Horror film specialist Robert Englund is staying seriously busy.
He’s in the midst of portraying the title character in Verdi Corrente Prods. “Inkubus,” which has started lensing in
“I get offered all kinds of horror roles but this one leapt off the page at me,” he said in an interview Thursday from the set. “I called my agent right back just because the script was so fresh and claustrophobic. I’m sort of combining Terrence Stamp and Klaus Kinski.”
“Inkubus,” written by Carl Dupre and Ciano, tells the story of a skeleton crew working the final shift at a soon-to-be demolished police station. The night takes a gruesome turn when the demon Inkubus calmly walks into the station holding a severed head and begins to confess a litany of crimes, some dating back to the Middle Ages.
“I’m playing a very timeless character, a demon who inhabits the bodies of serial killers, so in this film, I’m in the body of a man killed in
The thinking is, Englund explained, that an older man in
Englund heads an ensemble cast that includes William Forsythe, Joey Fatone, Jonathan Silverman, Mike Cerrone and Michelle Ray Smith. Chad A. Verdi and Michael Corrente (“Federal Hill”) are producing with Glenn Ciano directing. He recalled that at one point, he was up against Forsythe for a part in “Raising Arizona.”
“I get to reach all the way into William Forsythe’s guts at some point tomorrow,” Englund said with a laugh.
It’s too early to tell whether “Inkbus” might generate a franchise but Englnd believes there’s a multitude of ways to expand the idea of a time-traveling demon into all kinds of eras, adding, “I’d love do something that explores the back story.”
Englund also expresses affection for appearing in non-horror projects such as 2008’s revenge drama “Red,” which stars Brian Cox, but admits that the popularity of horror has guaranteed that he’ll keep on working.
“You don’t make a lot of money off the Sundance films,” he adds. “Thanks to Comic Con,
Englund plans with plans to go to
He hasn’t yet seen the new “Nightmare on
"I’ll probably sneak in wearing a baseball cap -- I don’t want to frighten anyone,” Englund said. “I’ve loved Jackie Earle Haley since ‘Breaking Away.’ I really feel like he’s the original slacker, so I’m happy to be passing the baton to him.”