[...] But the plot becomes more complex and involved as it winds through the centuries, tracing the various manifestations of this dark force in Africa. One of these is the frightening N'Gthu, a mythical she-devil who drains the spirits of strong men through coitus; a seductive equatorial vampire placed on earth to corrupt and destroy the enemies of evil. We are also introduced to the shadowy figure of Heiseb, a kind of African "Highlander" who is the immortal, though ambiguous, force of light confronting the occult energies aross the eons.
Since the conception of the idea in 1992, De Mezieres has been on the campaign trail to find backing across the world, and though he raised a lot of interest in his project, raising money for it proved far more difficult. At first he saw Dark Continent as a slasher/horror kind of film, but soon realised that international interest in that genre was on a steep decline, and thus remodelled the picture into a more sophisticated mystical suspense thriller.
Since then, the film has attracted serious attention, and it is currently in pre-production with famed British horror writer/director Richard Stanley - who recently helmed The Island of Dr Moreau until a fall-out with Val Kilmer saw him walk off the set - committed to the project as screenwriter and director. Arnold Vosloo has indicated he is "very, very interested" in a part, and Durban-based executive producer Andrew Cassells has scared up enough money - around R4-million to date - from multiple investors to get the ball rolling into the pre-production stage."
[Originally appeared in Electronic Mail & Guardian, Oct. 8th, 1998.]