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A psychological and supernatural horror film about the isolation and trauma of domestic abuse
A psychological and supernatural horror film about the isolation and trauma of domestic abuse
95 backers pledged £4,270 to help bring this project to life.

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Tickle - A Short Horror Film About Domestic Abuse

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 Tickle is a live-action psychological and supernatural horror about the isolation, trauma and intense vulnerability of domestic abuse.

Lilly, our exhausted and desperate protagonist, struggles through a sleepless night of being tormented by a menacing and salacious creature.

Skeptical of her own sanity and separated from the outside world, she must fight the ever creeping grasp from the sinister creature if she wants to make it to the morning.

Tickle presents a painfully raw and spine-tingling scary portrait of a troubled woman trying to readjust to life after an abusive relationship. It’s a horror that delves into the exploitation and objectification of women. An otherworldly exploration into being a forced object of desire for an aggressively persistent, hyper-masculine monster.

The film merges this psychological trauma with one of the most horrifying entities of mythological legend, an Incubus. A demon in male form who lies upon sleeping women in order to engage in sexual activity with them.

Tickle is part psychological thriller in the style of 'Rosemary's Baby' mixed with a tense supernatural phenomenon in the style of 'It Follows' and 'The Babadook.' We want to tell a traumatic tale with strong horror elements rather than just tell a horror story.

It’s a film buried in paranoia and panic with strong allusions to PTSD from domestic abuse. Just as 'The Babadook' is a terrifying take on mourning a loved one, and 'It Follows' is a spectacularly scary film about spreading STD’s, Tickle is a supernatural exploration into abusive relationships and the feeling of absolute helplessness and suffering.

In the film industry it's no secret that there is a huge disparity between men and women working behind the camera. Considering Tickles’ story and themes it’s incredibly important to us that this film isn't just another man driven production. And so we're making the film with a majority women led crew. We've already put together a class team of incredibly talented women to work on the film with us and we're still searching for a few more roles.

 

 

 

The script's ready. Storyboards are waiting to be shot. The creature's set. Prosthetics are developed and the location’s secured.

We’re coming to Kickstarter for your help. We’ve already put hundreds of hours and a ton of money into developing this film but we need to hire a hell of a lot of equipment, buy and make lots of props, feed dozens of people - and as much as it’s unheard of in the short film world, we’d quite like to pay our actress for her talent and time.

 

We've got a bunch of exciting rewards to choose from. From signed posters and BluRays, to naming a character, to featuring a photo of your choosing in a chilling scene, to being an executive producer, to presenting the entire film!

Executive producers, 'Presented By', and Greedy Devil rewards will feature your name on the Tickle poster, as well as the films credits, and IMDB.

Have a look on the right to see if anything tickles your fancy.

 

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Thanks for your time and we hope you join our team!

Risks and challenges

Given that Tickle is an unconventional exploration into the very sensitive subject of abuse in relationships and the PTSD that can be triggered in their wake, the main challenges we face are with tone and execution. We’re confident we can pull this off in a respectable, realistic and terrifying way but we need the financing that unlocks the resources and time to achieve this.

Coming off the back of releasing our second highly acclaimed short film, Holy F__k, means that Tickle will have our undivided attention throughout the course of production. Spring is the perfect time of year to shoot as we utilise the most amount of natural darkness. So we will be shooting almost immediately after the campaign ends. That is a huge risk given that Kickstarter is all or nothing.

We will face the challenge of distribution - getting Tickle seen by as many people as possible (and hopefully a few awards along the way). Through making our previous films we have managed to make some good connections in the film festival world that will help us achieve this.

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    Social Succubus

    You receive a big thank you on the Tickle social media platforms and exclusive backers only updates throughout the production of Tickle.

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    Credit Critter

    Your name will be included in the list of backers in the finished film's closing credits. Plus the above rewards.

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    Digital Deformity

    Receive a HD early viewing copy of the film. Who needs all that other crap? This is what you’re here for! Plus all above rewards.

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    Bluray Brute Pack

    Receive the official Tickle Bluray with behind the scenes footage and the directors award winning film ‘Holy F__k’. PLUS A set of Tickle stickers that read “F*CK OFF I”M NOT TICKLISH” and a set of spooktastic Tickle postcards. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Poster Imposter A3

    Receive an A3 print of the official Tickle poster. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Storyboard Sasquatch

    Receive an A3 print of either 1 painted storyboard frame, or a collage of all 4. Your choice. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Poster Imposter A2 Limited Edition

    Receive a limited edition signed and numbered A2 print of the official Tickle poster by the cast and crew. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Photo Fiend

    Send us a photo to feature in the dreaded fridge scene. Your image will be amongst a collage pinned to the fridge as our hero studies a photo of herself. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Special Thanks Scoundrel

    Your name under the Special Thank You section on Tickle’s credits and forever immortalised on IMDB. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    The Tickle Archivist

    You receive the directors personal copies of the script, storyboard and shooting schedule that he will be using on the two-day shoot complete with his notes, coffee stains and weary tears. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Clapper Board Crook

    We will steal the clapperboard and give it to you. Signed by cast and crew. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Prop Thief

    Receive a unique prop featured in Tickle along with a framed still of it from the film. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Panic Poet | Your Personal Horror Story

    Ever wanted to be the star of your own horror story? Have the writer/director craft a terrifying short screenplay with you as the protagonist. You can tell us details you’d love included or have the story as a deadly surprise. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Corrupt Costume Assistant

    You will receive the actual costume that Lilly wears. Both versions of it - one clean - one blood stained. And a signed poster by Rebecca Calder! You will be credited as 'Costume Assistant', as after all your pledge will buy the outfits. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Product Placement Freak

    Do you have a brand or item you want us to feature? A family heirloom? A teddy bear? We’ll find a creative way to place in it the bedroom (item must feel like it belongs in a bedroom.. So not a tractor or gas BBQ). Then we'll send it back to you along with a framed still of it from the film. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Early Bird Final Cut Fiend

    The hardest part of making a film is deciding when to stop tinkering with it. You will receive the first and last cut of Tickle and we will enter a discussion on how it's all looking where your opinion will count immensely. You will be credited as 'Creative Consultant.'

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    Evil Early Cut Story Consultant

    Feedback is crucial when it comes to making a film. You will receive two early cuts of the film and we will welcome your feedback and opinions on how it’s looking. You will be listed in the end credits as ‘Story Consultant’. Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Early Bird Associate Producer

    Welcome yourself to the movie business with an AP credit. You receive the credit of Associate Producer in the film's credits, on the Tickle poster, and immortalised on IMDB. Also you receive a signed print of the poster!
    Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Final Cut Fiend

    The hardest part of making a film is deciding when to stop tinkering with it. You will receive the first and last cut of Tickle and we will enter a discussion on how it's all looking where your opinion will count immensely. You will be credited as 'Creative Consultant.'

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    Associate Producer Phantom

    Welcome yourself to the movie business with an AP credit. You receive the credit of Associate Producer in the film's credits, on the Tickle poster, and immortalised on IMDB. Also you receive a signed print of the poster!
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    Namesake Sinner

    Name Lilly’s sister. Our hero Lilly has a phone conversation with her sister in which her sisters name is mentioned several times. Want to name her? It could be your own name or any random name you choose. But nothing absurd! Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Greedy Associate Producer

    (Almost) Everything. You get (almost) everything you greedy little devil. You’re an associate producing, signed poster/BluRay/sticker wielding, credit yearning nightmare to be reckoned with.

    As an Associate Producer your name will be in the film's credits, on the Tickle poster, and immortalised on IMDB.
    Plus rewards 1 - 3.

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    Early Bird Executive Producer

    Always wanted to be in the movies? Be an exec producer and boss this docile filmmaker about. You receive the credit of Executive Producer in the film's credits, on the Tickle poster & Bluray and immortalised on IMDB. And access to early cuts of the film. Plus rewards 1 - 3 and the film poster.

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    Executive Producer Monstrosity

    Always wanted to be in the movies? Be an exec producer and boss this docile filmmaker about. You receive the credit of Executive Producer in the film's credits, on the Tickle poster & Bluray and immortalised on IMDB. And access to early cuts of the film. Plus rewards 1 - 3 and the film poster.

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    Executive Greedy Devil

    (Almost) Everything. You get (almost) everything you greedy little devil. You’re an executive producing, signed poster/BluRay/sticker wielding, prop stealing, credit yearning nightmare to be reckoned with.

    As an EP you receive the credit of 'Executive Producer' in the film's credits, on the Tickle poster & BluRay and immortalised on IMDB. And access to early cuts of the film.

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    The ‘Presented By’ Bandit

    You present the film. That’s right, you. The whole damn film. Your name will sit at the start of Tickle as “Presented by…(Awesome person)” and then again in the closing credits. Never had anything to do with a film before? Doesn’t matter, because now you present one. Plus you get the signed poster. Plus your name will be first billed on the poster credits. Plus you get rewards 1 - 3. Plus you present the flippin’ film!

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Funding period

- (30 days)