July 9, 2007 / 3:35 PM / 10 years ago

Finland's Lordi monster band to make fright film

<p>Finland's representative Lordi performs the song "Hard rock hallelujah" during the final of the 2006 Eurovision song contest in Athens Olympic indoor arena, in this file photo from May 20, 2006. Lordi have donned their scary personas for a new horror film partly written by the band's lead singer Mr. Lordi.John Kolesidis</p>

OULU, Finland (Reuters Life!) - Finnish monster hard rock band Lordi have donned their scary personas for a new horror film partly written by the band's lead singer Mr. Lordi.

The five-piece 2006 Eurovision song contest winners who never appear in public unless they are dressed as an ancient mummy, a vampire countess, a hell bull, an alien manbeast and the heavily made-up Mr. Lordi, will stalk the silver screen in the film "Dark Floors" dressed as their monstrous alter egos.

The film, planned to premiere in early 2008, is set in a hospital, where a deadly monster attack stops time and leaves the fate of survivors in the hands of an autistic girl.

"I am looking forward to the premiere to see the whole film finished, and I hope it is scary," Mr. Lordi told Reuters on the set of Dark Floors.

"We were thinking what kind of environment would be cool for a horror movie that has not been used many times before, and a hospital was perfect," Mr. Lordi said.

Around 100 million Europeans watched the Finnish rockers clinch their country's first victory in the 2006 annual Eurovision Song Contest with "Hard Rock Hallelujah", in a show characterized by over-the-top, horror-show theatrics and mock-demonic imagery.

They have since gone on tour in the United States and headlined at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Helsinki. Mr. Lordi said earlier this year the band hoped to record a fourth album.

Lordi has sold more than 300,000 copies of its album the Arockalypse, which includes the "Hard Rock Hallelujah" song that won Eurovision and propelled them to fame.

Pete Riski is directing the film and has co-written it. This will be his first time in charge of a feature movie, but he knows the monsters quite well, as he has directed all of Lordi's music videos.


Even though the movie is being shot in the region of Finland where Lordi originates from, the script is in English and most of the actors - besides the five monsters - are British.

One of the most experienced members of the cast, Ronald Pickup, had never starred in a horror movie before joining Dark Floors and the Finnish monster ensemble makes him a bit jumpy.

"It is a very haunting and strange script and very disturbing. You are not quite sure absolutely what it is about when you first read it," Pickup said at a make-up session.

"As we have been playing it and filming it, it has got a very strange hypnotic quality and I think it's very interesting. I mean it is very scary and it is very unusual."

Less frightened is the 12 year-old British actress Skye Bennett, who plays the autistic girl, destined to save the last survivors from the monsters. Despite her young age, she says the Finnish monsters don't faze her in the least.

"The thing that I am most scared about is actually watching the movie, because of all the music and everything probably built up to make it even worse than actually shooting it," Bennett said on the set between takes.

Two months of filming will wrap up in the end of July, and Lordi is set to continue its tour of the United States.

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