A team so good . . . it’s scary!
Surrounded by great expertise and new talent
- Hiroshi KatagiriDirector / Creature effects sculptor
Hiroshi Katagiri has become one of the top artists in the field of special effects makeup. As one of the most respected and highly sought out character designers, his work appears as central part of many blockbuster hits such as PACIFIC RIM, PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN ON STRANGER TIDES, A.I. WOLVERINE, and WAR OF THE WORLDS. He has helped to realize the visions of a number of acclaimed “A class” directors.
- Eva SwanPaulina
Eva Swan is an actress who was bred in the Bluegrass State, cut her teeth both on stage and on camera in Chicago, and moved to Los Angeles to make film and television. Her parents, Terry and Cinda, and her older brother, Asa, all teach at the same University back home in Kentucky. Eva is a big believer in transformation.
- Simon PhillipsAlan
Simon Phillips is a British actor and producer working in independent British films. He is best known for the Jack trilogy (Jack Says, Jack Said and Jack Falls) and The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan features films. He has appeared in feature films with Danny Dyer, Jason Flemyng, David O’Hara, Mark Hamill, Robert Englund, Rutger Hauer, Richard E. Grant, Art Malik and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
- Doug JonesCreepy Old Man
The youngest of four brothers, Doug Jones was born on the 24th May, 1960, in Indianapolis, Indiana, and grew up in the city’s Northeastside. After attending Bishop Chatard High School, he headed off to Ball State University, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications, with a minor in Theatre.
- Justin GordonTyler
Justin Gordon is a stage and film actor known for his work in Mike Flanagan’s “Absentia” (2011) and “Oculus”(2014). He trained at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England, and is a graduate of the Professional Theatre Training M.F.A. program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he trained under a renowned faculty, including famed theatre director Daniel Sullivan.
- SPECTRAL MOTIONSpecial Effects
Spectral Motion (X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY, LOOPER) is a leader in the Hollywood Practical Effects Industry and is proud to be handling the make up effects for Hiroshi’s Film, GEHENNA.
- Mike ElizaldeCreature and makeup effects designer
Mike Elizalde was born in Mazatlan Sinaloa, Mexico in 1960 and immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was five years old. Mike first became interested in monsters and creature effects as a young child watching films like Frankenstein and The Creature From the Black Lagoon.
- Patrick GormanDon Rodrigo
Patrick has appeared as a performer in almost all phases of entertainment. He was born in Visalia, California. Although he’s been in SAG over 50 years, he began his professional career as a dancer. He was with Judy Garland at the Palace on Broadway and Donald O’Connor and Sammy Davis Jr. in Las Vegas.
- George KameaThe Porter
Born on the Big Island’s small town of Hilo, George San Miguel Kamea’s parents hoped he would become the future governor of Hawaii. Intent on pursuing a political career with the United Nations, George graduated Cal State Los Angeles with a B.A. in Political Science. He soon realized that his love for Acting outgrew his desire for power.
- Lance HenriksenMorgan
An intense, versatile actor as adept at playing clean-cut FBI agents as he is psychotic motorcycle-gang leaders, who can go from portraying soulless, murderous vampires to burned-out, world-weary homicide detectives, Lance Henriksen has starred in a variety of films that have allowed him to stretch his talents just about as far as an actor could possibly hope.
Too many horror films today feature one-dimensional characters, formulaic story progression, and a reliance on gore. Gehenna – Where Death Lives will rely instead on those elements which make any film great – an excellent story line, believable characters, a talented cast, and tasteful direction. Of course, to be great within the horror genre, the believable characters have to be placed in a predicament, and the depth of the predicament must grow throughout the film, so that worry and concern turn to dread, panic, and terror. Then there is the technical side of a great horror film – also hugely important – in our case, practical effects from an amazing team of effect artists (there is nothing more realistic than practical effects, and our team of artists is second to none), plus the skilled use of lighting, camera, music, and other devices.
Hiroshi speaks about the Essence of Horror