The Murder Game: An Independent Horror Film
This website was originally created to promote the 2006 independent horror film, The Murder Game. The content below is from its archived pages and other outside resources.
A group of teenagers invent a game in which one of them is secretly chosen to be a "killer," while the others remain innocent victims. Armed with prop weapons, the "killer" must eliminate the other players before being found out. To enhance their experience, the teens sneak into a large self-storage warehouse during its closed, late-night hours to hold their game. At first, it's better than ever. But, things take a shocking turn as one by one, the players begin dying...for real
The Murder Game premiered May 3, 2006 at the historic Senator Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland. I'm aware of an inside story that you might find interesting regarding this film. The producers raised some of the money to support the film by taking advantage of product placement fees. One such fee was intended to promote a Batman movie by having the actors wear a particular Batman sweatshirt in some of the most scary scenes. So the presence of the Batman sweatshirt in that storeroom where everyone eventually dies would have raised a good amount of the money needed to shoot the film. But the producers were concerned that they were possibly promoting a Batman film instead of their main project so they backed out. However, the actors actually loved the Batman sweatshirts and convinced the producers to let them wear them anyway. No money was exchanged, and the scenes with the Batman movie sweatshirts were dark enough so that there was no concern about Batman taking over the scenes. Funny how this turned out, and every time I've seen The Murder Game, I'm totally aware of the Batman sweatshirts, but the rest of the audience and the actors are in the dark (literally). Recently I discovered that the domain for the murdergamemovie.com was available, and because of my inside knowledge of the Batman saga I bought it with the goal of recreating some of its content from archived pages and supplementing other sourced content if necessary. I definitely didn't want someone else purchasing the domain and re-purposing it for something that had nothing in common with the original movie.
So here is my homage to The Murder Game. "Wanna Play?"
Initial release: May 3, 2006
87 minutes, Not rated
Director: Robert Harari
Produced by: Robert Harari
Written by: Robert Harari and Jason Contino
Cast: Katie Sirk, Steve Polites, Ariana Almajan, Cheryl Scungio, More
Distributed by: Warner Bros., Lightyear Entertainment
Production Status: More Production Photos
Check out Katie and Vince and other members of the cast and crew.
Production Status: Check out the Murder Game Forum!
Murder Game now has it's own forum. So have at us...I mean...it!
Murder Game Forum
Production Status: Even More Stills to Thrill and Amaze
Two more photo galleries to see!
Production Status: Some New Stills From The Shoot
Check out these two photo galleries from our main location.
Production Status: The Trailer is UP!
The trailer is now posted and ready to view. We have Windows Media and QuickTime in high resolution and low resolution for all you 56K modem people. So get to the trailer page and check it out!
Production Status: Update
Keep an eye on the site! A teaser trailer is coming soon!
Also, check these pics.
Production Status: Stills From Main Location Shoot
Check out these two photo galleries from our main location shoot.
Production Status: Main Location Wrapped
Shooting has now wrapped for our main location. We will be shooting our
exteriors and opening sequences in the spring. Photos from the set will
be up shortly.
Production Status: First special effects day
Last night marked the first effects day. Our effects man Maz did an
amazing job bringing our warped visions to reality and we are looking
forward to three more days of bloody mayhem.
Production Status: Shooting has begun
Last night was the first night of principal photography. We had a lot of
pages to cover and our cast and crew did a great job getting things done.
One down, eleven more to go!
Production Status: Shooting begins in one week
We officially start shooting one week from today. Keep checking here for status reports, production photos, and all the gossip that is fit to print.
Production Status: Stills From Rehearsal
New photos of our cast and crew during our latest rehearsals.
Production Status: Stills From Rehearsal
Here are some behind the scenes photos of our cast and crew during our latest rehearsals.
Production Status: Rehearsals Have Begun
Rehearsals have begun and are going great. We couldn't be happier with the cast and they are truly bringing their characters to life...and death! The crew is now forming, and tech scouts will begin in the next few weeks.
Production Status: Casting Closed
The Murder Game is now officially cast. Our actors headshots and blurbs will be appearing shortly on the cast and crew section of the site so go check them out. Thank you to everyone we saw, we had an amazing turnout. Now let the rehearsals begin!
Production Status: Still Casting
We are still casting "The Murder Game". We are looking for non-union talent that look high school age. If you are interested in our upcomming auditions on Thursday September 16th and Friday September 17th, please email us a headshot and resume. These aren't open calls, they are by appointment only. Send your information to email@example.com
Production Status: Casting
The script is locked and we are currently engaging in multiple casting calls in Baltimore, Maryland and the surrounding areas. Call backs are underway, but none of the roles have been officially cast as of yet.
Steve Polites as Eric
Katie Sirk as Trish
Samuel Klein as Colin
Julia Pickens as Lucy
Christina Marchano as Sarah
Ariana Almajan as Carrie
Vince Eustace as Will
Erik Solliard as Dexter
Max Hambleton as Donny
Sarah - Christina Marchand
Christina Marchand is a seasoned actress who was born and raised in the Boston area. A professional model for 10 years, she has graced the pages of magazines like Cosmopolitan and starred in many commercials and film shorts. Christina is very excited to bring the role of Sarah to life and hopes that this project will be her big break. To view Christina's online portfolio and credits, visit her website atwww.christinamarchand.exploretalent.com
Eric - Steve Polites
Steve is from Baltimore, MD and is currently studying Theatre at Towson University. As for The Murder Game, he is excited to be working on his first film. Let the heads, I mean good times roll.
Carrie - Ariana Almajan
Ariana Almajan is from California but currently resides in Washington, DC. Her resume includes roles in feature films, independent shorts, television, and local theater. She is very happy to be a part of this project!
Collin - Samuel Klein
Samuel Klein is an up-and-coming actor hailing from the Garden State--New Jersey. He has worked on two other independent films, as well as several shorts, a music video, & an episode of WCW Nitro. In addition, he has multiple theatre credits to his name. So, what motivates Samuel Klein? "I've always wanted to be an actor; the idea of entertaining & enthralling an audience is what drives me." Any thoughts or advice for other up-and-comers? He remarks wistfully, "My advice is best absorbed through my favorite quote: Always shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you'll still be among the stars." You can view Samuel's headshots & resume atwww.greerlange.com/samuelklein
Trish - Katie Sirk
My name is Katie Sirk, I'm 18 years old, and was born and raised in Maryland. I've acted since I was 9 years old, but can't wait to start with this project because it's the first big gig I've had.
Donny - Max Hambleton
Max Hambleton is very excited to be a part of such a great project as The Murder Game. While his career in acting began in the theatre, it has moved more and more into film and television. Other screen credits include "Boner", "Threads", and "The Wire". Max would like to thank his family and especially his grandfather T. Edward Hambleton.
Lucy - Julia Pickens
Julia is a native of LaPlata, Maryland, and is currently an acting major at Towson University. She has worked in school, community theater, and on Towson University's television station. She is very excited about her first film experience. She'd like to thank her beloved cat, The Dude, for all of his meows.
Will - Vince Eustace
Vince is a native of Baltimore and currently studying theater at Towson University. As a young lad, he had but one career aspiration: National Basketball Association superstar. Due to his inability to play offense, defense (man to man or zone) or shoot free throws, his coach decided that basketball was not the path for young Vince, but perhaps his quirky antics on the bench and lockerroom would translate well into acting. It hasn't, but that hasn't stopped The Murder Game team for giving him this
opportunity. For that, he is thankful.
Dexter - Erik Soulliard
Over the past four years Erik Soulliard has been building his film credits with strong supporting and lead roles in independent and student films. Erik is excited about working with the creative team behind The Murder Game and is looking forward to bringing the character of Dexter to life on the big screen. You can view Erik's resume, clips from his reel, and additional photos on his website at www.eriksoulliard.com
The Major - Jay Stine
Bio and Headshot Coming Soon
Robert Harari - Director, Writer, Producer
Robert Harari was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1976. After taking community college courses that seemed to lead nowhere, he decided to chase down his dream and become a filmmaker. At Towson University, he learned the ropes, collaborated with other students on a handful of films and eventually got mixed up with the likes of Jason Contino. Since the teaming, Rob and Jason have produced two award winning short films: “The Puzzle” and “Midnight Sun.” After working with friend and fellow filmmaker David A. Cross on his feature, "GhostWatcher," Rob and Jason felt it was time they tackled the feature film genre themselves with, “The Murder Game.” Of course the duo hope this film will embody all the greatness of their previous films and launch their careers to new heights...but, more importantly, they just want to scare the hell out of you!
Jason Contino - Director of Photography, Writer, Producer
Born in the late seventies in the city of brotherly love, Jason always had a love of horror. He was constantly watching or shooting horror films with his friends, or attempting to gross someone out by cutting off a limb at a family function. He attended Towson University where he received a degree in film and met fellow co-conspirator Robert Harari. They made two successful shorts together "The Puzzle" and "Midnight Sun", and decided it was time to make their feature debut. The script is written for "The Murder Game" and pre-production is underway. Hopefully when all is said and done, "The Murder Game" will be a scary good time.
David A. Cross - Assistant Director