Hot on the heels of the AndyErupts interview with Federico Zampaglione and in the finest tradition of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?“
Well, work on Tulpa is well underway!
Production company IDF, owned by Maria Grazia Cucinotta (Il Postino, The World is not Enough, The Rite) has kicked off principal photography on Tulpa. Moreover, as Zampaglione mentioned in the interview, Italian horror veteran Dardano Sacchetti (writer of Lamberto Bava’s Demons & Demons II, Fulci’s The New York Ripper, House By The Cemetery, City Of The Living Dead, The Beyond and Mario Bava’s Bay Of Blood/Twitch Of The Death Nerve) has thrown his weight behind proceedings too…
Starring Claudia Gerini, award-winning actress and wife of Zampaglione, Tulpa sees “Lisa Boeri (Gerini), a respectable and upwardly mobile businesswoman who, by night, frequents the notorious sex club ‘Tulpa’ in search of dangerous forms of pleasure. When her lovers start getting murdered in horrible ways, to avoid a personal scandal, she tries to deal with it herself with truly nightmare consequences.“
The official press release stated:
“To be shot entirely on location in Rome over five weeks starting March 5th, TULPA is based on a story by genre veteran Dardano Sacchetti, with a screenplay by Giacomo Gensini and Federico Zampaglione. It is produced by IDF, Giovanni Emidi and Silvia Natill in association with Federico Zampaglione and Claudia Gerini. Director of photography is Giuseppe Di Maio. Makeup and special effects are by Leonardo Cruciano and Bruno Albi Marini with music by Francesco Zampaglione and The Alvarius.
Federico, who is described as ‘Italy’s Rob Zombie’, said today: “I’m very excited to start shooting TULPA, but I’m aware it’s a very difficult film to make. I need to maintain a constant creepy and oppressive atmosphere, and the violence is actually very, very graphic.”
A seven-minute teaser clip recently shown at Film4 FrightFest Glasgow was greeted with enthusiastic applause, which for Federico, following on from the international success of his first feature Shadow, increases the pressure on him.
“I have to prove myself. It’s a real challenge, but I’ll do my best to give new blood to the Italian giallo genre”.”
We’ve seen a seven minute teaser of Tulpa at Glasgow FrightFest and are eager to see the full-length feature on its completion.