About this project
Greetings.Thank you for taking the time to look at this project.
My name is Heidi Moore. I am a Chico based photographer and filmmaker, and I run Wretched Productions: a Northern California production company specializing in genre films, Horror, and beyond. I take special interest in the strange and unusual having been influenced by B-movies as a child, along with all of the amazing characters that surround me in the "real world."
I am currently collaborating with San Francisco based artist and filmmaker Cassandra Sechler who runs Dreams For Dead Cats Productions, a DIY collaborative focusing on low budget films with high production value and concepts.
Cassandra and I both have distinct styles that compliment each other quite well. With both of us being fans of 70’s and 80’s horror films, trash & cult cinema, practical effects, and low budget filmmaking, it is no surprise that we began working together on this film.
Back in 2012, I had the incredible urge to make a killer doll movie filled with horror, dark comedy abundant with wild characters in a surreal trashy world filled with cruel closed-minded bullies, beer guzzling hicks, over-zealous and necrophiliac neighbors, evil dolls, and a tormented young boy with an imagination that could kill- along with a vengeful subconscious. Dolly Deadly is this movie.
The film's story revolves around the warped psychology of a tormented young boy who can only relate to his doll collection, and the only relief from the pain in his life comes with slaughtering those he has learned to hate the most. Everyone!
Dolly Deadly Synopsis:
It’s summer time in the trailer park. BENJI spends most of his time in his room drawing and playing with his dolls. GRANDMA MITZI and her boyfriend DONALD think he’s strange, but for the most part they don’t really care what he does. That is unless they need him to do something for them. BENJI longs for attention, but all he’s gotten out of them are lessons in cocktail mixing, a stack of porno magazines, and a kick in the ass. Life outside the trailer is just as bad. With fighting neighbors and bullies around every corner, he can’t find peace.
As the abuse from BENJI'S family and peers become worse and worse, his night terrors and daydreams become more and more disturbing. GRANDMA MITZI and DONALD are still their loathsome selves, and the bullying has gone beyond childish name calling. The group of bullies up their antics to humiliation by pinning BENJI down, breaking his doll, and forcefully putting him in a dress. When he goes home, instead of being comforted, he is yelled at for crying and laughed at for what he is wearing.
The DOLLS can no longer stand by and watch BENJI be tormented. They come to him in a dream, and explain that killing everyone will make it all better. He becomes empowered by the words of his doll friends, and now realizes that everyone must die. That is the only way he will finally find peace.
Dressed as a doll himself, he sets out on a wildly gory, murderous rampage.
Currently, we are in pre-production mode and plan to begin shooting the film in the summer of 2013 and wrapping up in the fall!
We will be shooting with a Canon 7D, and will be utilizing colored gels and high contrast lighting situations for Benji’s hallucinations, dream sequences, and murder scenes.
The film will have an original soundtrack comprised of songs from Arnie Rodriguez, Miss FD, sound effects from Dreams For Dead Cats, and more!
The script is ready, concepts developed, and most of the cast and crew decisions have already been made and dolls collected. Yet there is much more to be accomplished before official shooting begins!
For the Trailer Park scenes in the film, we will need to secure a proper location for the shoot as well as have money to purchase materials to build sets/large props necessary to achieve some of the dream sequence shots. For example some of Benji’s dream sequences involve a room filled with creepy talking dolls, hand puppets, and marionettes (many of which we want to construct ourselves), bubbles and glitter in the air, fog lined hallways, television sets, naked clown girls, melting faces, loads of fake flowers, lots of colors, gore galore, claymation, and more surprises!
Above all Dolly Deadly will need a grande special effects team to bring our elaborate, vengeful, bloody murder scenes and nightmarish visions to life!
Since we are both fans of 70’s and 80’s horror films, trash & cult cinema, and low budget filmmaking, we will be using all "practical fx" which means no cgi gore! We're talking hand made prosthetics, blood, head wounds, chainsaw deaths, jaw cracking action, skinned faces, spurting blood, stab wounds, rotting corpse makeup, fire stunts, explosions, and other necessary gnarly effects.
The money that you donate will go towards materials needed to build the set, props and tracking devices, rent a storage space for large supplies, finish the costumes, dress the set, purchase necessary props, accessories, and makeup, hiring a special effects makeup artist, purchase or rent lighting and sound equipment, and of course compensate all of the artists involved in making this vision come to life.
We are getting incredibly close to making this project a reality. We are asking for your help in raising funds to make sure this project reaches the potential it deserves.
Upon completion of the film, we plan on releasing it for straight to dvd distribution, entering it into various festivals as well as organizing a special opening in both Chico and San Francisco!
I know that Dolly Deadly is going to be a hit! And I hope that I will be able share this wild and horrific film with the world! Thank you!
Find out more about Dolly Deadly and view more images on these official pages:
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Find out more about the collaborators/team involved:
Dreams For Dead Cats Productions
Craig Jacobson (of Dreams For Dead Cats Productions)
Risks and challenges
I am very confident in our team and their ability to get the work done! Although there are always challenges, problem solving is our arena!
With drive, desire, and passion, both Cassandra Sechler and myself have seen several of our own projects through to completion, and are very capable of doing it this time with "Dolly Deadly."
If there are major setbacks, it would simply mean the completion date would be pushed back. The film would still be made, but it would just take a little longer. Both Cassandra Sechler and I are quite organized and capable of avoiding and/or handling setbacks.
One challenge is the fact that all of our gore will be done with practical fx. That means prosthetics, fake limbs, gallons of fake blood, etc, etc! None of that cgi hullabaloo. We are aware that this can become pricey, however most of the crew has worked on low budget films long enough to have quite a few tricks up their sleeves to get the most bang for our buck.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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