In the world of “spoiler alerts,” he didn’t want to give away too much before audiences get a chance to sit on the edge of their seats, so he threw out a teaser. “A man is haunted by a monster that only he can see,” Taylor said. This monster affects his speech and then spreads to his whole body. “My sister had this disease and it killed her,” he said.
The filming process for “Monster,” started in December 2021 and he’s just about through with all the post-production work before it hits the film festival circuit and possibly more. The pandemic got in the way a few times but the crew persevered. “There’s always a market for horror films,” he said.
The actors came from around this area and the Screen Actor’s Guild. “Most of my actors are from Virginia,” he said, mentioning Prince William County and from Maryland too. The lead actor, Joey Collins, lives in Arlington and has been seen in the latest theater version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Broadway. In Mockingbird, Collins plays the character of villain Bob Ewell in the trial. In addition to being in several Broadway hits in his career, Collins recently volunteered with Arlington Public Health as a COVID-19 vaccine greeter, where he used his acting skills to calm people getting the vaccine.
At the Alexandria Pastry Shop in the Fairlington area, scenes of the pastry chefs, cakes and flowing coffee jump right off the screen. “There’s a place nearby with fresh made deliciousness,” the commercial voice-over says.
In the film industry, before anyone will look at a film you’ve made, they have to see something that has already been successful, which creates a certain quandary that haunts artists and others along the way. You have to have experience before anyone gives you the chance to get experience. With a need to attract investors, Taylor has experienced the same. “You’ve got to make a film before you can make a film,” he said.
Presently, he’s juggling around four different scripts that may see the light of day sometime in the future.
“There is a Monster,” is having a premiere screening on March 20 at the AMC Shirlington 7.