While looking for a sexy good time in a foreign city, a group of five young Americans becomes trapped inside the confines of a terrifying establishment run by Chinese gangsters. Gangland torture, sleazy sex and perverse porn are just a few of the place’s delights. There’s also a kitchen — and there’s more than just chow mein on the menu. It’s a feast of horror as these kids find themselves in a fight for their lives. This is a night on the town they won’t soon forget!
Live Feed is straight out of the sick and depraved imagination of Ryan Nicholson, director of Torched. After visiting a working porno theater in the downtown east side of Vancouver, the disgusting decor and perversion filled rooms spawned the idea that later became Live Feed.
The cast of Live Feed was a mix of upcoming young actors, Nicholson veterans and an amazing group of Asian actors that completed the melting-pot that is the cast of Live Feed. Rob Scattergood of Torched was cast as the cheating fiance Darren. Taayla Markell was cast as Emily, Darren’s soon-to-be wife. Lee Tichon was brought onboard as Mike, the mouthy, trouble-seeking steroid junkie. Ashley Schappert was cast as Sarah, the coke-snorting, wannabe-goth girlfriend of Mike. Finally, Caroline Chojnacki was cast as Linda, the groupie slut who betrays her best friend and pays the ultimate price. With key cast ready to go, the search was on for the mysterious tour guide. Enter Kevan Ohtsji as Miles/Seiji, the Vancouver local who oozes mystery with every inch of his being. It was a perfect recipe for the bloodbath to come.
Seasoned Asian actors Stephen Chang, Colin Foo and Greg Chan were brought in to play the ultra-violent Triad gang leaders and members. Actor Mike Bennett rounded out the cast of Live Feed as The Giant, a hulking beast of an executioner with a taste for blood. Live Feed went to camera in May of 2005. The exhausting three week shoot filmed in the Venus Theater, a disgusting cinema located in the dangerous, crime-ridden downtown eastside of Vancouver. The cast and crew also shot at the Uranus Nightclub, a strip club and known gang hang-out. The vibrant opening scenes of Live Feed were shot at the lively Richmond Night Market.
“I remember the first first day of filming. We were on set for 1 AM and Lee and I were the first ones to shoot a scene. I had been up since 6 AM that morning and I was super tired. By 3am I was ready to just fall down dead from being so tired. Then Ryan brought out the blood! I had never had so much fun in my life. Sure I was covered head to toe in fake blood — that I later learned would NOT come off — but, at that point I didn’t care. I got to kick, scream, punch and make out with a hot guy… and I was getting paid.”— Ashley Schappert (Sarah)
Live Feed was a difficult shoot. The locations were hard to film in and the all-night shooting schedule only made matters worse. But in the end, when the cameras finished rolling, everyone went away with a sense of accomplishment and new friendships.
Live Feed is the second Plotdigger Film and the first to be released independently of a compilation. Upon its release on DVD, the film created a sensation amongst hardcore horror audiences for its audacity, perverse humour and creative mutilations. To date, MTI Home Video / Redrum Entertainment has released Live Feed across North America in both R-rated and Unrated editions. International editions are also available for various regions.