An eccentric mortician spins four twisted tales of madness and the macabre in a sleepy New England town where nothing is as it seems. Read more
This project was successfully funded on June 20, 2014.
About this project
Remember when horror movies were both scary and fun?
In the 80s, the lines that defined cinematic genre were less rigid. Gremlins were household pets and movie monsters were sculpted works of art, not computer generated creatures. THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is a love-letter to that era, a time when all things weird and wonderful seemed possible.
THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is a stylized (live-action) horror anthology film that fuses the surreal storytelling of The Twilight Zone with the goopy aesthetics of Tales From The Crypt. Loaded with unexpected twists, dark humor and genuine scares, The Mortuary Collection is classic horror for a contemporary audiences.
In the phantasmagorical town of Willowbrook, nothing is as it seems...
On the run from the police, a misguided young girl takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary. There she meets Montgomery Dark, an eccentric undertaker with more than a few skeletons in his closet. Montgomery chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last, but the young girl's world is unhinged when she discovers that the final story... is her own.
THE MORTUARY COLLECTION taps into four distinct horror sub-genres making it a virtual potpourri of horror favorites. There's a Monster Movie, a Slasher Film, a Ghost Story and a Psychological Tale of Madness, all intertwined in a sleepy New England town. Whether it’s a haunting tale of revenge from beyond the grave or a ghastly abomination of science and technology, one fact remains… Every corpse has a story.
WE COME IN PIECES: The Rebirth of the Horror Anthology Film is a short documentary we created as a way to start a conversation about the long-dormant Horror Anthology sub genre. We had the chance to interview horror icons like Joe Dante (Gremlins), Michael Dougherty (Trick r Treat), Larry Fessenden (ABC’s of Death 2), Darin Scott (Tales from the Hood) and many more to discuss the anthology films we love, the current state of the format and the future of the Horror Anthology film. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!
THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is designed to be a studio-quality horror film made for a fraction of the budget.
How is this even possible?!
We've assembled a badass team and will be shooting each segment independently until the feature film is complete. This will allow us to give the individual stories the time and attention to detail they deserve without breaking the bank. But we need your help! Our Goal is to raise $50,000 which will launch us into production this Summer.
The money we raise through this campaign will finance our favorite segment of the film - The Babysitter.
The Babysitter is a new take on one of the most tried and true set-ups in horror history. An innocent babysitter is home alone on the very night that a violent lunatic escapes from the local mental asylum. Of course the inmate shows up on our babysitter’s doorstep, but tables are turned when he realizes that this is no ordinary house and this is definitely not an ordinary babysitter.
Sounds twisted, all right. But how will my contribution be spent?
- PRODUCTION - After hiring a professional Crew and talented Cast, the majority of our budget will go directly toward what you see on the screen. These costs include: Locations, Special Effects Makeup, plus the Gear required to build and capture it all.
- POST - So often productions neglect to plan for the Post-Production process; we won't be making this mistake. These costs include: Editing, Sound Design / Mixing, Title Design and (minimal) VFX.
- PERKS - We appreciate your support and don't want to leave you empty-handed. We've created some fun incentives for our backers that will only be available through this campaign.
- FEES - Kickstarter is an incredible platform for creatives. Understandably, they require a small percentage in order to make projects like TMC a reality. Additionally, Amazon requires 3% for processing payments.
What happens if you exceed your $50,000 goal?
That's the beauty of the Anthology format! If we exceed our goal, we'll go straight into the production of the next segment. We'll add perks and provide specifics about our plan of attack for production. But first things first. Let's meet our initial goal and make an awesome movie!
Bringing the world of TMC to life is our in-house concept artist Karl Slominski.
Ryan Spindell (Writer / Director)
Ryan Spindell is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, and graphic designer, based in Los Angeles. His short films have screened in over a hundred film festivals worldwide bringing home over a dozen awards such as: “Best Short Film” “Best Screenplay” and “Best In Fest.” His most recent short, The Root of the Problem, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit. @RyanSpindell
Ben Hethcoat (Producer)
Ben Hethcoat is a producer, actor and independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. For the last three years, he has worked for Slamdance Film Festival as a Producer, Programmer and Director of original content. His most recent documentary, DIY, explores the current state of independent cinema. He produced the feature film Dead Dad which has screened at more than twenty film festivals across the country and is founder of the Rotting Soil Collective, a group of collaborators dedicated to creating bloody fun experiences for film and theatre audieces alike. - @benhethcoat
Glass Eye Pix (Production Company)
Backing us on the production front is the fiercely independent NYC-based production outfit, Glass Eye Pix. Headed by art-horror auteur Larry Fessenden (The Last Winter, Wendigo, Habit, NBC's Fear Itself), Glass Eye has been in operation since 1985, with the mission of supporting new and unique voices in the genre.
Gregory Tripi (Composer)
Gregory Tripi is an award-winning composer based in Los Angeles. His music, sound design, and score programming have been heard in several top Hollywood motion pictures including: Drive, Drag Me to Hell, The Lincoln Lawyer, Priest and Abritrage.
Additional Team Members:
Eric Ekman (Editor) - ericekman.com
Zane Grant (Co-Producer) - @zanegrant
Karl Slominski (Concept Artist) - @KidReverie
Joshua Mikel (Storyboard Artist / Actor) - @Joshua_Mikel
Billy Ray Brewton (Hype Man) - @BillyBrewton
Risks and challenges
The challenges that accompany any film production are great and The Mortuary Collection is no exception. Actors and crew drop out, weather pops up, locations change and dates are pushed.
The key to overcoming these challenges (and at times benefiting from them) is preparation, experience, and flexibility.
We've spent over a year organizing and planning this project down to the smallest detail, but our seasoned team also knows to expect the unexpected. As artists and professionals, we've learned to plan for any and all obstacles that come our way. Heck, we embrace them!
Ultimately our goal with TMC is create the full feature anthology film. If we receive the rest of the financing before completing the first segment, all backers who are promised copies of the short will instead receive the full feature and all bonus materials that go along with it! It's a win-win!
No matter what happens, one thing that will not change is our absolute commitment to bringing the classic Horror Anthology back. We won't rest until THE MORTUARY COLLECTION is every bit as unique and amazing as we know it can be.
If you have questions, please drop us a line at:Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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THANK YOU for helping us bring classic Horror Anthologies back to the big screen! You'll receive access to our Backers-Only Page and a Digital Download of our award-winning short film, THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM. Open up and say, "AHHHHH!"Estimated delivery:
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This is what it's all about! You'll receive a Digital Download of our award-winning short film THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM and our first installment of TMC, THE BABYSITTER. (After our film festival run.)Estimated delivery:
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BONUS PERK!!! Many of you have asked about the TMC COMIC BOOK being a stand-alone perk (it's included within the GORE PACK). Ask and you shall receive! We're excited to deliver our first issue "Ring Ring" - a supernatural revenge story from beyond the grave. In addition to to the comic book, you'll also receive the TMC DIGITAL PACKAGE! (This is a really good deal.)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Clear some space on your hard drive to make room for the TMC DIGITAL PACKAGE! This includes digital copies of: THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, THE BABYSITTER, and FRIGHT BITES, a brand new Documentary celebrating Horror Anthology films!Estimated delivery:
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Brace yourself for the special-edition BLU-RAY of THE BABYSITTER, THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, FRIGHT BITES and a ton of exclusive behind-the-scenes content not available anywhere else. You'll recieve "Special Thanks" in the CREDITS and the TMC DIGITAL PACKAGE (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Wanna see something really scary? These black & white PROMOTIONAL ART PRINTS by E.M. Gist are sure to give you the willies. You'll get the special-edition BLU-RAY, your name will be in the "Special Thanks" of the CREDITS, and you'll receive the TMC DIGITAL PACKAGE (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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8 backers Limited (27 left of 35)
BONUS PERK!!! Our in-house artist Karl Slominski has done it again with this hand painted mondo-style print exclusively for our campaign. We're giving away 35 high-quality prints, signed and numbered by the artist himself. These are exclusive for our Kickstarter backers. Once they're gone, they're gone for good. Get yours now!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Your hands are gonna get bloody opening up THE GORE PACK! This bundle includes: The special-edition BLU-RAY, a TMC STICKER, and a hard copy of the first issue of the TMC COMIC BOOK - "Ring Ring" - a supernatural revenge story from beyond the grave! You'll also receive "Special Thanks" in the CREDITS.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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5 backers All gone!
BONUS PERK!!! "Gimmie some sugar!" The director made 5 non-functioning but totally wearable ASH CHAINSAWS from the cult horror hit - Evil Dead 2. Now's your chance to get your hand in one! In addition to this groovy replica signed by the director, we INVITE you to our private Cast/Crew Screening in Los Angeles (travel not included), you'll receive a "Special Thanks" on IMDb.com and you'll get the TMC DIGITAL PACKAGE.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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You'll be looking sharp as a scalpel in your new TMC T-SHIRT only available through this campaign. Additionally, you'll receive the coveted GORE PACK (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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9 backers Limited (16 left of 25)
Unveiling the limited-edition TMC POSTER (24x36) signed and numbered by the artist E.M. Gist and the Cast (only available at this level). You'll also receive the black & white PROMOTIONAL ART PRINTS featured on this page and the GORE PACK (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
10 backers Limited (15 left of 25)
You Creep! Our in-house Concept Artist, Karl Slominski, will create hand drawn original art piece of YOU as a MONSTER. A grave-robbing ghoul, a grotesque gorgon, a subterranean homunculus...the choice is yours. We INVITE you to our private Cast/Crew Screening in Los Angeles (travel not included), you'll receive a "Special Thanks" on IMDb.com and get the GORE PACK (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)
Tales from the SCRIPT CONSULTATION. The TMC Team will read your script and give you comprehensive notes on how to make it even better! We INVITE you to our private Cast/Crew Screening in Los Angeles (travel not included), you'll receive a "Special Thanks" on IMDb.com and you'll get the GORE PACK (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $1,000 or more
10 backers All gone!
Well hello there, ASSOCIATE PRODUCER! In addition to your AP Credit for THE BABYSITTER on the big screen and on IMDb.com, we INVITE you to the Cast/Crew Screening and Party in Los Angeles as well as our World Premiere Screening of the TMC Feature Film (travel not included). And of course, you'll be getting the GORE PACK as well (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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1 backer Limited (2 left of 3)
Dying to make a movie? The TMC Team will WRITE A SHORT SCREENPLAY (up to 20 pages in length) based upon your original idea. We INVITE you to our private Cast/Crew Screening in Los Angeles (travel not included), you'll receive a "Special Thanks" on IMDb.com and you'll get the GORE PACK (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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2 backers All gone!
How about a DEATH SCENE on the big screen? You'll meet your demise in Willowbrook. Two lucky backers will receive an ON-SCREEN DEATH. Join the rest of the cast at the World Premiere, Cast/Crew Screening in Los Angeles (travel not included). And of course, you'll be getting the GORE PACK (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Credit for THE BABYSITTER on the big screen and on IMDb.com! You are entitled to full set privileges, we INVITE you to the World Premiere, Cast/Crew Screening in Los Angeles (travel not included), DINNER with the creators, and you'll get the GORE PACK (see above).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
You are officially EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of both THE BABYSITTER and the TMC Feature Film. You receive Credit on the big screen and IMDb.com. You are entitled to full set privileges. We INVITE you to the World Premiere, DINNER with the creators, the private Cast/Crew Screening in Los Angeles (travel not included), and you'll get the GORE PACK (see above) and any other perks you'd like!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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