Sunday, September 26, 2010

D'Onofrio concocts talent mix for thriller, 9.26.10
Times Herald-Record

KINGSTON — Is it a compliment when your friend likes your music so much that he wants to kill for it?

Actor/director Vincent D'Onofrio was driving back to New York City feeling a little frustrated that a film about Johnny Cash was not lining up as quickly as he'd hoped. Tooling down the Thruway, he thought about his friend Sam Bisbee's music and a dark plot started building in his head.

"There were a couple of songs I really liked that were kind of "emo," D'Onofrio said. "His songs are brilliant and I said to my wife, Corinne Carin, 'What could we do? I have a good friend who's an amazing musician. I have a writer. I have 100 acres of woods. Let's just make a musical horror film."

The result is somewhat "John Mayer meets Rocky Horror." D'Onofrio nails the horror genre stylings of the 1980s with the music video generation's drive for a steady song stream and strewn body parts. "Don't Go in the Woods" is a wry romp through song and psychos.

"The premise is that everybody sings and everybody dies." D'Onofrio said. "They're really vulnerable and the killings come out of nowhere."

Ten years of playing a detective on NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" may have given him plenty of murder plot fodder, but it was the trust he built with film crews that made it possible to shoot the film in 12 days on his Kingston property.

"I have really good friends who will come when I call, so I had sound guys, grips, electricians, stunt guys — everybody showed up," D'Onofrio said.

Musicians pepper the cast, with no professional actors on board. That makes for pleasant listening and guileless acting performances.

Writer Joe Vinciguerra said the script was effortless, starting with the mood of an 1980s B horror script and then fitting the music into the story. It's been a hit on the college circuit, but also among 40-somethings.

"It was the kind of mood they grew up watching," Vinciguerra said. "That kind of low-budget horror film with actual characters and storyline."


Actor/director Vincent D’Onofrio's “Don’t Go in the Woods” will screen simultaneaously with “Bitter Feast” as part of the Woodstock Film Festival’s Fright Night Friday. The screenings are at 8 p.m. Friday at the Emerson Resort Pavilion, Route 28, Mt. Tremper. A Q&A with directors and performance by the “Don’t Go in the Woods” musical ensemble cast will follow.

Vincent D'Onofrio's "DON'T GO IN THE WOODS" on Facebook.

Visit our Filmography section for more on "Don't Go in the Woods".

1 comment:

Jane said...

They got his wife's name wrong too, typical journalism.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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