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The bloodiest independent feature-length Christmas horror comedy of the year!
The bloodiest independent feature-length Christmas horror comedy of the year!
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WHO ARE WE?

Roller Disco Massacre on the set of Just Say No (2011)
Roller Disco Massacre on the set of Just Say No (2011)

We’re a group of filmmakers who are truly passionate about horror, and we proudly call ourselves Roller Disco Massacre! We specialize in creating vibrantly colorful gore-packed horror films. We've never used crowd funding before on our slate of short films, but now that we're taking our work to the next level we need some outside help for our new project. It’s a new feature-length horror film we’re going to shoot in March 2016!

Sometimes we get a little carried away with the blood...
Sometimes we get a little carried away with the blood...

THE STORY

The House of the Devil (2009)
The House of the Devil (2009)

A hardened thief posing as an innocent babysitter. A disturbed child whose nightmares are all too real. A mysterious room holding a dark secret. They all come together in one fateful night that sees a quiet suburban home become a gore-splattered war zone after a simple act of childish mischief accidentally summons a vengeful ancient evil. As a string of unwelcome guests become unsuspecting victims, the would-be babysitter and tormented child form an unlikely bond that might just save their lives.

THE FILM

The Night Sitter (2016)
The Night Sitter (2016)

THE NIGHT SITTER is a crowd-pleaser, equally tuned to the sensibilities of casual moviegoers and the diehard genre fans that treat horror films like a religion. And the best way to please a crowd? The characters, the tone and the kills. Nail these three aspects and the end result is going to be satisfying for the audience. In short, we want to make sure you don't want any characters to die but still have a great time watching them go!

Idle Hands (1999)
Idle Hands (1999)

That's what makes the touches of comedy in our work so important; we use humor to build the connection between the audience and the characters, so when things are mellow there's still a source of entertainment and when things turn dark there's genuine fear for their fate. We don't think of our brand of horror comedy as being a mashup of two separate genres, but rather as a unique sensibility that lets the audience know they're in good hands without breaking the tension of the story.

OUR MONSTERS

The villains in our story are a group of brutal and sadistic witches who prey upon the weak and careless. 

 From Shakespeare’s MacBeth to family entertainment like Hocus Pocus, witches tend to come in threes. We’re continuing that tradition with our baddies, The Three Mothers.

The Three Mothers were targeted during the Salem Witch Trials after several children under their care began to go missing. After the townspeople suspected them of witchcraft, they were found guilty of their crimes and sentenced to death.

Dementor from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - great reference for our witches
Dementor from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) - great reference for our witches

When it comes to monsters, the unknown is often much scarier than the known. We want to keep The Three Mothers as an inhuman, unnatural threat by highlighting certain key features - elongated fingers, decaying arms, the iconic masks they were executed in - but leaving them largely shrouded in darkness.

Shadow Monster from Did Somebody Call Rhonda? (2014)
Shadow Monster from Did Somebody Call Rhonda? (2014)

The absence of light will become our friend as our trio will be lurking in the shadows throughout most of the film. And to really complete the eerie presence, we're hiring local contortionists and professional dancers in Nashville to bring the witches' movements to life.

CHRISTMAS TIME... AGAIN!

That's right! We've decided to continue our tradition of creating a horrific story that takes place around Christmas. Fans of Roller Disco Massacre will not be surprised!

A Not-So Pleasant Surprise (2012)
A Not-So Pleasant Surprise (2012)

Christmas is used more as a setting than a theme in our work. We just love the idea of bringing so much blood and chaotic energy into a time that's supposed to be filled with love and joy! 

Did Somebody Call Rhonda? (2014)
Did Somebody Call Rhonda? (2014)

What's more, all of the lights and decor during Christmas allow us to expand our color palette throughout the film. We are able to use vibrant and impressionistic colors because the lighting can be motivated by a variety of practicals. We adore the striking visuals in older Italian horror & Giallo films, and Christmas provides the perfect opportunity to motivate that style.

Just Say No (2011)
Just Say No (2011)

THE LOCATION

In order to trap our characters in a claustrophobic world while also keeping costs to a minimum, we've decided to film this feature in one location. As a bonus, my parents have agreed to letting us shoot at their house in order to cut down even further on costs!

The location for The Night Sitter!
The location for The Night Sitter!

This location doesn't cost us any money, and it allows us the freedom to film at any time of the day with minimal restrictions. Our actors can scream as loud as they want without alerting the cops!

A lot of (fake) blood will be spilled while making THE NIGHT SITTER. That being said, we've made a promise not to trash this location like we've done in the past...

After a heavy day of blood, this is what the set looked like on Just Say No (2011). It costs money to clean our mess!
After a heavy day of blood, this is what the set looked like on Just Say No (2011). It costs money to clean our mess!

A portion of the money we're trying to raise would be spent on cleaning up the deaths of nearly all of our characters. While it sounds mundane, cleaning up between scenes (and even between takes!) takes time and money and it's an essential part of preparation on a gory independent horror film.

PRACTICAL EFFECTS

We want to show as much on-screen violence as possible. Great horror movies require professional makeup and special effects. 

Some of the best practical effects in film history were created by Rob Bottin for The Thing (1982)
Some of the best practical effects in film history were created by Rob Bottin for The Thing (1982)

Having a sense of admiration for the horror movies we grew up watching, we strive for impressive practical effects. That's why we're hiring one of the best effects artists in the industry, Ben Rittenhouse!

Ben Rittenhouse, Emmy-Winning Special Effects Artist
Ben Rittenhouse, Emmy-Winning Special Effects Artist

Check out Ben Rittenhouse's resume on IMDb by clicking here!

Ben has worked on numerous Hollywood films spanning from Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 to the remake of The Hills Have Eyes! Luckily for us, he now lives in Nashville and teaches at the Academy of Makeup Arts.

 Ben will need to purchase expensive materials that will make our gore effects look very realistic. In the past we've often been restricted to filming aftermath because we haven't had the money for professional gore effects. We are incredibly excited to finally have an artist on board whose talent can match our ambitions, and we can't wait to show you what Ben has in the works!

TEAM PLAYERS

Since we're filming in Nashville, nearly our entire cast and crew have graciously agreed to live in the location we are filming! Not only will this cut down on costs (no hotel expenses, no gas mileage back and forth to set, etc.), but also we will become an even closer family since we'll be working and living together! We can't thank them enough for having enough love of their craft to sacrifice a bit of comfort and help us keep as much money as possible on screen.

And we've just completed our cast for THE NIGHT SITTER! You can check out our actors below:

Amber: Elyse DuFour as our hero Amber, a scheming babysitter who gets in over her head
Amber: Elyse DuFour as our hero Amber, a scheming babysitter who gets in over her head
Kevin: Jack Champion as Kevin, whose horrifying nightmares of the Three Mothers come to life
Kevin: Jack Champion as Kevin, whose horrifying nightmares of the Three Mothers come to life
Ted: Joe Walz as Ted, a bad paranormal investigator and worse father
Ted: Joe Walz as Ted, a bad paranormal investigator and worse father
Martin: J. Benedict Larmore as Martin, Amber's ex-boyfriend who picks the wrong time to try to win her back
Martin: J. Benedict Larmore as Martin, Amber's ex-boyfriend who picks the wrong time to try to win her back
Lindsey: Amber Neukum as the sexy and hilarious Lindsey, who falls under the witches' spell
Lindsey: Amber Neukum as the sexy and hilarious Lindsey, who falls under the witches' spell
Rod: Jermaine Rivers as Rod, Amber's partner in crime and the only person she really tolerates
Rod: Jermaine Rivers as Rod, Amber's partner in crime and the only person she really tolerates
Vincent: Ben Barlow as Vincent, the creepy neighbor who keeps popping in
Vincent: Ben Barlow as Vincent, the creepy neighbor who keeps popping in
Ronnie: Bailey Campbell as Ronnie, the mischievous child who opens the door for the arrival of The Three Mothers
Ronnie: Bailey Campbell as Ronnie, the mischievous child who opens the door for the arrival of The Three Mothers
Charlotte: Deanna Meske as Charlotte, whose love for her son Ronnie puts her in mortal danger
Charlotte: Deanna Meske as Charlotte, whose love for her son Ronnie puts her in mortal danger

PROPS

We’re in the middle of making a badass book similar to that of The Evil Dead! Its hand-drawn pages will tell a horrific story that will later come to life after the Three Mothers are summoned.

The masks worn by the witches are another key prop. Each one will be handmade using materials appropriate to the Salem era - metal, wood and burlap.

Battle masks from The Devil's Rejects (2005) - great references for the metal mask one of our witches will wear
Battle masks from The Devil's Rejects (2005) - great references for the metal mask one of our witches will wear

We’ve also got a handful of prop weapons we’ll need to replicate in order to safely shoot the action scenes we’re envisioning, including a butcher knife, a crossbow (!) and a weight plate. Seriously, wait until you see the weight room scene! 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

We’re spending approximately $550 a day on food. Sounds crazy, right? Here's the daily breakdown: $150 for breakfast, $150 for lunch, $150 for dinner & $100 for craft services (snacks & beverages). That totals $550 per day. So for 18 days, we are spending $9,900! That’s a lot of money just to feed people. Since we’re treating our location like a hotel where our cast and crew spend the night (even on their days off), we need to make food for 20+ people every meal. 

Craft services on a typical film set.
Craft services on a typical film set.

Food is considered another form of payment on our sets, especially since none of us are being paid like professionals in the industry. On a set like ours where we can't pay full union rates, having lots of healthy food around is a great way to keep on-set morale high and we consider it to be a form of payment. We absolutely can’t skimp on meals!

$$$ MONEY $$$

Trust us. We're using this money in the most efficient way possible. Although we'd like to put our entire budget on screen with expensive production design, wardrobe, props and of course special effects, we still need to pay our cast and crew during our 18-day shoot. Nearly half of our budget will be spent on paying cast and crew for their time and talent.

Roller Disco Massacre
Roller Disco Massacre

PREVIOUS FILMS

Did Somebody Call Rhonda? (2014)
Did Somebody Call Rhonda? (2014)
Elevator 2 (2013)
Elevator 2 (2013)
A Not-So Pleasant Surprise (2012)
A Not-So Pleasant Surprise (2012)
Just Say No (2011)
Just Say No (2011)

SWEET POSTERS!

Did Somebody Call Rhonda? (2014)
Did Somebody Call Rhonda? (2014)
Just Say No (2011)
Just Say No (2011)

 FOUNDING MEMBERS

  • John Rocco - Director / Writer / Producer / Gore FX
  • Abiel Bruhn - Director / Writer
  • Tristan Borys - Editing / Visual FX
  • Scotty G. Field - Photography / Color

COLLABORATORS

  • Rob Himebaugh - Original Score / Poster Design
  • Matthew Schwartz - Sound Design
  • Kelly Pratt - Production / Camera
  • Ryan Friedman - Web Design

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE FAMILY

  • Cristian Quintero - Producer
  • Brendan O'Connor - Production Design
  • Brandon Amelotte - AD / Line Producer
Zombified Jenna with an axe in her head on the set of Just Say No (2011)
Zombified Jenna with an axe in her head on the set of Just Say No (2011)
The Night Sitter (2016)
The Night Sitter (2016)

Risks and challenges

Even if we have a successful campaign and make a great film, the final step will be the most difficult one: securing distribution. Luckily, horror films tend to sell very well both internationally and domestically - there's always a demand for low-budget titles and thanks to our relationships with sales agents in the industry, we could potentially sell the international distribution rights for as much or more than the budget of the film!

In order to increase the chances of domestic distribution, a smart festival strategy is key. There are plenty of genre-leaning festivals that would make a perfect showcase for THE NIGHT SITTER, like Fantastic Fest, TIFF's Midnight Madness and Sundance Midnight. Being featured in the lineup of one of these festivals would typically be enough to secure some type of distribution.

This is all to say that we understand you want to be part of a film that has a chance to connect with a large audience, and we're preparing for the massive challenge of finding a distributor as early as possible.

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