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The Unwilling

The Unwilling by Oscar nominee Jonathan Heap

Evil is inside

6 family members gather for the reading of a will. It comes with a mysterious box. Who will leave alive?

Starring David Lipper, Dina Meyer, Levy Tran, Austin Highsmith, Jake Thomas, Robert Rusler, Bree Williamson and  Lance Henrickson.  

USA 82 minutes I Supernatural Horror Thriller  I Sales by Vision Films I Festivals contact I Trailer I Website I Facebook I Twitter I Youtube I Soundtrack by Stephen Melillo I


Blackout Film Festival  Best picture, best director
Oregon Film Awards  Best narrative feature
Film Playoff Tournament Best film, best director, best actor David Lipper
Toronto Spring of Horror and Fantasy Best Effects 
The Indie Horror Film Festival Best actress Dina Meyer, best story
Houston WorldFest Gold Remi Award
Silver Scream Festival  Best horror feature                       
High Desert International Film Fest Best Feature Film
IIPMF Ancona Best CGI Best Supporting Actor Lance Henriksen and Best Horror Feature 
Hot Springs Horror Film Festival Best Horror Feature Film
Edmonton Festival of Fear Best Actor David Lipper
Hot Springs International Horror Film Festival Best Horror Feature Film
The British Horror Film Festival Best Supporting Actor for Lance Henricksen  
Tabloid Witch Awards Best Visual Effects


Monsterpalooza Convention Horrifies Los Angeles by "The Unwilling" Philip David Morton

Article by Philip David Morton, first published on Huffingtonpost, where he is a contributor. He produced the Unwilling.


The thriller THE UNWILLING Producers, Jim Johnston, director Jonathan Heap, Julia Verdin, Philip Morton

Monsterpalooza, the annual horror fan convention for horror-geeks, Deadites and Dread-heads, happening this weekend in Pasadena has already drawn over 12,000 attendants, and finishes off its last day, today at the Pasadena Convention Center, just one block south of ‘Old Town’ in Pasadena.

Second only to ComiCon in magnitude of fan power, I found myself coming face to face with disturbing nightmares from my unconscious crawling the halls of the event. Standing next to full size Demagorgon from Stranger Things, killer Orcs, the sick, dead and undying, one finds horror fans and aficionados of every type who have spent weeks and perhaps months perfecting costumes to wear all day and put on display at this abhorant affair.


Monsterpalooza main exhibit hall

In the massive exhibition hall one has the feeling that 700 horror movies exploded over the walls and tables as hundreds of vendors showcase their horror-ware, from masks, to bloody limbs, to make up styles, techniques and living displays, to terrifying prosthetics, and an extraordinary display of masks and mayhem.

Tony Timpone, Programmer and moderator for the event was hoping this year would be the best edition yet.

It has far exceeded my expectations. We have a record attendance, scores of vendors and lots of cool horror Cosplay going on. It’s been overwhelming! Jennifer Tilly was a hoot. She was so funny on stage and made time for all her fans. She signed and took pictures for free, a real pro. This event will be our best one yet.


Phenomonimal art from the creator of Kosart, with the author.



Solo artists, small effects companies, veteran designers and their shops as well as Hollywood Studio level production factories were in attendance.


Terror from MageeFX studios

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Ironhead Studios make the masks for THE AVENGERS


Ben Affleck’s original Batman suit from BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN built by Ironhead Studios

Fans, as well as myself, were geeking out at seeing Loki’s helmet from the Avengers, the Batman suit for Batman vs. Superman both made by Ironhead Studios for Warner Brothers, as well as unique and original monstrous creations from the likes of Imaginerick, a designer and his studio who’s devised devilish creations for Gaurdians of the Galaxy, and many other artists who displayed the heads of Cthulhu, aliens, zombies and robots on their tables.


Stunning designs from Imagineric


Sisi Cronin, publicist for Vision Films and some friends.

Fans also line up for hours to have a signed photograph and a moment of living horror with genre icons Robert England, who played ‘Freddy’ in Friday the 13th, as well as Linda Blair from the Excorcsit, not to mention the over sixty other famous faces from the screen including Nancy Allen (Robocop) and George Wendt (Cheers) among others. Make up susperstars Tom Savini (Dawn of the Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn) and Todd Masters (Robocop 2014, Tales from the Crypt) and many more technical geniuses were on hand to discuss their tricks of the trade during speaking events that go all day through the weekend.


Director Jonathan Heap of the thriller THE UNWILLING, with Freddy ‘look alike’. (Robert Englund, the original Freddy, was also on hand signing autographs in an event room)

The Event also hosts films and film makers, including Dead Awake, directed by Philip Guzman, The Cult of Chucky, from creator Don Mancini and the American Premiere of The Unwilling, a new horror film from Director Jonathan Heap (academy award nominated for his short 12:01PM). Reunions of film franchises like Friday the 13th and The Lost Boys are also scheduled throughout the weekend.


THE UNWILLING stars, Bree Williamson, Austin Highsmith and Producer/actor David Lipper


THE UNWILLING has their question and answer panel after their American Premier at Monsterpalooza. Producer Julia Verdin, Actors Bree Williamson, David Lipper, Director Jonathan Heap, Actress Austin Highsmith, Executive Producer Gianluca Bertoni


Gianluca Bertone, Executive Producer of THE UNWILLING (far right) discusses the high tech 4K capture of the shooting and post production of the film, making it studio level quality and the highest level of production.


THE UNWILLING cast signs for fans, Bree Williamson, Austin Highsmith, David Lipper

If you need trouble sleeping at night, or want to see new levels of horror in the real world you have yet to imagine, tickets are still available as the event runs through today from 11AM-6PM.

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