The mad Australian horror icon is back at it again, this time with a project that even stars of B-grade schlock horror refuse to be in. David Black is teaming up with Gerardo Chierchia to release a crazy feature film called Toxic Alien Zombie Babes From Outer Space. The film is a tongue in cheek sci-fi/ horror that pays homage to past cult classics such as War of the Worlds, Plan 9 from Outer Space and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. Originally Black wanted to have appearances throughout the film by various stars of B grade movies but he was turned down again and again. The persistent and pertinacious filmmaker has, however, manage to pull together a cast and has moved forward with production.
Melbourne is currently in lock-down on stage 3 restrictions, so the challenge is in filming a pro-level film without being able to have full crews on site. David has assured us that they have already found clever ways to achieve this via the usage of green screen, SFX, and other tricks that will remain secret until the film is released.
Joining David will be Vixey Teh as the Toxic Alien Zombie Babe. Vixey has already appeared in a number of David’s films such as Quest of Questions, Blargenfloof and the Seventh Golden Shamrock, Regression Transgression and The Road to Hell is Still Undefined.
I am pleased and excited to be featured in Toxic Alien Zombie Babes. It is always a great privilege and pleasure to work with such talented and professional creatives like David Black and Gerardo Chierchia. This is such a fantastic concept, in a time of isolation; to bring creatives together across the globe, while everyone is safely, socially distanced, through the magic of film. I look forward to this unique experience and cannot wait to see the finished movie! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I know I will! –Vixey Teh
Melanie Kuhn, who also appears in The Road to Hell is Still Undefined will be playing the role of Sgt Harper, a tough soldier who fights it out to the bitter end.
When David put the call out for participants for this project, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Having worked with David on prior films and in the local music industry, I know he has an incredible eye for detail and his projects are professional yet fun. I love the idea of this being a combined effort with participants from across the globe. I think it’s a wonderful chance for us creatives to pool our efforts and unite to create something special. – Melanie Kuhn
Also joining the cast is Natasha Mace, who filmed Sinister Symbiosis and Babble On, Babylon. This time though, she is in front of the camera playing the part of a concerned mother.
When David Black asked me if I wanted to be a part of this project I wasn’t sure what to say. I have worked with David on two previous short films–Babble On Babylon and Sinister Symbiosis–however, this will be my first time stepping in front of the camera. This has been quite a stressful time for everyone and David’s films are always a lot of fun. He has a wonderfully quirky sense of humour which really shines through in the script for Toxic Alien Zombie Babes. It’s bound to a delight for the whole family…assuming of course you’re a family of deranged lunatics.
And this wouldn’t be a David Black production without Glen Cook, who has been the gaffer on most of David’s short films as well as acting in many of them. Glen recently played the lead role in Hamlet for the Fireys, which was produced to highlight the struggles faced by firefighters. It was filmed during disastrous Black Summer bush fires of 2019/2020.
I’ve been involved with so many of David’s projects and after working with David on the project in support for the firefighters who had done so much during the bush fires earlier this year, I was more than happy to collaborate on something during our lockdown period where creativity will certainly be at a low point. The fact that Dave has the ideas in this time and flexibility to make things happen in this lockdown period shows how much drive and passion he has for projects. The whole idea sounds so fun and very unique and I’m quite excited to see how things turn out in a unique and special way. – Glen Cook
Due to the ongoing inconveniences that Covid-19 has brought with it, Black is attempting something completely different with this project. He states:
The film is expected to be out by November, however, seeing as what we are doing has never been done before, I can’t make any promises.
What exactly has never been done before? Black is collecting scenes that are self-shot from around the world in a form of “distance directing.” Chierchia will then ultimately edit together scenes filmed from entirely different continents, combining them to complete Black’s mad vision. An interesting concept for sure…I guess we will have to wait until November to see how all of this pans out. Thanks for reading and as always, stay sordid. You can get more information on the film here and you can keep up to date with the cast and crew here:
David Black — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm8084129/
Gerardo Chierchia — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm10102473/
Vixey Teh — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7609060/
Natasha Mace — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3125782/
Melanie Kuhn — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm11493197/
Glen Cook — https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5935063/
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