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The body count climbs as a skull-faced killer battles his inner-demons in this retro slasher epic from the creators of 'Found'.
The body count climbs as a skull-faced killer battles his inner-demons in this retro slasher epic from the creators of 'Found'.
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We at Forbidden Films share 14 years of friendship and a love of genre movies -- especially horror movies. In 2012, we collaborated on Found, a coming-of-age horror movie that played at over 40 film festivals around the world and won 15 best feature awards. As Found continues to make an impact with audiences (it hits DVD and VOD in the US, Canada, Australia, and UK this Fall), we are now partnering with our friends at Gentleman Monster Productions to bring hard-core horror fans a wickedly nasty motion picture that is directly inspired by our maiden endeavor... Headless!

If you've seen Found, you'll remember Headless is a real nasty slasher movie that our young hero, Marty, watches with a friend late one night. You only see about 10 or 15 minutes of Headless in Found, but it makes a dramatic impact on the entire film (and even got Found banned in Australia!) Most audiences agree that Headless is one of the best parts of Found, and many people have asked us.... When can we see a feature-length version of Headless?

Well, now you're going to get it. And GOOD.

We're approaching Headless as though it were an actual artifact from the late 1970s -- gritty, grainy, retro, excessive, vile, balls-to-the-wall, and POSITIVELY NO CGI. Something so heinous, it was buried in darkness and only recently has seen the light. It's going to be a nightmarish fever dream of a slasher flick: by horror fans, for horror fans. And not for the faint of heart. We may never get wide distribution for this movie because, folks, we're not holding back. This one is going there.

Arthur Cullipher, special effects supervisor and associate producer on Found, will be directing this feature-length gore extravaganza. Shane Beasley is reprising his role as the "Headless" Killer, and Leya Taylor will once again be behind the camera, framing the bloodshed as director of photography. Nathan Erdel and Kara Erdel are on board for the mayhem, fresh off a year-long comprehensive film making course under the guidance of Robby Benson at Indiana University. Nathan has penned the screenplay for Headless and Kara is co-producing with Found director Scott Schirmer. And composer Magician Johnson is returning to provide another pulse-pounding soundtrack!

Director and Special Effects Artist Arthur Cullipher
Director and Special Effects Artist Arthur Cullipher

Lots of reasons!

For one, if you saw Found and loved the Headless portion of it -- we're ready to serve you up a whole lot more of that stuff, in a stand-alone slasher epic for the ages. 

But here's an even better reason: Fan-funding is the ONLY way hard-core horror films like this one can ever happen. As soon as you take an investor's money or pander to a distributor's demands, your horror film gets watered down pretty quickly. And, honestly, we kinda understand where they're coming from. They spend money to reach as wide an audience as possible, and if toning down the nasty means they can market that movie a little wider... well, you get the picture, right?

But we don't want to make Headless for a wide audience. We're making it for a niche audience -- for all the diehard horror fans who dig through indie and underground flicks just praying for a revelation, a gem, something with guts... and blood. And boobs.

So yeah! Give true indie horror film making some lovin', and Headless will give you some lovin' back, baby. Have you seen some of our awesome perks? Be sure to check them out, because we're not just asking for donations -- we're giving you awesome stuff in return!

Pre-Order your reserved copy of the limited edition DVD with a $25 contribution! And check out all the other amazing perks, including an autographed poster, a personalized 'Thank You' video from the "Headless" Killer himself, and your name or likeness IN the movie!

With luck, we actually hope to surpass our funding goal. $15K will definitely get Headless made, with the vast majority of our budget going to supplies for makeup effects (silicone, gelatin, fake blood, liquid latex, plaster, etc.) and production of all the awesome swag we'll be sending you for your contribution. But if we are able to pre-sell all our Limited Edition DVDs and surpass our funding goal in the process, we vow to put all the additional funding on-screen, into the best special effects and over-the-top gore you can imagine.

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ARTHUR CULLIPHER (director / editor / special effects artist)
Arthur Cullipher is the owner of the Clockwerk Creature Company, a full service shop that offers a wide range of practical effects, including make-up and appliances, masks, props, creature animatronics, and full body suits. Arthur is a graduate of the Joe Blasco School in Orlando, Florida, where he studied advanced make-up effects and prosthetics. He has more than 15 years of practical experience and has provided special effects for dozens of projects, including the award-winning Found. His directorial efforts include the cult shorts Come, Roses: A Goremance, and The Adipocere Child

SHANE BEASLEY (actor / special effects artist)
Shane Beasley is an illustrator, lighting technician, actor, musician, and special makeup effects artist based in Bloomington, Indiana. He works regularly with the Clockwerk Creature Company and contributes custom masks to Bloomington's annual Krampus Parade. In addition to producing and helping with special effects on Found, Shane also appears as the sadistic ‘Headless’ Killer in the movie.

NATHAN ERDEL (screenwriter)
Nathan Erdel is a screenwriter and filmmaker from Portsmouth, Virginia, and is the founder of Gentleman Monster Productions. He is a contributing writer for the horror/sci-fi/fantasy blog Into-The-Dark.com, and is the Screenplay Coordinator for the Diabolique International Film Fest, for which he has served as a member of the selection board for the past three years. Nathan has directed and edited music videos for Andy D, The Necroholics, and, most recently, directed the short horror film Unwelcome featuring Victor Miller (screenwriter of the original Friday the 13th). Nathan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications Production from Indiana University, where he studied film under Robby Benson

LEYA TAYLOR (director of photography)
Leya Taylor is a videographer and editor based in Bloomington, Indiana. She studied Cinema and Literature at Indiana University and has production-managed numerous independent films, including Roses: A Goremance and Lewis. Leya wrote and starred in the highly successful Guignol play, Bloomington After Midnight and is also one of the principal organizers of the Diabolique International Film Festival, now in its eighth year. In 2012, she co-produced and photographed the award-winning Found.

SCOTT SCHIRMER (producer)
Scott Schirmer studied film theory and production at Indiana University, where he received grants for film making and achievement in video art. He currently works as a commercial video producer and editor. His feature directorial debut, Found, has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world and is scheduled for wide home video release this Fall. Scott is currently on the steering committee for the Diabolique International Film Festival and will soon be directing a segment of the anthology movie Hellevator Man for executive producers Lony Ruhmann, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, and Michael Biehn.

KARA ERDEL (producer)
Kara Erdel is a writer/producer out of Bloomington, Indiana, and is a co-founder of Gentleman Monster Productions. Currently in development on several short and feature-length film and video projects, Kara most recently served as producer on the set of the horror short Unwelcome (directed by Nathan Erdel). Kara is also a contributor to the horror/sci-fi/fantasy website Into-The-Dark.com, and has recently taken on a position as Volunteer Coordinator at the Diabolique International Film Festival, for which she has served as a member of the steering committee for the past three years.

For More Information

www.forbiddenfilms.net
www.facebook.com/forbiddenfilms
www.foundmovie.net
www.facebook.com/foundmovie

Risks and challenges

Every motion picture, no matter the budget, comes with its own unique set of risks and challenges. Knowing how to handle them comes from experience and preparation. Everyone involved with "Headless" has many years of hands-on production experience and finished films under our belts. We're confident we can solve any problems that arise during the production of "Headless." We take production very seriously and plan things out in great detail prior to the shoot. But if anything does happen during the shoot that poses a special challenge, we are prepared to roll with the punches and adapt to the situation without compromising our vision for the film.

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    LIMITED EDITION DVD!

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    YOUR NAME IN THE CREDITS, AUTOGRAPHED 8x10 OF THE "HEADLESS" KILLER, and LARGE 4x6 "HEADLESS" MAGNET! In addition to everything above, we'll include your name in the 'Special Thanks' section of the movie's end credits and IMDb listing. We'll also send you a 4x6 "Headless" magnet and an autographed, glossy 8x10 photo of the "Headless" Killer, autographed by the Killer himself, Shane Beasley.

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    LIMITED EDITION "HEADLESS" BLU-RAY and AUTOGRAPHED 18x24 POSTER!

    Your contribution reserves your very own copy of the "Headless" Limited Edition Blu-ray! There will only be 300 of these hand-numbered bad boys. Exclusive special features will include two short films from director Arthur Cullipher: "The Adipocere Child" and "Come." Plus: Hang with pride your very own 18x24 "Headless" poster, autographed by the cast & crew. Note: You will also have the option of having your blu-ray autographed. [Plus all the perks above.]

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    PERSONALIZED 'THANK YOU' VIDEO FROM THE "HEADLESS" KILLER and LIMITED EDITION VHS EDITION OF "HEADLESS" FROM VULTRA VIDEO! Oh, yeah, baby. The 'Headless' Killer is gonna give YOU some personal lovin'. During production of the film, we'll set aside time to have the "Headless" Killer record a personalized 'Thank You' video from the set. We'll post the video on YouTube and share it with the world on Facebook and Twitter. (Videos will be 10-20 seconds in length; we can send you a Quicktime of WMV version of your video upon request.) And here's an added prize for the retro-enthusiast: a special limited VHS edition of "Headless" produced by Vultra Video! Only 100 of these will ever be available -- with classic 'big box' artwork and a clamshell case inside, hand-numbered and autographed by director Arthur Cullipher and star Shane Beasley. This special VHS edition will also come with a unique intro from Arthur Cullipher and a couple of surprise souvenir items you won't get anywhere else! [Plus all the perks above.]

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    YOUR NAME OR LIKENESS IN THE MOVIE! Forbidden Films will insert your name and/or likeness into "Headless"! It might be your face on the driver's license of a past victim, or a name mentioned over the radio. Prior to production, we will send you a Release form authorizing us to use your name or likeness in the movie. When the movie is released, we'll contact you by email to let you know where to look for your photo and/or name being mentioned... unless you'd rather keep it a surprise! [Plus all the perks above.]

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    BE A VICTIM! Appear on-screen in the final film as a bloodied corpse! We'll lay you down in a mess of viscera, pour blood all over you and ask you to lay really, really still -- all in the name of horror cinema! We'll record your experience and turn it into a promotional video that we'll share with "Headless" fans via our website and social media. We'll also take lots of pictures that you can share with friends and family. Note: You will be responsible for the cost of your meals, travel, and hotel stay. [Plus all the perks above.]

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT! That's right -- prominently link your name to what is sure to become one of the most notorious horror films in recent memory! For your considerable contribution, we'll credit you as an Executive Producer of "Headless" in the main titles of the movie, IMDb, and everywhere the credits for "Headless" will ever appear (the poster, the back of the dvd, etc.) And if you send us your photo and a brief bio, we'll also include you on the cast/crew page of our official "Headless" website (launching this Fall). No more than 8 executive producers will be credited. (Note: This is a title and a film credit in exchange for your contribution and does not include any other financial exchange or profit sharing.) [Plus all the perks above.]

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