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For people looking up information on Jessica Steen, her website provides a
magnificent wealth of information. Her page may be found at http://www.jessicasteen.com
and among other things, includes an excellent free download for fans, who may
take and print a free 8 by 10 sized photo of her.
Born in Toronto, Canada, Jessica has been acting since the age of 8, when she
first appeared on Canadian television. The world of tv has been good to her
ever since. She has been seen on Nip/Tuck, The Pretender,
Presents and multiple times on The Outer Limits.
Trial & Error became one of her major breaks in film though, when she
played a hardlined prosecuter dealing with some of the worse scumbags and
killers in cinema history. This caught the eye of the critics, the fans and
other casting directors.
Judgment followed, in which she played a major role. The film, part of Cloud
Tribulation-series out of her native Canada, presented a continuing saga
about the pending end of the world as we know it. The Antichrist, played in
all his evil glory by a smirking, snickering Nick Mancuso, has been
continually twarted by a group of Bible-believers, including one female
reporter named Helen Hannah (played by Leigh Lewis). Bent not to just destroy this personal gadfly,
the Evil One, aided by Steen and other minions, puts her on trial. Then he has
the sudden brainstorm. Why not put her god on trial as well! All the
groundwork seems set for a massive and undisputed triumph for the forces of
bad, when like the Coyote versus Roadrunner cartoons in Looney Tunes,
everything backfires on the bad side. Good triumphs over evil until the next
go-around, for which the public is still waiting.
There has been talk of a sequel to this continuing series for the past few
years, including a possible script idea where Mancuso's Antichrist supposedly
works miracles such as raising the dead, but these have not yet transpired
into a finished project. If it does come to pass, look for the Steen character
to return as well. In the meantime, however, Steen has re-emerged in yet
another Cloud Ten
vehicle, this one titled World At War, another sequal to
their sister saga, the Left Behind series, with a different
Antichrist and different characters fighting him. (See the Gordon Currie
article for details).
World At War debuts in churches rather than in theatres on October 21
followed by a DVD release, in what has got to be one of the most unorthodox
film campaigns ever seen. For more information on the upcoming DVD or in
locations for showings, go to their webpage at http://www.cloudtenpictures.com.
As noted in other articles, Cloud Ten
produces Christian films,
but don't let that scare you off if you are not overly religious. These are
not anything like those sappy Billy Graham movies made in the eraly 1970s. As
an agnostic I can vow for them as good horror films in their own right. Beauty
and perception is in the eye of the beholder and if you do not care for
spiritual matters, you can still watch and enjoy these for the horror element
(again, see my Gordon Currie article for an explanation). So again, check out
this movie if you get the chance and check out Jessica Steen who makes her
first appearance as a new character in this series, one which will hopefully
continue down the road.
Running right alongside this film comes the television series, Killer
Instinct, which due to time restraints and work on an e-book of my own, I have
not been able to watch. The series deals with Steen as part of a crew tracking
down the most uncanny mass murderers a screenwriter could think of. So if you
are afraid World At War might be too
spritual for your tastes,
then if you live in a country where this show runs, be sure to check it out
instead. There is no denying the horror element here. The series was a long
time in planning and filming, including a couple of name changes before being
set to air.
So have a look at Jessica Steen at her web site or more importantly, her
performances on television and DVD.