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ONCE UPON A HORROR

ONCE UPON A HORROR is a collection of four titillating and terrifying tales in the tradition of “CREEPSHOW” and “TALES FROM THE CRYPT”. 

Our new series created by Rolfe Kanefsky, Once Upon A Horror, will consist of four short horror stories, Once Upon A Horror, Truth Be Told, With All my Heart, and Beast and the Beauty. These four short films will be cut together into a 90 minute pilot, which will be used to launch a weekly anthology TV series of terror tales, titled Once Upon A Horror, as well as a feature film for DVD distribution. Our ultimate goal, once the series is up and running, is to use this as a launching pad to discover new upcoming filmmakers. Filmmakers from all over the world with a passion for all things horror will be encouraged to submit their own horror shorts or short horror scripts to ONCE UPON A HORROR, where they will be selected as future upcoming episodes to air on Once Upon A Horror. This will not only be a platform for new horror films, but to showcase the talent of independent filmmakers from all over the world who would not normally have an opportunity to show their abilities. 

MEET THE TEAM 

Created by Rolfe Kanefsky and hosted by the Princess of Horror, Tiffany Shepis, this series already has an amazing cast and crew on board. Some of our star cast includes, James Duval (Donnie Darko, Independence Day), Dominique Swain (Face/Off, Lolita, Alpha Dog) and Tiffany Shepis (Night of The Demons, The Hazing, Nightmare Man, The Violent Kind). Our team is also blessed to be working with the talented Michael Del Rossa, who has done FX for such films as Watchmen, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 300 and I am Legend. 

The award-winning writer/director Rolfe Kanefsky started his professional career with the now cult horror-comedy “THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE” which had a theatrical release before finding a loyal following on cable and home video. Kanefsky has directed over twenty feature films including the horror flicks “THE HAZING”, the Lions Gate/After Dark's “NIGHTMARE MAN”, “CORPSES, and the Warner Brothers' Home Video release of “JACQUELINE HYDE”.

For more information about Rolfe and his projects, check out www.rolfekanefsky.com, or www.theresnothingoutthere.com,

Kanefsky (writer/director of Tales 1,3,4) is very excited to be launching his first Kickstarter campaign with long time producing partner Esther Goodstein "NIGHTMARE MAN", "1 IN THE GUN", and the fantastic team from Market Street Productions, Stacy Ekstein and Chris Ekstein.

Chris Ekstein (director of Tale 2) is in production on feature western "RISE OF THE LONESTAR RANGER" (Danny Trejo, Rose McGowan, Mark Boone Jr.). As an award-winning cinematographer, he has directed for national campaigns and clients. He is looking forward to directing the "Truth be Told" episode with Dominique Swain.

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WHAT WILL OUR FUNDS BE USED FOR? 

The first $20,000 raised will be used for costs of filming the first tale, "ONCE UPON A HORROR" hosted by Tiffany Shepis and featuring Nick Principe (Laid To Rest, Madison County, ChromeSkull). 

At $40,000 the first two tales will be produced, ONCE UPON A HORROR and "TRUTH BE TOLD" starring Dominique Swain (Face/Off, Lolita, Alpha Dog). The money raised will be used for production costs, equipment and location fees, and hiring the cast and crew necessary to make these productions a great success. 

Finally at our $55,000 mark we will be able to produce the first three tales including ONCE UPON A HORROR, TRUTH BE TOLD, and "WITH ALL MY HEART" starring James Duval (Independence Day, Donnie Darko, The Doom Generation, Gone In 60 Seconds) and another name horror icon to be announced.

STRETCH GOAL- If we exceed our goal of $55,000, we plan to film the fourth and final short horror film in our package "BEAST & THE BEAUTY" starring Tiffany Shepis (Night of The Demons, The Hazing, Nightmare Man, The Violent Kind) and some other surprises. 

STORY SYNOPSIS 

The tales begin with “Once Upon a Horror”, where a young couple about to lose their virginity for the first time hear a sound coming from downstairs in the house. When the girl refuses to put out unless her boyfriend checks out the noise first, things go from arousing to horrific as he discovers a massacre downstairs and a masked killer (NICK PRINCIPE) who hasn’t finished his killing spree. There is a surprise twist to the tale that will leave them and the viewers breathless but very satisfied. 

Tale Two is entitled “Truth Be Told” and it is about a wishing stone that grants its possessor one wish. When Wendy (DOMINIQUE SWAIN) comes in contact with the magical crystal and makes an off-handed wish about one of her friends who is always spreading lies and false rumors, things do not turn out as expected. She wishes that her friend, Cynthia be unable to tell a lie. But the way this wish is granted is that every lie and rumor that Cynthia spreads suddenly becomes incredibly true. Watch as Wendy and the world are affected in some sexy, dangerous and outrageous ways. 

The third story is about unhealthy obsession in “With All My Heart” as a young man, Stan, (JAMES DUVAL) who is infatuated with a beautiful woman, Melissa, goes to a fortune teller for a love potion to make her heart fall in love with him. In order to achieve this, Stan must inject some of his blood and her blood into a small voodoo doll. Unfortunately, the young lover succeeds but as Melissa, suddenly stricken by the spell, makes her way to his place, things do not go as planned. To say that "love conquers all" in this case is a truly horrifying discovery!

And the final tale is a twisted love story entitled “Beast and The Beauty”. Holly (TIFFANY SHEPIS) has just broken up with her boyfriend and decides to get away by moving into her grandmother’s house who recently passed away. When Clara who works in a local bookstore gives Holly a book on the occult, Holly gets curious and tries to conjure up a demon lover. She draws a pentagram and recites the spell. However, as she is about to finish, a rat runs into the pentagram and gets possessed by the demon lover. Now, the rat has one mission, to seduce Holly! Unfortunately, Holly hates rats which begins a battle where an exterminator, Clara, and three intruders meet horrific ends by this demon rat who will not let anyone get in the way of his sexual conquest. The conclusion of this “tail” is, as Holly puts it, “Wrong on so many levels”. In short, four tales, one sexy hostess, and enough sick, twisted, and funny ideas make ONCE UPON A HORROR a classic but original journey into the dark side of fear! 

REWARDS

We have some amazing rewards packages ranging from production credits, to walk on speaking roles, to exclusive FX creations by industry professionals. We really hope you help support us in our project, and we hope to be able to use this success to in turn help and help launch directors and writers in this industry. Thank you so much, and hope you have a BLOODY good time watching!

Risks and challenges

Right now the only thing holding our project in preproduction limbo is funding. We have an amazing star studded cast and crew assembled, now we just need your help and support for the permits, equipment costs and to hire the crew necessary to launch this project into production. We will find a way to make this production happen, because we whole heartedly believe in it, and we think it is a great way to help out fellow filmmakers in the community. Your contribution is the difference in how soon we can launch, and will help us build a better, more entertaining product.

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    For your donation you will receive a PDF downloadable script from either Rolfe Kanefsky's previous produced horror screenplay, "NIGHTMARE MAN", or his unproduced sequel to "There's Nothing Out There", called "THERE'S STILL NOTHING OUT THERE"- "If You Were Afraid Of NOTHING...It's back!"

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD HI RES POSTER!

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    You will be the proud new owner of a digital PDF download of the original script of the first four stories from ONCE UPON A HORROR written by Rolfe Kanefsky.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD EPISODE 1-

    Get a downloadable copy of episode 1, of Once Upon A Horror, starring host Tiffany Shepis

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    NAME IN THE CREDITS & AUTOGRAPHED SCREENER! ALSO EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO MAKING OF BLOG.

    Get a Thank You for your generous donation in the credits of Once Upon A Horror, as well as an ADVANCED screener signed by the Director and cast! As if that weren't enough, you will also have access to the EXCLUSIVE making of blog, featuring updates, and how to's of making Once Upon A Horror.

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    LIMITED EDITION Tiffany Shepis SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH & Episode 1 of Once Upon A Horror, and Rolfe Kanefsky's unreleased award-winning feature film, "TOMORROW BY MIDNIGHT", starring Alexis Arquette, Carol Kane, and Jorge Garcia.

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    SWAG BAG- Limited edition t-shirt, and behind the scenes exclusive videos of the making of the film, with director commentary, copy of Once Upon A Horror, and Directors exclusive Tomorrow by Midnight.

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    SIGNED POSTER BY THE TEAM & ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT.

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    CAMEO ROLE & PREMIERE PARTY WITH CAST AND CREW!!

    Cameo role in Once Upon A Horror, Episode 1, Dead or Alive AND an invitation to the cast/crew party!! As wells everything in the $250 tier.

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    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT, AND VISIT THE SET/LUNCH WITH THE DIRECTOR.

    You will receive a Co-Producer credit in Once Upon A Horror Episode 1, an invitation to visit the set during the filming of the project, lunch with director Rolfe Kanefsky, as well as everything at the $250 tier.

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    FX RAT made by MICHAEL DEL ROSA!!

    For your generous donation ONE lucky person will get a ONE OF A KIND FX rat made exclusively for Once Upon A Horror, by the talented Michael Del Rosa!! Michael Del Rosa has done FX for numerous films, some of which include Watchmen, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 300, I Am Legend.

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