Slash is largely known to the world as the lead guitarist of legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses, but it turns out he’s also a big horror fan. So much so that the musician is now in the business of making horror movies via his newly-launched production company BerserkerGang. This, according to Variety, who explains that no specific titles have been announced at this time, but the company is expected to provide some information on that front at Cannes in May.
Slash is not going at it alone, though, as he has partnered with Raven Banner’s Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew T. Hunt, as well as filmmaker Rodrigo Gudino and producer Pasha Patriki of Hangar 18 Media. As for how this production banner came about? Slash, Raven Banner and Gudino recently collaborated on an upcoming horror film called The Breach, in which Slash served as both composer and executive producer. They had a good enough time to make a whole company so they could do it again in the future. Slash had this to say about it:
“I’ve always been a huge horror fan, especially going back to the days when horror movies actually scared the hell out of you. I want to get into the heart of the producing business so I can try and make movies that I’d like to see.”
The Breach played at the Fantasia Film Festival and FrightFest last year, with a release happening later this year, though details are a bit slim on that front. That will, technically, serve as the first venture from this group, even though it isn’t necessarily a BerserkerGang production, so to speak. Hunt also explained a bit about the company’s mission statement, saying the following:
“The aim of BerserkerGang will be quality over quantity. We will be selectively choosing projects that we collectively feel best represent the brand.”
Slash has had bit parts in projects over the years, such as Charlie Sheen’s show Anger Management, but he’s largely stayed out of Hollywood during his decades of fame as one of the most widely-recognized musicians in the world. That being the case, one assumes his taking on a venture like this now indicates a genuine desire to bring new horror to the world.
“Our goal is to develop projects with filmmakers and writers who are just as passionate about genre films as we are,” said Paszt. To add a bit more context, Gudino added that “the company slogan is ‘Films Forged in Fury,’ if that’s any indication of where we plan on venturing.” We will be watching with great interest as their slate unfolds in the coming months. Stay tuned.