News Bites

Hope you’re all having a good weekend! Here’s a look at some of the most interesting news from the horror community.

Probably the most exciting thing happening this week is the release of details surrounding the upcoming horror documentary – Leviathan. Leviathan is the story of the Hellraiser films,  “uncovering the history, making of and unknown details of the making of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II films.”

The official synopsis explains – “With interviews and testimonies from those most closely involved, we hope to bring a comprehensive insight to these classic cult films.

Following the story of the films from their inception through production to release and the their subsequent lives and growing fan base, we aim to show fans and those less familiar with the films both the technical skills, the creative idea, the symbolism and the legacy of these movies.

Delving deep into the director’s vision and ambitions for the project we’ll be exploring where he came from, where his career had taken him and the inspiration for the story and world he created. We’ll be telling the story of his journey of making them and how close they came to his vision at the time and how he feels about them over 25 years later.”

We like to keep an eye on horror related crowdfunding and check out what’s going on in the independent horror scene. Three days ago, Banjo reached its target of $5,000, and it looks like a really interesting project. It’s a feature length horror movie about a young man manipulated by his imaginary friend to exact revenge on his tormenting co-workers.

Banjo started life as a thirteen minute short film titled Confessions of Peltzer, which was shot on a shoe-string budget with a three person crew in South Yorkshire, UK back in April 2012 .Confessions of Peltzer was the directional debut of Liam Regan and premiered in November 2012 at the Cochise Film Festival in Retford, UK. In 2013 the short film started making it’s rounds internationally and was screened at the 14th annualTromaDance Film Festival in New Jersey, USA and Mondo Baltimore in Maryland, USA.

A two and a half minute promotional trailer based on the feature length screenplay was shot in one week back in July 2013, with a self funded budget of only £1,000. The trailer was created to help generate interest for the feature length movie through Kickstarter.

Liam Regan explains “Banjo is basically a morality tale, in which the meek shall inherit the earth by gaining revenge and retribution over his tormentors. I’ve always described this project as Drop Dead Fred (1991) meets Basket Case (1982) due to the uncontrollable imaginary friend aspect mixed with the underground grand guignol stylisation…
… I have been a fan of the horror genre since I was five years old, I would walk into my local video rental store and quickly navigate my way to the horror section. I instantly got goosebumps each time by just looking at the video covers, and being mesmerised by the art-work and the still photos found on the back of the video cases…”

You can find out more about the film at the official website.

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