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Dark Floors: The Lordi motion picture "This year we're concentrating on doing the new album. We'll go back to the States when the album is ready. There's no point going over there before that." BURNING CASH Lordi has earned big concert fees by Finnish standards. With a bounce from Eurovision, their third album The Arockalypse has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Many consider the group to be a massive money-making machine. "We're nowhere near being millionaires ­ not even hundred-thousandaires," asserts Putaansuu. Most of the group's concert payments go to the costs of the ambitious stage shows. Along with the pyrotechnics and light show, Lordi takes twice as many support crew members on tour than a regular Finnish rock band. The group still refuses to cut corners, and promises its fans a full-fledged spectacle no matter what the conditions. "I wouldn't recommend that anybody pay for a ticket if Lordi were to perform without our bombs and masks. If we'd decide to play with a scaled-down show, we would certainly have earned more to keep our wallets warm. SHOT IN ENGLISH with an international cast, Dark Floors is the culmination of a long-held dream of Tomi Putaansuu and director Pete Riski. "Tomi and I made our first horror movies when we were about ten years old," recalls Riski, just before the movie's international premiere. "We shot them on a video camera that Tomi's dad had bought himself as a 50th birthday present, and which Tomi had immediately taken over as his own." Riski has directed many advertisements and music videos ­ including Lordi's ­ but Dark Floors is his first full-length feature. Rather than quick cuts and explosive visual spectacle, the film concentrates on a calm narrative style that gives the terror a chance to grow steadily. The visually impressive movie proves that Riski is one of today's best Finnish directors. The hospital where the film is set seems astonishingly genuine. It's difficult to believe that it is simply a sound stage built in an old industrial hall. Although the movie's four-million-euro budget is large by Finnish standards, nothing was wasted. "We weren't able to realise all of our ideas because of financial restrictions," says Putaansuu. "Bringing the Lordi figures into the film was also difficult. But they had to appear in there, since they made the whole production possible. Writing the characters into the script was a challenge." Both Riski and Putaansuu say they are satisfied with the finished result, even though they admit it does not necessarily open a new page in cinema history. Dark Floors will, however, go down in Finnish film history as the country's first full-scale horror movie. "Personally, I would have liked to make the movie heavier and more brutal, but there were these financial considerations. You can't make a production of this scale just for a marginal audience," Putaansuu notes. If Dark Floors succeeds, the two old friends have ideas for more films. "One of my dreams is to do a horror movie set in Lapland. When you think about how exotic the Texas desert is for Finnish viewers, then wouldn't horror set in the Arctic fells be scary for foreigners?" asks Putaansuu. From Dark Floors: Main characters Rick (Leon Herbert) and Emily (Dominique McElligot) try to find a way out of a hospital that they are trapped in.

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