Father and son filmmakers Glenn Register Sr. and Glenn Register Jr. will show their film “Resurrecting Evil” at the Halloween Horror Picture Show Film Festival in Tampa this weekend.
Photo courtesy of GLENN REGISTER SR.
In a still from “Resurrecting Evil”, Glenn Jr. portrays a young police detective who is grief-stricken over the death of his wife and brought in to solve a series of grisly murders.
SEMINOLE – Glenn Register Jr. always knew he wanted to make movies.
When he was 8 years old, he would borrow the family camcorder and make short films, usually with a science fiction or horror theme, with his friends.
Glenn Jr. is the first to admit that these early movies weren’t very good, but they hinted at what was to come.
This weekend his second full-length film, “Resurrecting Evil,” which he made with his father, Glenn Register Sr. – Glenn Sr. taking on the role of writer and director; Glenn Jr. serving as the movie’s cinematographer – will be featured at the Halloween Horror Picture Show Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, 3 p.m.
In the movie, a young police detective (Glenn Jr.), grief-stricken by the death of his wife, is brought in to solve a series of grisly murders that surround an unsuccessful young screenwriter living in the shadow of her famous horror director grandfather.
“Every once in a while someone comes along whom does not possess one of the most important emotions belonging to man that makes us civilized – empathy,” Glenn Sr. wrote in his director’s statement. “Some people lose their empathy through personal tragedy or suffering. Others are never born with it. Those are the real monsters and there are more of them walking around than we want to believe. ‘Resurrecting Evil’ is a story about one of these individuals, a person that has lost their empathy. A person that is willing to do anything to get what they want.”
Glenn Jr. attended Seminole High School, graduating in 2008. He acted in school plays and also with the church drama group at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. He was also a member of SHS’ senior choir’s ensemble team, which performed locally as well as in New York and Chicago.
SHS is also where he made his first real film, “Blood Rivers,” a zombie flick, with his friends.
“It was very controlled, my first real organized attempt,” he said.
Now, he attends St. Petersburg College’s Seminole campus, where he studies digital media and video production. Last semester, he was nominated for a “Semmy” award for a short film he filmed and produced.
His father took a much different – and less direct – route to filmmaking.
Glenn, Sr. has more than 20 years of management experience in the IT and construction industries. Though he has performed at church productions and ran the cameras for the church’s weekly television broadcasts, he’d never thought about making his own movies.
The pair began working together about five years ago, when Glenn Jr. asked his father to help him make a feature film.
Glenn, Sr., with extensive experience organizing timelines and budgets, and managing crews, took on the director role. And, since he’d always dreamed of writing one day, he wrote the script for “Little Blind,” a movie about underground poker and the mob.
“That first movie, when you saw the credits was all ‘Glenn Sr., Glenn Jr.,’” Glenn Jr. said.
They faced many of the typical tribulations of a first movie: unreliable cast members, less than par camera equipment and financial concerns.
But the end result “turned out better than I thought it would,” Glenn Sr. said. “It was supposed to be a one-time thing. But I enjoyed it so much.”
As soon as “Little Blind” was finished, they got to work immediately on the feature film “Cold Rage,” about a mythical creature called the Wendigo. They began working on “Resurrecting Evil” in late 2011.
They stepped up their game with “Resurrecting Evil,” auditioning actors from throughout Tampa Bay rather than solely relying on friends and family from the Seminole and Largo areas. They were also able to raise money to purchase a more professional DSLR camera and lenses.
“The quality is really very close to professional,” Glenn Sr. said.
Even now they’re already thinking about the next project, as they submit “Resurrecting Evil” to regional film festivals. Glenn Sr. has gotten to work writing his next script, another full-length, this time a zombie apocalypse movie.
The Halloween Horror Picture Show Film Festival takes place on Saturday, Sept. 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Tampa Pitcher Show, 14416 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. “Resurrecting Evil” will be shown at 3 p.m., followed by a Q&A session with some of the cast and crew. Tickets are $8 and includes entry to the entire festival.