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    Product of Hate -- "The Unholy Manipulator"


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    Band Name: Product of Hate
    Song Title: The Unholy Manipulator
    Album Name: The Unholy Manipulator EP
    Director: James Zahn
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    Wisconsin's PRODUCT OF HATE has released their long-awaited short film, "The Unholy Manipulator." Starring Ashley Laurence (HELLRAISER, Slipknot's "Snuff") in the title role, and featuring Tim Lovelace (MOSQUITO) as her victim, the film features special make-up and visual FX by Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps. Kurtzman (creator of FROM DUSK 'TILL DAWN, director of WISHMASTER) also served as a producer on the ambitious short film.

    "The Unholy Manipulator" first appeared online in an exclusive premiere on October 29, 2012 on leading horror website, Bloody-Disgusting.

    Synopsis: "When a customer in a small, independent video store decides to taunt the clerk, the line between reality and fantasy are tested as the two find themselves facing off in a horrific world of torture, monsters, and mayhem."

    Viewers should be on the lookout for homages to several cult films including THE WARRIORS, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, and FARGO. In one not-so-subtle nod to RESERVOIR DOGS, the band re-enacts the famous "ear-cutting" scene, allowing FX Supervisor Robert Kurtzman (who worked with Quentin Tarantino on the 1992 film as part of KNB EFX Group) to recreate the gory effect.

    "Working with Robert Kurtzman was a huge honor for all of us, given his enormous body of work that we practically grew up on," said Product of Hate lead guitarist Geno Rathbone. "As a band from Southeastern Wisconsin, suffice to say there's been more than a few nights spent watching plenty of horror movies over the years, many of which Bob has contributed to. He's assembled an incredible crew at Precinct 13 Entertainment/Creature Corps, and being able to watch them work was really something special. We wanted to create a throwback music video, but more of a short film or 'longform' piece that could be fun for both the metal and horror communities. As for Ashley Laurence, to have such an iconic figure in the horror genre become the face of our short film was something completely unexpected as she was brought on-board by producer, Scott Licina. A few tweaks to the overall story were tailored to Ashley as she appears as herself on DVD cases in the 'real world' sequences, and as those boxes and posters state on their tagline -- 'Ashley Laurence is The Unholy Manipulator' when we enter the fantasy world. In the end, she did a hell of a job kicking some ass on-screen, and looked great while doing it. The whole thing was shot under the direction of our friend, James Zahn, who insisted on having a tree shredder involved."

    "The Unholy Manipulator" serves as a companion film to PRODUCT OF HATE's 2010 debut EP of the same name. The project was filmed over the course of three days in and around the towns of Crestline and Galion, Ohio. Among the stellar talent on the behind-the-scenes crew were Assistant Director Gary Jones (director of the upcoming BUNYAN), makeup artist Beki Ingram (contestant on SyFy's Face Off Season 2), camera operator David H. Greathouse (director of vids for Mushroomhead, Dawn of Ashes -- featured contestant on SyFy's upcoming Face Off Season 4), and Cinematographer Franklin Purtiman (THE RAGE, THE DEAD MATTER). Director/Editor James Zahn recently created videos for Dirge Within and Fear Factory. For a full list of credits, please visit

    PRODUCT OF HATE is: Adam Gilley (vocals), Mike McGuire (drums), Mark Campbell (bass), Cody Rathbone (guitar), Geno Rathbone (lead guitar).

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