Today, the first film in director/producer Michael Corrente’s (American Buffalo, Outside Providence) 2007 ScareRI ScreamWriting Competition finally begins shooting. The script, written by Rhode Island resident Carl Dupre (of Detroit Rock City and Hellraiser: Hell World credits), stars Robert Englund as a demon – Inkubus – who has a score to settle with a detective working the skeleton crew of a near closed down police station. William Forsythe, Joey Fatone, and Jonathan Silverman round out part of the cast. Dupre’s script beat out 319 other entries as the winner. Glen Ciano, who collaborated on the script, is set to direct.
Corrente is producing the film along with partner and longtime friend Chad A. Verdi, under the company Verdi Corrente Productions. Their immediate plans include two other horror films to piggyback off Inkubus – also based off ScreamWriting entries – as well as a movie on RI boxer Vinny Paz, set to star Peter Facinelli of Twilight. Facinelli was originally set to star in Inkubus, under its original title, Shift Change, before Corrente and Facinelli decided to collaborate on the Paz movie instead.
The movie Inkubus is to be set entirely at the former Cranston Police Station in Rhode Island. The movie kicks off when the demon Inkubus (Englund) walks into the police station holding the severed head of a girl. His subsequent and understandable arrest leads to his true motive – using his single phone call to contact the one detective who nearly caught him. According to the synopsis, “murder, gore and mayhem” ensue.
Corrente’s long envisioned bringing a steady production of horror films to different eerie locations around Rhode Island, and hopefully the state’s threatened tax credit doesn’t slow his momentum. In September of 2007, I acted as one of the panelists on ScareRI and can say firsthand that while, sure, there was some total garbage being pitched that day, we also heard some really cool ideas that day, that Corrente has definitely had brewing in the back burner.