HELP FUND DARK INDEPENDENT CINEMA BY CONTRIBUTING TO SCOTT GOLDBERG’S FEATURE FILM PRODUCTION OF ‘THE THREE’

About a week ago, we introduced you to a conceptual short horror film written and directed by Scott Goldberg titled THE THREE. Scott Goldberg, for those who haven’t heard of him, has made a name for himself within the indy horror community by writing, producing, and directing many award winning and festival favorite films. Much like what Sam Raimi did when he created WITHIN THE WOODS, Goldberg filmed the short film THE THREE  (filmed in the Wampum Mine storage facility where DAY OF THE DEAD was shot, and stars DAY OF THE DEAD Romero alumni Lori Cardille (DAY OF THE DEAD) and John Amplas (MARTIN)) as a concept film to raise the funding necessary for a feature length version of the film.

Now Scott Goldberg and the rest of the cast and crew (including composer/producer Mark Nadolski, Ed Demko, Hugo Fernandez, and actor Chris Margaritis) need you, the horror film fans of the world, to help make the feature length version of THE THREE a reality. The filmmakers have started a kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary $250,000 goal by October 31st, 2012.

For several years, the feature length version of THE THREE has been a dream for the filmmakers involved, and with your help they can make this dream a reality. In the video above, filmmakers Scott Goldberg and Mark Nadolski talk about the lack of originality in many modern horror films, as well as having what it takes (the right mindset and ideas) to make dark, original horror films.

Your contributions will go towards building the underground bunker set in the Wampum Mine Facility that serves as the centerpiece for the entire film. Your contributions will also go towards necessary production related costs such as camera and equipment rentals and post productions costs. Any level contribution is incredibly appreciated by the filmmakers and, as with other kickstarter campaigns, not only will you help contribute to an independent,  high quality, dark, and thought provoking film, but at certain levels, you will also receive benefits such as a copy of the completed film with a collector’s edition 11×17 poster signed by the cast and crew of the film. At higher levels you can get your name in the credits as a special thanks or producer, as well as two tickets to the NYC premiere of the film with access to the V.I.P. section and an invitation to the after party with cast and crew.

Independent horror cannot exist without you, the fans, making it all possible. So head on over to the official THE THREE site for more information and to help contribute to modern, intelligent, independent cinema!

FILMMAKER’S DISCLAIMER:

We appreciate Lori Cardille and John Amplas’s involvement in the short concept version of THE THREE. However, due to independently producing the feature length production of the film without studio backing, we unfortunately will not be able to cast them in the final film due to Union restrictions. We will, however, be working with up and coming talent and appreciate your contributions for the feature length production of THE THREE.

NEW TRAILER FOR 3D INDY HORROR ‘STATIC’ HITS THE WEB

Thanks to the Cannes Film Market, it seems like a new horror trailer or poster is coming coming out every day. Rumors about Todd Levin’s STATIC 3D began at last year’s American Film Market and now, thanks to Cannes, a new trailer has been released for the film with just enough to have us here at Backwoods Horror wanting to know more. Staring Milo Ventimiglia, Sarah Shahi, and Sara Paxton, and with a budget under one million dollars, STATIC is the first independent feature to be shot in 3D using two Sony PMW-F3 cameras – Sony’s version of the RED camera – rigged specifically to to film in 3D (similar, if on a smaller scale, to Peter Jackson’s setup with the RED cameras for the upcoming HOBBIT feature). I can’t wait to feast my eyes on the work they’ve done with such limited resources as it could herald in a new wave of low budget, independent 3D horror films.

Synopsis:

As a young novelist and his wife are coping with the loss of their child, their lives are turned upside down when a panicked girl appears at their home in the middle of the night with stories of masked intruders stalking her. That night the stalkers strike, sending the couple on an horrific game of cat and mouse, where they are forced to uncover shocking details from their past that may be the reason for the attack.

BIGFOOT ATTACKS OHIO IN ‘LEGEND OF GRASSMAN’

Ok, ya’ll know I’m just a sucker for bigfoot flicks.  Hell, I’m one of the only people I know who absolutely fuckin’ LOVE THE LEGEND OF BOGGY CREEK.  So, of course, I watch just about every movie made about the big, hairy bastard (even the piece of shit flicks that dominate the genre these days…poor Lance Henriksen).  That being said, I’m looking forward to another one, this time about the legendary Grassman, Ohio’s Bigfoot legend (on which there was an episode for the show Monster Quest).  Obviously a heavily independent flick, I look forward to giving it a shot.  So far, I don’t have much information on the flick, but check out the production blog HERE.

Here’s a lil trailer for ya:

The Legend of Grassman – Trailer #2 from Dennis Meyer on Vimeo.

REVIEW: ROUGH CUT

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ROUGH CUT

WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER • TODD KLICK

WRITER/PRODUCER
• SEAN GASTON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
• TODD J. SHILL

Would you kill to make a movie? The scary thing is, two independent filmmakers did.

In January 2003 a woman was found beaten, strangled, and stabbed in her Pennsylvania home. 8 months earlier, an independent horror film was shot on the nearby Appalachian Trail.

Rough Cut is a feature length documentary that explores the twisted true tale of two first-time filmmakers who had a dream of making a horror movie and the bizarre events that followed.

This was one truly bizarre fuckin’ story!  I went in expecting one thing, and came out with the realization of another.  First of all, I thought this documentary, upon hearing about it some time ago, was about a director who wanted to make his film so incredibly badly, no matter the cost, had gone so far as to actually kill someone on set…something of a modern snuff film in the “killer in the woods” vein.  Though some aspect of the defunct horror film THROUGH HIKE’s behind the scenes is presented within the context of this documentary, so much more is going on beyond even that.

We have possible love triangles, always hinted at, but never fully realized.  We have the police heavily interested in how Dungeons and Dragons may have played a role (it didn’t, but I always love it when I see authorities going after Dungeons & Dragons).  For the most part, we have a long, twisted, and odd series of events that, for the duration, had me going “huh, who did WHAT now?”  Rough Cut has it all in regard to “the truth is often stranger than fiction” vein.  Let’s get a little more in depth…

We’re introduced, through wedding video at the beginning of the film (after a chilling 911 call in audio with subtitles describing a violently battered and stabbed woman, covered in her own blood, dead in her own garage) to Brian and Randi Trimble, newlyweds with seemingly their entire lives ahead of them (well, not really, I mean, come on, you’re reading about it here, something’s BOUND to go very badly.
Brian-RandiRight after the wedding interviews, we’re led through a series of interviews with family members and detectives discussing the violent slaying of Randi Trimble.  Brian apparently had come home from work to find her, face down in a pool of her own blood, dead.  Beaten, strangled with an extension cord, and stabbed 27 times to death.  The house had been ransacked in what, at first, appeared to be a robbery, but turned out to be staged, perhaps to get the police off the scent in regard to motive.

Cut to Blaine Morris, a wannabe filmmaker, horror geek, Dungeons and Dragons fanboy, lover of books regarding how to kill people as a hitman for hire.  Oh, and there’s also the wall of midieval weapons.  Sounds like a lot of guys I know.  Blaine decides to make a horror film ‘THROUGH HIKE’ (the edited version of which is still rotting in the evidence basement of the local police department).  Much of the documentary is spent taking a look behind the scenes into the making of the film.  Blaine’s personal life, his heavy filmmaking debt (totalling around $18-$20,000), his failing marriage and strange sexual deviences.  More or less, we’re introduced to a very odd individual.
BlaineThough ‘THROUGH HIKE’ looks like a fantastically awful piece of shit, it is interesting to see these behind-the-scenes looks into the making of an independent (albeit awful) little horror film. Within ROUGH CUT, we get interviews with much of the cast and crew on their thoughts on making the film.  This was perhaps my second favorite part of the documentary, what goes on behind the scenes and everyone’s perspective on it all.

We, the audience are lulled into the normalcy of everything.  The married life of Brian and Randi, as we come to find out that Brian has been diagnosed with MS and Randi has vowed to stick by him, though her mom suggests she not marry him as the responsibility of taking care of someone with a progressively degenerative disease is quite the herculean task.  “I Love Him So Much,” Randi says to her mother at one point.  Blaine, against overwhelming financial and technical difficutlties (not to mention it looks for all the world as though he has no idea what the fuck he’s doing), continues to plod along, working to get his own Citizen Kane (a terrible fucking movie, btw) made at all costs.

But then, as sometimes things dow, it all starts to spiral downwards, out of controll…

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Brian is originally tapped (as he’s a part-time professional wedding videographer) to DP ‘THROUGH HIKE’.  It would seem that Randi isn’t having any of it.  She doesn’t seem to want her husband trapsing about in the woods with a man she’s never met.  So, of course, Brian bows out of the picture, opting instead for a compromise.  He wants to lend Blaine the camera equipment.  Once Randi hears of this, she flips out on the man and plants a solid no to answer the unspoken question of “can I lend Blaine the…”.  It’s not an overly unreasonable response from her.  That’s thousands of dollars worth of Camera equipment Blaine would be taking out into the dangerous woods and though the equipment doesn’t belong to Randi, per se, she and Brian are married and she really sseems to be looking out for his welfare…somewhat overbearinngly.  (Really though, that’s what contracts are for kiddies.  You fuck my shit up, you signed, you pay!)

Brian begins to complain to Blaine about his marriage woes (commradery I suppose, as Blaine’s exceedingly ugly wife, not that he’s a looker, is leaving him and taking the child as well).  Blaine or Brian (it’s hard to tell) bring up the prospect of murdering Brian’s wife.  Brian’s tired of Randi telling him what to do all the time, never allowing him to spend time with his friends, etc.  He contemplates a divorce, but later says he “can’t put her through the pain and embarrassment of divorce.”

At first, the police of course suspect Brian and are curious a bit by Blaine as he hires a lawyer immediately after being questioned by police simply fom the viewpoint of a friend.  Brian moves into a hotel and begins to spend his savings on booze, drugs, and girls, something not very befitting the grieving widow, but, hey, we all grieve in our own ways, right?  An anonymous letter is sent into the police office stating that someone by the pseudonymn TROOPER performed the murders and that he’ll never be caught.  The police take it somewhat seriously, but believe it to be another tactic to lead them off the trail of the real killer.

Bugs are placed in Brian’s new apartment, Blaine and Brian are trailed.  Blaine’s property is seized (perhaps the final end for THROUGH HIKE).  One detective continually harrasses Brian (which, really, I thought was over the line.  The detective was speaking upon how Brian and he would run into each other in strange places purposefully upon the part of said detective.  That same detective would show up at Brian’s apartment at 10pm, 11pm, on into the night, just to “see how things were goin'”.  The detective states that Brian was starting to freak out.  No shit.  I really take issue with this as ANYONE receiving that form of treatment would be freaked and Brian would be well within his rights to pursue a harrassment charge (though, he’s a scumbag, so, in this case, fuck ‘im).

After months and months of police work, Brian confesses to the entire thing stating he didn’t kill Randi, but that he had planned it and gotten his friend Blaine to do the deed.  Of course, that’s not a solid case against’ Blaine, so they confiscate every last stitch of anything from the man’s house and search his car as well, wherein they find a receipt for the clothes he bought specifically to murder Randi.

They are both arrested and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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Ok, so, likes and dislikes.  I thought the subject matter was interesting.  I mean, it’s a complete Jerry Springer, day time talk, fucked up story to be sure.  Though there was murder and intrigue, something about the story just seemed so, well, ho-hum as the film plodded along slowly (intentionally no doubt), taking its time to reach the “climax” (though I don’t think Climaxes exist in documentaries).  Any twists or turns are seen well in advance aside from perhaps a few aspects.

I enjoyed all of the behind-the-scenes camerawork inter-cut into the rest of the documentary,  which was shot quite competently I might add.  I found the film to be a rather interesting tale, to say the least.  Though, at times I would feel like nodding off, so slowly were things brought about, but carried on for though I found the film boring at parts, I always found the subject matter and sheer “fucked-up-ed-ness” of the situation as a whole rather interesting altogether.  Within the documantary proper (i.e. none of the VHS looking behind-the-scenes shots), the documentary look was upheld with competent lighting and camera placement.  Sound seemed to continuosly go up and down with annoying irregularity, especially this bass hum towards the end that seemed to crescendo without warning to rattle the windows.  Otherwise, however, a dencent early effort from filmmaker Todd Klick into this strange and off-beat tale of nerdy murder for hire and the strange and tangled lives we lead.  I’d suggest giving it a watch.  3 out of 5 skulls.

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REVIEW: HALLOWS EVE – SLAUGHTER ON SECOND STREET

Hallows Eve: Slaughter On Second Street

DIRECTOR: PJ STARKS
PRODUCER: RODNEY NEWTON

(These Guys Also Take Credit For Writers/Creative Team/Etc.)

Here’s a synopsis from the Official Website:

Days before the annual opening of Slaughter on Second Street, Owensboro’s premiere haunted attraction, a tragedy befalls one of their own. Despite pleas from the manager, Buck Masters, the attraction is shut down until the mystery is solved. In his frustration, Buck devises a plan to get the haunt back on its feet and make some extra money while he’s at it. Playing on the rumors that the attraction may in fact be haunted, Buck brings in a rag-tag group of paranormal investigators to prove the rumors true. The investigator’s arrival is met with the feeling that something isn’t right, but it’s just another job…Or so they think! An unfriendly encounter with the building’s maintenance man, Mr. Jenkins, makes the team realize that the history of the building is far darker than they could have ever imagined and they may actually be visiting one of Owensboro’s most haunted sites. Locked in overnight, along with Buck, they begin their investigation which becomes interrupted when three volunteers appear from the dressing room amidst their goodbyes for the season they had worked so hard on. As the night goes on, the volunteers begin falling victim to fatal accidents that may or may not be supernatural. It is then that the investigators must solve the mystery of Slaughter on Second Street. One by one, the ghost hunters are preyed upon by malicious forces and must rely on each other if they are to survive the night. Who will live to see morning and who will perish before the true secrets of Slaughter on Second Street are uncovered?

Alrighty, so, what did I think?  Well, first of all, it’s much MUCH better than that shitfest Stockholm Syndrome, but that doesn’t really do it justice (because I could take a shit, film it, and put it out on DVD and that’d be a better film).  The reason I bothered to put the two in the same sentence is that they’re both examples of independent horror filmmaking.  Unlike ‘SS’, however, I really liked Hallows Eve.

First with the bad:  Of course, given the “out of pocket” financing, there are going to be particular technical problems, sound, lighting, stage actors, etc.  But hell, I mean, the actors were working for free from what I understand, and given that, they didn’t do that bad of a job.  There were particular moments that actually stood out as far as acting talent goes.  I loved hearing the southern inflection from time to time (as I’m a southerner myself, and all these actors today just try to cover it up.  FLY THAT SOUTHERN FLAG, ASSHOLES.  Wait…that might come off as racist.  Meh, fuck it.).  If you can get past some of the Technical flaws, however, and sit back, pop some popcorn, drink a guiness, and relax, you’ll experience what I experienced.

HERE’S A BIT OF INFORMATION FROM PJ STARKS ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE FILM:

In Aug of 2007 we went to a film fest and watched a low budget film that we were less than satisfied with, but ultimately the film had garnered some amount of success & accolades from hitting up other festivals.  Rodney Newton (Producer) & I work at a non-profit tv station here in Owensboro KY & had been wanting to do a film together for a long while and decided it was time to put our head together and create a project that would eventually become Hallows Eve.  Our motivation was simple, we believe that we have an amazig talent pool in our community and using all local resources we wanted to bring artists together from all walks of lifes an backgrounds to be apart of something unique.  Johnny Depp is not the only real actor that was born here and we felt it was time they got their chance to prove it.  So with that in mind we began to process of recruiting individuals from around our area to help out in our endeavor.  The budget for the film came directly out of mine & Rodney’s pocket; all cast and crew were volunteering their time and efforts to help bring the project to fruition.  We had someone compose an original score as well as had 8 original songs created by 8 local bands in the area, all donated to project.  We had an 8 month pre-production process, shot the film over 2 months and then spent the next 2 editing the film.  We premiered Hallows Eve on October 31st 2008 to a full house that was also a benefit where all proceeds were donated to a non-profit organization.  Essentially our goal was to amass an army of likeminded individuals from FX to costuming to sound and so forth to help bring our vision to life.  The project may have started with us but it ended with a lot of dedicated and passionate souls who without their help this could not have been possible.

THE GOOD!
This movie was just a fun little horror/mystery romp.  If you don’t notice right away, I’m going to give away the obvious connections to Scooby Doo.  All the characters are there (Scooby was a black guy named Doobie), and “Scooby and Shaggy” are smokin’ weed all the time (as we ALL know they did in the cartoon, baking out the Mystery Machine).  Fred, Velma, and, uh…the Hot one.  They were all there.  But imagine if Scooby Doo was on ACID!  This film delivered on the gore, let me tell you.  A chick’s nose gets ripped off, guts hangin’ out, hatchet to the crotch, WHAMMY! HA! just to name a few.  And the story was a pretty damn decent little mystery (even though I called it), however it’s left sort of open ended where you could draw your own conclusions towards the end.  There was even a “And I would’ve Gotten Away With It Too” speech.  I got Owen from THE BACKWOODS HORRORSHOW to watch it with me and he also said it was a pretty decent little film.  I’m not sure about when or where you’ll be able to buy this flick, but I’d suggest you SUPPORT INDEPENDENT HORROR and check this one out.  KEEP AMERICA STRONG, WATCH (INDEPENDENT) HORROR MOVIES!!

I’d like to see what these guys could do in the future with a higher budget.  There’s definitely a spark of talent there I’d like to see become a flame of independent horror greatness.


Hallows Eve Full Trailer