A veteran character actor who is best known for his indelible performance as a wheelchair-bound psycho creep on “Breaking Bad” is among the actors filming a monster movie in Oxford.
As Dread Central horror writer “Woman In Black” (?) pointed out, you probably don’t know the name — Mark Margolis — but you know his face. That twisted, snarling, dripping with slobber and oozing hate, face.
Yeah, Margolis played Tio, the decrepit, shunned drug lord from “Breaking Bad.” His character could only communicate with a bell, yet was somehow the most terrifying character on the AMC meth-head drama.
Here’s the man in action:
He received an Emmy nomination for his role, but didn’t win, which only proves the Emmy people are crackheads.
Margolis is acting in “Beneath,” the low budget horror movie currently filming in the Naugatuck State Forest in Oxford.
“Beneath” is being filmed for Chiller TV and is scheduled to premier in the spring of 2013.
The movie involves six teens in a boat on a lake under siege by a giant killer fish.
Think Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” crossed with “Jaws” minus “Piranha 2” multiplied by “The Breakfast Club” divided by old-school New York City indie street cred.
A press release issued this week from Glass Eye Pix, the Brooklyn-based company making the flick, sheds more light on the movie’s plot.
“When a group of young friends commemorating their high school graduation take a trip to the remote Black Lake, their celebration turns into a nightmare with the sudden appearance of a bloodthirsty, underwater predator. Stuck in a leaking boat with no oars, the teens face the ultimate tests of friendship and sacrifice during a terror-stricken fight for survival.”
Margolis plays “Mr. Parks, a hardened local authority on the lake’s murky history.”
Margolis, 72, has been in about 1 million movies and television shows. Check out his Internet Movie Database listing.
Here are some photos from the “Beneath” set the Valley Indy published earlier this month:
The movie is being directed by indie auteur Larry Fessenden, who is producing the flick with Peter Phok.
Both guys, along with their company, Glass Eye Pix (and, more specifically, the company’s sub-label, “Scarefilx”), are known for making “low budget but classy” horror flicks, as pointed out in this Fangoria article.
The other cast members, according to the press release: Danny Zovatto (Innocence), Bonnie Dennison (Stake Land, Third Watch), Chris Conroy (Sorority Row), Jonny Orsini (Imogene), Griffin Newman (Political Animals) and Mackenzie Rosman (Seventh Heaven).
Yes, you read that last name correctly. It’s little Ruthie from Seventh Heaven! See previous article.