When a young Lance is forced to deal with the sudden death of his parents and witnesses the brutal murders of his closest friends, he does what any normal teen would… block out the memories.
But such sadistic memories cannot be repressed forever. Tortured by hellish nightmares and flashbacks over ten years after the events, he seeks the help of psychiatrist Dr. Darnell, who decides that the only way for Lance to come to terms with his fears is to face them head on and revisit the scene where it all took place.
Accompanied by some of the Doctor's more eccentric patients, they soon find out that Lance’s troubles are anything but buried in the past… in fact, not only have his troubles been waiting for him, they can’t wait to turn Lances fears into an unthinkable reality.
286 Productions presents its first feature length movie, MULCH. Written and Directed by Frank Popp Jr., MULCH is an “in your face” horror/comedy that pulls no punches and proudly adheres to the traditions of the traditional sleazy B-Horror genre. In that noble tradition, it features: ball-busting dick punches, big boobs, car flips, vomit, decapitations, amputations, and over 80 gallons of fake blood. This movie will disgust and titillate you at the same time…whenever you can stop laughing.
Made on a backyard budget, and spanning nearly a decade, MULCH is a gruesome labor of love created by a true horror enthusiast…and it’s shot in color.
“No stunt doubles, no catering, no trailers, no money… Mulch, truly is a backyard budget movie that will shock you, if not on the screen, then how we were able to accomplish this picture on such a low budget. Fueled by a passion for horror and movie making, the cast and crew (literally) poured their blood, sweat, and tears into seeing this movie through to completion. We hope you have as much fun watching Mulch, as we had making it.”
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CAST AND CREW
(Dr. Gerry Darnell)
Darren Toderick is a Jack of all trades, Actor, Musician, Singer/Songwriter, Graphic Design Artist, he is passionate about everything he does. Darren's involvement is a big part in the creation of 286 Productions, and has played a leading role in nearly every production since 2001.
"At the very moment I was approached to act in this film my instinctive reaction was Hell Yeah!!!.... At the time I was oblivious to what was ahead of me. Long shoots that would begin early afternoon and bleed into the cold bitter mornings, soaked in fake blood, covered in ticks from the overgrown fields, and getting pneumonia due to an excessive amount of blood on a damp night, are only a few of the uncomfortable situations I can think of right now (haha). Through all the movie making madness, unpredictable circumstances that led to creative re-writes, and a fantastic cast and crew, if i were asked to do it again my response would most certainly be..... Bloody Hell Yeah!!"
A man of many talents, Justin Peeler has written, directed, and produced music video’s for Metal bands such as Derilict, Endast, Deathpoint, and Our Lady of Bloodshed. As of late Justin has been focusing more time with his family, and shopping around a few screenplays that he’s written.
"When Frank asked me to play the character of Mathew Platt, for me, it was an easy yes! I was already part of the project doing mostly camera work and lighting, but the opportunity came up to play this character and I gave it my all. Working on this project was a blessing and working with Frank is always a blast. The two of us click creatively, so we're always on the same page. Frank has a way of pushing you to go deep into your own dark place to bring out the emotion of the scene. He has a vision and we all worked really hard to bring that vision to reality. I can't wait to work with him again on another creepy project or maybe even something funny who knows."
“When I was offered the role of, Candi, Frank described MULCH as a "low budget movie", that was not far from the truth. Long hours, late nights, wet, cold, and covered in corn syrup I braved the circumstances to create what I think is a unique film. Mulch is full of dry and dark humor with an abundance of gore."
"The cast & crew were amazing people who not only made this journey fun but also made my first movie experience a memorable one. I am so thankful to have known these people, for without them I would not be known as a big boobed, self conscious, typical woman with "issues."
I will never forget Frank directing me on my death scene. He was encouraging, patient and knew exactly what to say to get exactly what he wanted out of me. Hope you like the film. It was a blast making it.”
Scott Patterson is a Toronto based special effects artist with a love for all things monstrous and gruesome. A graduate of the advanced special effects program at Sheridan College, and a ten-year veteran of the haunted house industry, Scott became the throat-tearing, blood-spewing, head-severing mastermind of MULCH
"I came aboard the production late and found a dedicated cast and crew who had gone through hell to see this movie get made. I made it my mission to make the best effects possible on such a limited budget. It was chaotic, dirty, exhausting and the best time I have ever had on a set"
Dan Langevin has many titles under his belt, Producer, Director of Photography, Editor, Action Photographer, Graphic Designer, and self proclaimed Sexy Genius. Dan’s own company, GamePlanPros has been around since 2006 and has been involved in many of Niagara region’s festivities (ie.Scene Fest) & acts such as Shad K, The Lucky Ones, & Ginger St.James. Most recently, Dan wrote, Produced, Directed and starred in the short action comedy, “Don’t Call Me Bambino”
“I loved being Vance Lightning, it was a character I could really have fun with. But the most shocking moment I can remember is when (Justin) Peeler asked to borrow my shoes, then proceeded to put a box on his head and walk directly through a swamp like mud puddle! Most people went through a crazy time making this movie and it should turn out just as exciting. I wouldn't trade puking in the bushes, extreme hours, building props, cutting down brush, massive fires, or chasing people in the pitch dark for anything. I guess I'll always remember how much Mulch kicked my ass! Good times, I can't wait to do Vance Lightning Goes to Vegas! (wink, wink). I have to hand it to Frank for plugging away to get it done. Mulch is chilling and hilarious at the same time. It's a new age Horror Comedy and you won't forget it!”
Foley Artist / Body Double
“Working on and off set for Mulch has been by far one of the best experiences of my life. There was never a boring moment. Doing the Foley work was a lot of fun, being in the woods at 3am getting swarmed by mosquitos, diving into metal walls, on top of cars or out into the back of a truck, we needed the right sounds and I did what i had to do for it."
"One night that stands out the most is when Frank asked me to double for the wanderer in the beginning for the part where he loses his head. Frank told me it was a simple body shot of some blood running down my chest and that was it. Simple enough right? Wrong! It wasn’t just a little bit of blood down my chest, it was a few gallons and it started at the top of my head. But at the end of the day, after all the bug bites, scratches, bruises, and almost drowning on dry land, I had the time of my life. Frank is the most open an easy going person that no matter what you were doing on or off set he would always explain how important your role was in the production of the movie. Working on Mulch was fucking awesome, and if I was asked to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Christina Volpini was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario in 1992. Beginning her musical training at the age of 3, she continued her studies with Conservatory Canada and went on to receive an Associate Performer Diploma with First Class Honours in 2010. Christina currently studies at the University of Western Ontario completing a Bachelor of Music
in Theory and Composition. She has studied under the mentorship of David Myska, Kim Lundberg, and Tina Yanchus.
"Composing the music for Mulch was an incredible opportunity for me - the sound world of the horror genre mirrored my interests in post-tonal musical language and extended techniques. From the get go Frank was unbelievably resourceful and always open to my ideas. We spent countless hours researching and experimenting, He showing me classic horror films and I showing him contemporary classical composers. I am proud of the score and hope that it heightens the power of the story."
Christina’s output includes works for chamber groups, jazz band, piano and soloists. In addition to concert music, Christina has also written music for film, completing the score for “Mulch” in 2011. She is also currently studying electro-acoustic composition and completing works for chamber orchestra and women's choir. In the summer of 2013, Christina will study with Ana Sokolovic at the Orford Arts Centre near Montreal. She hopes to continue her studies and pursue graduate work in composition.
review by AARON ALLEN
I've seen enough no-budget, backyard movies to know that 90% of them horrible garbage made by people who think they can make a movie just because they have a camera. So why do I keep watching them? Because sometimes a movie like Mulch will come along -- a gory, funny, and genuinely well-made movie that just blows me away.
Mulch, which has its World Premiere at Shock Stock on April 12, 2013, is a riff/spoof on the old familiar Texas Chainsaw Massacre tale of backwoods killer rednecks, but this time with a hilariously vegetarian twist. In Mulch, a young man named Lance (Joel Corriveau) is suffering from repressed memories relating to the violent death of his parents and then the traumatic murders of his friends. Dr. Darnell (Darren Toderick), his doctor and the world's most irresponsible psychiatrist, decides to force Lance to confront his fears by returning to the rural scene of his friends' deaths. Along for the ride on this ill-advised field trip are two other of the doctor's patients, a whimpering agoraphobic (Justin Peeler) and a busty paranoid narcissist (Lindsey Queen). But waiting for them, in the woods, are a trio of backwoods psychopaths with a gruesome passion for gardening. And these twisted green thumbs traffic in a fertilizer that's decidedly more red. Part gross-out comedy, part exploitation gorefest, Mulch is chockablock with disgustingly over the top blood, guts, boobs, and dark comedy.
For a no-budget, backyard film over the course of a decade in the off-hours of the cast and crew, Mulch blew me away with how polished and cohesive it is. This ain't one of those zero-budget trash movies on Youtube where people walk around dimly lit woods for an hour and thirty minutes and bore you to tears with bad sound and a black hole where a script should be. No, Mulch is a bona fide, feature-length movie with a wild script and some amazing gore gags courtesy of Scott Patterson and the Four Horsemen. It's intentionally sleazy and breezy, spilling -- reportedly -- over 80 gallons of fake blood in the process. It is, by far, the most exciting and successful home-made B-movie I've seen this year.
Mulch was filmed in and around the rural areas of Welland, Ontario on a low-end, digital camera, so sometimes things don't look as bright or sharp as they should, but it's easy forgvie the film's low budget limitations and occasionally wooden actors, especially as the film cranks it into high gear for its bloody finale. Mulch is a movie that feels bigger than it is, and its success throughout is due in large part to the film editing, which is crisp and exciting and really pushes the envelope on the film's impressive action choreography. This is a no-budget movie, after all, so director Frank Popp Jr. ain't got no money for stunt doubles, CGI, or shit like that. Clearly, though, Frank Popp Jr. and his crew have an abundance of raw film-making talent and love for sleazy B-movie genre material; their dedication and passion is evident with every car explosion, decapitation, and gratuitously insane character and oddball one-liner.
I don't know how Frank Popp Jr. was able to do what he did in Mulch with its budget and means, but somebody's got to give this guy some money and a better camera pronto. I'm telling you, Frank Popp Jr.'s got an eye and an ear for the gory and the absurd, and we need more indie Canadian filmmakers out there making great low-budget sleazeoid horror shows like this one.
(Boo Boo / Drifter)
Chris, (the most veterened worker in our ensemble) has worked on 14 independant features as lighting director, gaffer, best boy electric and more. His talents and character-like personality brought a whole new meaning to Mulch when he signed on.
“Frank and I go way back as movie makers and friends. Just after Mulch started shooting, Frank had repeatedly asked me to come on board to Act in and help create Mulch. I soon gave in, and was in it for the long haul; A long haul that I loved with all my heart and will never forget. Every shoot day, every Night or Day scene, the "Four Horsemen" gave thier all. We put our blood, sweat, tears and beers into making and contributing to this backyard, fun, funny, gory movie for our friendships and the pure love of making movies. It took awhile but we never gave up. We finished it with bloody severed heads held high.