By Michael Gingold
Fango heard from the recently launched Synergetic Distribution, which sent along the complete specs for their upcoming DVD release of the fest-award-winning chiller 9 LIVES OF MARA. Directed by Balaji K. Kumar from a script he wrote with Eric Massey, the movie, which has both Oedipal and Lovecraftian overtones, stars FINAL DESTINATION’s Chad Donella as an institutionalized young man who recounts his childhood experiences with his widower father’s new girlfriend (OFFSPRING’s Pollyanna McIntosh). Based on her strange behavior, and after readings of the ancient book The Malleus Maleficarium, the boy comes to suspect that his potential new stepmother is a witch. PHENOMENA and CARNIVÀLE’s Patrick Bauchau, Bret Loehr and Troy Gentile co-star.
• Audio commentary by Kumar and Massey
• “Through the Corridors of Time” documentary by Massey about The Malleus Maleficarium
• “The 9 Lives of Lovecraft” featurette by H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival founder Andrew Migliore
• Cast interviews with Donella, Loehr and McIntosh
• Crew interviews with Kumar, producer Jina Panebianco and Massey
• Production sketches