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Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham with Paula & Rosina Wickham on the Red Carpet

Leading up to Devil’s Five Red Carpet Premiere, it was a lot of work trying to get the word out, promoting the event as much as possible.  I did everything I could to tell people (in person, phone, texting, emails, my website and all related social media), make the effort to land sponsors (I got Darkside Haunted House & Chambers of Horror NY for Devil’s Five Red Carpet Premiere and Long Island Ice Tea for After Party) and attempt to get radio/TV and journalists to cover our night to remember.


Devil’s Five Partners (left to right) Edwin M. Figueroa, Terry R. Wickham and George Brianka

There’s most definitely pressure and a high level of stress that comes with striving to influence people to buy tickets to see our unknown film.  Add that people don’t always have extra money, many don’t like to go out to the theater, combined with the increasing attention deficit level of today’s society, it was a difficult task to say the least.

“Abandoned” Star Siakie Tetteh with Jevon Duff

Also, folks have so many things to choose to do on the last night of their weekend, you can add another level of difficulty.  Plus throw in our culture’s addiction to not letting go of their phones, NFL games, Halloween activities and the Season 8 Premiere of The Walking Dead, it all made it a difficult road to plough.

“The Devil’s FIve (aka The Wraparound) Star Kevin Cusick on the Red Carpet with Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham

Sunday October 22, 2017 was a beautiful day in on Long Island.  The days leading up to that day I approached just like when I direct a movie.  I like to slow things down, simplify my life and try to do the things that relax me and keep me calm.  There is a stillness that I believe works wonders against things that can go a little crazy.  I do a lot of thinking, work out, do yoga and watch parts of movies that inspire me.

“The Devil’s Five (aka The Wraparound)” Actresses Rachael Scarr & Chanise Renae bask in the light of Devil’s Five World Premiere

I wanted to get to Seaford Cinemas early, so I could set up, set the volume level of the movie and be prepared to show a film I’d spent four years making.

“Choke” Actor Kata Peragine gets mic’d for his Red Carpet Interview

As usual, life can take you on turns and like a movie set, things can change like the weather.  I went to pick up a chicken salad for dinner, but Wendy’s drive-thru wasn’t fast at all and I ended up waiting 20 minutes in the drive-up window line.  Then when I got to the theater, I was behind with all the hustle and bustle that I never even got to set the volume level of the theater because I was doing other things that were necessary.

Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham with “Stash”/”The Devil’s Five (aka The Wraparound)” and “Choke” Actor Jesse Ray Sheps

As a director we like to think we have some control.  The truth is we can’t make money grow on trees, we cannot stop the clock from it’s endless circling and the weather, forget having power of that.  Mother Nature does what she wants to do.  People, that’s a whole other story.  We can’t snap our fingers and give them all the same work ethic, commitment to the film or drive to endure countless hours of filming/promoting etc.  Unfortunately, this is all just part of the process of making movies.

“Abandoned” (left to right) Star Aaron Mathias, 1st AC Giorgio Savona, Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham and Director of Photography Adrian Popescu

When I was a senior in high school right before graduation, my school, Snohomish High School (in Snohomish, Washington) passed out a magazine to all Seniors to give all of us something to read to inspire us to go forward with our lives.

Lucky for me this magazine had Rob Bottin, the Special Make-up Effects Artist from John Carpenter’s The Thing on the cover. Inside there was a huge article about how involved he got it on that film (which is one of my three favorite movies and the film that solidified me wanting to become a film director) and the incredible details about how long & hard he worked on that film.

Bottin spent a year working on the effects, most of which had never been attempted on film or duplicated since. The werewolf-like bearded effects whiz led a full team of artists into uncharted science-fiction horror territory and ending up in the hospital with nervous exhaustion.  His unearthly work ethic, combined out of the world creativity was something I admired and was determined to imitate.  Looking back at that now, I don’t know if sometimes if it’s a blessing or curse I choose to follow in his dedicated footsteps.

It was moving seeing all the people that came to support Devil’s Five. The turnout was big-time and everyone was excited to see the film.  This included not only cast and crew from all five movies, but friends, acquaintances, coworkers from each of the respective members of the films and total strangers who learned about our Red Carpet World Premiere in some way.

“Stash”/”The Devil’s Five (aka The Wraparound) actor Michael Pope, his friend Brenda Albert and Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham

Some of the folks I had not seen in near 30 years. Others in time increments short of that, but still long periods of time ranging from 5 to 10 years and so on.  The fact that those people would come to see our movie was incredibly gratifying and something that we did not take for granted. For them to choose us was inspiring and humbling at the same time.

Stash Actress Tina Surabian & husband with Producer/Director Terry R. Wickham

Seeing all the people that showed up to support Devil’s Five one couldn’t help but be touched deep inside. This happened on multiple levels because these people cared enough to be there for us and did what they had to, to view the film in it’s greatest exhibition setting.

“Stash” Music Composer Geoff Tyson, Producer/Director Terry R. Wickham and Writer Timothy David Clark

I was literally blown away that “Stash” Music Composer Geoff Tyson flew in from Prague.  Others drove from all over New Jersey, New York City and Long Island.  Larry Levy (our Riverhead Representative) drove down from Utica and caught just the last 25 minutes of the movie, but the fact he made it for even a part of the movie meant a lot.

“Abandoned” Stars Aaron Mathias & Siakie Tetteh with Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham

Meeting new people, seeing old friends and reuniting with the cast and crews was remarkable. I was very aware that the chances of seeing all those people together one place again was probably not likely to happen again. So I cherished it.

The Red Carpet was a little bit difficult to navigate since there were so many folks in the lobby. We had to take our turns getting in front of the camera for photos and at the same time Nicholas Girimonte & his documentary team tried doing interviews for the documentary they are creating to chronicle of momentous evening.

Devil’s Five Red Carpet World Premiere Documentary Crew (left to right) Issac Wong, Sal Peretti, Deddrick Raymond, Daniel Pomboyno and Nick Girimonte

I spent a great deal of time preparing my Introduction for the film. I wanted to try to inform the audience as much as possible about the difficulties we faced making Devil’s Five.

FIlmmaker Terry R. Wickham’s Introduction of Devil’s Five

I wasn’t doing this for pity or any kind of self-gratification. I thought it was important the audience knew some the many obstacles we had to overcome to get Devil’s Five to the big screen. I felt that if I was sitting in the audience I would want to know those things, since it would ultimately make me appreciate the movie even more. I planned to only speak 8 to 9 minutes. I probably spoke closer to double that, but the whole time I was conscious of the audience’s reaction and my sense of what I should say. I must have done okay as I got a lot of compliments afterwards.

Watching Devil’s Five on the big screen with audience was just thrilling experience for myself and I’m sure my two partners in the other theater (Edwin told me the next night seeing it on the big screen was great).

“The Devil’s Five (aka The Wraparound)” Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham with Actress Nadie Lahaie

We sold enough tickets that I had my cast and crew from “The Devil’s’ Five (aka The Wraparound)”, “Abandoned” and “Stash” and the ticket buyers I had influenced in one theater. While George and Edwin had their cast and crew from “Don’t Say These Words” and “Choke” and the tickets they sold in a second theater.

“Abandoned” Stars Aaron Mathias and Siakie Tetteh

It was beyond cool listen to the audience react to scares, suspense, humor and drama.  There were laughs, I heard some screams and saw people covering their face in fear throughout the entire running time of the film.  This made the experience a it lot of fun for everyone in attendance.

“Abandoned” Red Dress Maker Grace Obeng, Writer/Director Terry R. Wickham, Star Siakie Tetteh

After the film finished, there was rousing deep-felt response, which was made everything it took to get to this point worth it.  Then I did a Q&A in my theater for about 15 minutes and George & Edwin did a shorter Q&A in their theater.

“Abandoned” Dress Designer Grace Obeng & Star Siakie Tetteh are living it up on the Red Carpet Devil’s Five World Premiere

After the last credit I got a lot of great responses from audience members.  I tried to poll as many people as I could to get a feel on what they really liked, and the truth is I heard lots of different answers to what was their favorite episode.

Audience members Brandon Brass, Andrew Cohen and Michelle Morales are psyched to see Devil’s Five

Also I asked as many people as I could about what was the scariest part, I heard a lot of different reactions, which I took as a very good thing since Devil’s Five has so many different things offer. Everyone seems to agree that all the segments are totally different, which made our film diverse and very entertaining.

Left to right Sal Peretti films interviews, while Deddrick Raymond takes stills on the Red Carpet

I had to breakdown the Red Carpet banners and all the stuff I had brought to the theater, so by the time I got to Runyon’s for the After Party, a lot of people had already left, but I still spent a good hour talking to those who remained at got a lot of great feedback from both regular audience members and loved catching up with cast & crew.

Brandon Brass and Glenn McBride with Devil’s Five Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham

I’m a little surprised that there were at least 25 people that bought tickets that didn’t show and just as many cast & crew that cancelled coming in the few days leading up to the event.  I also expected probably fifty more people beyond that who seemed like they were genuinely coming but never showed.  In today’s world of flakey, flighty, unreliable people, Devil’s Five Red Carpet World Premiere still attracted almost 300 people into two movie theaters.  It’s an accomplishment and event nobody will soon forget.


Darkside Haunted House to Sponsor Devil’s Five Red Carpet World Premiere

5184 NY-25A, Wading River, NY 11933

Filmmaker Terry R. Wickham is excited to announce that Darkside Haunted House will be sponsoring upcoming October 22 Devil’s Five Red Carpet World Premiere.

Wickham says, “Darkside Haunted House has been scaring folks since 1998.  That fact they were selected by Buzzfeed.com as one of the 25 haunted houses across America that will scare the crap out of you, makes them perfect partner to team up with.

Darkside has two attractions in one, as they have both an Outdoor Attraction “The Village” and an indoor Attraction “The House.”  This is why you should want to experience their unique variety of scary settings.

I’m really thrilled Darkside Owner Mike Meola was willing to help promote our film and we will return the favor by promoting his haunted house.

What many might find cool and even synergistic is that Darkside Haunted House is located literally right up the road from where half of “The Devil’s Five” segment was shot, the 7,000 foot airport runway in Executive Air Park in Calverton.”


To promote Devil’s Five Red Carpet World Premiere, Saturday October 14th between 7pm and Midnight Writer/Director/Producer Terry R. Wickham, “Abandoned” Star Siakie Tetteh,  “The Devil’s Five”/”Stash”/”Choke Actor/Producer Richard Kern and “Choke” Actress Dazzle Lin will be at Darkside Haunted House.  The filmmaker and actors will be showing the trailers for Devil’s Five feature film, selling tickets for the Red Carpet Premiere, taking photos and talking about the movie.  Make a trip out to experience the spooky fun.




Stash is finally completed!

On Monday July 10th, 2017,  the slow-burn atmospheric “Stash” finally reached completion.  Stash is the second of five segments that make up the feature film Devil’s Five to be finished.

Terry directs young Jesse Ray Sheps, Richard Kern and Almog Pail in “Stash”

Producer-Director Terry R. Wickham talks about it, “I am extremely proud to have finished this movie, because in more one day it will be 3 years since we shot our first shooting day (July 12, 2014).  But more than surviving that long time frame, it is deeply gratifying overcoming all of problems we had to face.  As the Director of the film, I had to have not only the ultimate vision of what the film could be, but the endurance of a marathon runner and the inhuman patience of Michael Myers.   But you know what,  against the odds and disbelief of some people who doubted me, I accomplished my goal and fulfilled my vision of the film and I didn’t do it alone.

Executive Producer-Actor Richard Kern on the set of Stash @ Inwood Hill Park 7/19/14

First off, we didn’t raise enough money on our Indiegogo campaign to make the movie . Then Executive Producer-Actor Richard Kern stepped in the last hour of the campaign to donate a significant amount of money that enabled us to go forward and shoot the film. Not only did Rick support the movie with funds, but he also generously gave us his commercial van to transport all the equipment to and from shoots.  This was gigantic after we spent $500 a weekend the first shooting weekend renting a U-Haul van.  Without his van, we could not have afforded to haul the equipment needed for the rest of the shooting weekends.  Plus Rick chipped in more money, so that we could afford insurance on the movie.  He was unbelievably supportive.

Almog Pail stars as “Faith Daniels’ in Stash

Then we had to shoot at totally different locations than what was in the script, because we couldn’t secure those original locations.  The Salvetti family ended up allowing us to shoot on their 17 acres of wooded property in Califon, NJ, which was another huge help towards making Stash reality.  Many thanks to G. Paul Salvetti for playing such a big role in this happening.

A daytime view of the awesome location the Salvetti’s provided for Stash

Since we were severely under the budget needed, we had no choice to hire a sound recordist/sound designer who wasn’t really up to snuff.  This ended up becoming a nightmare.  This sound recordist/designer only showed up for half the time (which meant half the movie was silent) and when he did, the sound was so poorly recorded we had almost no usable dialogue.  Six months later, after replacing him with another sound designer, I had the cast re-record all of their dialogue (ADR) for the movie.  Afterwards, I thought this second sound designer was working on the sound over the summer of 2015, only to find out he lost his Visa and was shipped back to Europe.  Then in the fall of 2015, I got a third sound designer, who after starting working on it, resigned saying it was just going to be too much work to do.

Stash Director Terry R. Wickham, Sound Designer Thomas Jackson and Actor Jonathan Weirich “Minister Malcolm” in an ADR Session

So I had to find a fourth sound designer, whose name was Thomas Jackson.  Thomas determined the ADR that was recorded with second guy was not good enough and I was forced to bring back the entire cast  to perform all the dialogue a third time!  I give all the actors a ton of credit for doing this.

Almog Pail let’s it out as “Faith Daniels” in the second go around of Stash ADR Sessions in New York , NY

Thankfully Thomas was a up & coming pro and had use of professional audio recording rooms, at an audio school he was attending in Manhattan.  This proved to be pivotal because we didn’t have the money to rent out those types of sound recording rooms.

Sound Designer Bryan Lopes finished the last twenty percent needed to complete “Stash.” His expert skills and taste really brought the movie to a higher level,

You would think that was the end of the sound problems.  But after Thomas worked on the movie from January 2016 to first week of December 2016 (finishing about 80 percent of the sound work needed) without warning he totally stopped communicating and I never heard from him again.  I had no choice but to find a fifth sound designer and that’s where Bryan Lopes stepped in.  I can’t thank Bryan enough for being the sound closer for Stash.  I had all sorts of ideas on how to improve the film and together with his talent & an ear for finding just the right sounds, the work he did made Stash a heck of a lot more creepy and genuinely atmospheric.


The other major problem was that “Stash” is a movie that’s about a smart phone applicated scavenger hunt.  Every time we photographed the phone, we set it up with a green screen with black XXs, so that later in post, we could add our own motion graphic App. The original editor was going to handle this issue, but after a year and a half he still hadn’t tackled it.  So I replaced the editor and had to find someone who would (with no money).  After searching, I thought I found a VFX artist from School of Visual Arts, but ultimately she backed out and I really didn’t know if we were ever going to be able to pull it off.  Somehow a VFX Artist from Los Angeles named Martin Bresino contacted me and ended up doing all the smart phone VFX needed and he even created a onscreen demon for the movie.  To this day, I’ve never even seen a picture of Martin, but he really saved our film.  Without his amazing flawless VFX, we wouldn’t have a finished film.

The “EditingNinja” Jason Paluck, took over Editing “Stash” and even contributed some VFX shots

I can’t leave out Editor Jason Paluck.  A year and a half into the films making, Jason took over for the original editor.  He immediately went to work making trims, doctoring footage, color correcting the movie and even doing some of the visual effects Martin Bresino didn’t have time to do.  Jason has become not only a good friend, but an invaluable member of the Devil’s Five team and really cares about the outcome, since he edited both Stash and Abandoned.

Producer/Director Terry R. Wickham on the Califon, NJ set of “Stash”

Those who know me, know I’m incredibly motivated individual. But there was something that really drove me to finish Stash and make it the best it could be.  It was my former friend’s (a friend since 1987) response to seeing a rough cut of the movie. In his own words ( I’m copying & pasting a portion of his last email), “There’s also a huge issue with Stash. In my opinion, it would be impossible to make a releasable version of Stash. If you insist on trying to release Stash, I’m telling you it will only hurt your reputation and everyone else’s in it.  Stash simply does not work anyway.”

Director Terry R. Wickham defends his vision of Stash against all naysayers

His words and the lack of faith from a few other friends lit a fire under me.  I was determined to do everything I could, with the assistance of the talented post-production people mentioned above, to prove him/them wrong and to show the world the film’s numerous qualities.

Cast and crew of the “Bake Sale” scene for Stash 7/26/14

In the end, including all cast & crew, 56 People worked on “Stash.” It was a gigantic effort for such a challenging 31-minute low-budget film like ours, to overcome everything mentioned in this blog and even more that I didn’t say. The finished film is a real testament to everyone involved.  I can’t thank the cast and crew enough for all they did to make it happen.”