“BIG ASS SPIDER!” director plans return to “THE CONVENT”


As his creature feature BIG ASS SPIDER! crawls its way across the festival circuit (most recently the Boston Underground Film Fest), director Mike Mendez is plotting a return to the scene of one of his earlier black-comic terrors.

Fango spoke to Mendez at BUFF, where he gave us the scoop that he’s plotting a prequel to THE CONVENT, his 2001-released feature that mixes splattery horror with savage, satirical humor, pitting a shotgun-toting Adrienne Barbeau against demonically possessed nuns. “Chaton Anderson [who scripted the original] wanted to revisit it,” Mendez tells us, “and I was like, ‘I only want to do it if it has a unique point of view.’ For those who saw the first movie, there’s something that happened in the ’60s [seen in an attention-grabbing prologue] that sets off the events in the present, so we want to do THE CONVENT in the ’60s. It’s more a period piece: the adventures of young Christine [Barbeau’s CONVENT heroine], kicking ass early on.”

Original producers Alpine Pictures will most likely be involved “in name only,” Mendez says. “We want to make it a stand-alone movie, because THE CONVENT, for better or worse, isn’t a universally known film. We’re looking at calling it THE DEVIL’S CONVENT, and it would kind of be its own thing, but if you know the original, they do connect. It’s being written right now, so we’ll see where it goes. I think we’ve came up with some fun ideas that would be cool to revisit, and I never get tired of blowing away demon nuns. If there’s an opportunity to shoot more nuns in the head, why not?” We’ll keep you informed of further updates.

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