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Although the title of the movie might indicate yet another Stephen King adaptation, Dreamcatcher is nothing of the sorts. In fact, it is something new, something we’ve never seen before and we have managed to get one of the stars of the movie, Lou Ferrigno Jr., known colloquially as “The Son of the Incredible Hulk”, who is currently doing promotional and press work for the film, to talk with us about his new project.
Dreamcatcher is a mystery-horror film written and directed by Jacob Johnston that will be available On Demand and Digital from March 5th. We at Fiction Horizon have seen Dreamcatcher and we have to say that it surprised us; despite a well-known name, Dreamcatcher is certainly something new, something we have not seen before and in that aspect, we think that it is absolutely necessary for you to see it for yourselves in order to fully appreciate everything the movie stands for.
The movie can be compared with some of the best slashers in the genre, such as Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer, and yet it offers a completely new spin on now those well-known movies, their sequels, and a lot of similar copies.
Check out the synopsis for the Dreamcatcher:
Dylan, known to his fans as DJ Dreamcatcher, is on the brink of global stardom. Everything changes the night of Cataclysm, an underground music festival, where two estranged sisters and their friendsmeet Dylan. After a drug fueled gruesome event, things begin to spiral into a 48-hour whirlwind ofviolence and mayhem
Lou Ferrigno Jr. plays Colton in this movie and is one of the biggest names on the cast list. We sat down with Mr. Ferrigno to discuss his involvement in the project and his impressions related to the movie itself, his role and his expectations of the movie. This is the third part of our series of articles related to our exclusive interview with Lou Ferrigno Jr.
FH: How did you get involved with the project?
Lou Ferrigno Jr.: Um… I was working on a show called 9-1-1 and the script came across my desk, and I said yes, and it was a last-minute decision, and I’m so thankful that I did… it was a… um… I… I decided to just take on the role ’cause it was a challenge; and it’s one of those things where, when you’re doing what you love and you’re moving in a certain direction, then the universe will help you out and the universe helped me out by putting this in front of me. So, um… I’m very grateful for the opportunity.
FH: Yeah, that leads to our other question. Was this your first outing in a horror movie?
Lou Ferrigno Jr.: No, I did a short film where I was a… where I was in full prosthetics as a werewolf, and I gotta go back to my credits, but this is the one… the biggest one that I was a part of in terms of horror. So yeah, um… yes, let’s say yes.
FH: And can you tell us how Dreamcatcher ties into your career?
Lou Ferrigno Jr.: Yeah, I mean, um… my career, I… I… I make it a point as an actor to be as well-rounded as I can, and to take on challenges that do not get pigeonholed. I mean, my… my father is… is a very successful actor as the Incredible Hulk. Um, however… he is really mainly remembered and beloved for being the Hulk, where I made it a point in my love of acting and my love of this business to be as well-rounded as possible, and this role in this film allowed me to showcase a certain character, and a certain scale of the stunts, and the depth… to do something different. I’m always up for a challenge.
FH: Yeah, that’s really great! Now, we can see that Dreamcatcher is not a typical slasher horror movie; it has an element of mystery to it akin to, perhaps, something like the Scream or I Know What You Did Last Summer. But, how do you feel it stand out from other similar movies?
Lou Ferrigno Jr.: Um… I gotta be honest with you, I haven’t seen it.
FH: Oh, okay…
Lou Ferrigno Jr.: But I think… It… it stands out to me from what I’ve seen so far and by reading the script as… it… it keeps what it needed to have for these films to be successful. They’re gonna… they’re gonna lead you on this trail… you don’t wanna know, you don’t wanna be right in your predictions. You want to be surprised. So I think it speaks strong with that.
There’s great relationships in this film and also incorporating the electronic dance music… it’s very contemporary. And if you’ve ever been to one of those electronic dance concerts, I mean… it’s… they’re so crazy and they’re so loud and dark. It’s that… it’s almost as if people are going there as if nothing bad could ever happen because, if something bad were to happen, there’s no way to call.
There’s no way to get help, you know, no one would know the difference if the person is dying or if it’s part of the show. I love… I love this strategy of incorporating a great soundtrack and great music and… and total hysteria in with this murder suspense mystery and big… the movie continues to throw you off and I just thought it was very unique.
FH: Yeah. It really has a unique ending; it’s different than those movies I mentioned. Okay. Can we talk a bit about your character, Colton? He has a supporting role in the movie, although not an insignificant one. How do you feel Colton contributes to the plot of the movie?
Lou Ferrigno Jr.: Um… my, my… he can, he is… it’s, you know, like… there people exist, these people that will do anything for their own benefit. For Colton, it was really… what I wrote for the character was that he would do anything for Adrienne Wilkinson’s character, that he was in love with her and because of love, you know, if you’ve ever been in love, you’ll do some… some crazy things for it.
So, based on that relationship… um… I also knew that I do come off on screen, um… very authoritative and… and commanding, and I have a big presence. So to be killed brutally in the way that I was I would have to sell it and it would be a challenge for me because I’m always the one beating someone up, or arresting someone, or kicking someone’s ass. So it’s… in order… in order for me to sell properly the being killed brutally… it would… it would just add to the… to the film and to the threat of this killer.
It would make the killer seem more powerful and more in control, and scary than if you just knocking off women or smaller, just meeker characters. So I thought I could have really added to… because this… I mean, I’m typically… I wouldn’t… you don’t think of me when you would think of just a supporting role in the sense, um… historically. So I saw it as a challenge and I did whatever I could to make the film as good as possible.
FH: Yeah, that… that was pretty good. How was the atmosphere on the set? Was the production smooth or did you have some issues? Did the current pandemic influence the filming in any way?
Lou Ferrigno Jr.: No, we shot and finished, um… I think by… everything was wrapped in the can by April, I believe, in 2019. Um… but, I… I mean, Krystal Vayda and Brandon Vayda, Krystal’s husband, were just amazing. It’s almost as if, you know, they were… they were just so great, and they were so hospitable, and they were just so… it was such a wonderful experience from a production side.
Jacob Johnston wrote this film, he wrote the script and he directed it. He allowed me to have the freedom to do what I wanted to do. I… I suggested the crowbar, getting hit with the crowbar, um… he was receptive to it. I think it really added… I mean, it was… it was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had as an actor in terms of a team coming together and making this work. ‘Cause I only came on for a day and they had been working together, and it was as if I get on the whole project. It was… it was such a such a wonderful time from top to bottom.
FH: Okay, and you said you didn’t watch the movie but still, do you think Dreamcatcher could get a sequel?
Lou Ferrigno Jr.: Um… I… I hope so. I mean, you know… in this movie, it’s… you know, there’s real talk about diversity, but the only real color that matters is green. You know, if it’s not making money, if it’s not big, there’s no hope for it. So, I was… I was… for… for, I mean Colton’s not coming back, that’s for sure, but I would love for Jacob, um… and the team to… to be able to create a franchise. I mean, that would be absolutely terrific. I would hope nothing more.
And with this, we concluded our little chat with Mr. Ferrigno on the topic of Dreamcatcher. Mr. Ferrigno was quite excited about his role and that excitement was quite audible and visible during our interview. It was a true pleasure talking with him and we wish him all the best in his future career. You can also check out what he had to say about which universe he likes more – Marvel or DC and he also talked about his return in Stargirl as Hourman.
Dreamcatcher aims big and whether or not Johnston and the team have immediate plans for a sequel, we do hope that they manage to achieve all their goals and that Dreamcatcher receives the reception they want it to receive. As we wrap up our article, we are going to show you the trailer for the upcoming movie:
DREAMCATCHER is available On Demand and Digital on March 5th and we hope that our exclusive interview with Mr. Ferrigno has helped you make a final decision about watching the movie, which we strongly recommend, as there is no way through which our text could convey the uniqueness of this movie.