Posted by jukkahoo
It's finished, it's done!
The new Flame Mountain Extravaganza, a veritable cinematic masterpiece, The Call of Dracula (Aka. Draculan Hutsu) was shown to a choice audience at the Bio Flame Mountain, last Saturday. And what a feast of biomagic it was! Sensuous Colours, Thrilling Excitement, Horrifying Shocks and a Whole Lot More! A horror film to end all horror films, maybe even flicks.
You ask yourself: could one mix Bram Stoker with H. P. Lovecraft, and get away with it? Only if you're a true autéur á la Petri Hiltunen. That master of poise and dialogue, that Rollin of cinematography, that Fellini of austerity, that Dekker of humour and gore!
No, I tell you, it was better than that, and more. Many a people said that this is the best Flame Mountain production so far and I've seen them all. Heck, I've acted in all of those!
It follows a trusted formula: starring Matti Tanska and Veikko Laeslehto as fearless vampire hunters (as opposed to a dashing adventurer and a trusty mechanic from The Warlord of Saturn; of which M. John Harrison has said: "drinking a couple of beers in front of it"!), yours truly as a professor (no more a mere docent!) with a kidnapped daughter (Tuisku Hiltunen as you've never seen her before), and Petri Himself as the Count with that vile Radu (played with gusto by that hairy beast, Mika P. Nieminen - congrats on the happy occasion!) as his henchvamp, as the evil kidnappers. The three caballeros then fight the evil dudes and claim victory, and the babe. Errr... perhaps not the babe, as Tuisku is still (what, 9?) a very young girl indeed - and my daughter in this film!
It's fun, it's not too long - a mind-numblingly co-incidentally three-quarters of an hour long, just like ALL previous Flame Mountain productions - and it looks a way bigger than the real budget of €30. Go figure. Shot in FOUR different countries, it has the most advanced FX ever in a Flame Mountain production, as well as original score by the director-producer-scriptwriter-FXmaster-editor-star MC Petrus Himself! Is there no end to the talent of this Renessaince man? Evidently not.
Sari was especially taken by the editing, which she thought was seriously better than in two previous ones, and she also thought that us actors seemed to be more "in" with our roles than before. She also thought that surprisingly, prof. Carl-Gustav Apollonius is not a cardboard-copy of doc. Arimo Kaskelotti! Mein gott, who knew I had layers?
Go see it.
Oh... it probably won't be available at your local multiplex very soon. I gues you must wait for the commercial DVD. Coming soon to a very good filmstore near you (ie. Pieni Leffakauppa).