Inspired by gripping true events, The Unwanted is a frightening supernatural thriller that examines a haunted hotel years after a horrifying incident occurred.
Combining a mesmerizing script designed to fit a primary location and new, affordable technologies in film-making, The Unwanted can deliver a unique, compelling film to a hungry thriller audience on an extremely low budget.
We are real filmmakers with a desire to create a scary, serious and genuine film for fans.
Well over a year ago, we stumbled upon a video online known as the Elisa Lam tape. It was unnerving, and has since gone viral. It's real security cam footage of a woman in an elevator that, over the course of four minutes, looks as if she's becoming possessed - drifting in and out of the elevator, unbalanced and frightened. At the end of the video, she slowly pinwheels her splayed hands about, as if pleading with something we cannot see, her body then contorts and she disappears from view. She went missing and was found dead in a SEALED, inaccessible rooftop water tank weeks later. The County Department of Coroner ruled the death “accidental due to drowning” and said no traces of drugs or alcohol were found during the autopsy. This happened at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles two years ago.
A studio snagged some rights and are making a big budget feature based on the footage. And for a studio film, I'm sure it will be fine - if you like big, scary movies that may be better served intimate.
We are NOT a studio and are NOT basing our film on this footage. Instead, it inspired us - in a horrifying way - to create The Unwanted. A film with elements of The Exorcist, The Gates of Hell and The Sentinel. A film that asks the question - what if you were possessed by TWO different entities in a horrible, haunted place and the only way to stop them was to stop yourself?
The Unwanted is a well-paced and very scary movie that is designed to entertain you... and make you question what 'possession' really is.
We're offering some amazing rewards to our donors - we really want you to become part of our movie family!
If you're a fan that loves your living room, or if your passion is on set (in front of or behind the camera) - come be a part of something special!
So please take the time to check out our rewards. We worked very hard to diversify our packages just for you:
If you want to watch the film before everyone else - we have awesome digital and dvd packages!
If you want a piece of the film - we have posters, autographs and props!
If you want an experience - such as working with a special effects professional - we have that!
Love t-shirts? We got you covered!
We've been in film and television for years. We are good friends and will work our asses off to bring you an old-fashioned scary movie. Here are our professional bios:
At the end of the day, we are real people, with real passion and real vision that have the support system, friends and favors to make a movie for you that we are all a part of. Each one of us is needed to make this film. Especially YOU!
This is a special project that is so clear and so ready... we just need your help! Lets make a movie together!
And for the record, you'll see that most of our kickstarter rewards are a PART of the film, are standard P&A material or production materials or are pre-existing items. We need your help for the production of the film, not the rewards we're giving out! The more money that goes on the screen, the better our film!
Any additional funds raised beyond our goal ARE NEEDED and will go towards our visual and practical effects budget and more!
If choosing to support independent cinema through the selection of a DnR shirt, shirts are limited to M-XL in womens and S-XL in mens. Quantities and sizes vary per design. We will do our best to get you your choice, but alternates may be requested! All shirts have that soft, vintage feel, are 100% cotton, come in the color black and are proudly made and printed in the USA. Front facing style designs include:
And to be clear:
- If you choose a reward that needs you on set or at a specific location, its up to you to be able to be there when we can have you. We are not responsible for scheduling issues. You must pay for your own travel, food and hotel.
- When applicable, we will do our best to spell your name correctly and include it where agreed to, but sometimes VERY RARELY (and not expected here - we won't let it) mistakes occur.
- Final cut of the film may affect some prizes, but we will do our best to make sure that is not the case. Its ALL OF OUR movie after all.
- International reward winners may want to ask us about any additional shipping costs - especially for props.
- We're REAL people, not typical Hollywood 'powerhouses'. We'll do whatever we can, within reason, to make this fun for all! We want to make a movie with friends for us and for you!
- Signed paperwork will be required for all people appearing in the film and for some credits. Children under the age of 18 will require a parent or guardian with them - this includes screenings and afterparty.
Risks and challenges
Making a film is always a challenge. You have to deal with schedules, unions, permits and more. But at the end of the day, if a lot of people owe you favors and you know how to maneuver the system, you can do a lot for very little. Well, a LOT of people owe us favors and all we do is maneuver the system - you have to when you make low budget films. We surround ourselves with passionate and competent people that give us a support system like no other. We all care... and we're all capable. We all try to make movies and tv for a living.
At this budget range, practical effects are tough - but we have an AMAZING shop at our disposal thanks to one of our producers. Visual Effects are also tough, but we have a few aces up our sleeve here too!
Distribution, well that's always the question. Who is going to want to put out your movie? We have good relationships with A LOT of distributors - GOOD DISTRIBUTORS - that will get this film where it needs to be. And we'll make sure that our Kickstarter family is contracted to receive everything they're owed. And if this becomes a problem, we''ll release it ourselves and give it back to the fans that helped create it!
Our timeline is to start immediately upon funding. There may be minor scheduling issues here and there - and if a distributor wants to do a wider release of the movie that could delay it some. But honestly, we don't expect many issues. Thats not to say something could happen that could make things harder (struck by lightning?) - but we'll be honest with you if they do and we'll remedy it as fast as possible. This is our lives, but its yours too. We'll do everything we can to deliver what we promise in the reasonable timeline we laid out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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