BEAST WISHES is a documentary film about a man, a gorilla...and the
woman who loves them both!
Bob and Kathy Burns are best known for their incredible collection of original
movie props, housed in their Burbank, California museum, often known as
"Bob's Basement." From the steel armature of the 1933 "King Kong," to the
actual Time Machine from the classic George Pal film, from Glenn Strange's
Frankenstein boots to the Queen Alien and the American Werewolf In
London, Bob and Kathy's house is a treasure chest of movie monster
These priceless artifacts have been documented in books, magazines and
videos, but the focus of our project will be the two real treasures of the
museum - Bob and Kathy themselves.
Married for over 50 years, this amazing couple have served as the goodwill
ambassadors of fantasy film fandom. For decades they have brought joy to
fans throughout the world, by sharing their treasures and experiences with
everyone. Their legendary Halloween shows kickstarted the careers of Oscarwinning makeup and special FX artists like Rick Baker and Dennis Muren.
Among the many famous names who name Bob and Kathy as inspirational
are directors Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Frank Darabont, Joe Dante
and John Landis.
BEAST WISHES will document how these wonderful people came to be the
beloved figureheads of fandom, by speaking not only to them directly, but
with many of the famous folks that they have inspired. We have already have an amazing list of "guest stars" who have agreed to appear in our film: Director John Landis, award-winning Special FX masters Greg Nicotero, Chris Walas, Dennis Muren, Tom Woodruff Jr, Alec Gillis, John Goodwin and horror host Doctor Gangrene! Also included will be
footage from various personal appearances that Bob has made at conventions
or in movies, both as himself and his alter ego, "Kogar The Gorilla." Just look at our profile photo for this page (taken by Christopher Drake), and you can see the kind of joy Bob and Kathy bring to folks young and old.
The video above was created with test footage. The funds you help us raise will enable us to shoot all new footage utilizing a professional camera crew and sound department. We will also be hiring an experienced documentary editor to help us construct a tight, funny and heartwarming story of love, devotion and inspiration...with monsters. We're asking for $11,000.00, enough to kickstart the production, but we could use $18,000 to cover distribution and promotional costs.
Our plan is to release our project through the numerous digital Video-On-
Demand venues (i.e. Amazon, itunes, etc.), and as a one-hour special for
broadcast cable networks such as SyFy, Chiller and AMC. A special edition
DVD will be created for sale at conventions and personal appearances.
Thanks to Bob and Kathy's support, we will be able to offer some wonderful
rewards for those who pledge to help us kickstart this project. From a special
thanks on the film to personally signed photos and exclusive DVDs of Bob's
Halloween shows. And the topper is a round-trip flight and one-night hotel
stay to visit Bob and Kathy and get a private tour of the legendary "Bob's
Basement" movie museum.
Please join our Kickstarter campaign and become a real part of this joyful
celebration of these two most remarkable people!
- (21 days)