Leave it to vampires to walk away with the win in the Famous Monsters of Filmland screenplay competition at the first Imagi-Movies Film Festival this month. The genre prestige organization announced this year’s winner, The Romanian Tomb, by Erik von Wodtke on 15 April, 2011.
“It’s such an honor to be selected out of the gazillions scripts this year. I have been very intrigued by the Twilight fan craze phenomenon and so I took on the ambitious challenge of writing a vampire/romance of my own,” Erik von Wodtke expressed. “Though this movie is geared toward the same audience as Twilight, it is a bit scarier, a bit sexier, and a bit more edge-of-your-seat thriller. What is most interesting about Vampires to me is that they live so long an experience a phenomenal amount of history. The Vampire Symphony Orchestra would be the most magnificent performance imaginable because they logically have had hundreds of years to practice and get it right. Now that’s a date!”
The Romanian Tomb is the first of three neo-gothic romantic thrillers featuring Dr. Joseph West. This first adventure takes Dr. West and two research assistants to Romania where they discover the frightening true horrors of Romanian vampire culture. With the tagline “Discover the Vampire Symphony Orchestra” and set 90 percent on location in Romania the films, which hopes to find it’s way into production soon, will take theatergoers on a romantic thrill-ride to see the ancient philharmonic.
Famous Monsters of Filmland was initially conceived as a one-shot publication capitalizing on the widespread success of a package of old horror movies syndicated to American television in 1957. The first issue was so successful, a second printing was required to satisfy public demand. Today, Famous Monsters of Filmland is one of the leading sources for sci-fi, horror and fantasy-genre entertainment.
The Imagi-Movies Film Festival, held earlier this month in Los Angeles, CA, USA, is the official film festival of the Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine. It celebrates the legacy of editor Forrest J. Ackerman as well as his devotion to inspiring and facilitating the imagination of storytellers.