Crowdfunding Friday: a horror special
Shudder in fear at this week's horror-themed crowdfunding projects, which includes a new film from Re-Animator director Stuart Gordon...
The nights are drawing in, and we've packed away our flip-flops and inflatable dolphins for another year. And as the autumn approaches, it's only right that we light a few candles, dust off our MR James collections, and begin to consider the chillier, supernatural side of geek culture.
That's our excuse for this week's collection of crowdfunding curiosities, which includes a film project from a true master of the horror genre, and three other film and web series campaigns, which all have ideas to alternately provoke laughter and shivers of fear...
For many of us, Stuart Gordon will need no introduction. The director whose febrile genius brought such classic films as Re-Animator, From Beyond and Fortress to life, his work is distinguished by its gruesome gore and jet-black comedy. With Nevermore, he's returning to the work of Edgar Allan Poe - Gordon previously made the very loose adaptation of The Pit And The Pendulum - and for it, he's reteaming with the magnificent actor Jeffrey Combs.
Nevermore began as a successful stage play - by-the-by, Gordon's career began in theatre - and the plan is to turn it into a feature film. As you'll see from the video above, Combs' portrayal of Poe really is brilliant, and we'd be fascinated to see how it could look on the big screen.
With Gordon and Combs' experience, this could be a project well worth backing, especially if you're into the work of the master of the macabre, Poe. There are some great incentives, too, including signed posters of From Beyond, and a great statue of the author, who wears a perfectly melancholy expression.
Is it wrong to be intrigued by a crowdfunding campaign because its poster looks good? Probably, but there's plenty of substance behind The Cage - a proposed film adaptation of author Brian Keene's horror novel of the same name. Described as a 'hyper violent' sci-fi horror movie, which places practical effects front and centre, The Cage has a real retro feel to it, from the amiably ridiculous pitch video above - which had us chortling into our beer as we wrote these fine words - to the fabulous poster, which enticed us in the first place. Look at it! It's the kind of thing you'd have seen in your local video shop back in the 80s and 90s.
The project has some good actors and technicians behind it - including the effects artist from Boardwalk Empire and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and former Outer Limits screenwriter, Ted Rypel. We're sold.
The Night Before Easter
Slasher movies are often based around public holidays for some reason, yet no one's thought of setting one at Easter - that is, until now. The Night Before Easter will see a group of friends chased around a self-storage unit by a maniac in an Easter Bunny outfit. Now admittedly, further details are a bit hard to come by on filmmaker Joseph Henson's IndieGoGo page, but the concept's really something, isn't it?
What's more, Henson's only asking for $10,000 to get The Night Before Easter in front of cameras, and a pledge of just $7 will get you a copy of the DVD. That is while stocks last, though, so if you're intrigued to see how the movie could turn out, you'd better hurry over to Henson's page to make your contribution.
Now this one looks great fun. Strange! is a web series about a wizard detective named Crames Manticore, a supernatural character seeking the powers that have ruined his life. There are all sorts of demons, monsters and magical powers in evidence, and it's made with a real lightness of touch and sense of affection. You don't have to take the pitch video's word for it, either; if you head over to Strange's Kickstarter page, you can see the first episode of filmmaker Nick Fiore's proposed series.
If Fiore can garner a miniscule $8,000 within the next week or so, he'll be able to make a full seven-episode season of Strange!, which promises to live up title in spades.
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