About this project
“No one reveals everything. But when our darkest secrets are revealed, accepted by others, or even encouraged...then what are we capable of?”
Sarah Mitchell, a loyal and loving young wife, has just become a widow. Her husband's suicide is shrouded in mystery, and Sarah is forced to grieve her husband without understanding the truth about his death.
A year later Sarah's friends, Kim and Michelle, plan a weekend at a remote cabin for some laughs to help her recover. Unbeknownst to Sarah, Kim and Michelle's husbands, Jeff and Joey, have invited Scott Walton. Scott and Sarah have met in the past, but their meeting did not end on good terms. As expected, sparks fly when they come face to face at the cabin.
Sarah is determined to avoid Scott if at all possible. But as strange and horrific things start happening at the cabin, Sarah is forced to face the mystery of her husband's death. Friendships and relationships are tested, and Sarah soon learns that Scott might be one of the few people she can trust.
Death Pact is a suspenseful thriller set in the California Bay Area and Calaveras County mountains.It begins as what appears to be a predictable horror movie, but the resolution is anything but.It examines the theory of "Gestalt" -- the organized whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The characters and story are inspired by true events.
The total value of the project is a little over $100,000. We're extremely close to making that funding goal and our goal of $4,624 is the exact amount needed to secure the last crucial elements for the production.
This project has been in development for over three years, and we know it will be something special. If we hit our target goal, we will begin shooting this July. Your donations will be used enhance the production value, paying for below-the-line costs, specifically:
- Cabin Rental — $2,500
- Set design — $450
- Costumes/makeup — $474
- 2 Police car rentals — $1,200
One of the benefits of using Kickstarter to fundraise is that there is no risk involved. When you pledge any amount of money to our project, it’s exactly that, a pledge. If we reach our total goal, the pledges will be processed, the money sent to us, and we’ll get to work creating a quality film and shipping those rewards!
However, if we are even just a dollar short of our fundraising goal, all of the pledges will disappear, no money or rewards are exchanged, and Death Pact will have to be postponed even further.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about Death Pact. The screenplay, as well as the detailed budget analysis are available upon request. Please visit www.perpetualpictures.com for more information. Thank you!
THE BACK STORY
One of the big news stories in the mid 80’s was about the serial killers, Leonard Lake and Charles Ng from Calaveras County, CA. They captured their victims, took them to their cabin, and tortured and killed them. This story had quite an impact on Deborah Richards, the screenwriter. She grew up going to her family’s cabin every summer, which was near the scene of these horrors. A few months ago she and her husband, Grant Richards, the director of the film, got the chance to interview the sheriff who was in charge of that investigation, and he provided even more insight to this case. The Lake/Ng case was so infamous that it created a possible copycat case: the “Speed Freak Killers,” who went on a rampage in the 90’s. These two murderers, Wesley Shermantine & Loren Herzog, have been in the news lately when more of their victims were discovered.
In Death Pact all the characters and events are fictional, but they were inspired by real people and events.
Grant teaches film production at Gavilan College, and several of the crewmembers are his former students. Some of these people include Alex Thomson (Director of Photography), Ryan Wood (Gaffer), Alex Potter (Assistant Director), Kelly Kloster (Sound), Will Chavez (Key Grip), Hector Sanchez (Grip), and Jacky Denton (Production Assistant). Teresa Widdowson, who also teaches film production at Gavilan College, will be the film’s Script Supervisor and Art Director
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