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All original independent psychological horror film promising to return the horror genre to its thought-provoking roots.

"Der Ritter" Title
"Der Ritter" Title


What Are We Doing?

Synopsis:

The film tells the story of Allen -- a man with a troubled past scarred by substance abuse, an abusive mental hospital experience, the unsolved disappearance of his Father, and unexplained and recurring visions and nightmares. After the death of his mother, he returns to his childhood home to repair the scars left upon his family, but instead begins to unravel a deeply terrifying mystery linking his father’s disappearance to a faceless being called “The Thin Man.”

This is an all-original psychological horror feature film designed to do 2 things - return the horror genre to its thought-provoking roots and scare the living shit out of you.

Test Teaser:

You have to start somewhere, right?

So we got our team together and headed out to the middle of the woods to shoot a 3-part test teaser... which is exactly what it sounds like, a test, to get feedback from the fans.  Since then, we've gained a lot of support and have also learned a lot from the fans!  It should be noted that what you see in the video above will NOT be appearing in the film.  It's only a test!

This is merely the beginning.  We are seeking funding to get this film off the ground.  We've put months of our own blood, sweat, and tears into this project (the teasers being a big part of that)... and it's time the world finally get to see this film!  But we can't do it without your help.  Our fans have been the catalyst for our passion for this film, and we owe it to you to make this film... and make it the best film it can be.  But in order for that to happen we need, what we in the industry like to call "wiggle room".  In short, we need to get the ball officially rolling.  Once that happens, there will be nothing to stop this film from being made... and being made right.

So what do we mean by "get the ball rolling", you ask?  Isn't the ball already rolling, you might also ask?  Well, yes and no... as you'll see.  Read on!

He Sees You
He Sees You

Why Are We Doing This?

It's no secret that the bulk of modern day Hollywood horror films have been less-than-pleasing in terms of engaging the number one thing in the human body that experiences, processes and deciphers fear - the mind...

The only thing Hollywood about this production is the team in front of the lens and behind it.  Everyone from the top down is extremely and equally passionate about this film, guaranteeing the utmost attention to quality and detail.  For too long have we watched some of our favorite classic horror stories and original films be ruined by an industry increasingly moving toward the sole-interest if making a buck.  That ends here.  We're making this a 100% pure, old-fashioned, homegrown independent production that will remind Hollywood how true horror is done.

How Are We Doing This?

To make a long story short - YOU.  That's right, from start to finish we are involving you.  We've already had a great deal of fan input and quality control from the very start, which has been paramount to our continued success of moving this project forward.  If you don't like something, tell us!  If you love something, tell us!  Ideas?  Tell us!

We're also enlisting the help of some extremely talented contributors such as the creators behind a highly-esteemed video series that gets how true horror is done, EverymanHYBRID.  We are involving anyone and everyone who we know will only add to making this film the best that it can be!

The Thin Man
The Thin Man

What Your Money Goes To

The Phase 1 funds ($50,000) will go toward getting the project off the ground.  All we need is that initial spark to start getting everything in place.  Once we have the push we need to start putting the wheels in motion, the rest will follow suit.  There are already great opportunities for us to get the rest we need, but we need this push to prove to those outlets that this is something YOU want to see.  This is merely the beginning... a beginning that we can't do without YOU!

At this stage, your support will go toward:

  • Concept Design
  • Visual Effects
  • Finalizing the Screenplay
  • Casting
  • Hiring the crew
  • Location scouting
  • Planning
  • Production Design
  • Legal
  • Securing Investors
  • Initial Equipment
  • General Pre-production Needs


What If You Can't Donate?

Even if you can't swing the minimum $5 donation (we understand times are tough), you can help out more than you realize.  Number one most important thing you can do is to SPREAD THE WORD!  We can't reach everyone everywhere, but with your help we will certainly have a better shot.  Just think, even if you don't give a single penny to the cause, YOU could be the one who finds what we like to call in the industry, an "angel investor" - someone who could fund the entire production!  Now that would be awesome!

So, if you can't donate, send the link to this Kickstarter far and wide - to family, friends, work, school, Facebook, Twitter, forums, communities, anywhere and everywhere!  Also be sure to download and print out the street flyer below and post it up EVERYWHERE - your schools, workplaces, communities, etc. The more eyes that see this, the better chance we have!

The Final Word

We can't thank you, the fans, enough for the support you've already given us.  We would definitely not be anywhere close to where we are with this film today if it weren't for you.  But we need you now more than ever.  If enough of you contribute to this, we'll be on our way to making this movie a reality.  We want you involved every step of the way.  This is yours as much as it is ours.  So join us in making this the best independent horror movie it can be, and we promise it'll be worth it.  Let's show Hollywood what the horror genre is all about!

THANK YOU ALL!!!

Oh... and one more thing...

THE PERSON WHO DONATES THE MOST WILL GET THEIR CITY THE FIRST EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE OF THE FILM AFTER FESTIVALS.

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*DISCLAIMER*

This is an all original film with original stories and characters.  Any similarities to existing stories or characters is purely coincidental.

Nothing you see here is official yet.  Anything and everything can and probably will change at any given moment.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with everything, there's always a risk - production delays, permits, legal, actor/crew availability, equipment, etc. However, the earlier we secure Phase 1 funding, the lesser the chance there will be running into these issues. If we're able to lock the things in we need to move on to the next phase of making this film (production), it'll ensure a good start and prevent further problems down the road.

But that doesn't mean other issues won't arise. In film-making, especially independent film-making, the risks are high and so are the stakes. Even after we secure this initial funding, there will still be challenges... most importantly, the rest of the funding. So how are we going to ensure the rest gets funded? Well, as said earlier, once we have the spark we need to move forward, it makes it far easier to attract the right attention and officially get the ball rolling. Plus, we've already done an extreme amount of preliminary work out of our own pockets, which will only make it easier to focus our funds, time, and energy on the more difficult tasks such as this one. Along with your help, our passion, and dedication, we are 100% confident that any and all obstacles will be overcome!

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    All of the previous perks, plus A COPY OF THE FILM BEFORE ANYONE ELSE. Also, once the goal is reached, you'll receive an email containing a SECRET LINKk to a secret website where you’ll find a video message from the Writer and Director of Slender Man, revealing the official design of Slender Man appearing in the final film. This is exclusive to our backers and will not be shown anywhere else!

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    All the previous perks (A personal thank you on our website, a secret link to a secret video from the Writer & Director, and an exclusive t-shirt), PLUS official "Der Ritter: Chronicles of Slender Man" poster signed by the cast and crew!

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    All the above, PLUS - An Official SLENDERMAN COSTUME FROM MORPHSUITS for you to wear with pride at a future screening of the film!! ALSO - 5 FREE TICKETS to see the film when it arrives at a theater or festival near you!!

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    You are now a movie star! With your $250 pledge, YOU WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE MOVIE CREDITS under our EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS CREDITS - a higher honor for those who help us support the film. You'll also get a signed copy of the DVD/BLU-RAY complete with behind the scenes footage BEFORE it's available for sale to the public(Plus our website 'Thank You', the secret message, DVD/Blu-Ray, the signed movie poster, and the t-shirt).

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    Along with all of the previous perks, you will be able to SEND US A PROP (no bigger than a breadbox) that we will place in one of the scenes of the film! Pretty cool, right? ALSO - YOUR LIKENESS WILL BE IMMORTALIZED in one of the images & photos appearing in the film!!

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    ONE TIME OFFER -- Donate to this $1000 option and get THE ORIGINAL MASK USED IN THE TEASERS. You'll own an exclusive piece of film history... ONLY ONE AVAILABLE!!

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    All of the previous perks, PLUS an invitation to spend a DAY ON SET of the movie! We're filming in the Maryland/DC region this fall and early 2014. Hope to see you there!

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    All of the previous perks, PLUS you will be CREDITED AS A PRODUCER on both the theatrical and video release of the film. You'll have the chance to BE ON SET FOR THE DURATION OF THE FILMING. You will be one of us... an official FILM PRODUCER. Welcome to the team!

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