Do You Remember Karl Atticus: MORTAL REMAINS arrives on VOD
I’m a sucker for stories where fictional people are inserted into non-fictional scenarios but this specific trope is used few and far between, especially in genre films. For every moment that Forrest Gump is wedged into history, we also have the fictional figure played by Ray Wise in Adam Green’s monster-mockumentary Digging Up The Marrow, or the fanciful cult acting teacher Stella Burden who’s “most dangerous acting technique in the world” is at the center of internationally recognized theatre company The Rude Mech’s play “The Method Gun”.
This concept of an unknown “real life” figure that an artist has unearthed from obscurity, usually to some disastrous effect, is absolutely electric because you feel immediately hooked into the narrative. It’s almost as if you are being told about a hidden treasure map or discovering that that one band you like that no one has heard of actually has an entire album of new music no one has ever heard of before. It’s just really cool, and rarely used, so it’s always a delight to see new artists and creatives exploring the format!
And guess what: there is a new film exploring this exact type of story!
Mortal Remains, a new “shockumentary” from Cryptic Pictures and directors Mark Ricche and Christian Stavrakis, examines the life of Karl Atticus, a “notorious filmmaker from the Vietnam era whose works have been mysteriously purged from cinematic history…with good reason, according to some.”
The films directors, newcomer Mark Ricche and industry veteran Christian Stavrakis (Night Of The Living Dead , Dogma) have put together a cast of virtual unknowns with the notable exception of Phil Nardozzi who did background work in Mick Garris’ The Stand, Nick Tallo who was the floor manager for Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and also one of the motorcycle raiders in Dawn of the Dead , and Eduardo Sanchez, co-director of The Blair Witch Project.
To be quite honest, all of this sounds like buckets of fun and a testament to the scrappy nature of creating art and film on a small budget with nothing but passion and talent as the driving force. Also if you are like me and love to indulge in a little Alternate Reality Gaming that would make JJ Abrams jealous, make sure you explore the Cryptic Pictures and Mortal Remains websites to find more of the mystery surrounding the prolific director “Karl Atticus." Seriously, it’s pretty intricate and damn fun, especially if you are a fan of CreepyPasta-esque stories.
Despite being declared as a “Must See Film of 2016” from Fangoria magazine it seems the Mortal Remains has fallen victim to the industry tale as old as time since it is just NOW receiving a wide rolling release. You can rent Mortal Remains through iTunes, GooglePlay, and Amazon NOW! On November 11th you will be able to find the movie through VUDU with a Netflix release being promised for 2018! But for now check out the new trailer below.
And as always: support independent genre cinema!