Launching the "Moonlake Series Horror Stories," writer/director Dan Fogler (who acted in Balls of Fury and Fanboys) and NYC theater troupe Stage 13 create a hilarious horror lampoon of the stuck-in-a-cabin-with-the-phone-lines-cut-and-the-car-battery-dead ilk. "Moon Lake has been a hotbed of evil activities for centuries," our droll, Hitchcockesque narrator tells us in an inventively animated preamble to the live-action splatterfest that's about to unfold. The site of some ancient, angry goings-down between the moon and the earth, rural Moon Lake now holds the strongest amount of insanity-inducing lunar radiation on the planet. When a New York theater troupe travels to those snowy woods to "find themselves," one by one, each member begins to get killed. But who is the killer among them? Did the lunar radiation turn one of the thespians into a crazy killer? And what's up with the groundskeeper and his deaf-mute sister?
The sheer fun that Fogler and the cast had while making Hysterical Psycho is palpable. Their play with horror clichés results in some uproarious scenes, but Fogler doesn't scrimp on the thrills and kills. It's his ability to merge the horror with the laughs seamlessly that ultimately makes Hysterical Psycho such a bloody good time.
Length: 73 minutes
Primary Cast: Noah Bean, Lennon Parham, Kelly Hutchinson, Sarah Saltzberg, Randy Baruh, Stage 13 Theatre Co, NYC
Director: Dan Fogler
Screenwriter: Dan Fogler
Producer: Thomas Sullivan
Co-Producers: Glen Trotiner, Mike Canzoniero
Production Company: Studio13 NYC
Dan Fogler makes his film directing debut with the first of his "Moonlake Series Horror Stories." He is a founding member of film and theater production company Stage 13, which recently mounted Fogler's Elephant in the Room. Fogler can next be seen starring in Traveling with Aaron Eckhart and Jennifer Aniston, the HBO Sam Kinison biopic Brother Sam, Disney's Mars Needs Moms, and Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock. Other recent acting credits include Balls of Fury and Fanboys. Fogler previously won a Tony Award for his role in Broadway's The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.