Thursday, January 8, 2015

Black Horror Films: A Dangerous Cure (2013)

Malinda Walford as Savia (left)
Six years, an economic collapse, and lots of "1960's modernist collage film" research, screenwriter and director Kevin Jarvis is the man responsible for a comedic horror/sci-fi hybrid titled A Dangerous Cure. Its noir-ish specks of the fantastical gives you the feeling of a whimsical alternative to 2013's Antisocial.

A Dangerous Cure tells the tale of "Savia (Malinda Walford) a fame obsessed tabloid journalist, [who] tries to find the cause and the cure of a life threatening epidemic that is ravaging New York City during the economic recession of 2001. Her journeys take her to various underworlds where she documents people’s opinion of epidemic death, technology, and how the media uses the whole crisis as a platform for glamour." When I asked Jarvis about his development and inspiration for Savia, he discusses how our technological, celebrity-driven world is desperately tied into economic capital, and what happens with the lack thereof:

Savia's character was inspired by the main character in Sam Fuller's film Shock Corridor (1963). In that film the character is a news reporter so driven to win a Pulitzer Prize that he commits himself into an insane asylum so he can try to solve a murder within the asylum.  I changed things around by making Savia an out of work tabloid journalist who had just been laid off and was desperate for a job. She stumbles upon the epidemic and immediately sees the epidemic as a platform to getting fame. The fame aspect of her character came out of the rising reality TV stars that were starting to come out at the time I was writing.

Malinda was very committed to her role and up for the challenge of the film's experimental nature:

Working with Malinda was very easy. Its great to have an actor or actress who's into the material. And she was into it. Visually, I literally just wanted Malinda reacting, searching, and discovering. No speaking lines. All body language. What I really learned from Malinda is that I love writing scenes and directing actors who utilize body language to explain their emotions. It says so much more.  And I also learned having good actors really makes editing ten times easier.

Check out the trailer below!

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