Promotional Stills for Kids vs Monsters

In anticipation of the release of the Kids vs Monsters trailer this week, the team at Dark Dunes has released a score of amazing behind-the-scenes pictures of the kids, parents, monsters and mayhem of the film. Here’s a taste!

SFX artist Dave Snyder touches up the make-up for Mr. Beet.

Babette takes a break on set.

Malcolm McDowell as the Boss Monster lords over the Monster Dimension.

The throne of the Monster Dimension.

Lance Henriksen as Heinrich.

Who will survive the night?

Demonic Daisy and Rebecca on set.

The parents are ready for carnage!

Stay tuned for the trailer and the first glimpse of Kids vs Monsters!

Kids vs Monsters – Post Production

Hey, monster fans! The Dark Dunes team have just returned from another successful trip to Los Angeles, during which a lot of Kids vs Monsters post production magic happened! We are getting closer to a final product and are very happy with how the madness is shaping up. The film is picture locked; time for a score, ADR and some additional visual special effects. Stay tuned for news regarding a release date!

Here is director Sultan Saeed al Darmaki and associate producer Mallory O’Meara recording ADR and monster noises at Sonic Magic studios!



The following link will take you to a wonderful interview Dark Dunes CEO Sultan Saeed al Darmaki did with A&E Playground about directing Kids vs Monsters, executive-producing Harbinger Down and working with Amalgamated Dynamics.

“When it comes to the love of monster movies, there are no boundaries. I think it is the fantasy element of these films that excites people, no matter what country you’re from. Good storytelling and monsters are universal to all languages and cultures.”

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Kids vs Monsters Update

Greetings, monster fans! We are very happy to report some wonderful things happening at Dark Dunes. Our latest project, Kids vs. Monsters, finished shooting in Los Angeles on May 14th and we are deep in post-production already! We are very happy with how it is coming along so far and are looking forward to being able to share it with the world. Visit the official website,, for more information about the project. In the meantime, here are some great pictures from monster-creating pre-production at Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. and shooting on location.

Director Sultan Saeed al Darmaki at Amalgamated Dynamics Inc. with costume designer Tricia Gray, practical special FX supervisor Yuri Everson, and some Sasquatch feet.

Creature designer Gavin Robertson.

Producer Lawrie Brewster and Sultan with cast members Jesse Camacho, Michael Bailey Smith, Anna Akana, Sydney Endicott and Bridger Zadina.

Stars Lance Henriksen and Malcolm McDowell in action on set.

Incredible monster actors Anna Akana, Connor Woodruff and Michael Bailey Smith.

Harbinger Down Trailer!

It’s the moment we have all been waiting for – the first trailer for Harbinger Down is finally here! Amalgamated Dynamics has joined forces with Dark Dunes Productions to create an all new horror film with practical special effects and the acting talents of Lance Henriksen. Directed by Alec Gillis and executive produced by Sultan Saeed al Darmaki, Harbinger Down is the film monster fans have been waiting for. Enjoy and share!

It’s time for a showdown!

The Dark Dunes team is happy to announce that shooting has begun on our new project, Kids vs Monsters! We couldn’t be happier with our cast, lead by the legendary Malcolm McDowell. Our incredible group of cast, crew and monsters have kicked off the project with a bang! Stay tuned for more production updates and lots of exciting set photos!



Dark Dunes Invasion of Monsterpalooza!

The Dark Dunes team had an incredible time at Monsterpalooza in Burbank, California the last weekend of March! We are honored to have been one of the major sponsors of the convention and to have met so many wonderful artists and fans. Thank you to all our friends at Wyrd Studios, Benevolent Monster Productions, The Spirit Cabinet, Ghostworks LLC, Hex Media and Mighty Pug Studios for their presentations and film screenings that took place in the Dark Dunes Room over the course of the weekend. The presentation and sneak peek trailer for Harbinger Down, our co-production with Amalgamated Dynamics Inc, was a rousing success, as well! A huge thanks to Todd Chicoine, of Asylum House Images, for the photography. Monsterpalooza was a great way to kick off our time in LA – stay tuned for some exciting Kids vs Monsters news!

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Sultan proudly posing with the weekend schedule for the Dark Dunes room.

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Lance Henriksen having a blast at the Harbinger Down presentation.

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Director Lawrie Brewster, writer Sarah Daly, cinematographer Gavin Robertson and executive producer Sultan at the Lord of Tears signing.

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Sultan, Sarah Daly, Alex Gillis and Lance Henriksen during the Kids vs Monsters panel.

Kicking off Kids vs. Monsters in LA!

The Dark Dunes team is excited to have arrived in Los Angeles to start pre-production on our latest film in-the-works, Kids vs Monsters. Shooting begins on April 21st!

First day at the production office with director Sultan Saeed al Darmaki, creature designer Gavin Robertson, and associate producer Mallory O'Meara!

First day at the production office with director Sultan Saeed al Darmaki, creature designer Gavin Robertson, and associate producer Mallory O’Meara!