Recently I was introduced to an amazing independent horror short film titled NIGHT OF THE PUNKSand I was completely blown away. The punk rock score was incredible, the acting believable (with characters you actually care about), the story and script was well written, and the gore, while over the top at times…in a good way, was FANTASTIC! Shot in the fall of 2010 in Los Angeles, CA, NOTP was self-financed on a shoestring budget of under $10k using a Canon Mark II 5D camera and Final Cut Studio.
Directed by Dan Riesser who co-wrote the script with Mike L. Kinshella, the film starred Luke Edwards (perhaps best known as the child star of films such as THE WIZARD, LITTLE BIG LEAGUE, and NEWSIES), Nick Mundy (a member of Team Tiger Awesome, Cracked.com, Comedy Central, & Atom.com), Aubrey Wood, Mike L. Kinshella, Dominic Deleo, and John Bobek. Makeup FX and Creature Design was created by Bruce Spaulding Fuller (who’s work can be seen in RESIDENT EVIL, UNDERWORLD, ARMY OF DARKNESS, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY, among others, having worked alongside the Stan Winston Effects Group and KNB).
At their first big city gig, a small town punk rock band must do battle with a horde of bloodthirsty demon punks hell-bent on turning the band into their sacrificial meal.
The Brain Deads are a suburban punk rock band from Anytown, USA. With their adorable merch girl by their side, they head to their first big city show with visions of circle pits, tattooed groupies and punk rock rebellion in their heads.
Unfortunately, the venue is practically deserted, the promoter is a walking police sketch, and once the music starts, the punks in the audience reveal themselves to be bloodthirsty monsters out for blood. It turns out the venue is built on a portal to hell and our heroes are to be served up in a demonic ritual sacrifice.
What comes next is 19 minutes of outrageously over-the-top 80?s style horror. We?re talking practical gore effects, huge scares, big laughs, gratuitous nudity, chainsaw decapitations, drumstick eye gouges, disembowelments, face-melting guitar solos… sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll. It?s gonna be one helluva show.
NIGHT OF THE PUNKS is a love letter to the bygone era of 1980′s splatterpunk horror. It echoes classics like Return of the Living Dead, Demons and The Evil Dead and will sport a killer 80?s punk rock soundtrack. The film will have the visual style of filmmakers like Walter Hill, Joe Dante, Sam Raimi and John Carpenter
To learn more about the film, check out the official site, facebook page, and don’t forget to follow Irrational Films on twitter as well. Check out the film below and be sure to check it out on VIMEO to check it out in Hi-Def!