WE DID IT!! With five days left in our PEELERS Kickstarter Campaign we reached our goal!! A big thanks goes out to all our amazing backers... and you know who you are. Without your awesome contributions we would never have made it this far. AMAZING!! We're set to go into production in June and make the best film we can... for you.
BUT we want to make it even better! That's right. More blood, more gore, more horror. Who doesn't love that?!? We want this film to be the best stripper horror you've ever seen. So we have a new Stretch Goal:
And we're almost there. If we can just get a few more pledges then we can make it and you'll get to see all your horror dreams come true. Or is that nightmares?
But don't just donate for us. Donate for yourself too. If we hit our new Stretch Goal we'll give each and everyone of you your very own in-studio produced special DVD copy of the psychological horror feature SKEW signed by the Director Sevé Schelenz.
The indie cult hit SKEW was our most recent horror feature film and has been in over 50 festivals, won several awards, had a tonne of great reviews and had distribution all around the world. Do you own it? If not, here's your chance AND you'll be the envy of all your family and friends because your copy will be signed by the director himself.
BUT pledge now because if we don't hit our $25,000 mark, no one gets a copy of SKEW at all. And you will have some upset filmmakers who will have to sacrifice their ketchup for blood effects on PEELERS instead of hot dogs.
Thanks for all your support and we'll see you on the other side... of what, I'm still not sure.
Peelers takes place on the closing night of a small town strip club when a group of unwanted guests arrive and all hell breaks loose. Club owner and ex-ball player, Blue Jean Douglas, is our sexy, confident, ass-kicking heroine who rises to the task of protecting both her girls and her bar from psychopathic infected killers who will stop at nothing to slaughter everyone. Peelers is a story packed with strong characters, exciting twists and lots of blood. Oh, and did we mention strippers?
Peelers is a full-length independent horror feature film. It is the follow-up movie to Sevé Schelenz’s cult hit Skew, which has garnered a bunch of accolades and distribution deals (see more info below).
There’s a great quote that states: “We all have a horror movie from whence we came.” It’s so true. Ask any person you know (or stranger) what was the very first horror movie they ever saw—the one that really screwed them up—and they’ll be able to recall it without a moment’s hesitation. Who can forget the girl thrashing around in the water in the opening scene of Jaws? Or when they test the crew’s blood to see who is infected in John Carpenter’s: The Thing. Or how disturbingly fast Leatherface can run in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. True horror aficionados never forget. Which is why we want to make Peelers. We want to be someone’s first horror movie, but more than that, we want to create something memorable. We’ve seen some awesome horror movies involving zombies, aliens, Satan, children and even a tire, but we’ve yet to see a memorable one involving strippers. That’s why we decided to step up to the challenge. Because while we love the usual stripper horror ingredients: the blood, the babes and the bad asses, we want a movie that doesn’t come with all the extra cheesiness, the predictable, over-the-top drama, the bad acting, the ditzy chicks. We want to vamp up the quality level. So we thought, what about an edgy story with some fun characters and a smart stripper who can really kick ass? Now that’s something we’d love to see and we figured most horror lovers would too.
Peelers is an independently funded and produced film. As true independent filmmakers, all of our own money, time and personal belongings are going into the making of this film. Working for free, pulling all-nighters and learning as we go comes with the territory, but we are doing what we love and that is worth all the sacrifice. We are currently in the thick of pre-production: assembling our crew, location scouting, casting and wooing friends and family to come on board. We have a lot more work to do before we start shooting this summer, and we’re really excited about it. It’s going to be one helluva ride.
We popped our independent feature filmmaking cherry with Skew, a psychological horror that has done pretty well for a first-timer. Skew was released in 2011 and enjoyed a profitable festival run, appearing in over 50 festivals throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and Switzerland. It has been well-received, as the film was sold to The Movie Channel in Canada, Netflix in the U.S., Blu-Ray in the U.K. and several other international markets. Skew has received numerous awards and accolades including “Best Feature Film” (Nevada Film Festival), “Independent Spirit Award” (A Night of Horror International Film Festival) and “Best Director” (Late Night Horror Film Festival).
Making an independent film is a collaborative effort. The crew is vital to the success of Peelers. Without an amazing crew our vision cannot be realized. We’ve reached out to experienced industry professionals for their talent, creativity and resources to help bring Peelers to life. They’re aware that we’re already neck-deep in costs and expenses yet they are still willing to show up and contribute. Because in the end, they want to be part of something special. And that’s where you come in. We need to compensate the crew in some way if possible. No matter how small. These people are taking time away from their usual jobs and families to help us on a film for the sheer love of it. They are sacrificing a lot to make this film happen, even though it isn’t their film to begin with. So we want to give something back to them. The reality is we need to show them a little love in order to get them fully on-board.
Our Kickstarter campaign will run for 30 days in an attempt to raise $20,000 towards crew costs for our film. During that time you can donate whatever amount you’d like. The amount you donate will determine your reward. If by the end of our 30-day Kickstarter campaign the total amount of donations from everybody meets our $20,000 goal then, and only then, the credit cards of all you generous souls who pledged will be charged and we will then receive the funds towards our film. However, if we don’t meet our goal within the assigned deadline, then no money is taken from your account, no rewards are issued and no funds go towards the movie (and everyone will be sad). But…if we surpass our $20,000 goal, the extra funds will go towards making our movie even better! And maybe even an extra treat for everyone! So keep those pledges coming!
Pounds (LBS) Pictures Inc. is a group of fellow film geeks who love to watch and make movies. Our backgrounds cover all areas of the film industry from screenwriting to directing as well as post-production to producing. After many years of working in the industry we decided to combine our talents, experience and resources to become our own bosses and commit to making movies that we are passionate about. Even if it means living off Ichiban Instant Noodles for months at a time.
You may not realize it, but by donating towards our film, you’ve done much more than simply help us out financially. You’ve given us that kick in the ass we need when the metaphorical door after door keeps getting slammed in our face. We’re talking about the independent filmmaker’s bread and butter: Motivation. It means that you’re rooting for the underdog, that you believe there’s something special cooking here, that you support our need to create, that you want to be a part of it. And there is nothing like that sense of community when a bunch of people come together to help each other out. Because everybody loves a good story. Stories are the fabric of our lives. So thank you for helping us to share ours.
Risks and challenges
As independent filmmakers, we go to great lengths to plan and prepare in advance, but as is the nature of the beast, we will always encounter any number of challenges and unforeseen circumstances. Whether it’s running out of meat at the craft services table or misplacing the dog in the dog chase scene, the art of filmmaking is largely the art of damage control. And since we don’t have the deep pockets like the big studios, we have to rely on our creative resources. We know that despite the location dilemmas, the permit and insurance issues, the scheduling conflicts, we won’t give up because we believe in our film and we hope you do too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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