AUGUST 27, 2011: GENRE: HORROR (SLASHER) - LOCATION: SEATTLE
The uploaded video above is a teaser teaser. To view our work and get a better feel for what we want to accomplish with DEAD BY SUNDAY, please view the videos below. These are our CUT THE ROT teaser trailer and promo reel we filmed in April 2011 for another horror project we have scheduled for production once funding is obtained for it (that's another story...)
WHO WE ARE
Jungle Roar - Night Horizon Films: Independent low-budget Seattle horror movie production studio specializing in multi-dimensional character driven horror films.
WHAT WE HAVE
We have an outstanding ensemble of talented Seattle actors who will be performing in the movie. This low-budget slasher flick will be filled with plenty of old school special effects and is guaranteed to be a fun ride. Produced by RJ Wattenhofer and Jason Frost, this will be our calling card movie.
Everything is in place: Script, location, actors, production crew - we are excited to get started on this film project.
For more info, please visit Jungle Roar - Night Horizon Films.
WHAT WE NEED
We need $8,000.00 to pay all the Cast & Crew. As the Writer, Director Producer, my payment is deferred. This is a guerilla production and much of what we do during production can be accomplished on a bare minimum budget. My main focus is making sure my people get paid for all their hard work and dedication to the project. We have two very experienced SFX experts who are extremely resourceful and can squeeze a buck, so the more money we receive the more we can add to the production value and subsequent success of our project.
WHAT YOU GET
A NOTE ABOUT SWAG: Our KickStarter Campaign wraps up at midnight on September 26, 2011. All swag will be shipped no later than December 18, 2011 and is guaranteed to arrive at your destination in time for Christmas. I (RJ Wattenhofer) am personally taking charge of all swag to make sure it is created and shipped as promised. In my younger years I owned a screenprinting shop in Seattle and maintain my connections.
The DEAD BY SUNDAY T-shirts will be 6.1 ounce cotton - the thickest, most durable shirt on the market and will wear well for years. The printing on the front will be double-printed so that it will last wash after wash. The DEAD BY SUNDAY hoodies are black 10 ounce pull overs with white double-printing on the front. My father is a professional artist and will be in charge of quality control on the movie poster (sheet) printing and framing. For more information on him, please visit RaymondWattenhofer.com and OmniPainter.com.
Mark and Heidi Matreas are your typical California newlyweds on their honeymoon: He's a heavily medicated, disgraced ex-plastic surgeon with one too many botched experimental procedures on his record. She's an upwardly mobile black widow plotting her latest husband's accidental death to collect his trust fund. On his psychiatrist's recommendation, they forego a world cruise and instead opt to honeymoon on Orcas Island - a nice quiet, isolated retreat is exactly what Mark's fried nerves require.
After a short ferry ride over from Seattle, the couple drive the rental car to their romantic getaway spot: A charming bed & breakfast that, from all appearances, is the ideal location to recharge his batteries and regain his marbles. They meet the owner, Delta Finn, in the lobby. She greets them with your typical innkeeper's hospitality and appears to be a genuinely nice person - the scabbed over razor cuts up and down her arms do pique the couple's curiousity, however. They also run into Claude and Brandi Buotros, another couple vacationing at the Bed & Breakfast.
Hostility radiates from the pair, who look like they just stepped out of the Appalachian Mountains and are now familiarizing themselves with modern amenities like shoes and toothpaste. The fact that they also keep some kind of wild animal in a large plastic tote convinces the honeymooning couple to give them a wide berth.
Things go fine the first hour. Tension begins to build when Mark goes to the car to retrieve something and notices the dent in the passenger door, courtesy of the Buotros' rusted-out shitmobile. Confrontation is not Mark's strong suit so he lets it pass. Walking back to the B & B he makes the mistake of stepping on the freshly cut front yard.
Earl Gartner, the creepy groundskeeper, charges up to him, gets in his face and chews his ass. Mark is frozen, eyeing the axe in the groundskeeper's hand and his toolbelt laced with sharp gardening instruments. Delta calls him off, apologizing for Earl's behavior - turns out the groundskeeper is just a bit over-protective of the property and obsessed with lawn maintenance.
Before Mark can catch his breath, he encounters Teri Zepata, a sexy drifter who has wandered onto the property and staked her claim. She makes it clear, in no uncertain terms, that she wants to be left alone in her tent and no one is to bother her while she sharpens her knife, practices knife throwing and basically does crazy shit with her knife.
The first night is horrendous. Mark and Heidi find it impossible to sleep with the Buotros' making noise in the room above their heads: Unending pacing back and forth, screaming, and then two hours of the headboard smacking the wall. Heidi finally pulls Mark's balls from her purse and tells him to go say something. Terrified, Mark knocks on their door and is swiftly schooled on who's running the show. He retreats with his tail between his legs, much to Heidi's ever-growing disgust. The honeymooners decide to leave the B & B the next morning and find a more sedate location to spend "quality" time together.
They get the bad news the next morning. A massive fire engulfed the ferry port the night before, killing a dozen people. All ferry service has been cancelled until further notice. After a few phone calls, a depressed Mark discovers that every B & B and resort on the island is fully booked. They're stuck.
That night a blood-curdling scream awakens the B & B residents. They run out to the front porch and are horrified to find the decapitated corpse of a young woman seated on the porch swing. An unknown killer is in their midst and has just begun his bloody massacre. With nowhere to run, the residents are forced to confront their most primal fears and Mark must make a choice: Secumb to his neurosis and die or fight for his life against a faceless maniac.
Thanks in advance for your contributions and support of our production. It is all very much appreciated by myself and the Cast & Crew. Cheers!
- RJ Wattenhofer