According to a posting on the LILLIAN AXE web site, the crew for the upcoming horror movie "Tao of M" — which is being shot by Velvet Life Productions, the production company formed by LILLIAN AXE/NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE guitarist Steve Blaze, Eric Morris and director James L. Bills, in a joint venture with Isis Films — are in the process of regrouping as the city of New Orleans slowly comes back to life following Hurricane Katrina. Production is expected to resume late February 2006.
Bills and his family were trapped for seven days following Hurricane Katrina, during which time he filmed a documentary of all they saw and endured. A trailer for this documentary, entitled "Refuge of Last Resort", is available on the "Tao of M" web site. Music was written by Steve Blaze. Also on the "Tao of M" web site is a NEAR LIFE EXPERIENCE music video for "Retrieve the Bodies", which is a featured song in the movie. LILLIAN AXE and CATCH VELVET music will also be featured.
As previously reported, "Tao of M" was expected to feature an appearance by TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele, who was set to take on the role of Viktor Baine, the vampire who sires Midael, another vampire who terrorizes New Orleans, played by Steve Blaze. Morris also stars, and members of TWISTED SISTER are slated to portray a group of "false priests" who get on Midael's bad side, according to Fangoria. Bills is directing the hi-def production, produced by Milena Rimassa-Merrill and featuring makeup FX by Matt Green, director of "Vicious". Shooting for "Tao of M", which is based on the half-hour indie film "Slayer Zed and the City of the Dead", began in early July. Rimassa-Merrill, President/CEO of Isis Films, took the pre-production trailer for the film, as well as some promotional material, to the the Cannes Film Festival 2005, where it was reportedly well received.