Fledgling Local Film Director Threatens Kidnapping & Bodily Harm On Film Students


    By Jacob Engels



    A couple of days ago, several friends of mine approached me with the idea of creating a commercial that if selected, could air during the Superbowl.


    I was down, even heard a guy named Phoebus Castle with some heft and background in the industry was on board.


    So, a friend of mine started a facebook group chat and we began offering different ways we could help the project from start to submission.


    Gripping, lighting, producing, acting, everyone was super stoked….except one person; Phoebus Castle.


    One would wonder, why would he be upset or angry about a group of 20+ people offering to collaborate and potentially have created a commercial that would air during the Superbowl?


    Well, Phoebus who confided to one group member the night prior that he was going to get hammered and write a script, launched into an angry tirade against everyone in the group.



    At the time of the message according to Phoebus’s own admission, was the same time that he was getting hammered. Funny, isn’t he railing against getting high (BTW, Nobody mentioned that)….while he is simultaneously guzzling booze?

    Then comes the mention of the orgy, which did occur. As blurbs of encouragement and planning were quickly being sent through the group chat, a new member was added and asked everyone to slow down so he could catch up and figure out how he could help. Well, someone jokingly said “Don’t worry, were just planning an orgy.”

    Not a bad joke, but nothing special and understandable as to why someone could be offended, but really something to go nutso over? Not in the slightest.

    At that point everyone was a little turned off and kind of weirded out. Jason Jack Underwood, a local filmmaker whom I have written about before opined –


    Blunt? Yes. True? Based on my experience with people in local film schools over the past few months, YES. Local schools have truly talented film departments and that reflects on the ability and tact of the local film students I have worked with.


    Conversation continues. Others chide Phoebus for trashing the crew who was willing to work with him, responses ranged from angry to confused.


    And my favorite, partially because it was my response. Excuse the horrible Ancient Rome reference, but you should at least get it. Laughing optional.

    “Side bar – I would assume Phoebus does not think highly of Ancient Rome?”

    The most effective and even keeled –



    From this point on, the conversation took a startling spiral with Mr. Phoebus’s apparent lack of knowledge of how social media works.


    Phoebus – “Then why is this kind of talk about sex and drugs on my page?”
    Dude, sex mentioned….yes. Drugs….no. On your page? HELL NO. It’s in your MESSAGES. Did no one teach this cat how to use the facebooks?
    Again, the sharp tongued and quick witted Mr. Underwood interjected;

    “That’ll do pig, that’ll do.”

    A Babe reference, for those of you that don’t know. The kids film.

    Now, we move on to the death threats. Following that comment Phoebus Castle responded to the retort with;


    We get it, you were born in Brooklyn….we should be scared right? Oh my…. 6′ 3″ and 250 pounds? Is this a dating profile or weigh in for a football game? No. So was that reference made to allude to how much bodily harm you could inflict on people? YES.


    Phoebus continued —


    “You kids just cost her an IMDb credit. Pat yourselves on the back for that one and I would be careful of playing the role of an internet tough guy. There is nothing but darkness and demise when you find yourself in the trunk of a car. Say something smart, or call me names again. I dare you to push my buttons.”


    So now a grown man is threatening college students with the idea of the darkness and demise they would experience when he kidnaps them and throws them in the trunk of his car? Oh and that’s not the end, Phoebus continued to attack Mr. Underwood.


    “You go to UCF don’t you? You stand out in a crowd, don’t you? you will not be hard to find… Maybe we can have a sit down and talk about how you throw insults to people you don’t know. Like you haven’t a care in the world. Ask yourself, “what would I do if this guy found me? Florida is a small world and you barked up the wrong tree. Remember Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back? If I were you, I would quit insulting me.”


    Phoebus Castle is a bully who likes to threaten bodily harm and kidnapping. He also has sent pervy late nite communiques (available upon request) to at least one person involved in this chat. What the hell is going on with this guy? Does Phoebus Castle regularly threaten people with bodily harm, kidnap, and send pervy messages? It would seem so. 


    A look at the accused, Phoebus Castle and his companion who kind of resembles one of those gem-bellied troll toys from the 90’s.


    FINAL NOTE – Phoebus Castle recently launched an Indiegogo campaign with a goal of raising $14,000 for his upcoming short-film. The campaign tanked with only $11 raised. #FAIL.


    Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post. Along with the Post, he owns several other businesses and is currently enrolled at Valencia College. Jacob has lived in Avalon Park since it’s founding and enjoys playing with his black Labradoodle Jasper, listening to indie rock, and seeking out new business ventures. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com