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Film Roles: "Decoys"

Filmed Winter/Spring 2003; Theatrical release (Canada) -- February 27th '04. Character: Detective Francis Kirk


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Richard Burgi and the lead cast of DECOYS [08 Feb 04] *** "DECOYS" premieres across Canada on February 27th, receives mixed reviews *** -- Though Canadian Burgi fans were delighted to see Richard on the big screen and greatly enjoyed his performance, fans and Canadian film critics alike tended to find the film holding its own in some areas and wanting in others.

Canadian moviegoers covered the critical spectrum, from "loved it," to "hated it," and all points in between. Some viewers greatly enjoyed the mix of dark comedy and horror, while others were put off by it, and some saw the film as more than a little campy. 

As Liz Braun of the Toronto Sun said, "Decoys is part science-fiction, part horror and part comedy, and some of the laughs are even intentional."  Braun added, "There's something breezy and cheeky about Decoys. The film's best feature is that it never takes itself too seriously, but that's also its biggest flaw." (Follow the link below to read all of Braun's review).

A selection of reviews can be found at the following websites:

Toronto Sun review:
http://jam.canoe.ca/JamMoviesReviewsD/decoys-sun.html

Calgary Sun review:
http://www.calgarysun.com/

Eye Weekly review:
http://www.eye.net/

Hollywood North Report review:
http://www.hollywoodnorthreport.com/

Viewer reviews are also available at various sites, which are listed below:

The IMDb website; search under "Decoys" at http://www.imdb.com/Title?0357585
and scroll to the bottom for viewer reviews

Toronto.com user reviews:
http://www.toronto.com/user_review?fid=12&id=857569

Cinema Clock Toronto user reviews:
http://www.cinemaclock.com/

The trailer can be downloaded at:
http://www.joblo.com/movietrailers2D.htm

(Thanks to Jenny and Deborah for the review information)


New DECOYS poster available at official DECOYS website[06 Feb 04] *** New date for premiere of sci-fi thriller DECOYS announced *** According to a forum post at the official Decoys website from executive producer Tom Berry, "DECOYS will open on Friday, February 27th. The choice of the release date is a tough one determined by the competition, availability of the right screens, and production realities. On the production side, as is often the case with movies that have a lot of FX, it took quite a while to get the CGI just right. As far as the market timing is concerned, we need a date when there are not many other movies opening that appeal to our core audience. I think that February 27th is the right choice, and the decision was made at the right time."

"DECOYS is being released by Christal, through Lion's Gate in English Canada."

Canadian viewers will get a second chance to catch "The Making of Decoys," AKA "Decoys: Behind The Scenes," a half-hour special which aired originally on the Canadian Bravo Channel in early January. The Spacecast channel (Space: The Imagination Station) will air the special on the following dates and times:

February 26th at 9:00pm ET
February 27th at 2:00am ET
February 28th at 9:30am ET
February 29th at 4:00pm ET



Original broadcast announcement courtesy of the Space(cast) Newsletter, dated November 28th, 2003

THE MAKING OF DECOYS
December 29 @ 8pm ET
Encore Presentation - December 31 @ 6pm ET

Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at SPACE's first theatrical film presentation, Decoys, a decidedly twisted teen sci-fi horror flick slated to release in theatres across Canada on Friday, January 16, 2004. The Making of Decoys - a half-hour SPACE original production - offers an on-set look at the film with cast and crew interviews.

Set in a Canadian small-town university campus in the height of winter, Decoys follows the trials and tribulations of shy college freshman Luke (Corey Sevier). When he accidentally witnesses a behind-closed-door episode between two gorgeous blonde co-eds, what he sees convinces him they are not of this world. And when bodies start showing up on campus, he's convinced these überbabes are responsible, and makes it his mission to expose these human imposters for what they are - aliens.

Shot in Ottawa, Ontario in March and April, 2003, DECOYS stars Canadian talents Cory Sevier (Black Sash, Little Men), Stephanie von Pfetten (40 Days and 40 Nights, Posers), Kim Poirier (Paradise Falls, American Psycho 2), Meghan Ory (Higher Ground), Elias Toufexis and Enis Esmer (The Toronto Show). Also starring in the film are Nicole Eggert (Baywatch), Richard Burgi (Judging Amy, The District, 24), and Don Hastings (As the World Turns). Directed by Matt Hastings."

(Source: Space(cast) Newsletter - November 28 ,2003)

Additional schedule information courtesy of Space: TIS
Decoys: Behind The Scenes (E) 2003 (30 min)
A behind the scenes look at the first SPACE supported Canadian-made feature length film.

Further information about the "Making of..." special can be found at the Spacecast website at: http://www.spacecast.com;
the channel itself is called Space: The Imagination Station.

(Thanks to Deborah for passing on the Space article, and to Maria for the additional Space:TIS information)


Richard Burgi plays Detective Francis Kirk in Decoys [19 Sep 03] *** Richard plays a detective in new sci-fi movie Decoys *** -- Richard made a quick trip to Ottawa, Canada, during March and April 2003 for a role in a new science fiction movie titled Decoys, which director Matt Hastings describes as "American Pie meets Species" -- a sci-fi thriller set on a college campus. Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk. According to the script, "He's a young cop who knows that he won't be in this small town busting college students for party pranks for much longer. He thinks he belongs somewhere between NYPD Blue and the cover of GQ."

The Species connection comes into play in the form of the beautiful and -- let us say -- otherworldy young women who descend upon the college campus in search of healthy and libidinous young men. Much as in Richard's 1998 version of I Married a Monster, alien beings come to Earth in search of mates -- only this time, it's the Outer Space womenfolk who are eager to reproduce. Unlike their Monster counterparts, these alien "femmes" are quite literally "fatales," as their reproductive process leaches the body-heat right out of their unfortunate paramours.

Richard's Detective Kirk becomes involved when the extraterrestrial temptresses leave a string of frozen young men in their wake.

Decoys is expected to premiere in late 2003. According to the Ottawa Sunday Sun's 13 Apr 03 edition, Decoys "...is a 100-minute production by Canadian company Reel One Entertainment. Decoys was also co-produced by Ottawa-based company Sound Venture and will be distributed by The Movie Network, SPACE: The Imagination Station and Think Films sometime this fall."



PHOTOS: Top -- Detective Francis Kirk (Richard Burgi) and Luke (Corey Sevier) walk through a very unusual crime scene; Upper Middle -- Kirk walks away from Luke and back to work; Lower Middle -- Kirk gives Lilly (Stefanie von Pfetten) his business card; Bottom -- Detective Kirk hunts a killer on a cold and crowded college campus.


To learn more about Decoys, visit the Official Decoys website at: http://www.decoysthemovie.com/

The film is also now listed at the IMDb website; search under "Decoys" at http://www.imdb.com/Title?0357585

(Thanks to Richard Burgi for the heads up, to Marc Heller of Reel One Entertainment for the Decoys website info, and to Deborah for the data-mining on "Decoys")



Richard Burgi and Stefanie von Pfetten in Decoys[11 Jul 03] *** Richard plays a detective in new sci-fi movie Decoys *** -- Richard made a quick trip to Ottawa, Canada, during March and April 2003 for a role in a new science fiction movie titled Decoys, which director Matt Hastings describes as "American Pie meets Species" -- a sci-fi thriller set on a college campus. Richard plays Detective Francis Kirk. According to the script, "He's a young cop who knows that he won't be in this small town busting college students for party pranks for much longer. He thinks he belongs somewhere between NYPD Blue and the cover of GQ."

The Species connection comes into play in the form of the beautiful and -- let us say -- otherworldy young women who descend upon the college campus in search of healthy and libidinous young men. Much as in Richard's 1998 version of I Married a Monster, alien beings come to Earth in search of mates -- only this time, it's the Outer Space womenfolk who are eager to reproduce. Unlike their Monster counterparts, these alien "femmes" are quite literally "fatales," as their reproductive process leaches the body-heat right out of their unfortunate paramours.

Richard's Detective Kirk becomes involved when the extraterrestrial temptresses leave a string of frozen young men in their wake.

Decoys is expected to premiere sometime in Fall 2003.

To learn more about Decoys, visit the Official Decoys website at: http://www.decoysthemovie.com/

The film is also now listed at the IMDb website; search under "Decoys" at http://www.imdb.com/Title?0357585

Decoys Article: Ottawa Sunday Sun, 13 April 2003, Sunday Review

It's a Wrap!
Shooting ends for Sci-Fi thriller Decoys

The bellybuttons are wrapped up and so is the film.

Local wannabes snagged hundreds of roles as extras and a few speaking parts in the sci-fi picture Decoys, which has been shooting in the capital over the last month.

The result is a 100-minute production by Canadian company Reel One Entertainment. Decoys was also co-produced by Ottawa-based company Sound Venture and will be distributed by The Movie Network, SPACE: The Imagination Station and Think Films sometime this fall.

The movie boasts aliens, beautiful co-eds and, of course, innies and outies. It's set during the frenzy of mid-term exams, on a small-town college campus experiencing a deep freeze.

Cast and crew held a wrap party for the film Thursday night before moving out of town.

    - Sun Staff

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[05 Mar 03] *** Richard lands role in new sci-fi movie "Decoys" *** Richard has joined the cast of the Matt Hastings-directed "Decoys," filming in Ottawa, Canada from March 3rd to April10th. At present, no word on Richard's character or his level of involvement in the story.

Initial online hunting has produced two detailed references; first up is www.spacecast.com, which has this to say of the project:

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Sexy. Shapely. Deadly.
Finally! A bellybutton worth talking about!

Forget about the legions of girls wearing low-rider jeans and baring their navels in the name of fashion! It's a feature film like
no other - and Space: The Imagination Station is proud to be a part of it!

Decoys features the hottest women on this planet - or any other for that matter - with bellybuttons that are quite literally, to die for! It's outer space meets inner science, with a cast of gorgeous women, alien creatures and bellybuttons of all shapes and sizes! Not to be missed, Decoys will breaking out and taking over theatres in 2003!

Stay tuned for all the thrilling details surrounding this wildly-anticipated feature film! We'll be bringing you exclusive reports
from the set, complete with raw footage and behind-the-scenes information! It's sexy, it's campy, it's out of this
world, and it's coming to a theatre near you!
***
The spacecast site also includes links to further production information on "Decoys," including details on the casting process and preliminary artist's concepts for the otherworldly creatures.

The second reference is from The Ottawa Citizen, which has this to say of the film:

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TV vets making feature film in Ottawa

Tony Lofaro
The Ottawa Citizen

Thursday, February 27, 2003

A former Baywatch star and a soap opera actor are joining the cast of a big-budgeted sci-fi thriller that begins filming Tuesday in Ottawa.

Nicole Eggert, who played Summer Quinn for two years on Baywatch, and Joe Lando, a series regular on One Life to Live who more recently played on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, are appearing in Decoys, a $5-million feature film that will be shooting at various locations in the city.

It's the second movie in six months that is being filmed in Ottawa after last year's drama Outrage, which starred Alexandra Paul, also a former Baywatch regular.

Decoys is expected to hit theatres this fall.

Director Matt Hastings describes the film as "American Pie meets Species," although it will also have a "sci-fi bent" to it and some humour. It's the story of two beautiful female aliens who come to earth and begin a series of strange events at a college campus during a very cold winter.

Snow is an important element in the film -- the aliens are from an ice planet and need cold weather to survive -- and the recent big snowfall has been a boon for the production, he said.

"I'd say almost half the movie will be shot outside," said Mr. Hastings, who's been in Ottawa for a month scouting locations.

"Not a lot of the features have been shot here, and there's so many beautiful locations in the city that we will be tapping into."

The University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, the Father and Sons restaurant on Osgoode Street, other locations in Sandy Hill and the Lees Avenue campus of Algonquin College are slated for use.

Ottawa actress Krista Morin has one of the principal roles in the film, playing the part of Vikki Vickers, the head sorority sister at the college. She said the sudden arrival of these film productions is a good sign for Ottawa actors who have had to go elsewhere for film auditions.

"Ottawa is more of a theatre-based town, so this is pretty exciting. Before, we used to go to Montreal for auditions and shoot
there. But the fact that they're coming here to us is great," said Ms. Morin, 23, who appeared in the movie Confessions of a
Dangerous Mind.
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More information as and when we get it.

(Thanks toRichard Burgi for the heads up, and to Deborah for the data-mining on "Decoys")


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