As a lover of all things horror, I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting projects and voices in the genre. With that in mind, I’d like to share some projects which have piqued my interest and are still trying to get off the ground. Assuming there’s enough new projects in the works I’d like to make this a weekly post so I can do my little part in helping to spread the horror!
This week I’ve found a handful of projects in multiple formats. Some are just starting their crowdfunding campaigns while others are ending soon and need a final push to push them over their goals. Take a look!
The Unkindness of Ravens
This looks really interesting to me. It’s a movie about a soldier who secludes himself in the Scottish Highlands to deal with post-traumatic stress from his days in Afghanistan. It looks like it’s a pretty intense psychological horror with influences from works like Wicker Man, The Shining, and the stories of H.P. Lovecraft. The visuals look impressive and the ideas sound promising. I also love that it draws on actual Celtic mythology for the story. Take a look at the Kickstarter video.
They have some amazing rewards available as well, even for the lower-end backers. If you’re willing to spend some more money though, the rewards are killer. Fantastic looking box sets, actual costumes, customized posters, even help with your own projects for the highest tiers. They’re really going all-out to thank their supporters. Plus, the director, Lawrie Brewster, seems like a genuinely cool guy. He made another movie prior to this, Lord of Tears, that I plan to watch over the next few days. Look for a review on that soon. For now though, check out their Kickstarter and think about helping them out. This is my project pick of the week!
In addition to loving horror, I love adventure games. This is a horror adventure with a really nice, creepy art style that bring to mind things like The Blair Witch Project (which is cited as an influence by the programmer, Ben Lapid). If the gameplay and story can match the visuals then I think this is something I will really like.
The rewards for backers are nice too. You can get a copy of the game for just $7, or the game plus a playable prologue for $15. Spend a little more and they have some nice items featuring the game’s beautifully creepy artwork.
There’s not much time left for this one as I write this, but I think it’s worth a look and maybe a few dollars. Brutal Bombshells is a web-comic featuring six tales of women in scenarios of “murder and misfortune.” It looks pretty campy, kind of like B-movie exploitation. That’s probably what I like about it.
The rewards come cheap with this one since they aren’t really looking to raise a whole lot of money. A few dollars gets you a print version of the comic. You can’t beat that.
Bad Neighborhood is a collection of short stories and poems featuring 29 writers who have created works centered on the theme of “home.” It is inspired by the splatterpunk genre which, to me, brings to mind authors like Jack Ketchum and some of Clive Barker’s work. If you’re unfamiliar with splatterpunk, it was popular in the eighties and features very graphic depictions of violence and gore. “Off Season” by Jack Ketchum is a great example. I’d definitely like to read a modern interpretation of the genre.
You can get a digital copy of the book for just $4, or $25 gets you the print version. Plus, for a little more there are some really amazing artwork rewards for backer. Definitely check it out. This is another campaign that’s ending soon but isn’t too far away from its goal.