By MICHAEL GINGOLD
Take a first look at the time-looping horror film from director Craig Singer.
We first told you here about 6:45, which has now wrapped postproduction. Directed by Singer (DARK RIDE, PERKINS’ 14) from a screenplay by Robert Dean Klein, the film stars Michael Reed (THE HAUNTING OF ALICE D, THE DISCO EXORCIST), Augie Duke (EXIT 0) and Armen Garo (seen in the clip below), along with Thomas G. Waites (THE THING, THE WARRIORS), boxer-turned-actor Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, hiphop producer/DJ The 45 King and rapper Remy Ma. According to the official synopsis, “We are introduced to Bobby Patterson [Reed], who is taking one last romantic shot at saving his rocky relationship with his girlfriend Jules Rables [Duke] on a weekend getaway. The couple arrives for vacation in the quiet island resort called Bog Grove. To their bewilderment, the sleepy beach town is curiously deserted and they quickly learn about its deadly history that’s about to repeat itself. Bobby’s struggles with Jules are cast aside in order to overcome a dementing cycle of terror that transpires. No matter what he does to try to avoid it, he and his girlfriend wake up at 6:45 each morning to the same nightmarish chain of events that lead to them being viciously murdered with no chance of escape.”
“I see 6:45 as a love story at its core, something very relatable,” Singer tells RUE MORGUE. “All relationships have many challenges, and in the case of 6:45 things simply are heightened, and as things go from bad to worse, the audience is invited on that ride. The viewer needs to feel comfortable with the couple and hopefully root for their relationship, which means you need to spend some time getting to know them, so I knew 6:45 would have to take a thoughtful, measured approach. For me, the movie really was a process of discovery, and no matter how much one plans, there’s a consistent series of curveballs that come your way. A filmmaker must embrace some level of chaos and be able to adjust to things beyond his or her control.”
These included odd events at the B&B in New Jersey that served as the movie’s prime location. “In many ways, this old house felt haunted,” Singer says, “and the cast experienced some strange, unexplainable occurrences during production. I think working and living in a location where the supernatural existed heightened the whole experience for the entire cast and crew. In fact, Michael Reed felt a person pressing down on him in his bed one night, only to discover there was no one in his room.”
As for the movie’s future, “We are planning on premiering at one of the larger festivals,” Singer informs, “and our sales company Storyboard Media will then be meeting with domestic distributors.” Keep your eyes here for further updates!