Friday, May 23, 2014

Major Announcement: "Snakehead Swamp" Headed To Your TV!

Hey, folks. Been quiet on the blogging front, but don't think that means I've been relaxing. I've got some major projects on the horizon, including that "mystery novel" that I hope to be telling you all about very soon.

In the meantime, super huge news: I wrote a creature feature for the Syfy Channel!! Finally!

To be more accurate, I wrote it over a year ago, but am just now able to finally talk about it :) It is called Snakehead Swamp and, according to Syfy's schedule, it will premiere Saturday June 28th at 9 PM Eastern, following a day-long marathon of Syfy Original movies such as Chupacabra vs. The Alamo and Flying Monkeys (which is a super-fun flick, I'll say). 

So what's Snakehead Swamp about? Well, I'm hesitant to say too much, but I will say that it takes place deep in the Louisiana bayou and concerns ancient curses--and man-eating fish, yo!

The movie is produced by Active Entertainment (the company that brought you Swamp Shark) and is directed by none other than Don FauntLeRoy, which was a real thrill for me. Don is the cinematographer on both Jeepers Creepers films, which are among my favorites of the new generation of monster movies. Not only that, but Antonio Fargas--who played Huggy Bear in the original Starsky and Hutch--came on board to play my Cajun hoodoo man! Of course, Mr. Fargas is only one of our players and rounds out a cast of great new talent and some seasoned veterans. I got to see a cut of this movie and was really proud of the performances coming from our fresh-faced cast of “fish fighters”. As with anything I write, I put a lot of heart into these characters and it was a thrill for me to watch an advance copy of the movie and see these actors really capture my characters so perfectly.

It’s no secret that I love B-movie creature features, as even my first novel The Strange Man was very much a homage to monster movies, in the vein of the ‘80s movies of my youth. For years I’ve longed to add my own entry into the canon of that particular genre of cinema, and I am so grateful to the guys at Active and Syfy for giving me a shot. They’ve been nothing but nice and supportive of me and I’m proud of the product we made, though we were faced with the usual budgetary and time constraints. I think the movie is a lot of fun, meant to be watched with a group of friends around a steaming pizza pie and the drink of your choice (a root brewsky for me :p).

I’m well aware that Syfy’s Original Movie fare, such as Sharknado, gets a bad rap from more serious-minded fans, and I’m sure they might feel that my excitement and pride in our little killer fish movie is misplaced. Look, we’re not trying to make The English Patient, here. Obviously there is a need for serious films that explore—maybe even improve—the human condition, but I believe that there has always been a place for B-movies as well. I think back to classics such as The Monolith Monsters or The Deadly Mantis, and I can’t help but smile. When I’ve had a hard day at work and the bills are piling up and the air conditioner in my car is broken, there’s nothing more refreshing to me than sitting down with a good old-fashioned monster movie. Are they cliché? Sure. Are they low budget with laughable effects? Sometimes. But can they be entertaining? Can they improve my “human condition” when I’m having a craptacular day?


With all the pain and suffering in the world, sometimes you just need a movie about killer fish to offer a harmless escape and give you a good chuckle :p

I hope you all will check out Snakehead Swamp when it debuts on the Syfy Channel June 28th, and remember: “This summer, the fish are biting…YOU!” While you wait for the premiere, you can head on over to the IMDB page and check out the rest of the cast and crew. And, as always, stay tuned to this blog for an announcement concerning my upcoming monster novel! [UPDATE: The book is here! Check out HITMEN: Four Tales of Magick, Monsters, and Murder]

Update #2--Snakehead Swamp is coming to DVD Oct. 7! See the press release here!


Erin Lance said...

right there with you on the need for b movies, i love them. watching yours now, so far b movie awesomeness! now im gonna look for your book! congrats!

Greg Mitchell said...

Thanks, Erin, I appreciate that!

chad said...

just saw the film, was entertained. i'm guessing the ending showed something still alive, will there be a sequel?

Greg Mitchell said...

Hey, Chad, thanks for watching. I'm glad we entertained you. No word on a sequel, but I'd love to do one. :)