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CATHARSIS- Independent exploitation movie
« on: 07 Dec 2007 - 20:11 »

Hello again guys,

Nice to be here and having the opportunity to talk about the making of my movie with you.

OK so here is a brief summary of the movie, without many spoilers.





Esteban, a cop, is kicked out of the police force after avenging the murder of his wife by a local drug lord. He leaves the island of Crete and travels to Athens in order to start a new life. His wheelchair-bound uncle offers to accommodate him. Isolated, broke and unable to get a job, he is living in poverty. A chance for a new beginning comes when police chief Stavru offers Esteban an unofficial job: he has to clean up the streets and wipe out the two crime syndicates that control the whole city. He is hesitant but decides to take the job as it seems to be his only option. 

The police chief (Christos Natsios) meets a mafia boss:


The movie is being made on a very, very low budget of aprox. 12.000 Euros so many of the cast and crew members are not getting paid and doing it just for the fun. CATHARSIS is a working title and I am not sure if it will be kept or not, the initial title was COP FULL OF HATE but it was soon dropped  :-\ I started shooting the movie on September 2nd and it will take me at least a few months more to complete it.... That's what happens when your budget is low  :-\

location scouting... I love this tunnel!


Some trivia:

Kostas Stefanakis plays the leading role. He is mostly known here in my country for being a supporting actor in the highly controversial films of Kostas Gouzgounis (Greece's most famous pornstar). Kostas Stefanakis played a detective in the lost movie CARNAL TREATMENT (1975) where Gouzgounis was castrated by a female SS officer and then became a serial killer of women. 

Telly (or Telis) Stallone plays a corrupt minister of justice. He is a former pornstar, now in his early 50s and was the only guy in that age who wouldn't mind doing the (softcore) sex scenes. Its hard to find a guy of that age who is good-looking, able to act and able to carry out the sex scenes... 

an answer to Stephen's request:

Notis Pitsilos (known as Greece's most famous voyeur after playing that part in quite a few porn movies) was considered for the part of the wheelchair-bound old man. I had to replace him because of his terrible behavior- he was also in my previous 2 movies and always caused me terrible problems... Don't mind sharing that stuff here cause the forum is not Greek  :-\

Christos Natsios (now in his early 70s) plays the police chief. He is mostly known for his part in TA KATHARMATA (literal translation: THE SCUMBAGS). A Greek ROCKY rip-off, made in 1984. He is in all my movies, including my 2003 sequel to that 1984 film.

You can find more information about me and my movie at my blog (see signature)

That's only a small amount of information I could think of at the moment! I will be happy to discuss anything about my movie or "Greeksploitation" in general, as Aaron calls it! Thanks again!

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Re: CATHARSIS- Independent exploitation movie
« Reply #1 on: 07 Dec 2007 - 20:17 »

Sounds and looks great! Good work so far. Can't wait to see a poster for this film with Telly Stallone in big letters across the top  :P
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Re: CATHARSIS- Independent exploitation movie
« Reply #2 on: 07 Dec 2007 - 20:29 »

I can't wait for a poster either...

This is Telly Stallone- its not a very good picture:



It was very hard to get the guy to take part in a movie and perform in sex scenes again after 20 years!
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« Reply #3 on: 07 Dec 2007 - 20:35 »

Best of luck with your production, hope it all goes smoothly ::)
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Re: CATHARSIS- Independent exploitation movie
« Reply #4 on: 07 Dec 2007 - 21:24 »

Looking forward to seeing this Mr Bogris,very cool to see a new European exploitation(sorry that should be 'Greeksploitation' ::)) film in the works and in a similar vein to the movies fom the 70's we all love.Good luck mate,makes me feel proud to be European  :P
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« Reply #5 on: 07 Dec 2007 - 23:38 »

Thanks for the great words guys, highly appreciated. It certainly has stuff in common with the Euro films we all love but I would like to explain what I am trying to do with this movie: I don't want it to be some kind of "homage" to somebody else's work if you know what I mean. It is actually me trying to add my own personal view to a story that has been told many times, rather than me paying tribute to somebody. Also, it is set in the modern era without me trying to give it a 70s or 80s look. The reason I dropped the COP FULL OF HATE title (besides the fact it sounded funny) is because it was too 70s.

One more picture: one of Esteban's victims (a sex store owner) dead with a dildo stuck in his eye socket.

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« Reply #6 on: 08 Dec 2007 - 10:54 »

Now that's an inventive death! ::) ::) ::)
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« Reply #7 on: 08 Dec 2007 - 11:42 »

Yes, I thought it was a small touch of originality! Actually the FX artist should get the credit for it as it was his idea. I said the scene takes place at a sex store and I want the guy shot in the eye. He said "why not a dildo in his eye instead of a bullet?" so I said sure!  :-\
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« Reply #8 on: 10 Dec 2007 - 11:05 »

Sounds and looks great! Good work so far. Can't wait to see a poster for this film with Telly Stallone in big letters across the top  :P

I second that! Those stills look sumptuous, mate. Brilliantly composed, with lucious use of lighting and colour.
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« Reply #9 on: 10 Dec 2007 - 12:05 »

Paul, thanks for your great words bro- we are doing our best for the movie to look just as good! This is the first time I get to work on the lighting as much as I should. We use fancy locations and bright blue and red lights for the scenes of the mobsters and miserable locations and less intense lighting for the scenes of the main character (who is living in poverty). I think it is an interesting contrast.   
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« Reply #10 on: 24 Dec 2007 - 01:38 »

Hey guys... first of all merry xmas and happy holidays to you all!  :-X

Thought I should post a couple more stills. These are from yesterday's shoot. In this scene,a a mob guy threatens an old, wheelchair-bound man to give him information.



The old man doesn't know what the mobster is talking about so he says he has no idea and gets thrown off the rooftop of the tall building along with his wheelchair.





We had some trouble with neighbors who we managed to wake up- the falling chair with the dummy landed on an iron staircase and made an unbelievably loud noise. They called the cops but thankfully they never came and we went on with the rest of the shoot... Hope you enjoy the pictures... cheers!
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Re: CATHARSIS- Independent exploitation movie
« Reply #11 on: 24 Dec 2007 - 12:04 »

That looks superb fbogris! I'll be keeping an eye out for this!
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Re: CATHARSIS- Independent exploitation movie
« Reply #12 on: 24 Dec 2007 - 13:30 »

It's all looking great so far! When can we expect a trailer?  :P
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« Reply #13 on: 24 Dec 2007 - 15:39 »

I would like an answer to that question myself sir!... The production of the movie goes on slowly because the budget is very low and I certainly don't want to rush things and make mistakes I will regret later (like I did in my previous movies). I would say April or May but that's not 100% sure! Thanks for your feedback, really appreciated.
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« Reply #14 on: 31 Dec 2007 - 15:22 »

It's all looking great so far! When can we expect a trailer?  :P


Not a trailer but here is a short teaser I prepared within a few hours. keep in mind its rough without any color or sound corrections. also, these music themes may not be used in the finished movie. you will get the idea though! thanks & happy new year to all my friends on this board!



EDIT: I know I should also make one with English subs... I will shortly!
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