in the Night sold out in only a few days, wow ~

Not wanting to give anything away, I will post photos of the actors in full makeup after the performance is over … but here is a tiny taste of what we’ve been up to this week at Lilith Performance Studio …

rehearsals jillian mcdonald undead in the night

makeup jillian mcdonald undead in the night

props jillian mcdonald undead in the night

costumes jillian mcdonald undead in the night

rehearsals jillian mcdonald undead in the night

makeup jillian mcdonald undead in the night

May 13th, 2009

Yellow!

yellow field, malmo

A view on the way to the forest near Malmö…I’m definitely not in Kansas anymore.

May 12th, 2009

Long Way from Home

forest malmo

My friend Christine Sciulli wrote to me today in response to an announcement about my upcoming performance, Undead in the Night. “God you’ve come a long way from our Blair Witch screening!!!”, she wrote. In 1999 Christine called me at my part time job with an invitation to a late night movie. I happily said yes, but apparently was the only person on the planet who hadn’t heard about the film, a little out of touch with popular culture at the time. I sat through the horror film in utter terror, balled up in my seat, peering through clenched fingers as the awful ending pierced the heart of my worst fears. I made her stay on the phone with me that night and couldn’t sleep for days. Camping was out of the question for ages.

A decade later – really?? – I’ve seen countless horror films and now intentionally put myself in a forest (a long long way from home, no less) creating a living horror film. Last night we were out in the woods performing some lighting tests and my eyes and breath were not at ease. For a city girl the darkened woods holds countless unseen threats, real and imagined.

The performance is coming together, our cast is almost complete, and every one of them is absolutely perfect.