From the mind of Daniel Emery Taylor, an actor best known for THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING and a writer/director best known for THE HOSPITAL and CAMP MASSACRE, comes a twisted tale of teenage bullying, jealousy, angst, and a bizarre theatre cult intent on summoning the spirit of an ancient witch. Taylor’s solo directorial debut, IT’S JUST A GAME is an ethereal, haunting psychological thriller with a giallo sensibility. A tale that is as fresh as it is indescribable. Taylor promises a change of direction from his previous work. “I wanted to present something that nobody else could: something born solely in my mind. Sure, you can see my influences – you can see the Argento, the Refn, the Raimi, the Hitchcock – but I am pleased that what I have is uniquely Daniel Emery Taylor.”
IT’S JUST A GAME reunites Taylor with some of his frequent collaborators: producer James Azrael, director of photography William Schweikert, and sound mixer Daniel L. Bamberg. “Aside from the friendships I have with these great people, they work hard and do exemplary work. You really couldn’t ask for better people to have your back.” Helming the post-production team is editor Daniel J. Pico (CABIN FEVER: PATIENT ZERO, FAREWELL DARKNESS). “This is my first time working with Daniel and I am absolutely astonished at his artistry. You often think of editing as being very technical but his vision is every bit as big of a part of this as James and mine are.” Taylor also brings back actors G. Larry Butler and Alicia Clark, both of whom had turns in THE HOSPITAL and CAMP MASSACRE. “They’re phenomenal. I didn’t want to do this without having them both involved.”
He seems most excited when talking about some of the new talents he worked with. “Hannah Cohen-Lawlor is the star of this film – in more ways than one. A prodigious performance. One day she will be a star and I will take full credit for discovering her, haha. Rachel Marshall as Skullgirl absolutely shines and stands to join the echelon of great horror character actors. Leah Hudspeth was recommended to me by most everyone I knew and I couldn’t be happier that I cast her. The performances that she and Alex Zuko give is electric. They have tremendous chemistry. They’re sexy, funny, and scary … pretty much everything you want in this kind of project.”
IT’S JUST A GAME begins its tour and festival run later this year. Please follow @JustAGameMovie on Twitter and www.facebook.com/itsjustagamemovie for updates and more information as it becomes available! Find #IJAG on IMDB at https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6149944.