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New The Shelter review (in Portuguese)!

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A new THE SHELTER review just surfaced on the Portuguese Blog Filmesetal.net! Roughly translated excerpt and link below!

“The Shelter is a good start for rookie director John Fallon. It’s not a Hollywood blockbuster but an alternative movie, different and, to some extent, surprising.” READ THE REVIEW HERE!

You can get the regular The Shelter  DVD here or the standard autographed DVD through here!

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Autographed The Shelter DVD with signed card by Michael Pare! Only 6 in stock!

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For a LIMITED TIME  we are offering a special package for 28.00 USD ( tax – postage and handling included). The package includes an autographed DVD (signed by writer/director John Fallon) AND a Postcard (one of the two – see below) signed by THE SHELTER star Michael Pare. There only 6 packages left in stock, if interested in, you can e-mail us here: shelterdvd@joblo.com.

You can get the regular The Shelter  DVD here or the standard autographed DVD through here!

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Composer Shawn Knippelberg and Director John Fallon talk music in The Shelter!

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Composer (and Kamloops native) Shawn Knippelberg and Writer Director John Fallon were recently interviewed by Kamloopsthisweek.com about the music in The Shelter.

An excerpt:

Shawn: “I’d do a scene of the movie and send it to him for his approval and he’d send me back notes of what he wanted, what he liked or didn’t like. It was probably a little longer than the process normally is, but I think it worked out pretty good.”

John: “It’s a fairly morose film so there’s not much in terms of chipper music. I would say the bulk of the movie is sombre and sad music, and weird, eerie, ominous music,” he said. “It’s about going scene by scene and looking at what the scene is trying to say, and then getting the music to amplify the themes.”

Read the entire piece HERE.

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Producer/Director Julien Dunand reviews The Shelter!

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From Writer/Director John Fallon: As we strive to bring you some wonderful THE SHELTER news very soon (I know I’ve been saying that for a month now, but things takes the time it takes i.e. much longer than anticipated); I felt like sharing with y’all one of the first pieces of feedback I got about the film, in the name of giving you an idea as to what you’re in for.

The thoughts come from French Producer/Director JULIEN DUNAND, whom I worked with on DEAD SHADOWS in 2012. The lad also produced/directed BIG JOHN (2006) and DU SANG SUR LA NEIGE (2013) and produced NWR (Nicolas Windig Refn).   Here is an edited version of his take on the picture (had to shave the piece down in the name of not spoiling the film):

“I finished watching The Shelter. Not only do I think it’s a good movie but it might even be a great one. I probably need to see it again in a few months just to be sure. All I knew before watching it was that it was some kind of a haunted house flick. I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The Shelter is a reflection about Christianity and redemption. It stands on its own as an independent film. I was taken completely by surprise. I never thought it would be what it was. As a Christian catholic, I completely got what you were trying to say. The film has real power, and I don’t mean the images. Yes the shots and frames are quality, and the overall work on visuals is very good. So is the excellent sound design. But I never paid too much attention to technique. Because visuals to me are concrete, almost mathematics. If you have decent money and a good crew, it’s not that complicated to have good camera work. I’m not saying it’s easy –just that it’s controllable. On the other hand what isn’t, is soul. The will to express something.

One thing I’ve learned in this business over the past 10 years is that it’s very easy to make a bad movie. And it’s even easier to make an average one. Directing is having something to say. I see plenty of brilliantly shot movies all the time, but they’re dull and useless because they have nothing to say. They are soulless. So they just exist out there in the middle of thousands of other ones and no one will ever remember them in 6 months. So what’s the point of making them? Making a first film can be so hard that if you don’t have anything to say, don’t do it. It’s just not worth it.

A true director is someone who has his own eye (le regard in French). And having an own eye means having soul, putting your heart and guts on screen. Expressing something. In the end it’s all that matters. It’s all that counts. It’s all that’s remembered. And I felt you did that.

It is also obvious to me that religion at some point played an important part in your life. All these images are very reminiscent to me of the early works of Martin Scorsese, from Means Streets right up to Cape Fear, but also of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant (Thomas’ character has a direct link with Harvey Keitel’s character). Who gets to ask for redemption? At what price? Under what conditions? The Shelter confronts these issues with power and force. It’s meaningful.

I tend to get emotional about all of this but the most important thing I want to say to you is this: You have something here. So what ever you do next, don’t fuck it up! Congratulations John!”

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After Movie Diner blog reviews The Shelter!

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The After Movie Diner blog just reviewed The Shelter. Here are some excerpt:

“It’s clearly a very personal, intelligent work of art by an emerging, talented filmmaker and an aging character actor showing he has depth and range with challenging material.”

“The film is definitely open to interpretation. That is, also, let’s be fair, utterly refreshing when compared to other, tried-and-tested, cookie cutter movies. When was the last time you were left asking questions or thinking about what it all means?”

You can read the entire review HERE!

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The Shelter Film4 Frightfest screening reviews!

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The Shelter world premiere at FILM4 FRIGHTFEST has come and went. It was a positive experience and you can read the reviews from the Fest below! Expect further exciting THE SHELTER news shortly.

SCIFINOW: “The Shelter swirls Christianity and Silent Hill-levels of guilt to torment its protagonist, and Fallon’s strong visual style combines with a very strong turn from Pare to good effect. There’s a confidence to Fallon’s choices too, as he gives us a not particularly likeable protagonist and maintains a sombre tone throughout this emotionally raw journey.”– READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

STARBURST MAGAZINE: “For all its anger and impressive visuals, The Shelter is a meditative piece about moving from confusion to the acceptance of something perhaps cannot be fully understood. Fallon’s piece is piercing as a disconcerting family dreamscape.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

MOVIERAMBLINGS.COM: “Director John Fallon keeps the audience on their toes, as well as off balance, with a series of scenes that practically force the viewer to pay attention. From what appears a simple opening the film opens up into musings on life, love, loss, suffering and redemption.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS:The Shelter is the directorial debut of John Fallon who, up until now, has had a steady career as an actor and writer. His first venture running things highlights a lot of visual flair and a head full of ideas. A tale of one man’s existential plight, the horrors within The Shelter aren’t your usual jump scares or buckets of blood. Imagine being trapped, watching a movie of all your greatest mistakes with no way to turn it off, that’s way more horrifying than anything Carpenter could dream up. ” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

NERDLY: “The Shelter is at its core a one-man production, with Michael Paré carrying the film entirely on his shoulders and often without saying so much as a word – often backed only by atmospheric visuals and a strong, sullen, score. And Paré revels in it, easily giving his best performance since the actors early 80s heyday.” -READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

BRITFLICKS: “It’s an uncomfortable watch as real become unreal! THE SHELTER broods on the edges of hope, but like all falls from grace, rock bottom is as high as Thomas will ever get and this story rubs him into the dirt like a discarded cigarette.” – READ THE WHOLE REVIEW HERE

Thanks to everybody that attended!
Thanks to everybody that attended!
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Two new The Shelter reviews and a Michael Pare interview!

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Two new The Shelter reviews recently surfaced online. One over at Dread Central and one at Supermarcey.com.

Dread Central: Paré, doing most of his acting alone and in relative silence, is a standout. He’s got to carry this whole film on his shoulders, and he does it ably.  It’s Paré’s parade, lock and stock.” 

“The Shelter is enjoyable, well made and ably acted. It is definitely worth a look for fans of psychological slow burns.”

- READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW HERE (WARNING MAJOR SPOILERS)

Supermarcey.com: THE SHELTER is one of those special indie films that comes along out of the blue and completely floors you. Since watching this film, I haven’t stopped thinking about it and its deeper meanings. You know you have seen something special when it leaves you shaking and wanting more.”

READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW HERE (WARNING  MINOR SPOILERS)

Finally star Michael Pare recently talked with the folks at Dead X Radio, and The Shelter eventually came up. Listen to the show here (Pare starts at 15 minutes in).

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The Shelter full trailer coming end of March/Early April 2015!

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We are elated to report that French filmmaker César Ducasse (Dark Souls) has signed on to edit the full trailer for The Shelter for us!  The Shelter trailer should go live at the end of March/early April, just in time for the Cannes Market. DC MEDIAS will be representing the film there. Stay tuned! – Writer/Director John Fallon.

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Filmmaker Cesar Ducasse

 

 

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Welcome to the Official The Shelter Blog! Positive quotes!

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After being reported on my personal blog www.john-fallon.com since its inception, THE SHELTER finally gets its own blog! Welcome to the Official Online home for THE SHELTER, all updates having to do with the film will be reported on here from here on end so Bookmark the page to keep tabs on the film’s progress!

We figured we’d launch the blog with a couple of early positive quotes we got for the film. Here it goes!

Writer, editor and director Patrick Lussier ( Terminator Genisys/Scream/My Bloody Valentine 3D) was one of the few veteran filmmakers we sent an early screener of The Shelter to for feedback. And he came back to us with a positive take on it.

“The Shelter is an accomplished piece of filmmaking with some very elegant framing and camera moves. It’s a ‘Lifemare’, overlapping strands of sorrow, joy, guilt, love, lust and a f*ck load of self-loathing. I thought it was one of Michael Paré’s best performances ever and it showed that Fallon has the chops for the job!” – Patrick Lussier

Then we had my good pal filmmaker Eric Red (who is behind 100 Feet and the cult classics Body Parts, Near Dark and The Hitcher). His opinion meant the most to me to be honest. You see when we were testing our rough cut, Eric was one of the few that watched it and… he didn’t care for it, so I asked him “why”?

He gave me his reasons and I took the notes that I agreed with and I bettered the cut by applying them. So I was elated to see that now that he’s seen the final cut of the flick that he enjoyed it.  Here is the quote he gave us:

“THE SHELTER is an offbeat hybrid of dark morality tale and horror film.  It provides an unusually unflinching portrayal of a flawed man’s grim descent down a rabbit hole of personal isolation and damnation.  In a time when so many movies are the same, you know from the first few minutes you’re seeing something different.  The skillful camerawork in the THE SHELTER, coupled with the masterful use of sinister subjective sound, weave an unsettling atmosphere of dread and unease.  Michael Pare does some of his edgiest work here.  Can’t wait to see Fallon’s next film!” – Eric Red

Lastly, French Producer/Director Julien Dunand (NWR: Nicolas Winding Refn) gave The Shelter a watch as well and got a lot out of it. He actually sent me a lengthy letter about it and I was touched by it to be honest.  Here’s the quote he gave us.

“John Fallon’s The Shelter was a fascinating film. It was a mix of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant and Martin Scorsese’s Last Temptation of Christ! – Julien Dunand 

So that’s it for now! Thanks for checking us out! And stay tuned for more updates in the near future! – Writer/Director John Fallon.

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