scenes from BED OF NAILS
BAD CLOWN FILMS
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 31, 2023
scenes from BED OF NAILS
BAD CLOWN FILMS
RELEASE DATE: JANUARY 31, 2023
"triggered a rage, like I 've never felt before"
- Kay Lynch, Salem Horror Fest
Starring Deanna Marine, Mark Francis (Mutilator II, Killers of the Flower Moon, Judas and the Black Messiah) Wesley Moniaci, Erik Sizemore, Carson Carollo, Erin Pearl, Ken Vathauer, Lauren Michaels
FEATURING THE MUSIC OF
LIERS IN WAIT & EMPIRE 44
Filmed deep in Central Florida’s Green Swamp, Bed of Nails is the story of three Atlanta Goth kids who cut through rural Florida on their way to the Keys. Camping overnight off road in a secluded woods they are confronted by four good 'ole Florida rednecks who plan to just harass and intimidate the kids. After a gun accidentally goes off and kills one of the kids, the rednecks must kill the remaining two. But unbeknownst to them that one of the kids is a practicing witch and returns from the grave to enact a brutal revenge. Starring Deanna Marine and Mark Francis (Killer of the Flower Moon, Mutilator II, Cherry, Judas and the Black Messiah)
A first time film from writer/producer/director Michael Malott which is bound to be the most controversial independent film of the year.
UNRATED: contains graphic violence, nudity, rape and language
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Michael Malott achieves a paradisiacal joy for lovers of the horror genre and an unimaginable hell for censorious glances that wonder about the need for this insane film while admiring its performance and effectiveness. Michael Malott's use of the camera depicts the slasher scenes with uncontrollable force, terrifying and intimidating the viewer into a possible victim of his carnage. The lack of budget unleashes his creative and destructive freedom, allowing him to exceed the implicit limits imposed by Tobe Hooper with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974). The romantically gothic final part with an immense, colossal, unstoppable and gorgeous Deanna Marine turned into a merciless lamia with an insatiable thirst for revenge produces the cathartic redemption, reborn Bed of Nails from the catacombs as a cult film.
- 2023 Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Madrid
INDEPENDENT HORROR FILM PRODUCTION
Bad Clown Films is a low budget independent horror films and motion picture film production company operating under the direction of Director Michael Malott.
Michael Malott is a decades long music industry veteran. His work in the entertainment field includes managing Grammy Award winning artists and over 30 years working and touring with some of the biggest names in music. He holds a degree in law and in 2004 created the Instruments for the Youth Children's Charity which provides free musical instruments to needy children, arranges celebrity visits to children's hospitals and other charitable work. The charity has enjoyed the support of over 100 top name entertainers including such names as KISS, Keith Richards, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Clive Barker, Christina Aguilera, Bush, No Doubt and on. The charity and its work have received praise worldwide including the Prime Ministers of Canada and Trinidad and even Nelson Mandela. His work over the years has included involvement in 13 gold and platinum award credits, two Grammy and an MTV Award credit. He was the creator and producer of the Peter Tosh Tribute Project featuring Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Slash, Sean Paul and others.
In the mid 90's, he was the creator and screenwriter of the Corporate Vacation film project with Bon Jovi's Tico Torres, Frank Bello from Anthrax, Junior Marvin from the Wailers, Emo Philips, Judy Tenuta, Arlo Guthrie and others.
His 2005 benefit album for his Instruments for the Youth Children's Charity featured members of the Police, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Starship, Testament, Steve Vai and others all performing a jazz composition. The track, AFRICA by Pat Martino won a Grammy nomination for "Best Jazz Instrumental"
Malott left actively touring in the music industry in 2005 to be a full time parent to his autistic son. His son is a well known child celebrity working to raise money for St Jude Children's Hospital through a children's travel series, called the Let's Explore Children's Book Series. His child's efforts have been commended by two U.S. Presidents and he even did a homework project with President Obama who declared his son "An inspiration for special needs children and families everywhere".
Mike's interest in filmmaking lies in creating dark, artsy primarily low budget horror themed films.
As a film director he credits inspiration from such films as Rob Zombie's 31, the 1981 release, Southern Comfort and in particular the 1980's film release, Cruising, a lesser known dark film starring Al Pacino centered on the hardcore gay S&M scene.
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Deanna is an exciting and very versatile new talent who nailed her first leading feature film role in Bed of Nails bringing an amazing performance to life. Her performance is stunning and her character role made Bed of Nails what it is. There was no doubt that Deanna was the perfect actress to portray this extremely challenging role. Deanna currently resides in Colorado
Another member of our cast who comes from a long and storied past in the music industry. Erik's award winning music is featured throughout this film and was a vital part to the overall presentation of the visions of the creator and screenwriter. Erik will be making his debut appearance in film in addition to taking on the role of the film's music director.
Mark is credited as appearing in the Academy Award winning, Judas & the Black Messiah, and Florida Shuffle, Killers of the Flower Moon and recently Mutilator II. He reminisces and loves to talk about his days as a former guitarist for the rock bands Alice Cooper & Whitesnake.
Wesley Moniaci brings the role of the character Skeeter to life. A Michigan based actor who like many other characters in this film comes from a music background. Wes was a last minute replacement in the role of Skeeter and despite the fact that he never saw the script until the day before shooting started, his performance was remarkable!
In addition to being a fine actor, Ken was also a promising young filmmaker. His prior work included such movies as Polk County, The Estate and The Unexpected Truth. Without Ken's input and assistance in the production end, as well as his great acting performance we would not have the film we have today.
Erin Pearl portrays the role of Lisa in her first feature film role. Her straight forward acting performance brought life to her character. Erin also worked in the capacity of co-producer and handled all of the wardrobe responsibilities. Erin is the mother of two beautiful children and resides in Colorado with her husband.
This is Carson's first feature film appearance in a horror film as the character, Jason. Carson along with his brother are very active in filmmaking themselves. Carson portrayed his character role with perfection and we are excited to have him as a member of the cast. But check out his independent work, he is an incredibly talented filmmaker.
Principle filming of BED OF NAILS Commenced on September 29, 2021 and completed October 18, 2021.
The cast and crew stayed on location as the location was once the site of a children's camp.
All but one day of filming was done during the night. The cast would work 12-15 hour days and a total of 185 hours was spent on the set
Pictured are Mark Francis (L) and Erik Sizemore, two of our four bad guy's in BED OF NAILS
Our primary filming location was in the Green Swamp a half mile back off the roadway and extremely secluded, but made a great location for a horror movie.
Deanna Marine did an amazing job portraying the lead character, Sky. There is nobody who could have done a better job in this role.
LIERS IN WAIT
SPEAR OF DESTINY
Blood & Family
Realm of Shadows
The Whore of Babylon
Epic of Creation
Hidden (alt. Version)
It Might Have Been
The Great Forever
Crash & Bleed
Veins IN Time
To Check Messages
House of Glass
End of Messages
Why You Gonna Do Me
Root of Pain
Bought and Sold
Liers In Wait lit the industrial rock music scene on fire in Atlanta during the 90's. Opening for some of the biggest alternative and rock bands touring the circuit. They were considered the house band at the famous Metroplex rock club in Atlanta, and put on shows that were absolutely legendary. The band released their first album Spear of Destiny on the Railroad Records label headed by legendary Southeast music veteran and cannabis activist Paul Cornwell. LIW later evolved into the band Empire 44. As Empire 44 they released several highly respected albums which were well received by the media and continue to be one of the top Atlanta bands winning reader award after reader award and performing to sold out venues. The producer and this artist have a long history together spanning decades.
WHERE TO FIND MUSIC FEATURED IN THE BED OF NAILS FILM
Visit the Empire 44 Facebook page
BED OF NAILS MOVIE TRIVIA
The character of Leroy, is played by
Empire 44 and Liers in Wait guitarist,
ERIK SIZEMORE !
Q: What film has inspired you the most in your creative visions?
Mike Malott: Without question, the movie [which most inspired me] Cruising. It's a 1980 release starring Al Pacino and directed by William Friedkin and the story is based on a book by Gerald Walker. It's really not a well known film, and [the movie is] dark as hell. It's filming and release was very controversial at the time and [it]would probably be just as controversial if it were released now. It deals with the gay S&M sub culture and is vividly graphic, but in an ingenious way. I still have no clue how they were able to squeeze an R rating, it's hard core. Every time I see this movie it blows me away and I've seen it well over a dozen times. What really floors me is the soundtrack. They couldn't have created a better soundtrack for this film and it drives the imagery of the film and was a huge inspiration in my thinking. The soundtrack makes a tremendous impact on the film and is a great example of my visions on how a soundtrack can make a film, because the soundtrack to Cruising made the film. Whoever was in charge of that soundtrack is an absolute sheer genius. If you are able to be cool with the film subject matter of the hardcore gay S&M scene than it's a must-see flick. It's subject matter has pretty much kept it a lesser known film and not a commercial blockbuster. Critics tore it apart when it was released and was truly a film well before its time. A young Pacino actually gives one of the best performances of his life in this film.
WATCH THE TRAILER FOR CRUISING HERE
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"I can never over emphasize the importance of a films soundtrack in driving how the viewer interprets the images they are seeing " ............ Michael Malott
In the below video Director Michael Malott talks about the importance a soundtrack plays in the creative process of his film projects.
The band Liers in Wait first hit the Atlanta goth music scene in the late 1980's and later evolved and re-emerged as the band Empire 44. These two variations of bands featured the incredible collaboration of musicians Eric Sizemore and Grant Dawson. The material this band created as both LIW and Empire 44 is phenomenal and will be featured in our films soundtrack.
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CAN A PUBLIC FILM FESTIVAL DISCRIMINATE AND BAN PARTICIPATION OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF TWO U.S. STATES BASED ON THE FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS OPPOSITION TO THE STATES POLICIES?? A QUESTION FOR THE COURTS
On December 17, 2022, we filed for a mandatory injunction with the United States District Court for Massachusetts on behalf of the filmmakers of Florida & Texas seeking a judge to review whether the events policy of banning submissions from filmmakers in the states of Florida and Texas because of those state's political, racial & LGBT viewpoints was legal. The action was filed against Kevin Lynch, which is the real legal name of festival director Kay Lynch and SalemHorror, LLC.
We were not seeking damages, just an administrative ruling. Pursuant to, and citing the United States Civil Right Act and Massachusetts General Laws 272, section 92a supporting our grounds that such encroachment was illegal. States are considered a class and the law clearly defines that discrimination against a class is illegal and prohibited by law. This both at a state and federal level. This event was openly stating that they are banning the participation of over 50 Million Florida and Texas residents from the event including us. The event organizer instead of being professional and seeing what a judge decided instead decided to attack us as opposed to communicating, understanding and accepting that the law and courts have the power to review policies pertaining to public events, this event is a public event not private. The event organizer, Kevin (Kay) Lynch publicly posts "as a queer survivor of rape, [our film] triggered a rage like I've never felt before". It is an awesome quote for us now, only problem is there was no way this person could have seen the film? It isn't released yet and they even admitted it was never submitted. So, our film is so scary and badass that it can make the organizer of a horror festival state a comment like that without even seeing it!
This is not about the movie and the name of the movie has never been disclosed to the press or in any pleadings filed with the court. This is about right and wrong and punishing over 50 million residents in those two states in a way which violates federal and state law. Clearly people could do this if this were not a "public" event in a public "accommodation". We'll keep you updated on what the court rules on this, but just because somebody lives in Florida doesn't mean they support the "don't say gay" bill. If this organizer of this event would have bothered reading or returning one of our four emails we sent him over a two month period prior to this then they would have found out that this film was done by the same person that did a documentary film on the Florida governor's mishandling of the Covid pandemic, or pursued prior litigation on behalf of LGBT rights and assisted Dennis Peron in drafting California Proposition 215, this countries first medical marijuana laws drafted to benefit AIDS patients in his Castro community and the State of California, we all are on the same page, as lots of residents of Florida and Texas actually are. Florida has 886,000 LGBTQ residents. We assumed the organizer of this event would be professional and mature enough to understand that this was merely a questioning of law and not a personal attack on either him personally or the festival.
Salem Horror Fest has created a blacklist and thus blacklisted itself.
Florida Filmmaker Challenges Salem Horror Fest '23 Policy