Earlier in the year, we covered exciting indie horror film Honeyspider. It’s one of the most exciting things going on in the independent horror scene at the moment, and today we’re really excited to share new stills, more information about the movie, and the official trailer with you.
HONEYSPIDER is a horror feature film from Independent filmmakers Josh Hasty (director/ producer) and Kenny Caperton (writer/ producer). The film takes place in 1989 on Halloween day and follows college student Jackie Blue (Mariah Brown) as she slowly unravels, all while a mysterious stranger watches over her. The film was envisioned as a cult throwback by writer Caperton, who grew up watching the 8O’ s slasher flicks on late night cable television. Caperton discovered his passion for filmmaking somewhat uniquely through his involvement In the horror community, which stemmed from building and living in the infamous Myers House NC (a life size replica of the Michael Myers house from John Carpenter’s 1978 classic HALLOWEEN). Caperton’s long-time love for the horror genre also led to working with actress Sheri Moon Zombie promoting her clothing line, including filming several promo videos, as well as one in collaboration with director Josh Hasty.
Josh Hasty is no newcomer to the world of horror either. Withonefeaturefilmalreadyunderhisbelt (A Mannequin in Static), horror buff and entrepreneur Hasty also appropriately Is the creative director of Scaredown · one of Ohio’s premiere haunted attractions. After meeting through a mutual love of all things horror, Caperton and Hasty wet their feet working together In 2010 on awell-received short film, as well as the later promo video for Zombie, and have now teamed up for their most ambitious project yet …HONEYSPIDER.
HONEYSPIDER Is a collaboration driven by pure passion and a love for filmmaking. This project is the premiere feature film from Black House Capital. The film stars Frank Aard (April Fool’s Day remake), Joan Schuermeyer (Zombieland and RZ’s Halloween 2), Rachel Jeffreys, Samantha Mills (Bombshell Bloodbath) and newcomer Mariah Brown. The film features music from the Iconic rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, as well as classic groups Including Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt-Kick, The Hollywood Argyles and legendary music producer Gary S. Paxton.
Hasty has released a directors statement ahead of the film’s release, which you can read below.
“When I first read the script to HONEYSPIDER I felt refreshed. Just hearing the words “new horror film” sends chills of preconceived disappointment through my body. But this wasn’t a story I’d heard before. It was daring, in that it was original. So with this, I was more than compelled to turn It Into a movie.
I had worked with writer, Kenny Caperton on several projects before, so I was no stranger to his passion for the horror industry. I knew I would not only be given creative control in telling the story on film, but I would also have a strong counterpart in the areas needed. We both agreed on one thing – no matter what i t takes, we’re going to make the movie we want to make.
Going into preproduction I knew I would rely heavily on creativity and practicality, due to the low budget behind the film. But this actually made me excited. In a way, it only seemed to fit even more. A story like this shouldn’t be told with big budget effects and pretty distractions. This a story that rides the line of imagination and what we know to be true. Most importantly, It’s reminiscent of the classics that were driven by passion, not fancy eye candy. So I felt it necessary to not only acknowledge the filmmaking approach at hand, but fully embrace it for the significance it holds as a story telling component.
During production we maintained a small and very dedicated cast and crew. Idldn’twant to have a bunch of people on staff, because I wanted to put the money into areas that would enhance and amplify our creative efforts on screen. This Included everything from locations to set design and props. Because of this,we had a very diverse crew. Someone might be helping setup lights one day and then holding a boom the next. But everyone did everything with passion and dedication. Ultimately we achieved the shots I set out for, with quality and value consistently present throughout.
In the end we made HONEYSPIDER. A beautiful, gritty, against the grain, Independent horror film. It’s a story that is told both visually and literally, to those who choose to listen – for the fans, by the fans. Above all, it’s a successful accomplishment, in that it is the film we wanted to make.” – Josh Hasty
Check out the trailer and more stills from the film below.
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