Monday, October 17, 2011



Las Vegas, Nevada -October 17, 2011- Curse of the Phantom Shadow, a short concept film based on the popular genres of film noir, pulp magazines, dime store novels and Republic movie serials, has completed nearly 75% of its principle photography.

The year is 1948 and the United States has a new enemy, The Phantom Shadow. This dark figure has diabolical plans for captured War Department scientist, Dr. Hammond and his weapons of mass destruction. The government is forced to take action when the Phantom Shadow launches a treacherous missile attack on key locations in the United States.

In times like this, there is only one man to call, Agent 236, an elite government operative.

Along the way, Agent 236 is befriended by a spunky, sarcastic, gas station attendant who just happens to have pinup girl good looks. She also just happens to be looking for a little action and excitement and Agent 236 is just the man to fulfill her dreams. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Agent 236 puts the station attendant and her tow truck into service in pursuit of the Phantom Shadow.

Paying homage to the great stories that came before, Pulp enthusiasts new and old will find something to like in Phantom Shadow. Within the movie there is a secret decoder badge, a Phantom Shadow radio drama, and of course a teaser for the next chapter. The movie also features cameo appearances of old Vegas, the Brown Derby in Hollywood, some stars of the 1940s, and a top secret mysterious appearance by the enigmatic Howard Hughes. Along the way there are nods to Star Wars, Ayn Rand (Atlas Shrugged), and a few other surprises for sci fi genre fans.

Curse of the Phantom Shadow has been primarily shot in the Las Vegas area and on soundstages in North Hollywood. Shooting is once again ramping up to complete the film's climax, a duel between a 1940's vintage tow truck, a pin up girl, and a 10 story high assault robot.

Staff and crew have been dedicated to the project for the last three years as director Mark Ross has funded the entire project from his personal savings. Mark Ross has had the project in development for almost 10 years, while he had custom props built. The film features elaborate props, a secret government agent, and a retro style similar to Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

Recent set backs in the economy had put the production tion into jeopardy. Mark Ross has depleted his available funds. A kickstarter fundraising campaign has been started to keep the project on track and finish shooting the film's climax:

Mark Ross

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