Chatham man serves as sound supervisor in ‘campy comedy horror’ film


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Calling it a valuable experience, a Chatham man involved in a horror film production that’s now on the festival circuit has high hopes for the project.

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Here for Blood was released in October at the Toronto After Dark film festival and is to be screened at Frightfest Glasgow in March.

Ben Srokosz served as sound supervisor, a position that oversaw every aspect of sound on the film.

This included how the audio was captured, what atmospheres and sound effects were needed, the reduction of any potential unwanted sounds, and managing the sound team.

“This was not only a fun project to work on, but an incredible learning experience,” Srokosz told Postmedia. “Working with a large crew that had multiple departments like stunts and special effects, as well as working with experienced actors from Hollywood films and acclaimed TV series.

“It was almost like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, only I hope it happens more than once.”

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The 100-minute film was written by James Roberts and directed by Daniel Turres. Filming took place in Grand Bend, London and Strathroy in September and October 2021.

It’s billed on the Frightfest Glasgow website as “the tongue-in-cheek, extreme splatter, campy comedy horror shocker of the year.”

When his girlfriend is swamped with college exams, Tom O’Bannon, a pro wrestler struggling to make ends meet, agrees to fill in as a last-minute replacement for her babysitting job.

Tom arrives at an isolated family home, where he meets 10-year-old Grace. However, what starts off as a quiet night of pizza and video games spirals into bloody, violent, demonic chaos when the two find themselves fighting for their lives against an otherworldly cult of masked intruders.

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The film stars Shawn Roberts (Resident Evil, X-Men, Heartland, Legends of Tomorrow), Tara Spencer-Nairn (Corner Gas), Maya Misaljevic (The Boys, Locke & Key) and Dee Snider, singer of Twisted Sister, as the voice of “The Head.”

Here for Blood will also be shown during a private screening in Chatham at the Kiwanis Theatre on Jan. 27.

After working as sound editor on Turres’ previous indie film, Terry’s Car Gets Stolen, Srokosz said he was asked to take the lead role as sound supervisor on the latest film.

“I have been working for the past three to four years on post-production — sound editing, etc, after the movie has been shot — but this was my first opportunity on set as a sound supervisor of an entire film, and a much larger production. So, that was a big step in my career,” he said.

“My goal is to take the success of this film, and the quality of sound my team was able to deliver to the post-production facility, and leverage it into new and exciting projects. The film business is all about reputation, and Here for Blood allowed to me establish my standard of quality in a challenging environment.”

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