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Exclusive photos: Werewolf revenge film “I AM LISA”

Monday, September 9, 2019 | Indie Films, News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Lycanthropy becomes empowerment in I AM LISA, which just wrapped under award-winning filmmaker Patrick Rea (NAILBITER). Read on for more details/comments and some exclusive pics.

I AM LISA, scripted by award-winning Kansas City Star columnist Eric Winkler, stars Kristen Vaganos in the title role. According to the official synopsis, the movie “is the story of a young woman who is assaulted by a corrupt sheriff and her goons. Left in the woods to die, Lisa is instead bitten by a werewolf. She begins to exact revenge on her attackers. Can she retain her humanity as she cedes more and more of herself to the wolf?”

“I had been wanting to make a revenge film for some time,” Rea says, “and thought that the script for I AM LISA offered a fresh take on the genre by adding the werewolf mythology.” Adds Winkler, “I AM LISA is a homage to every revenge movie I’ve ever seen. It was also heavily influenced by any movie that features a strong female protagonist, like ALIENS, KILL BILL and DAY OF THE DEAD. A lot of werewolf movies revolve around the protagonist’s struggle with the loss of their humanity. I wanted to give our hero a justifiable reason to give in to that loss of control.”

“The character of Lisa was an attractive role for me,” Vaganos says, “because as a small female, I don’t often get to play physically empowered, strong and tough women,” said Vaganos. “I was definitely excited to get into the psyche of someone going through such a powerful, scary and confusing transformation and then learning to utilize it for revenge.”

“Kristen knocked it out of the park,” praises Winkler. “She added layers to the character I never even knew existed, and made her a strong, vibrant woman.”

Carmen Anello, Manon Halliburton and Chris Bylsma also star in I AM LISA, for which My Chemical Romance’s James Dewees will compose the score. Editing is currently underway for a projected release in 2020.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.