Peelers (Canada, 2016)

Dir: Sevé Schelenz
Star: Wren Walker, Caz Odin Darko, Madison J. Loos, Cameron Dent

miniselbadgePeelers takes place on the closing night of a small town strip club when a group of unwanted guests arrive and all hell breaks loose. Club owner and ex-ball player, Blue Jean Douglas, is our sexy, confident, ass-kicking heroine who rises to the task of protecting both her girls and her bar from psychopathic infected killers who will stop at nothing to slaughter everyone. Peelers is a story packed with strong characters, exciting twists and lots of blood.

Okay, you had us at “strippers”. Or possibly “havoc.” We are delighted to welcome director Schelenz back to the FearCon. His debut feature, Skew, played at our event in 2011, and has since acquired distribution around the world. [Sharp-eyed viewers might be able to spot Schelenz, since he pulls a Hitchcock and makes a brief cameo in his own movie] Be sure to stay through the credits, for a bonus scene, giving a bit of back-story about Blue Jean and her bike. Oh, yeah. And more strippers. 🙂

Director’s statement. What I wanted for Peelers was plain and simple, and that was to give the audience a kick-ass film. I wanted to make a movie with good scares, lots of blood, awesome characters and an engaging story with some twists. It was also important to me and to the film to have a strong female protagonist and we get that in the character of Blue Jean, who quite literally takes care of business by not only owning and operating a strip club but by kicking the bad guys ass.

Yet under the bloody surface of this sexy and scary film, Peelers has a number of themes. The most prevalent of which is baseball. Not only is Blue Jean a former ace pitcher but also the structure of the film itself is revealed like a 9-inning ball game. Working closely with the writer of the screenplay, Lisa DeVita, we were able to inject this timeline into the film. From “strike outs” to the “middle reliever” to “the seventh inning stretch”, Peelers will be fun for every avid baseball fan!

Fun facts

  • This is director Schelenz’s second film that doesn’t feature cell phones. Writer Lisa DeVita purposely did this in keeping with both her and Schelenz’s general disdain for the devices.
  • Shooting took place in a closed down bar, but due to the constant activity, several passersby assumed a new club had opened and asked if they could enter the bar to drink and dance.
  • Speaking of beer… In Schelenz’s first movie, Skew, he couldn’t get clearance from any mainstream beer label, and opted to create his own beer, labels and all, resulting in the fictional “Prairie Spirit Ale.” This makes its second appearance here!
  • Special Effects Supervisor Keir Vichert’s favorite expression on set was, “I make messes, I don’t clean ‘em.”

“Plenty of blood, guts, bodily fluids, humor, and nuditorious actions to go around. Schelenz throws tons of gross-out actions on display for the audience, and…I’ve got to admit, I was entertained from start to finish.” — Dread Central

“A solid ensemble cast really up to their task, a directorial effort that does understand how to create tension and suspense, but also some quite visceral effects work make this one a really enjoyable genre flick.” — Search My Trash

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