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Ted's beloved cat is dead. In a mad, misguided attempt to bring his deceased pet back, he dresses up as a cat and murders people.
Ted's beloved cat is dead. In a mad, misguided attempt to bring his deceased pet back, he dresses up as a cat and murders people.
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WHAT'S THE FILM ABOUT?

Do you love your pet? Do you REALLY love your pet? Would you slaughter nine people if you thought it might bring your pet back to life? Ted would. Ted does. Ted is a messed up guy.

When Ted's beloved cat dies, the trauma triggers a terrible mental breakdown. His broken brain prompts him to bring his feline friend back – all he needs is nine human lives. Ted dons vicious deadly cat claw gloves and a creepy cat mask, and goes on a murderous rampage. As the butchery escalates, a twisted romance blossoms between Ted and Claire, a young woman who has also recently lost her cat in a horrifying incident.

Written by horror novelist Andrew Gallacher and director Dave Jackson, Cat Sick Blues is a feature length film that explores the soul-crushing grief we feel when our pets die. It also explores the horrors of the modern world and the daily grind. No, really. It does.

It's like Maniac with less mannequins and with more vats of blood and exploding dead cats.

It's like if Bad Boy Bubby was Batman. If Batman was a sex-fiend serial killer and wore a giant, strap-on feline phallic appendage.

It's like that scene from The Nude Vampire with cult members wearing animals heads filtered through a gore-drenched lens and coated with a dollop of Hisayasu Satô inspired nihilism.

It's like... well, you get the picture.

It is ridiculous. It is harrowing. It is Cat Sick Blues.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF CAT SICK BLUES

Cat Sick Blues has been a passion project for Dave, Andrew and producer/star Matthew C. Vaughan for several years now.

In 2012, the team made an award-winning short version of the film, also titled Cat Sick Blues. It made its premiere at the fantastic Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. It has since gone on to play across the globe, picking up the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Spain's FREAKEMACINE - Fantastic Film Festival of A Coruña (now known as FKM - Fantastic Film Festival of A Coruña).

Below is a trailer that uses footage from the short film version of Cat Sick Blues...

But Cat Sick Blues was always intended to be a feature film. It began as an idea, a gimmick, but has since morphed into something more meaningful. It's a highly-personal horror film, exploring a lifelong love of cats and Dave and Andrew's shared fascination with morbid horror. 

It is extremely important to us that Cat Sick Blues is a horror film filled with practical gore, puppets and prosthetics. A horror film free from the shackles of CGI and digital effects!

OUR BUDGET

We have always put our own money into our films, and Cat Sick Blues is no exception. We have partially funded this film from our own moth-bitten pockets, but we've reached the end of our meagre financial limits. We are now seeking the help from fellow horror hounds, cat fanatics, and supporters of independent film!

If we reach our goal, your much appreciated support will go towards...

  • Practical effects. Cat Sick Blues is chock full of effects — exploding cats, slit throats, decapitated heads, complex facial prosthetics — and we want to do them right and without the assistance of digital effects!
  • Hand-crafted props. There are several detailed props that need to be specifically created for Cat Sick Blues. Prop designer and maker, Deiter Barry (you can check out Deiter Barry Creations on Facebook for some examples of his beautiful and terrifying work), has already made an amazing pair of cat-gloves for us. But there are more props that require funds — including four fake dead cats!
  • Locations and sets. Cat Sick Blues is ambitious. There are a lot of locations, and some we will have to pay for. There are also some scenes that call for sets, which means we will need money for construction materials. 
  • A solid, reliable cast. Luckily, our main role is being filled by producer, Matthew C. Vaughan, but there are several other difficult roles that require brilliant and reliable performers.

OUR TIMELINE

We are currently deep into pre-production. Some props are already being made — most are on standby waiting for funds. 

Our plan is to begin major shooting in November, and wrap things up early next year in February. Post-production will begin immediately after shooting ends.

We've allowed ourselves a few extra months of wiggle room in case the film requires pick up shoots. Our deadline to have the entire film polished off is September 2015. Kickstarter supporters will then receive their rewards and have access to the film before it screens at any festivals!  


STRETCH GOALS

Our target amount is the bare minimum that we can make Cat Sick Blues for. If we are able to exceed our target, not only will it make for a smoother production, we will also be able to add more elaborate practical effects and prosthetics, shoot in locations for longer, and most importantly, spray even more fake blood around. 

$15,000 would mean:

  • Access to difficult locations for longer periods of time
  • An expanded costume, prop, and art direction budget
  • More extras for large scenes

We would be over the moon to reach $20,000. This would mean all of the above plus:

  • The opportunity to add further practical effects work
  • Shoot a longer and more elaborate opening death scene
  • Extended access to puppeteers for effects in the film's final act
  • Access to locations previously scrapped due to budgetary constraints


REWARDS

It is important to us that each backer who backs more than $15 gets a copy of the film to keep — a digital download or a Limited Edition DVD (artwork not yet finalised) depending on the backing amount — along with whatever else is included in the reward. Each backer, no matter how small the donation, will be thanked in the end credits.

The more you donate, the more exclusive the rewards become. You can score yourself a VHS edition of the film, which we've limited to a paltry 15 units, with exclusive, never to be seen again artwork (artwork to be finalised).

You can also choose from four different posters by talented Melbourne-based artists — including the film's co-writer, Andrew Gallacher, and composer, Matthew Revert — or you can go for the ULTIMATE POSTER PACK and receive all four posters!

Want to show off your Cat Sick Blues love and support to your pals? Nab yourself an extremely limited Cat Sick Blues t-shirt designed by Matthew Revert. This will be limited to only 20 units.

As we climb the ladder of rewards, they become more exciting. You can get a personalised video message from the Catman, or star in a photo shoot with the Catman where you'll receive a digital photopack from the shoot!

You can also find yourself in possession of original artwork - concept artwork by Andrew Gallacher from our pre-production period, props fresh from the set, and one-off painted posters!

   

From an onscreen death (unfortunately this is a female character only — sorry guys) to hand-crafted props by Deiter Barry Creations and even a fake dead cat, below is the really, really big stuff.

The last two rewards are for onscreen credits as associate producer and executive producer. These credits will appear in both the opening titles and end credits. They will also get you a credit on IMDB.


MEET THE CREW

The crew of Cat Sick Blues are a tight-knit group of filmmaking friends who have been working together for several years. Below is the primary team that makes up the sick Cat Sick Blues family.

Dave is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has screened at international festivals. He has directed and written several short films — including Kappa (the story of two housemates and a tiny mythical Japanese turtle-monster) and Fully Grown Babies (a bleak comedy about the darker side of adult baby lifestyle). He also co-created and directed the nightmarish comedy web series Fever Dreams and equally nightmarish faux-cooking show Serving Up Scrab. Recently, he directed and edited three comedy sketches for ABC's Fresh Blood. He is the head contributor for exploitation film blog, Mondo Exploito.

Matthew is a producer/writer/performer for comedy posse Touched by an Angle Grinder. Their latest dark comedy series was part of ABC's Fresh Blood comedy initiative. As a producer, he has produced award-winning projects, including the Cat Sick Blues short. As a writer, he has written for genre and horror films, TV comedy and kid's TV (that's right). He has performed demented acts in Dave Jackson's projects for several years and relishes the chance to do it in feature film form. He also pens articles for Mondo Exploito.

Andrew Gallacher is a novelist, illustrator and painter. He has held art exhibitions, contributed to the anthology comic book series Modern Gentlemen, both as an artist and writer, and wrote and illustrated his own novella, Snake Jaw, published by LegumeMan Books.

Dan is a multi-skilled film and TV practitioner. He is a cinematographer, editor, motion graphic artist, comedy-maker and performer. He is also a successful hip-hop artist. Dan wrote, directed and produced the comedy series Temps and A Word from Our Sponsors. His comedy sketches can be found on his YouTube page.

Taena is an interior designer currently practising at one of Melbourne's most esteemed design studios. When she is not helping her clients create beautiful spaces, you can find her drawing, sculpting and creating with all kinds of mediums. Taena has recently launched a design blog, Hoshi Days.

Matthew Revert is the author of several novels including the upcoming Before I Die I Will Build A Windmill (Lazy Fascist Press), Basal Ganglia (Lazy Fascist Press) and The Tumours Made Me Interesting (LegumeMan Books). Revert has had work published in Le Zaporogue, The Best Bizarro Fiction of the Decade, In Heaven Everything Is Fine: Fiction Inspired by David Lynch, Surround, The New Flesh, The Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple) and Gone Lawn Journal among others. In addition to his writing, Revert has gained recognition for his design work for various highly regarded presses and record labels. In October of 2014, Kye Records will release his debut album Not You.

Here is a small sample of Matthew's score for Cat Sick Blues:

Over the years, Deiter Barry of Deiter Barry Creations has worked with many talented artists and directors around Australia on films, commercials, in theatre and for haunted attractions. He has also had the pleasure of creating wearable puppets for the National Gallery of Victoria and the Melbourne Museum. During his experience he has gained a wide knowledge in working with a variety of mediums and materials including resins, polyurethanes, silicones, latex and of late, has branched out onto the field of foam latex prosthetics, body casting and special effects make-up.

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Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is stressful and full of risks. But the risks are all part of the game. It's one of the reasons why we play the game. Why are we using sports-talk? Who knows? All we know is that the squad we've assembled so far will excrete blood, sweat and tears (here we go again with the sports-talk) to complete this sick, obscene horror flick.

One of the massive challenges will be completing this lofty horror film on such a tiny budget. But we've made short films, a feature, web series and TV on the smell of an oily rag and with your help we believe — nay, we KNOW — we can do it on a bigger scale.

And while filmmaking is stressful and intense, that's why we love it. Without a challenge, it's not as fun and the results aren't as rewarding. There's nothing better than putting your entire being into something creative and seeing the results on the big screen!

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    VISIT THE SET! — Come and hang out on the Cat Sick Blues set! When we're not stressing over a shot of an exploding cat or a violent murder, we'll answer any questions you might have. (The film is shooting in and around Melbourne in November 2014, January 2015 and February 2015. Transport is not provided. And unfortunately we can't schedule the film around your availability.) + your choice of a digital download of the film or the DVD + digital download of Matthew Revert's score + thank you in the end credits

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    AN ONSCREEN DEATH! — Get killed by the Catman in the film! (IMPORTANT: The character is female and must be between 18 and 35). Filming takes place in Melbourne (The film is shooting in Melbourne in November 2014, January 2015 and February 2015. Transport is not provided. And unfortunately we can't schedule the film around your availability.) + DVD + digital download of the film + digital download of Matthew Revert's score + thank you in the end credits

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