First Look: Gothic Anthology “THE MORTUARY COLLECTION” CrowdfundsMovies/TV,News Samuel Zimmerman
Filmmaker Ryan Spindell, who displayed an EC-like tone and devious chops in short film THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM, is appropriately continuing down a mischievous path with horror anthology THE MORTUARY COLLECTION. Teaming with legendary NY indie horror outfit Glass Eye Pix (headed by Larry Fessenden), the four-story portmanteau is aimed as a Gothic, darkly humorous and twisted entry in the beloved subgenre. And like many current indie productions, it’s looking for a bit of help.
Taking to Kickstarter, Spindell pleads to our fun-loving sensibilities, recalling films that aimed to be a truly scary good time, without skimping on either the terror or the fun. There, he lays out THE MORTUARY COLLECTION (and his producer in an elaborate, winning pitch video), where “In the phantasmagorical town of Willowbrook, nothing is as it seems… On the run from the police, a misguided young girl takes refuge in a decrepit old mortuary. There she meets Montgomery Dark, an eccentric undertaker with more than a few skeletons in his closet. Montgomery chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last, but the young girl’s world is unhinged when she discovers that the final story… is her own.”
The plan is to raise $50,000 for the BODY BAGS-esque film’s first segment, “The Babysitter” and proceed from there. Post-“The Babysitter,” the segments range from ghostly (calls from beyond the grave in “Ring Ring”) to psychological (a man is trapped in an elevator with his wife’s corpse in “Till Death”) to one of male pregnancy (“Unprotected”).
If you’re interested, perks in the film start with requisite digital copies and move to producer credits, script input, custom art and more. You can find the THE MORTUARY COLLECTION’s pitch video, below and its campaign and concept art here. For more on THE MORTUARY COLLECTION, see what Spindell had to tell Fango here.