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.
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