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Retro 80's slasher film.  After prom, these teens retreat to secluded house for a party.  Bloody events ensue.   Support indie horror!
Retro 80's slasher film.  After prom, these teens retreat to secluded house for a party.  Bloody events ensue.   Support indie horror!
Retro 80's slasher film. After prom, these teens retreat to secluded house for a party. Bloody events ensue. Support indie horror!
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Party Night is a true 80's style throwback slasher film that centers on six friends who become prey for a sadistic psychopath when they decide to ditch their high school's after prom party for their own celebration at a secluded house.

Party Night Teaser Trailer #1

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Writer and Producer Troy Escamilla and Producer Renee Smith Discuss Party Night

To put it simply, Party Night is a slasher film for slasher fans made by slasher fans. And while this will be the first feature film produced by Fright Meter Films and myself, the passion for this project is immense.

Until now, I have utilized my love and respect for the horror genre by creating and running the blog FrightMeter.com and being the founder and President of the Fright Meter Awards, an award I created solely to honor the best in horror annually.  Fright Meter Awards has grown in respect and popularity over the last few years. There are currently over 50 members that make up the Fright Meter Award Committee, including bloggers, writers, directors, producers, actors and others involved in some manner with the horror genre.  I also have a love and passion for writing and over the last several years have written several short stories and screenplays.  Party Night is my favorite of those screenplays.

Lin Shaye and Traci Lords Proudly Display Their Fright Meter Awards
Lin Shaye and Traci Lords Proudly Display Their Fright Meter Awards

What makes Party Night the perfect first project for Fright Meter Films is that it  is fairly simplistic in its structure and content: there are only seven characters in the script and 85% of it takes place at one location.  This equates to the film being able to be produced for a modest budget.   However, even with a modest budget, we still need to obtain funds.  

Kickstarter is a great vehicle in which to try to raise the budget to allow us to film Party Night simply because it connects people who have an immense passion for a project with an audience who can then have a part in ensuring the project comes to fruition.  Horror fans are generally some of the most fervent and loyal fans.  Party Night is my love letter to the genre and its fans, but it cannot get made without your help.  We need and want you to be part of this film by becoming a backer; as you can see there are great rewards available and anything helps!   In case you are wondering:

What Will The Money Go Towards:

Equipment (Lights, Camera, Mics, Etc..): $3000

Production Insurance: $1000

Wardrobe: $750

Food For Cast Crew for 16 Day Shoot: $1750

Props/Set Decorations: $400

Special Effects/Gore: $1250

Location Rentals: $800

Post Production: $1250

Rewards: $500

TOTAL: $10,700

So again, we cannot make this film without your help!  Just take a second to chose your perk and support us!  It will be GREATLY appreciated!

 I am collaborating with individuals who have experience making low-budget independent horror films to ensure the project is a success.  Kevin Sommerfield, who wrote and produced both Don't Go to the Reunion and Dismembering Christmas, is on board as a producer to lend his knowledge and experience of low budget independent filmmaking. Renee K. Smith, has experience as a playwright, producer, and director and will also serve as a producer. Her experience working in the Houston area has allowed us to secure the location and obtain local, up and coming talent

Mark D'Errico has been secured to score the film.  He has several years of experience scoring films and his resume is quite extensive and impressive.  Seriously, check him out on IMDB.  

Slasher Studios Dismembering Christmas Trailer  (Check out the cool limited perks related to this awesome slasher film!)

Our Director:

Timothy Sullins, Director
Timothy Sullins, Director

Timothy Sullins will be stepping into the director's chair. Though this will be Tim's first time directing a feature film, he has years of experience with various facets of filmmaking and has written, directed, and produced several short genre films. After finishing reading the Party Night script, Tim's passion and vision for the project were tangible and contagious. He will bring a fresh perspective to the slasher genre and we're confident that his dedication and creativity will ensure Party Night is a film that genre fans will enjoy!   Check out the playlist below to get a glimpse of some of Tim's work:

Director Tim Sullins:

Our Current Cast:

Tommie Vegas, "Molly"
Tommie Vegas, "Molly"

Tommie Vegas will be tacking the role of Molly, who is bright and beautiful and quite aware of it.  She's used to getting what she wants from her boyfriend, Travis, and prom night is no different.  Tommie is already making a name for herself in the indie film community, with several credits to her name and upcoming projects. She even recently won the Best Actress award from PollyGrind Underground Film Festival of Las Vegas for her performance in "The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper." We could not be more excited to have Tommie as part of our team!

Cast Member Tommie Vegas Introducing Herself and Sharing Her Passion for the Film

Billy Brannigan, Travis
Billy Brannigan, Travis

 Billy Brannigan will have his hands full with Molly, as he will be portraying her boyfriend, Travis whose quiet and intense demeanor make him seem much older than his eighteen years.  And though it is prom night, he begins to question whether he is truly happy with his longtime girlfriend, Molly. Billy studied at James Franco's Studio 4 and co-wrote the short horror film "The Clowning." He impressed us so much with his audition that we knew immediately he had to be cast. We cannot wait to see what he brings to the role and and thrilled to have Billy as part of our team!

Billy Introducing Himself and Discussing the Film:

Destinie Orndoff, Olivia
Destinie Orndoff, Olivia

We are thrilled to welcome Destinie Orndoff to our cast! Destinie will be portraying high strung, but sweet girl Olivia Duncan. As a life long lover of horror with a plethora of passion, Destinie is a perfect fit for our film! She wrote, and is producing and starring in her own genre film Red Eye, which will also star indie horror favorites Jessica Cameron and Heather Dorff, which will begin filming later this year. We know Destinie is going to make big waves in the indie horror scene in the upcoming years, so we're very excited to have her join our "Party Night" family! 

Cast Member Destinie Orndoff Introducing Herself and Sharing Her Passion for the Film:

Holly Seymour, Amy
Holly Seymour, Amy

We are extremely excited to announce and welcome Holly Seymour to our cast! Holly will be portraying quiet, introverted AMY, who wants to break out her shell, but struggles because of her commitment to school and her boyfriend. Though we received several great auditions for this role, Holly blew us away with her raw emotion and understanding of the character. Though this will be her first feature film, Holly began acting professionally at the age of 15, having appeared in a stage production of Beauty and the Beast. We cannot wait to share her screams with you! 

Ryan Poole, Andrew
Ryan Poole, Andrew

We are thrilled to welcome Ryan Poole to our cast! Ryan will be portraying Andrew, whose combination of jokester and jock qualities make him instantly likable. Ryan is accumulating quite the resume for himself, including appearances in the Emmy nominated television sitcom The Neighbors, the upcoming sequel to the highly successful Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, and "Blood Tulip." Ryan fits the role of Andrew like a glove and we're super excited to welcome him to our bloody party!

Drew Shotwell, Nelson
Drew Shotwell, Nelson

We are excited to welcome Drew Shotwell to our cast! Drew will be portraying cool, calm and confident Nelson, whose idea for a secluded after prom party launches our hapless teen party goers into a blood drenched nightmare. Drew's charisma, charm, and screen presence in his audition video won us over, and we have no doubt that he will deliver a character that horror fans will root for! 

Jimmy Phillips, Benson
Jimmy Phillips, Benson

We are excited to welcome Jimmy Phillips to our cast! He will be playing the role of Benson. Jimmy is a Houston theatre treasure, have served as an actor, director, and producer of many local productions. He is a regular at the Main Street Theater, TheaterLaB, and Stages!

Anthony Nolte, Uncle
Anthony Nolte, Uncle

Anthony Nolte is a native and current resident of Davenport, Iowa. He will be taking on the minor role of Uncle in the film, and though this will be his first time in front of the camera, he's a lifelong horror fan and we know his passion and respect for the genre will permeate the screen.

Maximum Threshold Radio Interview with Writer & Producer Troy Escamilla:

http://www.maximumthreshold.net/podcast/442-mtrs-producer-troy-escamilla-and-interview-with-lita-ford/

Bloody Flicks:

http://bloody-flicks.co.uk/2016/02/04/party-night-preview/

Cinema Slasher:

http://cinemaslasher.com/2016/02/05/new-trailer-teases-a-party-night/

Horror Society:

http://www.horrorsociety.com/2016/02/05/trailer-party-night/

Decay Magazine

http://decaymag.com/2016/02/16/party-night-a-slasher-you-need-to-know-of/

Slasher Studios Horror Podcast: Troy Escamilla, Producer & Writer, Discusses Party Night

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/slasherstudios/2016/02/12/slasher-studios-horror-podcast-troy-escamilla-party-night

Anthony T's Horror Chamber

http://thehorrorchamber.blogspot.com/2016/02/fright-meter-films-is-looking-for-your.html?zx=5a392bbf9e29d6fd

Horror Fuel

http://horrorfuel.com/horror/horror-reviews/sub-genre/slasher/troy-escamillas-party-night-pays-homage-to-the-slasher-flicks-of-the-80s

MaxIt Magazine

http://maxitmagazine.com/2016/03/01/new-horror-film-party-night-goes-to-kickstarter/

Morbidly Beautiful

http://morbidlybeautiful.com/partynight/

Terror Realm

http://terror-realm.co.uk/party-night-kickstarter/

Killer Reviews

http://www.killerreviews.com/forums/entry.php?1615-Support-Indie-Horror-Help-Fund-Retro-80s-Slasher-quot-Party-Night-quot

Search My Trash

http://www.searchmytrash.com/articles/troyescamilla(2-16).shtml

Slasher Studios Blog

http://www.slasherstudios.com/2016/02/28/party-til-drop-dead-80s-slasher-homage-party-night-interview/

Framing Business

http://framingbusiness.net/archives/5110

Risks and challenges

One challenge that specifically comes to mind is weather conditions. There will be quite a bit of outdoor filming, and Texas is notorious for sudden and drastic weather changes. However, we have selected a film location that should cover the basis for inclement weather problems and delays in filming, thus cost, should be minimal. Filming in the early stages of summer will cut down on extreme temperatures and while rain is a possibility, as stated we have alternate script ideas to compensate should such conditions occur.

Actors are human and sometimes emergencies arise. To cover this possible obstacle, we are securing alternate actors who will live in the immediate area and can step in if needed.

As long as we raise the funds necessary, the film WILL be made. However, one of the challenges will be getting the finished project seen. One way this will be accomplished is to submit the film to a variety of film festivals that cater to the horror genre.

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    HOME STRETCH PERK #1: You'll receive a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film's awesome soundtrack, featuring some great music by some great indie rock bands and Houston's own Herschel Berry! You'll also receive a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film when it is complete! We'll also send you the first TEN pages of the script when the campaign ends. You'll also immediately receive a THANK YOU shout on our social media accounts!

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    HOME STRETCH PERK #2: You'll receive a PARTY NIGHT T-SHIRT!

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    LIMITED QUANTITY: You'll receive a DVD copy of Slasher Studios (co-producer of Party Night) Christmas themed slasher DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS AND a poster of the film signed by the cast and crew!

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    KILLER PERK! Only ONE available! You will receive the CHRISTMAS SWEATER WORN BY THE KILLER in the final act of Slasher Studios (co-Producers of Party Night) Christmas themed slasher film DISMEMBERING CHRISTMAS! This is a perk to dismember forever!

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