Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
An "existential slasher" film crafted in the style of 70's-80's exploitation cinema, featuring genre icons Roger Perry and Jim Boelsen.
111 backers pledged $13,500 to help bring this project to life.

About

THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN - A Horror Feature Film project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$13,500

111

THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN is a modern day spin-off of Mary Shelley's classic horror story. It centers on Jason Frankenstein, the last of his line. Buried in a dormant life and a dead end relationship, Jason finds himself frustratingly approaching his mid years with little progress to show towards carrying forward his family's experiment. But when a creature from his past brutally reappears, he is catalyzed to finally complete his work. With the help of a pair of drug dealing paramedics and a nurse with a shady past, he sets down the blood-soaked path to create a living being from the bodies of the dead.

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

With THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN, I am using the Frankenstein story as the foundation upon which to create an "existential slasher"...a horror movie that tells a character-driven story of a man attempting to fulfill the meaning of his life yet never for a moment shies away from the blood, gore, and unforgettable kill scenes that made the slasher genre legendary.

Key to the identity of the film is its aesthetic. I have been immeasurably influenced as a filmmaker by the art, design, and cinema of the late 1950s through the 1980s, and this film will reflect that in several ways:

(1) SPECIAL EFFECTS - All our special effects will be done in camera, without computer-generated assistance. That's right! This is a 100% practical effects-based horror film, in the tradition of such classics as DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE THING, and MANIAC.

Concept art for the film's creatures.
Concept art for the film's creatures.

(2) ART DIRECTION - Though a contemporary tale, our art department is working hard to create a vintage look for our film. We are locking down locations and gathering props that will allow our characters to live in a modern day world that still channels the sensibilities of forty years ago.

Every good horror movie needs a vintage mall location!
Every good horror movie needs a vintage mall location!
Our characters don't patronize just any bar...they support swank, 1960s-styled ones!
Our characters don't patronize just any bar...they support swank, 1960s-styled ones!

(3) CASTING - It was extremely important to me that THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN cast include veterans of the horror genre, performers whose presence would carry with it the history and weight of the movies that made such an impression on me. To this end, we have been fortunate to attach both Jim Boelsen and Roger Perry to our project! Jim made his movie debut as the definitive frat goon in 1978's THE HAZING and met a horrific end in 1981's STRANGE BEHAVIOR, and he will be making a nod to his first film by playing a college president in our picture. Roger is well known by genre fans for his vampire-hunting roles in COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE and its sequel, THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA. He is also beloved by science fiction fans for his guest star role on the original STAR TREK episode "Tomorrow Is Yesterday'. Roger will be playing Jason's grandfather in THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN.

Jim Boelsen and Roger Perry
Jim Boelsen and Roger Perry

OUR CAMPAIGN!

We are launching this Kickstarter campaign to raise the remaining balance of our production budget. Your contributions will cover such things as the the many gore effects in the film, accommodations for non-local cast and crew, and equipment rental fees. By making a donation, you will ensure that THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN becomes the film we envisioned. We promise you that every dollar raised will be well spent, and we have assembled an incredibly talented crew to bring this film to life.

MEET THE TEAM!

David Weaver. Director and Writer. David has had a lifelong passion for both filmmaking and film history. He studied directing at both the New York Film Academy and the film conservatory at SUNY Purchase. He founded Gila Films in 2003 and, through it, has directed a number of short films, including STUMPED (a romantic comedy about a headless man) and horror mood piece THE UNFINISHED. He looks forward to not only continuing to direct films under the Gila Films banner but also utilizing it to restore and release forgotten exploitation pictures.

Writer/Director David Weaver
Writer/Director David Weaver



Jay Leonard. Producer. As head of Trenchmouth Productions, Jay has mentored several artistic projects in film, music, and radio in upstate New York. He has also directed and written three feature films, the most recent of which, DEATH BEFORE DISCOMFORT, will be released later this year.

Producer Jay Leonard (middle) on the set of Death Before Discomfort
Producer Jay Leonard (middle) on the set of Death Before Discomfort

John Kenific. Cinematographer. John is a skilled veteran of both narrative and commercial filmmaking. He is the founder of the production company Keniscope Moving Pictures (http://www.keniscope.com/), and his short THE SENSITIVE FURY OF CHUY LOBOS won him the North American Grand Prize in the VISIONary Director Award from AMD and director Robert Rodriguez.

John Kenific
John Kenific

Jared Balog. Special Effects Make-Up Artist. Jared has spent the last decade honing his remarkable talent as an effects artist, creating monsters and gore on numerous horror films and shorts, including ABSOLUTE ZERO, CRYPTID, PROJECT D-CLASSIFIED, and the web series SUPER KNOCKED UP, in addition to having his work featured at FantaCon. Jared also recently made his directorial debut with the feature MR. RIGHTEOUS, which screened at the NYC Independent Film Festival.

Jared Balog (right) creating a zombie from scratch at FantaCon 2013!
Jared Balog (right) creating a zombie from scratch at FantaCon 2013!

Follow #LastFrankenstein online!

Facebook: LastFrankenstein

Twitter: @LastFrankenFilm

Website: Gila Films

Risks and challenges

Even the biggest-budgeted film shoots can go awry, and our movie will be made on a tight budget and schedule. But THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN production team is more than up to the task, pooling together years of experience in the film industry and educational establishment. By the time cameras roll this July, we will have invested a solid year of pre-production, giving ourselves ample amount of time to ensure this film will be completed with its intended vision intact.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    You will receive a personalized email from the director expressing our thanks!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    See your name up on the big screen! You will be mentioned in the closing credits of THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN, as well as on our website PLUS you will receive a personalized email from the director.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    9 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    A digital download of THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN! Plus all the lower level rewards!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    12 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    A signed one sheet of our teaser poster, autographed by the director and producer of THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN! This reward is bundled with all lower level rewards!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    A director-signed copy of the DVD of THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN! This reward is bundled with all the lower level rewards!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    38 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $40 or more About $40

    Director-autographed Blu-Ray and physical copy of the shooting script for THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN! This comes bundled with all the lower level rewards (minus the DVD)!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Limited edition Blu-Ray (with alternate teaser poster artwork) signed by the director and a THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN T-Shirt!
    This reward comes bundled with all the lower level rewards (minus the DVD and standard release Blu-Ray)!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    15 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    2 tickets to THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN premiere! Come see the cast and crew of the film as we make our theatrical debut! This comes bundled with all the lower level rewards! Copy of THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN included in this and higher level perks will be standard Blu-Ray.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    A day on set! Come to the shoot and watch the blood splatter right before your eyes! This comes bundled with all the lower level, non-limited rewards! Travel arrangements not included.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $125 or more About $125

    THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN-themed print! Artist, filmmaker, and FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND writer Daniel XIII will be creating an original art piece inspired by THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN, and you will receive a print of it signed by both Daniel XIII and the film's director! This comes bundled with all previous, non-limited perks.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    One of a kind, original horror artwork...made just for you! Artist, filmmaker, and FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND writer Daniel XIII will create an original, signed art piece inspired by any horror film of your choosing! This is not a print, but the actual artwork! Only five of our backers will have the opportunity to walk away with one of these! And you'll also receive all the lower level rewards!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 3 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $175 or more About $175

    Lunch with actor Jim Boelsen! Not only will you spend a day on set, but you'll be able to gather round, pull up a chair, and grab a bite with cult movie legend Jim Bolsen (THE HAZING, STRANGE BEHAVIOR)! This reward is LIMITED to 10 contributors, and comes bundled with all the previous, non-limited rewards! Travel costs not included.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Be in a horror movie! Be immortalized on film as an extra in THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN! You'll be credited and get to hang out with the cast and crew on set! Something to tell the grandkids about someday! This comes bundled with all the previous, non-limited perks! Travel costs not included.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Come to the wrap party! Come party with the cast and crew of THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN as we celebrate all of our toil! This comes bundled with all previous, non-limited perks. Travel costs not included.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    A screen used prop from THE LAST FRANKENSTEIN and credit as an executive producer! Our top reward will give you a piece of the film, literally! There are only 5 of these perks available. You'll also get all of the lower level, non-limited perks! Travel costs not included.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)