Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Another Horror Movie filming in Marianna, Florida!

Talent on location for Cobragator at Florida Caverns
Photo by Pam Fuqua, Jackson County Tourist Director
Update: New Marianna movie to feature Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen.

For the second time this year, a movie company has filming under way in Marianna and Jackson County, Florida.

The film this time?  Cobragator!

The Horror Movies website reports that the movie is being produced by iconic filmmaker Roger Corman and directed by Jim Wynorski. It will be of the same "B" horror movie format as "Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre" which was filmed in Marianna over the winter and is now in post production.

Filming underway at Florida Caverns State Park
Photo by Pam Fuqua, Jackson County Tourism Director
Film crews and cast were on location today at Florida Caverns State Park, filming deep underground in Florida's only public tour cave. Other locations for filming will include Merritt's Mill Pond.

The filmmakers are being assisted by Cave Adventurers on the mill pond, which provides numerous services attractive to move companies interested in filming in Jackson County. Headed by noted diver Edd Sorenson, Cave Adventurers operates on Merritt's Mill Pond and offers instruction for divers, guide service, pontoon boats and more.  With their assistance, filmmakers can access the depths of Blue Springs and other locations famed for their crystal clear waters.

Park Manager Chris Hawthorne with movie talent
Photo by Pam Fuqua, Jackson County Tourism Director
Florida Caverns State Park is also providing assistance to the project, which is expected to have a significant impact on the local area. Combined with "Sharkansas" earlier in the year, "Cobragator" continues the effort to bring movie production and hundreds of thousands of dollars of economic impact to Marianna and Jackson County.

Roger Corman, the producer for the new movie, is a fixture in the horror movie industry.  Here is a list of some of his previous projects:

  • Death Race
  • Attack of the 50 foot Cheerleader
  • Dinocroc vs. Supergator
  • Cyclops
  • Supergator
  • Dinocroc
  • Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song
  • Asphalt Wars
  • Black Scorpion (TV series)
  • Macon County Jail
  • Baby Face Nelson
  • Munchie
  • Frankenstein Unbound
  • Bloodfist
  • Screamers
  • Piranha
Cobragator filming underway
Photo by Pam Fuqua, Jackson County Tourism Director
Jim Wynorski, who is reported to be directed "Cobragator", also has a long track record of similar films.  Here is a sampling:
  • Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre (in post production)
  • Not of this Earth
  • The Return of Swamp Thing
  • Transylvania Twist
  • Fire from Below

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