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Help us save JUNGLE TRAP, the insane/unseen anti-human 1990 shot-on-video terror epic by America's greatest-ever exploitation duo!
Help us save JUNGLE TRAP, the insane/unseen anti-human 1990 shot-on-video terror epic by America's greatest-ever exploitation duo!
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Murderous ghost warriors... 
Diabolical elderly bellboys...
Alcoholic airplane pilots...

JUNGLE TRAP.

This rampaging slab of shot-on-video horror anti-sanity was directed by exploitation auteur James Bryan in 1990, but remains unedited, unscored and never seen by human eyes... unless we do something about it. 

In the '70s and '80s, James Bryan had moved from adult movies to action epics like Lady Street Fighter to moderate success with horror work like Don't Go In the Woods. But the straight-to-video distribution market was gradually evaporating, a realization he had only after he'd completed principal photography on Jungle Trap, a particularly bizarre project that he'd tackled with his longtime creative partner, producer/actress Renee Harmon. Distributors were folding across the industry and those remaining were no longer adventurous enough to take on a project as unique as Jungle Trap. Heartbroken, the fearless cinematic legend James Bryan shelved his new movie and never directed again. 

An outgrowth of the long-running Bleeding Skull review site, Bleeding Skull! Video was started for the express purpose of exhuming unseen independent horror/exploitation films of the late '70s and early '90s and making them available to the universe. All three of us Bleeding Skull Video goons were already devoted fans of James Bryan's work, but had no idea that Jungle Trap had even been attempted. It wasn't until we were working with him on a different project that he mentioned its existence, and we were shocked that he had an entirely unseen feature just waiting to be pieced together. We watched it and confirmed that all the parts were there. And they were unbelievable.

While Jungle Trap does exist, it's in a very raw form. The film is completely unedited and in very serious need of a sound mix. Also, there's no musical score. If we reach our funding minimum, this Kickstarter campaign will cover the costs of hiring a professional film editor to complete the movie to the director's approval, as well as cover a final reconstructing and mastering of the audio. Also, a new (but period-accurate) original soundtrack will be recorded under the guidance of James Bryan, using '80s synthesizers and accurately emulating the sound of the era.

Even in its current state, the movie is HUGELY entertaining, but it will be a monumental video era triumph in its long-delayed final form. It was not only James Bryan's final directorial effort (to date), but his last collaboration with his longtime collaborator, the late producer/writer/actress Renee Harmon. The duo spent two decades together in the exploitation trenches and Jungle Trap ranks high among their best work. We feel it must be completed so it can be shared and deeply enjoyed by the world's most adventurous viewers. Including you.

THANKS TO THE MAX,
Joseph A. Ziemba, Zack Carlson & Annie Choi
Bleeding Skull! Video

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We have no doubt that the support of likeminded exploitation/horror enthusiasts will allow us to finally assemble James Bryan's 25-year-old homemade supernatural masterpiece. Editors, musicians and technological wizards are at the ready to make it so.

With the master tapes tested and in hand, there is nothing to delay us. But if any problems do arise, we're dedicated to overcoming them and getting the movie released by the end of this year. It will happen because it MUST happen.

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    MOVIE VIA DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!
    A full-quality digital download of JUNGLE TRAP in its entirety, courtesy our pals at VHX.com.

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    SOUNDTRACK and MOVIE DOWNLOAD!
    Digital download of the full-length original soundtrack for JUNGLE TRAP, recorded by synth-rock band Taken By Savages, plus a digital download of the film.

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    MANIC MYSTERY MAYHEM MOVIE!
    A DVD-R copy with a hand-drawn color cover of the most mentally unhinged, impossibly rare, inhumanly bizarre movie we can dig up from the personal collections of the BleedingSkull.com writers. Our iron-clad guarantee is that it'll be something completely unavailable on home video. And completely nutzoid.

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    ACTUAL PUBLISHING HISTORY!
    A packet of the original materials used to make the book "Bleeding Skull: A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey." This will include xeroxes and layout materials from original press kits, etc. No two alike. Gosh!

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    MOVIE ON VHS TAPE (AND DOWNLOAD)!
    An official, sealed VHS copy of the Bleeding Skull! Video release of JUNGLE TRAP (in a special colored plastic VHS casing exclusive to this reward) distributed by Mondo Video. Also includes digital download code. Comes with full-color cover, a pull-out poster and a zine insert with a brand new James Bryan interview and production art.

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    An official, sealed DVD copy of the Bleeding Skull! Video release of JUNGLE TRAP, distributed by Mondo Video. Also includes digital download code. Comes with full-color cover, a pull-out poster and a zine insert with a brand new James Bryan interview and production art. This is an actual, authorized, factory-produced, high quality DVD; not some crummy ol' DVD-R, dagblammit.

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    BOOK!
    An autographed copy of the critically acclaimed book "Bleeding Skull: A 1980s Trash-Horror Odyssey," released by HeadPress in November 2013, and now out of print. It's an essential A-to-Z compendium of reviews covering the most damaging, damning and sanity-free low-budget horror movies ever made.

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    JUNGLE BUDDIES!
    A more modest version of the $160 "JUNGLE WARRIORS" reward level. Your name will appear in the closing credit as an appreciated contributor to JUNGLE TRAP, and you'll receive a digital download code for the movie.

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    "ART"!
    An original hand drawing by Zack and/or Joe from Bleeding Skull! Video of you using a machete to decapitate the celebrity, political figure or breakfast cereal mascot of your choice. The drawing will be rendered in full color.
    NOTE: We will need you to provide at least one fairly discernible JPEG of your face.

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    POSTER (for a different movie)!
    Original, unseen pre-release poster of the notorious James Bryan/Renee Harmon action showdown LADY STREET FIGHTER, autographed by director James Bryan.

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    VHSTORM!
    A brand new sealed copy of JUNGLE TRAP (with digital download code) as well as three other VHS releases of Bleeding Skull! Video titles. Choose whatever you'd like from our available catalog.

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    JUNGLE WARRIORS!
    Be named in large type in JUNGLE TRAP's closing credits as a Jungle Warrior, a.k.a. a major contributor to the completion of the film. And receive a completed copy of the VHS mailed to you, along with a digital download code.

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    PUNCH ME IN THE FACE!
    Hi. I'm Zack Carlson, one of the founders of Bleeding Skull! Video. By purchasing this reward level, you are legally and morally allowed to punch me in the face whenever you and I are next in the same location. This may not take place immediately due to proximity and personal schedules, but as the recipient of the punch and the owner of the face, I am bound to accept a single non-lethal punch from you.
    Note: This reward level does NOT earn you a VHS copy and/or download code for JUNGLE TRAP. Because I'm still mad at you for hitting me.

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    BE A FAMOUS PRODUCER!
    I lied. Your fame will not increase. But you will be credited as an executive producer of JUNGLE TRAP, both in the on-screen credits and on IMDB. You'll also have a completed copy of the VHS mailed to you, along with a digital download code.
    And we will give you a cigar if we ever meet you in person so you can smoke one like all the producer characters in old-timey movies. To complete the ensemble, shave the top of your head and wear a very large pinstripe suit.
    There you go.

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    IMMORTALIZATION!
    The synth-rock band Taken By Savages, who composed and performed the soundtrack for JUNGLE TRAP, will write and record a song about YOU. You will provide them with details about your physical appearance as well as your major accomplishments and failures. This song can be delivered to you digitally or on a CD-R with a crude drawing of your face on the cover, done with a nice fresh Sharpie marker.
    You'll also have a completed copy of the VHS mailed to you, along with a digital download code.

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    HOME INVASION!
    Legendary '70s/'80s exploitation director James Bryan joins Joe & Zack from Bleeding Skull to fly to you and personally deliver the completed VHS of JUNGLE TRAP (along with a functioning VCR), and watch it with you in your home.
    Note: You get to keep the movie and the VCR, but you have to relinquish James Bryan.

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