Abyzou: Taker of Children is the fourth feature horror film written and directed by Fall River, MA native Jordan Pacheco. Inspired by a recurring nightmare, Pacheco put an original spin on the mythology of Abyzou, a real demon found in Hebrew folklore.
The film aims to combine the atmosphere and scares of supernatural thrillers like The Exorcist and Insidious with the practical special effects of such horror classics as The Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
We are currently in production and on track to complete filming over the summer. We already have a couple of distributors interested in the movie, but we will be submitting to film festivals and directly to distributors to solicit further offers in order to reach the widest audience possible.
Prior to production, we assembled a small cast and crew to create a proof-of-concept teaser trailer. It was filmed in a single weekend with no budget. Watch it below:
The strength of this video, coupled with the script, has already enticed several investors and potential distributors. If we're able to capture this kind of quality with little time and money, imagine what we can do with an actual budget!
Tagline: To be a mother is to know suffering.
Logline: Unable to give birth to a child of her own, the demon Abyzou possess a young mother-to-be. Now she must fight this ancient evil for her unborn child's soul.
Description: Hailee and her boyfriend, Dylan, return from a romantic trip to Israel to learn they are expecting a child. Their celebration quickly descends to terror when Hailee becomes a surrogate to the demon Abyzou. Unable to give birth to a child of her own, this ancient evil will stop at nothing to spawn her infernal offspring. The young mother-to-be must draw on the strength of her loved ones to protect her unborn child.
Hailee is the protagonist of the film. She's an old soul with a carefree spirit. While embracing the responsibility of impending motherhood, she is faced with an internal struggle against evil.
Dylan is Hailee's boyfriend and father of her child. He's a hard worker with a sense of humor. His unwavering support is key to Hailee's strength.
Abyzou is an ancient demon in Hebrew folklore. Cursed with the inability to bear children, she possess Hailee in order to spawn an offspring of her own. As the antagonist, her presence in the film provides a haunting atmosphere.
Lilith is Hailee's older sister. She struggles to believe in the presence of a demonic force, but she remains by her sister's side in her time of need.
Teman is a stoic Israeli man. He's weathered by a lifetime of servitude as part of a long-standing religious sect sworn to defend against evil.
Aideen is a spiritualist in tune with demonic forces. She must overcome her own fears in order to guide Hailee through her tumultuous journey to motherhood.
Mia and Hector are close friends of Hailee and Dylan who provide levity to the film. They are expecting a child of the own. It's Mia who first discovers that Hailee is in danger.
We are extremely lucky to have a talented cast made of up young up-and-comers and experienced favorites in the New England film community. The cast includes Zeeva Halpern as Hailee, Topher Hansson as Dylan, Jamie Lyn Bagley as Lilith, Sissy O'Hara as Aideen, Anacaren Delgado as Mia, Jaquelyn Fabian as Paige, and Jamie Dufault as Mike.
Jordan Pacheco - Director, Writer, Special Effects Artist
Jordan Pacheco began his film career as a special makeup effects artist, providing the gore and effects in such cult classics as The Disco Exorcist, Murder University and Mania. He has gone on to write and direct three feature films. His first effort, American Poltergeist, was distributed in 2015 by Wild Eye Releasing in North America and Tomcat Films in Europe. His next two films, Dead Bounty and Blood Pi, are currently in post-production.
Alex DiVincenzo - Producer
Alex DiVincenzo brings a breadth of experience as a well-rounded producer. In addition to writing and directing several short films of his own, he has served as a producer on such movies as Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran, Plan 9, Easter Sunday, and Fantasm. He also brings a professional background in publicity services, social media marketing and still photography to the table. In his spare time, he runs the popular genre website BrokeHorrorFan.com.
Jon Robidoux - Producer
Jon Robidoux has worked on all three of Jordan Pacheco's previous films in various capacities. After proving himself as an invaluable crew member with an eye for detail, he has assumed the role of producer.
Neil Guliano - Cinematographer
Neil Guliano makes his feature cinematography debut with Abyzou after honing his skills on several shorts and an extensive background in corporate videos. With strong problem-solving skills and a great worth ethic, he is able to capture natural lighting, innovative camerawork and high-quality images on a limited budget.
We are very thankful to have an extremely talented cast and crew donating their time and energy to the project, but there are still several large costs associated with making a movie.
Our biggest cost is special effects. As horror fans, it's very important to us to utilize practical effects whenever possible. Our fearless director, Jordan Pacheco, is an accomplished special effects artist, but the materials are not cheap.
Other production costs include craft services, set design, wardrobe and insurance. Upon completing the film, we will incur a number of new costs in post-production, including music, editing and festival submissions. Don't forget that Kickstarter takes 5%.
We have already secured several eager investors, but we still need additional funds to bring our vision to life. $2,000 is the minimum required to complete the movie, but the more money we raise, the better our final product will be.
You can think of your donation to Abyzou as a method of pre-ordering the film and merchandise. We have compiled a wide array of rewards for our backers at several price points. You can be among of the first people to own the film upon completion with a limited edition Blu-ray or DVD, exclusive to Kickstarter. You can also support the film by purchasing shirts, posters, stickers and more.
Serious collectors can get their hands on one-of-a-kind, screen-used props. Last but certainly not least, you be an integral part of the film and see your name in the credits by becoming an Executive Producer or Associate Producer. Donating any amount will get you exclusive access to updates and a first look at behind-the-scenes content.
We have tried our best to price our rewards so they are a fair value to you while still helping us. Ever dollar counts, and we are eternally grateful for anyone who decides to use their hard-earned money to support our dream. If you don't have the money but still want to help, please share our Kickstarter link on social media. You can also like the film on Facebook.
Risks and challenges
Producing an independent feature film is always a challenging experience, and that goes double when you are working with such a limited budget. Thankfully, we have an extremely dedicated cast and crew that believes in our project.
If we are unable to secure the necessary funds via Kickstarter, we will be forced to put the production on hold and reconfigure. Rather than sacrifice our vision, we believe our passion and talents will win over enough generous donors to get us to the finish line and bring Abyzou: Taker of Children to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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