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Exclusive: Carlos Ferrer Talks About His ‘Gargoyles’ Fan Film

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A few weeks ago we saw a creative fan-made concept trailer for a ‘Gargoyles’ film, and the internet applauded the efforts of Carlos Ferrer, the creator of the short.

Ferrer is hoping to bring the popular 90s cartoon series to life, and is hoping that his short will inspire Disney to allow him to do just that.

“Gargoyles was just so different from every other cartoon at the time” Ferrer said in an exclusive interview with Fright Nerd.

“The show was dark, gritty, packed with action, romance, and comedy. It felt real and sophisticated with references to Shakespeare and mythology that made the show intellectually engaging.

The characters were real individuals with motivations and flaws that viewers could relate to. The constant theme of family and not judging someone based on their appearance or belief hit me too.

When I watched the first season as a kid, it didn’t feel like I was watching a cartoon – it felt like I was watching a movie. Episodes like “Deadly Force” subtly touched upon the topic of gun control, which had an impact on me.

I think that kind of social commentary and attention to detail is what made Gargoyles so incredible and memorable for me as a fan and a filmmaker.”

Ferrer put a lot of work in the short, and it certainly shows.

“It only took a few months of actual work to complete the project, but all that work was spread across a two-year time span, working around other projects that would come up” Ferrer said.

“I started with sculpting the characters from the show in 3D while creating a storyboard of the entire project. I rented a professional camera and went out at late hours of the night and shot some background elements to use throughout the film.

I eventually composed the music, and while I was tempted to use the original theme by Carl Johnson (which is incredible), I thought it would be more respectful to capture the sound and feel of the show, rather than copy the score. I finally finished the project by mixing the sound and music, which brought it all to life.”

Those of us who grew up in the 90s remember ‘Gargoyles’ as part of the afternoon, after-school block of cartoon programming.

The first episode ran on October 24, 1994 and the final episode aired February 15, 1997, marking 3 seasons of episodes.

Ferrer spoke about how he would approach a film for the series.

“Well, I think it would be important to approach a live action Gargoyles film in a way that respects the concept and story of Greg Weisman’s original creation while not over-complicating things” Ferrer said.
“The animated series was packed with wonderful characters and moments that are tempting to throw into one movie, but the origin story is so intriguing and intellectually stimulating – it’s hard not to want to start at the beginning.
So I think in this case, less is more, focusing on the characters that matter to us most at first, then exploring the possibilities that come from that. A live action Gargoyles film could easily become a trilogy for that reason. On top of all this, most of the cast is still around and active, including Keith David, who nailed Goliath’s voice. There is so much potential here; I can go on and on.”
I was one of those kids, first watched the show when I was around eight and nine years old.
Being older now, I’ve noticed just how grown up Gargoyles already was. As a live action film, it would appeal to a larger demographic than the animated series did.
This is a fairy tale set in a real city, the city I was born and raised in. I have no doubt that audiences of all ages will feel the emotional impact this story has had on so many fans and myself when they see Gargoyles as a live action picture”

The goal is to catch the attention of Disney, and Ferrer is dedicated to bringing his concept to life on the big screen.

So far, he hasn’t heard anything from Disney regarding a potential project, but he is holding out hope.

“Not yet but I hope they do! I know it’s a long shot, but I’d love to be part of bringing the story of Gargoyles to live action in an exciting way, not just for the fans and I but for audiences that are not familiar with the show” Ferrer said.

“This is not a comic book movie, this is a story that’s new and fresh and with the technology available today – it could come to life in a way you’ve never seen before.

Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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REVIEW: Halloween Kills

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David Gordon Green returned with the second installment in his Halloween trilogy when ‘Halloween Kills’ officially arrived on Peacock and in theaters around the country, a perfect fit for the Halloween season.

But the movie, was far from perfect, or anywhere close to it.

“The nightmare isn’t over as unstoppable killer Michael Myers escapes from Laurie Strode’s trap to continue his ritual bloodbath. Injured and taken to the hospital, Laurie fights through the pain as she inspires residents of Haddonfield, Ill., to rise up against Myers. Taking matters into their own hands, the Strode women and other survivors form a vigilante mob to hunt down Michael and end his reign of terror once and for all.”

Green’s ‘Halloween’ in 2018 did plenty good at the box office, despite the movie being so-so. I wrote in my review that the movie went off the rails as soon as Myers made his return to Haddonfield, more specifically when Dr. Sartain went crazy, which I thought was a blip. However, after watching ‘Halloween Kills’ that blip turned into a number of warts that completely sent ‘Halloween Kills’ down the shitter.

Green did a marvelous job with the nostalgia of the 1978 original, as he did in the first film, with the return of Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace, and Tommy Doyle’s return (played by Anthony Michael Hall), but really hit it home with the returns of Dr. Loomis (CGI Donald Pleasence), Marion Chambers (Nancy Stephens) and Sheriff Leigh Brackett (Charles Cyphers) who were all pivotal characters in John Carpenter’s 1978 classic.

Aside from that, the movie was a complete dud.

Lost along the way was the essence of what made Michael Myers, and Halloween, uniquely terrifying. The plodding, stalking, slow build of Myers going after his victims was exchanged for a nothing more than a man in a mask who was capable of taking on entire gangs at once.

Myers stalking was essentially swapped out for Matrix fight scenes. And it was horribly ridiculous.

In Green’s 2018 version, Myers still had elements of his 1978 self (which was where Green’s Halloween picked up from) but were lost entirely in the 2nd entry, leaving Myers a hollow, disappointing shell of what made the character iconic.

When it was all said and done, I found myself just waiting for the movie to end, instead of bracing for how the film would lead into the 3rd and final film.

The ending was horrible, unimaginative, and simply ridiculous, which is hard for me to complain about when reviewing a slasher film.

One can hope that Green’s final entry into his version of Halloween is far superior, which will be needed to save this trilogy from being nothing more than barely memorable and easy to forget over time.

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A cluster of nonsense and a disappointing departure from what made Michael Myers iconic. Green got away with some of this in 2018's film, but Halloween Kills died with his poor direction and handling of the Myers character.
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