The Stunt People return with a ‘Death Grip’
By Mark Pollard| Published May 31, 2011
It’s been nearly six years since Eric Jacobus and fellow members of San Francisco-area stunt team The Stunt People produced their first feature-length indie actioner CONTOUR to much acclaim from a niche cadre of diehard fans of high-impact, Hong Kong-style screen fighting. Now the team is returning with a new action film and a new attitude.
Currently in pre-production is DEATH GRIP, a film that The Stunt People founder and lead member Eric Jacobus confidently claims will be his “official CONTOUR killer.” Jacobus will direct, choreograph action and star in the production which is based off his original script.
Lowly caterer Kenny Zemacus (Jacobus) finds himself unexpectedly forced to care for his long-forgotten, mentally disabled brother Mark. Tasked with a high-profile museum catering gig, Kenny reluctantly brings Mark along, who becomes captivated by the museum’s showpiece – the world-renowned Sacred Coin of Judas. Mark’s childlike fascination unwittingly entangles the two brothers in an elaborate heist already underway to steal the coin, incidentally pinning the crime on them. Now Kenny must descend into a dark world of militant guerrillas and a murderous Satanic cult to clear their names and save his brother from the coin’s mysterious allure. But little does Kenny know the depths of his own hell he must confront along the way… and how deadly the coin’s grasp can be.
Also starring is producer and assistant director Rebecca Ahn and Nathan Hoskins with supporting roles filled by co-producer and cinematographer Edward Kahana Jr., Chelsea Steffensen, Ray Carbonel, Alvin Hsing, Lucas Okuma, Troy Carbonel, Steve Yu, Dave Yoo, Erika Balasabas, and Shaun Finney.
While no teaser is yet available, The Stunt People recently released a short film that hints at the style of fight choreography we can expect to see in the upcoming feature. HAND OVER FIST pits Jacobus against fellow stunt fighter Hiroshi Adachi in a sequence inspired by the high-impact fight choreography in the Jackie Chan classic WHEELS ON MEALS. The short was directed by Pete Lee and Eric Jacobus.