I can’t deny that horror is definitely my favorite genre of films, books, etc. But it doesn’t mean that I’m approaching scary stories without criticism. In general, I’m not very fond of modern-day horror, especially if it comes to movies. Long story short: too many jumpscares. The cornerstone of a good horror film should be the right atmosphere, not those moments of silence, suddenly interrupted by loud noise and terrifying funny face popping on the screen.
OK, enough with this groaning. Instead, let’s see what’s crackin’ in independent horror. And there are some interesting things coming up soon – hopefully.
This week I want to draw your attention to a British film telling a story of a female rock band fighting ferocious, small creatures on board a Boeing 737. Besides, there is an interesting American novel from the gothic horror subgenre waiting for your backing. And be sure to stay until the end of this text to find information about ambitious RPG video game from Russia – if you like interactive novels/games and dark atmosphere, you’ll fall in love with this project.
1. Dead Air
I kind of summarized the plot of this movie in the previous paragraph. But one more time: an all-female punk rock band with a catchy name – Monster Kitten – has gone to the last gig of their reunion tour by plane. The thing is that there are some unwanted stowaways on board: little, nasty gremlin creatures…
Dead Air is a comedy horror with practical special effects (extra points for those), inspired by great horror films from 80’s and early 90’s, such as Braindead or Gremlins. Geoff Harmer‘s (director, producer) and Peter Hearn‘s (scriptwriter, producer) idea for this production is to make a short movie to promote a future feature film of the same name. Two filmmakers from the UK needs at least 10 000 pounds to start shooting this film.
This campaign is a second attempt to bring this independent movie to being. The first campaign almost ended successfully with 16 000 pounds raised. Unfortunately, the desired goal set on Kickstarter was 20 000, all or nothing. I strongly prefer this option instead of flexible goals – and this time, Dead Air’s goal on Ingiegogo is flexible. It doesn’t matter, though. This project is simply too good to be ignored.
Link to the campaign page:
Besides, you’ll find there a lot more information about this production. An impressive cast, for example. 😉
2. Florida Gothic (The “Gothic” Series book 1)
Another proposition on this list is a horror novel by Mitzi Szereto. The plot promises very well.
A hit-and-run driver leaves Ernesto Martinez to die by a Miami canal. Then an alligator comes along to finish the job.
Being dead gives Ernesto plenty of time to think. He thinks about his wife, taken from him too soon by illness. He thinks about his daughter, the victim of a drunk driver. He thinks about his death as he watches his body slowly decompose.
Most of all, he thinks about injustice.
The meth head ex-con living in the Everglades. The judge enjoying retirement on the Gulf Coast. The son of a Colombian drug kingpin partying in South Beach. These men care nothing for the pain they’ve caused. But they’ll soon know what it is to feel pain.
– from the campaign page
What’s most important: the book is already written and ready to be published. It’s even scheduled for summer 2017. So what’s the reason for crowdfunding in this case? As the author explains, to write a book to the last sentence doesn’t mean that your work is done. Being a writer, you’re often forced to promote your own books if you want to be heard. Or in this case: read.
Effective promotion of Florida Gothic requires money. Namely $400. A part of this amount will be given to cover designer.
If you want to support an independent writer who tries to reach a broader audience, you can do it here:
3. The Executioner
You’re the executioner, and there’s a criminal strapped to the chair in front of you. What do you do? Torture till you get a confession or risk angering your employer? Do you satisfy the crowd’s thirst for cruelty or grant a merciful death to the man you’re not even sure is guilty?
– from the campaign page
The Executioner is a new project from Lesser Evil Games studio. It’s an RPG-horror game where we will be able to play as a royal executioner who is working on a new case.
The creators promise non-linear, complex plot and about 20 hours of gameplay that consist of three parts: torture chamber simulation, detective quest investigation, and combat.
The story is so interesting that I simply can’t wait till game will be premiered! And it will be this fall – unless the campaign aimed at raising $19 000 would fail. Make a pledge today to help avoid such a cruel fate!
(And in the meantime, click here to play a demo of the game.)
Just look at those artworks below and feel a gloomy atmosphere of this video game. You can back this amazing project here:
That’s all for this week. Hold tight and keep supporting independent horror!