"NIGHT OF THE CLOWNS" - A Horror Short Film
"NIGHT OF THE CLOWNS" - A Horror Short Film
A short film about creepy clowns and the horrific experience of one poor soul who encounters them.
A short film about creepy clowns and the horrific experience of one poor soul who encounters them. Read more
About this project
We want to make a creepy horror short film about CLOWNS! As lifelong horror fans, we are endlessly frustrated with how clowns are depicted in horror films. Clowns are usually shown as monstrous, yellow-eyed, sharp-fanged, dirty-haired, clawed up clowns in so many horror films, but the truly creepy circus clowns like Pennywise that infect your nightmares with their overly active smiles, sing-songy voices and exaggerated gestures.
WE WANT TO MAKE "NIGHT OF THE CLOWNS" SO WE CAN SHOW YOU HOW SCARY CLOWNS CAN REALLY BE!!!
Imagine you step into an Uber and the driver is a fully dressed circus clown. NOPE!
Imagine a knock on your door late at night and its a circus clown holding a bunch of balloons and waving to your through the peep hole. NOPE!
We have all been seeing these CREEPY CLOWNS IN THE NEWS lately. From the woods of North Carolina to the streets of Bakersfield to pubs of Northern England, these clowns have been scaring the crap out of people simply by being themselves, standing on the sides of roads and waving with big smiles. Wrong place, wrong time = total creepville!
That is what we want to tap into with "Night of the Clowns!"
A roller derby girl leaves practice one night with her teammates and as she makes her way home alone, clowns ensue! The most horrifying part is WHY they are there.
Our story revolves around Sarah, a 27-year-old welder and artist, who recently broke up with her longtime boyfriend and moved into a new loft without him. She is starting a new chapter of her life, but continues writing her part in the roller derby team that she has been with for the past 5 years. Sarah was the one who walked away from her ex after she cheated on him. He still pines for her, but she knows that ship has sailed. She has always been strong like that. When it's done, it's done.
One night, after derby practice, Sarah says goodbye to her teammates and makes her way home alone. On her way, she notices a fully dressed clown standing on the side of the road holding balloons and waving to her. Driving several city blocks further, she sees another clown while at a stop sign. The clown sees her and starts walking briskly towards her, waving and clapping. She guns it out of there, leaving the clown jumping up and down in her rearview mirror.
Unsettled, she hastily makes her way to the industrial loft building she now calls home. Once inside, she bolts the door, checks her newly furnished space for anything odd and then settles in. She looks for the cat that has been coming around the past few weeks for milk, but it's not there tonight.
Pulling her sweaty derby gear off, she jumps in the shower to relax for the night. After the shower, she puts on a kettle of tea, but notices something has changed. The tea pot sits on the counter, not the stovetop like usual.
A knock on her door distracts her. Who is knocking this late at night? She makes her way to the peep hole and peers into the hallway only to find a fully dressed circus clown holding balloons and grinning from ear to ear with wide eyes while he bounces with a childlike giddiness.
What does he want? Where did he come from? And where are his clown friends from the streets?!?!?!!
Sarah will find the answers to all of these questions… whether she wants to or not!
Independent horror films are quickly becoming the last bastion of independent film. These films are still free to express so many different ideas, emotions and expansive creativity that studio films are continually lacking.
We need your help to make this project happen and help keep independent horror films alive!
Thank you so much for your help, consideration and for giving us the time to present this project to you!
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking under any circumstance comes with hundreds of variables, which means hundreds of things that can go wrong every minute of every day of shooting. Making an independent film on a low budget presents even more challenges. On a tight budget, when one thing goes wrong it loses time and creates a domino effect that can quickly become a much larger problem.
As an example: If the costume gets damaged and needs repair, but is not ready when the lighting, crew and cast are ready to shoot, then everything is affected.
We are filmmakers many years and many different productions worth of experience and we know how to navigate problems when we work with capable, dedicated people. With the help of this funding effort we will be able to hire an experienced crew that knows how to overcome the specific obstacles that face productions of all kinds.
One of our biggest challenges is this initial campaigning effort to ensure we can make our funding goal!
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