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A babysitter, a missing kid, and a local legend who eats the eyes of children to keep himself from going blind. Read more

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A babysitter, a missing kid, and a local legend who eats the eyes of children to keep himself from going blind.

About this project

UPDATE: Child Eater the short has been featured as a Vimeo Staff Pick! Scroll a bit down to watch the whole thing!

THANK YOU!

First - thanks so much for taking the time to watch our video and check out our page. It really means a lot. We're extremely excited about our film as well as the cool rewards we're offering, and we hope you can spare a dollar or two (or more!) for our project. And even if you can't, helping us spread the word is also very helpful!

THE STORY

CHILD EATER takes place over the course of one very long night. Helen isn't thrilled about babysitting little Lucas and it certainly doesn't make it any easier that he's convinced he hears breathing coming from his closet. But it's just his imagination, right? 

When Helen goes upstairs to check on Lucas late at night, she's shocked to find an empty bed. Lucas is missing … and his closet door is wide open. Now she's got no choice but to follow his trail deep into the woods, the same woods where, decades earlier, an infamous serial killer preyed on children and ate their eyes in order to keep himself from going blind.

Needless to say, Helen is in for quite a ride ... 

THE FILM

We were fortunate enough that CHILD EATER the short found great success on the film festival circuit, playing at festivals like SXSW, New York Horror Film Festival, Mile High Horror Film Festival, and several others - as well as receiving a special jury mention at the Reykjavik International Film Festival.

You can read some of the nice things people said about the film here, here, here and here!

From CHILD EATER the short
From CHILD EATER the short

Even though we are incredibly proud of it, we always felt that there was a great untapped potential to expand it into something more; bigger, better and scarier. 

There's nothing quite like watching a well made horror film - one that taps into your deepest fears, creeps up on you unexpectedly and then makes you jump and scream with exhilaration.

CHILD EATER was born out of a longing to make a film that does exactly those things: a straight-up horror film firing on all cylinders that would encapsulate all the elements we love about the genre: suspense, a sense of dread, creepiness, well placed humor and just enough gore to keep the bloodthirsty satisfied.

Ultimately, though, story is the key to any film's success and we want this one to really resonate with an audience. Taken literally, the story of CHILD EATER is about a babysitter terrorized by a madman, but it is also about the consequences of turning our backs on problems instead of facing our fears head on.

With your help, we can make it all come true. We've got a great script and have assembled some amazing talents to bring this horrific vision to life. If you like a good and cathartic fright - and lets be honest, who doesn't? – then please support this project and let us scare you to death! (Well, not really, but you know we mean.)

Watch the short film here:

THAT SOUNDS COOL, BUT WHAT'S IT GOING TO LOOK LIKE?

Since the most of us involved grew up in the 80s, it goes without saying that we're inspired by the horror films from around that decade we saw as kids. Wes Craven's surreal approach to the traditional slasher formula in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is definitely something that made an everlasting impact on our young psyches. Similarly, John Carpenter's icy-cool precision and simplicity in HALLOWEEN has always struck a chord. 

A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Halloween
Halloween

We've also disturbed ourselves by looking too much at visual artists such as Zdzislaw Beksinski and Gottfried Helnwein. 

Helnwein
Helnwein
Beksinski
Beksinski

To mix things up, we're also hugely inspired by the crazy aesthetics of 70s and 80s Italian horror cinema, and the story itself has ties to creepy, old Icelandic folklore. 

That said, first and foremost we want CHILD EATER to be its own unique thing - a scary, effective horror film that stands among its inspirations. 

WHO'S INVOLVED? 

We're super excited to call back many of our collaborators from the short film, both in front and behind of the camera. To check out more info on who's working on the film, please head over to our 

OFFICIAL SITE (Yes, we bought www.childeater.com. We think it's cool). 

where you'll be able to check out who's involved and see our individual websites!

YES, BUT WHERE WILL MY HARD EARNED MONEY GO?

We're fortunate enough to have secured a large portion of our budget already, but in order to make the best film we can, we really need your support. Each and every cent of your donations will go towards the following:

Housing - we're shooting our film in Upstate New York, using some amazing and beautiful (and creepy!) locations. But we need a place to stay while we're there!

Equipment - in order to create the lights and shadows that are the basic building blocks of the captured image, we'll need to rent some lights and stands and other fun stuff!

Transportation - since we're shooting this film in Upstate New York, there's going to be plenty of back-and-forth between there and the city!

Food - we want people to feel good and healthy on our shoot!

Practical effects - we're doing this old school, baby!

And finally - we want to be able to pay our cast and crew for their hard earned work!

As you may know, in order for us to receive any of your pledges, we need to successfully raise the entire $15.000, or else we get nothing. We have faith! 

And in the event we reach our goal before the end of our campaign, any additional contributions would still be much appreciated! Every dollar counts, and every additional dollar on top of that will simply end up making this film better. 

ALL OF THIS SOUNDS AWESOME, HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE PROGRESS OF THE FILM?

We're doing our best to be social-media savvy. #Hashtag ... right?

Seriously, though - we're going to be keep everyone up to date (and entertained) via the following:

Facebook!

Twitter!

Official Website!

Then there's our "locked" website with exclusive content, posted throughout filming and post-production, which you can gain access to by choosing the appropriate reward, over there on the right!

And, of course, every Kickstarter Backer will receive exclusive updates!

(There might even be some Instagram-ing & Tumblr-ing etc in the future!)

WE'RE ALMOST DONE!

If you've read this far, a big high-five to you. And hopefully we've piqued your interested a little bit. If that's the case, please know that your contribution, whether high or low, is going to make a big difference to us.

Thanks so much for taking the time to check out our project, and we can't wait to scare the living daylights out of you some time next year!

Risks and challenges

Making movies is never an exact science, although obviously you can get really good at it.

The major risks that pose our production are mostly weather-related, since a lot of our film takes place outdoors. For example if it rains on a day we've scheduled as an exterior shoot, that's gonna mean trouble for us.

Fortunately, all of our locations are in close vicinity to each other, so we will have fall-back interiors to escape to if it comes to that.

Apart from that - and obviously there are always unforeseen obstacles that come up every now and then - we're feeling very confident about our schedule and production elements.

Plus, we're all pretty good problem solvers, so there will never be a ruined day on our shoot.

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    A huge thank you! For a low budget feature, every little donation counts a lot, and with your new Kickstarter backer status, we'll keep you up to date on how everything is going!

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    The above + social media thanks. The world will know what a wonderful person you are because we’ll post about your generosity on the official Child Eater Facebook page.

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    The above + we will unlock our special behind-the-scenes website, where you'll have real-time access to news, photos and more fun stuff from the production!

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    The above + special thanks in the credits! Have your name be immortalized on screen!

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    The above + an exclusive online link to the opening scene of the film once it's fully complete. You'll be seeing this before anyone else - and we promise you, it'll be an eye-popping experience!

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    The above + a signed cast photo. Considering we're very intent on turning Robert Bowery into the next iconic slasher, you better jump on this opportunity now. Bowery's bloody scrawl will be hard to come by soon enough!

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    The above + a phone/Skype call with the filmmakers! We'll answer all of your questions and share everything we've learned while making Child Eater!

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    A Production Bible! This super limited book will include behind-the-scenes photographs from the shoot, conceptual artwork, storyboards, script-pages with notes, as well as anecdotes and accounts from the cast and crew! (You also get the Facebook shout-out, the special thanks in the credits, and the exclusive early clip!)

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    Get Bowery-fied! If you pick this award, we'll ask you to send us a picture of your face and in return you'll get a professional drawing of your beautiful visage ... but eyeless! "Proof" that you faced Robert Bowery and lived to tell the tale! (You also get the Facebook shout-out, the special thanks in the credits, and the exclusive early clip)

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    The Bowery Cookbook! A one-of-a-kind, lovingly hand-made book of recipes and other bite-sized nuggets of helpful information from Robert Bowery himself. We suggest this for those with more than a passing interest in cannibalism. (You also get the Facebook shout-out, the special thanks in the credits, and the exclusive early clip!)

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    You get the social media shout-out, the special thanks in the credits, the exclusive early clip, the signed cast photo AND your choice of two of our limited awards: The Production Bible, your very own Bowery-fied drawing or The Bowery Cookbook!

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    The above (including all three of our limited awards!) + a prop from the film. Ever dream of owning a blood-soaked costume, piece of screen-used scrap wood or a gory scalp? Here’s the pledge for you! (But if you’d rather keep the carnage on screen and out of your home, we will have many more options to offer.) 

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    The above (including all three of our limited awards) + an open invitation to visit the set of “Child Eater.” Live in the New York area? Like hanging around people who want to bring sick and twisted things to life on screen? Hit this pledge level and you’re welcome to come and spend a day with us at our upstate New York set. (Delivery for visit: April 2014; items: Dec 2014) * travel and accommodation not included

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    You get everything from above, as well as our endless gratitude. You will ALSO get an executive producer credit. If you’ve got your eye on this prize, you’re the best of the best and we love you for it! You’re on screen credit may read “Executive Producer,” but in our hearts it says, “Someone we love very, very, very much.” (Delivery for visit: April 2014; items: Dec 2014) * travel and accommodation not included

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Funding period

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