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Having produced and released microbudget genre features for
the past two decades, Alternative Cinema/Camp Motion Pictures has announced a
series of indie productions to be lensed over the next two years, with details
of the first four movies.
First up in the quartet of projects is the ’80s-slasher
homage BABYSITTER MASSACRE, to be written and directed by FACES OF SCHLOCK’s
Henrique Couto. Next will be a pair from Low Budget Pictures’ busy Chris
Seaver: the musical PHANTOM OF THE GRINDHOUSE and the comedic PARANORMAL
INVESTIGATION AGENCY (P.I.A.). Scheduled to roll next summer is KILL, GRANNY,
KILL! the latest gorefest by STASH and RED RIVER’s Jacob Ennis and co-writer
Gregory W. Brock.
“The production series is the newest endeavor in an ongoing
campaign to support new and established filmmakers whose output embodies the
spirit of ‘80s SOV [shot-on-video] DIY horror films,” says Alternative
president/executive producer Michael Raso. “This is my second opportunity to
act as executive producer on a Jacob Ennis feature, and KILL, GRANNY, KILL!
will be every bit as visceral and blood-drenched—if not more so—than his
hillbilly horror epic RED RIVER. In regard to BABYSITTER MASSACRE, Henrique
Couto produced his horror anthology FACES OF SCHLOCK while working for my
company, and I’ve maintained an interest in his various pursuits since that
time. In the case of PHANTOM OF THE GRINDHOUSE and P.I.A., Chris Seaver’s
Warlock Video imprint and prolific output have been on my radar for years. Our
shared love of ’80s DIY movies and the video format—my Camp label released THE
BASEMENT 5-Film VHS/DVD Collection last year—meant it was only a matter of time
before we would collaborate on a project or series of projects.”
“It’s been a while since we wrapped RED RIVER,” Ennis says,
“and in between my other projects, I just couldn’t shake the idea of shooting
another horror film. The hours are long, the pay is minimal and the work is
hard, but at the end of the day there is truly nothing like the experience.
What’s been so crazy about this madness is that I have been throwing subtle
hints Mike’s way for a while. One day he was like, ‘What else you got?’ and basically that is where it started.
I can’t say enough good things about Mike and Paige Davis [Alternative’s
director of business development] and the whole gang over at Alternative
Cinema. They trust us and what we are able to pull off. Having that creative
freedom is very refreshing.
“It’s also very exciting to partner up with my AD and
writing partner Gregory W. Brock once again for this project. I’m just
all-around ready to get back to splattering some blood. This [new film] is
gonna throw some people for a loop. It’s not quite the same type of backwoods
film we have produced in the past. While it still has the Southern feel, there
is something darker and more demented about this project. Let’s shoot this
Raso and Davis are seeking more projects for their slate,
the former adds. “The four-six additional features planned for 2013-2014 are
not yet set in stone,” he says. “I’d like to encourage any enthusiastic
microbudget filmmaker who would like to be considered for the series to submit
a treatment and budget proposal to Paige by the end of March 2013.” Interested
parties can do so by e-mailing Davis at
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