Shot in just 20 days with a fraction of what Hollywood calls a “micro-budget,” Revelation Trail is a horror films which embodies the independent spirit. A large portion of the film’s total production costs came from 172 online fans, who contributed amounts ranging from $1 to $1,000 via Kickstarter. Hundreds of dedicated talent from around the United States — and some further — united to make director John Gibson’s story, an idea that dates back to 2006, a reality. A series of proof-of-concept trailers created out-of-pocket over the course of a weekend generated enough interest to put the feature into production. The team slept in garages, made brains out of ham slices, and built guns from vacuum cleaner parts in order to make the film a reality.
Generous locals from Kentucky, Illinois and Ohio provided their talent, weapons, clothing , locations, food, horses and cannons (seriously), with everyone from reenactors to school teachers pitching in. Volunteers also built a period accurate military fort in seventeen days from discarded barn wood.
The film is the first feature length Western to be shot on consumer-grade DSLR cameras, and the post production was completed on home computers. The score was created by four people and one iMac. The film has acquired a cult following with it’s premier taking place in Maiden Alley Cinema in April 2013 where it sold out five consecutive shows and set attendance records at the venue. Following sell-out screenings in Cincinnati, southern California and across the south and midwest, Revelation Trail will be available to the masses in 2014. Keep an eye out for an official release announcement in the coming months.
The official synopsis for the movie reads – “In late nineteenth-century America, a frontier holy man’s life is destroyed as a gruesome power consumes the land. Standing between ruin and salvation, the man known only as Preacher (Daniel Van Thomas) must find his purpose in the fight against the mysterious undead. Joined by the town Marshal (Daniel Britt) — a man with his own set of demons – he faces the risen dead, a ravaged landscape and the evils of the living on a journey to nowhere. Along the way, the men discover which lines they’re willing to cross in the name of survival and witness the depths people reach through the power of belief, for good and ill alike.”
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