Sunday, September 26, 2010

Music to die for

NY Post, 9.26.10
by VA Musetta

'Hello, Vincent? It's Vincent," says the voice at the other end of the phone line. It belongs to actor Vincent D'Onofrio, who's calling me to talk about his directorial debut**, "Don't Go in the Woods," a slasher musical which will unreel this week at the upstate Woodstock Film Festival.

It's about five indie rockers who go into the woods for a quiet weekend writing songs. A few young women crash the session, creating an unwanted distraction.

Pretty soon the guys and gals start disappearing one by one, victims of a mad stalker. But this is not your typical horror movie because people are forever bursting out into song -- even while being murdered.

"My wife and I and my kids have a house upstate in Kingston, and we're driving home and talking about my next project," D'Onofrio says.

"I thought, let's make a musical horror. In two or three weeks Sam Bisbee and Joe Vinciguerra knocked out a script, and I was already casting it from the street.

"I actually got my art director and two of my actresses at a tea shop around the corner from me in Manhattan. It was basically going around and finding the most talented young people."

The movie was shot in 13 days on D'Onofrio's 100-acre property in Kingston, at a cost of $100,000. "That's all I had to spend."

Next up for the talented D'Onofrio is directing "Johnny and Me," about a man with Asperger's syndrome who is fixated on Johnny Cash's life and music.

"Don't Go in the Woods" will unreel Friday at 8 p.m. at the Emerson House in Mount Tremper, not too far from Woodstock. The cast of the movie will perform after the screening and a Q&A with D'Onofrio.

D'Onofrio's first big-screen role was as a harassed Army recruit in "Full Metal Jacket" (1987), directed by the notorious perfectionist Stanley Kubrick, who had been known to drive his actors to distraction with unending retakes.

"He was a lot less strange than I think he's made out to be," says D'Onofrio, who spent 13 months working on the film in England and never had to do more than six or seven takes of any scene. "I was very young and it was my first film, and I was just happy to be there."

Thanks Linda!

**Vincent D'Onofrio's directorial debut was the film "Five Minutes, Mr Welles".

1 comment:

val said...

Correcting them about the directorial debut is getting a bit boring, isn't it? Why can't they just do their homework properly? All they need to do is ask one of us...

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