I hope by now you know that I only support crowd-funding projects that I really believe in. I get many, many emails asking me to post about various crowd-funding projects but all of them don’t make it up on my site. But I received an email earlier today and after looking at it this one looks pretty badass. THE BORDER is written and directed by Spencer Gray and stars Noel Gugliemi, Bill Oberst Jr., Melantha Blackthorne, Lynn Lowry, Dave Vescio, and Eileen Dietz. Check out the press release below, which contains the plot crunch, and also their Indiegogo campaign:
Official Press Release:
MUFX artist and festival promoter turned Writer/Director Spencer Gray’s new horror film The Border will be independently financed with a few private investors and a unique crowd funding campaign that is now live via IndieGoGo.
Why is The Border’s crowd funding campaign set apart from the others?
Writer/Director Gray had this to say:
“The horror genre is almost dead and the big studios are the collective villain. Today’s genre films are missing so much heart and originality it’s almost made me stop watching horror entirely unless it’s from a foreign market or truly indie. As Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of Suspense, so eloquently put it, ‘There is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation of it.’ That’s what is missing. Not to mention people enjoy being scared. The goosebumps. The hairs on the back of your neck standing on end. The heart racing with anticipation. The gore. Those are just a few things missing in today’s horror films and why fans will always embrace the classics.”
The plot of The Border is as follows: “When the granddaughter of a U.S. Senator goes missing near the border of Mexico, former Black Ops agent Jack Barrabas is forced out of retirement to find her. Every path he takes, secret he uncovers and body he drops leads to a secret, mysterious door in a small border town. What he finds behind this door will forever change the world, and who he thinks he is, for the worse. You will never recover from what lies beyond THE BORDER.”
Associate Producer Rob Bedard commented: “I like seeing people wondering what is really going on in a world this big. The secrets which are buried beneath the complete lies of every day people. This film got my attention because it’ll make people dig deep into the truth and hopefully change the way they think and what they believe.”
The Border is a character-driven story that is structured to bring back the Fright Factor and throw out all the typical genre trappings. Producer and indie filmmaker Jeremy Mitchell added: “Audiences will be in for a treat as the story is original, and not a rehash of tired, dead storylines that is all too common in today’s market. Not to mention, people’s basic fascination with the unknown will be dying to know what is behind that door! You’ll never figure it out and we want to keep it that way. Only myself and the director know at this point, even cast and crew are in the dark and that’s fun!”
Why Indie Go Go?
Gray had this conclusion: “So we could tell the story we want to tell without interference from The Suits. I don’t want somebody telling me I can’t do this or that or make me cut it to pieces because it’s not commercial. I also refuse to dumb anything down because horror fans are not dumb. It doesn’t matter if it’s Rob Zombie or Wes Anderson, people love the idiosyncratic. All they (The Suits) want to do is make movies, not good movies.”
The Border already has an amazing cast and talent pool dedicated to discovering what’s behind that door:
Starring martial arts master Richard Ryan (Dead Men, Honorless), Katrina Matusek (Xtraction, Cathedral Canyon), Bill Oberst Jr. (Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies, Resolution, Scary or Die Eileen Dietz (The Excorcist, Helter Skelter), Noel Guglielmi (Training Day, The Dark Knight Rises), Melantha Blackthorne (Fable: Teeth of Beasts, Sinners and Saints), Amanda Marie (The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Dracula’s War), Troy Johnson (Vertical), hip hop sensation Wyzae and many other icons from the horror and action genres. It will also be the genre debut of alternative model Sebrina Bedard.
Looks pretty damn good, don’t ya think?