As I am always on the lookout for something new it gets brought to my attention how horror films are such a labor of love for those creators that love the genre and want to contribute to it. This is the director Andy Koontz talking about his journey in his own words:
“My name is Andy Koontz, writer and director of “Ekimmu The Dead Lust”. “Ekimmu” is my first full-length feature film. This project has taken me over a decade to finish due to my brain cancer diagnosis in 2006. I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to send this out to anyone, but here I am. In 2002 before I began writing the script, I watched every movie I could get my hands on. Specifically, the films of Dario Argento, George Romero, Sam Raimi, Lucio Fulci, David Lynch, and the earlier films of Wes Craven. I made this on an ultra-low budget of around $7,000, with cast and crew pitching in to help where and when they could. It has been a very long road bringing this movie to life. A lot of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears have gone in to making this happen. I hope you enjoy it.”
Synopsis: On a late night drive home a young couple, Mike and Beth, find a mysterious young woman lying along the dark roadside. The evil inside her slowly growing, waiting, plotting…it’s only a matter of time before they cannot escape the inevitable. Where the sins of the past become the sins of the future…your sins will find you.
Welcome to “The Dead Lust”
Andy Koontz’s first feature film “Ekimmu” began production in the summer of 2004. Only to be halted in 2006 due to his life-altering brain cancer diagnosis. In 2006 while going through chemo, Koontz re-titled it, “Ekimmu: The Dead Lust. He began to “re-imagine” the story during the three years he was bedridden (2006-2009). Koontz had ten head surgeries…30 straight days of radiation…(to his brain and spine), months of chemotherapy, countless other little surgeries and complications…like on Christmas when his appendix had to be removed or when his feeding tube fell out, or the blood clots he had in both legs which meant enduring Lovenox shots in his stomach twice a day. After showing a ‘rough-cut’ of the movie in 2012 (to celebrate his cancer remission), Koontz went back to work to truly finish the movie.
Almost 14 years from first conceiving the story, it’s finally finished. A true victory over Brain Cancer…Koontz is certainly not a quitter, and as he always says – ‘Never Give Up, it’s worth the fight!’