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Retrosploitation Releasing Teams Up with Award-Winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson for New SLEEPAWAY CAMP II

Talented award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson (Nemesis 5, Sleepaway Camp IV) is at it again! This wunderkind filmmaker was hired by Retrosploitation Releasing to film new material for the upcoming 30th Anniversary VHS release of “Sleepaway Camp II: Redux”. Paired with a new fully uncut VHS version of “Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland”, both tapes quickly sold out in their initial run.

Sleepaway Camp 2: Redux Edition

The original version of “Sleepaway Camp II” was directed by Michael A. Simpson and released to home video in 1988 by Nelson Home Entertainment. “Back in 2015, I was asked to direct the original scripted ending for ‘Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers’, which revealed Molly’s intended, but never filmed, death scene”, says Ferguson. “It was released as a ‘Special Feature’ called ‘Whatever Happened to Molly?’ on the Official Scream Factory Blu-Ray release of the film.”

Filmmaker Dustin Ferguson

Three years later, Ferguson was approached again to film another new scene, this time for the movie’s 30thAnniversary VHS re-release. “John Klyza, who runs Retrosploitation Releasing, asked if I would be interested in gathering a crew together to go shoot a scene that would be the ‘visual’ for ‘T.C.”s campfire story during the opening of the film,” explains Ferguson. “This segment was called “Steve and Michelle Go to Hell” and it wrapped shooting in June 2018 in Compton, California.” Continues Ferguson, “We went to the same mausoleum used in ‘Phantasm 3, 4 and 5’ and introduced ourselves to the Caretaker. He was very kind and allowed us to film inside, and we also shot some scenes out in the cemetery behind the building. It was a strange yet amazing feeling to be filming for a ‘Sleepaway Camp’ film on a ‘Phantasm’ location…talk about horror-nerd overload!”

The segment in its entirety will be released on its own online to help promote the release. Portions of both “Steve and Michelle Go to Hell” and “Whatever Happened to Molly?” are incorporated into the new release of “Sleepaway Camp II: Redux” itself.

Ferguson is no stranger to the “Sleepaway Camp” franchise. In 2008, he was hired to edit 1992’s unfinished “Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor” for Films Around The World. It was the beginning of a long career involving work in several well-known and respected Horror and Science Fiction franchises. He’s also directed “Nemesis 5: The New Model”, which was executive produced by Albert Pyun (“Mean Guns”, “Cyborg”). He made two entries in the infamous “Camp Blood” series for Sterling Entertainment, and in 2016 he also edited the extended and unrated version of 1987’s “Slumber Party Massacre II”, which hit Blu-Ray in early 2017. Along with a slew of additional “Special Feature” work for Scream Factory (including contributions to “Piranha 2”, “Darkman 2”, “Silent Night, Deadly Night”, “Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation”, “Dawn of The Dead”, “Return of The Living Dead II” and several others), Ferguson has also directed two “Amityville” films for Wild Eye Releasing, the latter starring Mark Patton of “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2”, and also “Silent Night, Bloody Night 2: The Revival” which starred Jennifer Runyon Corman (“Ghostbusters”) for New Wave Pictures.

Please check out the Sleepaway Camp: Analog Apocalypse Trailer at:   https://youtu.be/sRIELD2nccc

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Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson Announces New Television Series Pilot for L.A. LIFERS

Award-winning filmmaker Dustin Ferguson announces cast and details regarding his upcoming and much anticipated television pilot for “L.A. Lifers”, a throw-back to the “situation comedy” sitcoms of the 90s.

LA Lifers Poster

“I’m 90s TV Junkie”, says Ferguson. “Shows like ‘Married with Children’, ‘Martin’ and ‘Living Single’ I still hold dear to my heart today. Even the classic Nickelodeon programs like ‘Clarissa Explains It All’, ‘My Brother and Me’ and ‘The Adventures of Pete and Pete’ all served as inspiration, and many gags in the show are based on my experiences after moving from the Midwest to Los Angeles to pursue my own film career.”

Filmmaker Dustin Ferguson and actress Dawna Lee Heising

The series will feature a “laugh track” and follow four roommates: a Stunt Car Driver, a Soap Opera Star, a rising Adult Film Actress and a YouTube Sensation as they fight their way to the top (while also struggling to pay the bills) in the suburbs of Los Angeles.

The show was written by Mike Reeb (“Horndog’s Beach Party”, “Nemesis 5”) and stars Carrie Anne Bernans (“Black Panther”), David Thomas Newman (“Troma’s Mulligan’s Monsters”), Neveen Woods (“Horndog’s Beach Party”), Ryan Rasberry (“Ant-man and The Wasp”) and noted actress Dawna Lee Heising (“Samurai Cop 2”, “Nemesis 5”).

Production wraps in late July and the finished pilot will be presented to both Fox and Netflix. For more information, please visit:
https://www.facebook.com/SoCalCinemaStudios/

Dustin Brown

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Noted Cult Filmmaker Dustin Ferguson Unveils New Trailer for Nemesis 5: The New Model

Sci-fi/Action/Martial Arts Drama Is Executive Produced by Mark Popejoy and Albert Pyun
The upcoming Nemesis 5 is executive produced by Albert Pyun and Mark Popejoy, written by Mike Reeb and is directed by Dustin Ferguson (“The Amityville Legacy”,”Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor”).  Legendary filmmaker Albert Pyun (” The Sword and the Sorcerer”,”Cyborg” starring Jean-Claude Van Damme,) wrote and directed the first four Nemesis films.  Sue Price starred in “Nemesis 2: Nebula”, “Nemesis 3: Time Lapse” and “Nemesis 4: Death Angel”, and returns to star in “Nemesis 5: The New Model”, along with Schuylar Craig, who plays her daughter in the film.
filmmaker Dustin Ferguson

This production features legendary action star Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s “Game of Death”, “An Eye for an Eye” opposite Chuck Norris) as the leader of the Red Army Hammerheads and multi award-winning actress Dawna Lee Heising (“Amityville: Evil Never Dies”, “Revenge of the Samurai Cop” with Tommy Wiseau of “The Disaster Artist”) as Barbie.

Nemesis 5 poster


“I’m excited to be shopping Nemesis 5 this fall at the American Film Market,” says noted cult filmmaker Ferguson. 

This much anticipated film takes place in the future. It is the year 2077 and terrorist organization known as The Red Army Hammerheads now dominate the Earth. The fate of humanity now rests in the hands of The New Model, Ari Frost (Schuylar Craig). Trained under the wing of Alex Rain (Sue Price), she must form an army of cyborg humans to take down the regime and regain control. After all, 86.5% is still considered human…Please check out the new Nemesis 5 trailer at:  https://youtu.be/4SbIVPHgWFo
Actors Dawna Lee Heising, Schuylar Craig and Mel Novak on the set of Nemesis 5
 
Prolific, hard-working and talented filmmaker Ferguson has owned and operated several film distribution and production companies, including 42ND Street Films and Sinister Studios.  He has directed over 50 features to date, including such notable films as “Camp Blood 4 & 5,” “Silent Night, Bloody Night 2,” and he is Editor of “Sleepaway Camp IV.”  Dustin has also produced and directed over 80 music videos, and has contracted with Wild Eye Releasing to produce and direct four films in 2018. 
Filmmaker Dustin Ferguson and Dawna Lee Heising on the set of Nemesis 5
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