Sure he’s crushed heads as Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” films, and he’s gone toe to toe with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in “X-men,” but that’s not all there is to horror icon Tyler Mane. Not by a long shot.
The man is also an entrepreneur, having started his own production company called Mane Entertainment with his wife Renae Geerlings. The couple is writing, producing and starring in their own films. Their freshman effort came out this year called “Compound Fracture.” You can read the review of it here.
That film was a fresh and fun grass roots horror film that the duo did totally indie style. They raised the capital, wrote and acted in it, filled it with fantastic horror icons such as Muse Watson and Derek Mears, and took it on their own road trip to smaller art house cinemas. The word of mouth and the experience as a whole were incredible to behold.
Now they are venturing fort with their sophomore effort “Penance Lane.”
Per Mane Entertainment’s website, here is the plot of the movie:
“Meet Crimson Matthews, an ex-con with violent tendencies, walking away from a dark past-- right smack into a much darker future. Fresh out of prison, and with few options, Crimson finds his way to a harsh town without pity; a place where industry has run dry and left nothing but despair.
Taking a job offered by the kindly Father John who runs the local parish, Crimson agrees to be the handy man in a decrepit, old mansion. Once there, he seems to have fallen back into his old, murdering ways.”
To help finance the film, Mane himself is offering different ways that fans can contribute. Starting with $5.00 a pdf of the production diary can be had the day the film comes out. Another cool perk is that for a $25.00 donation, Mane will dress up as Santa Claus and send a short angry video message to whomever one chooses. This is just in time for Christmas.
The range of suggested contributions and what can be obtained for them can be found here.
“Compound Fracture” was an excellent first outing from the duo, and “Penance Lane” should promise to follow in its footsteps with the same level of creativity, care and fan respect. The man can act and cares about his fans.