It wasn’t too long ago that I enthused about Richard Griffin’s announcement that the next movie in his catalog would be an expansion on his last 48-hour film project, 2009: Mutants of the Apocalypse. As I sat at dinner with the Scorpio Film releasing list of usual suspects, I learned that Richard liberally shifting up his schedule was pretty much de rigeur and the latest news that Mutants is, in fact, not the next project came as no surprise. What strikes me as funny is that not two weeks ago was I seated next to Scorpio screenwriter, Guy Benoit, who made no mention of the replacement project, Exhumed while he ate his Pad Thai. In fact, at that point, I’m fairly certain that everyone thought they’d be spoofing post-nuke movies with aplomb, unless they kept their mouths shut at the table in order to prevent a press leak.
But I doubt it.
So this means that in the last couple of weeks, Richard impulsively changed his mind and decided that what the world needed now more than ever was a tribute to dreary British riffs on gothic horror and if you ask me, I kind of agree. Here’s why:
Have you ever noticed that, unlike other genres, Hollywood seems to think that fans of horror will be satisfied with a litany of sequels and remakes, without an ounce of new or original content? Perhaps that is because we in the Independent community have been lax about bringing new material to the genre as well. How many zombies and vampire movies can be made before that well runs dry? Well, Exhumed is something different, a film about the most malicious and evil creature of all. Human beings.
He’s right about the endless recycling of ideas and we as horror fans are just consumers, consuming what’s produced for us. Through no fault of our own, we support a system that holds us in contempt, happy to feed us crap because Hollywood doesn’t think we deserve much more than that. It’s up to the indies to provide us with an alternative, but they don’t. Do you have any idea how many solicitations I get for an “…of the Dead” type movie a day? No. You don’t. And you could never even begin to venture a guess because the answer would shock you. So here comes Richard Griffin again to inject a little originality into the scene.
From their Kickstarter page:
Exhumed deals with a twisted family that is seemingly unable to leave their own home. Their gnarled existence and mounting animosity finally gives way to violence and visceral panic. Exhumed’s closest living relatives would perhaps be The House Of The Devil, Ils, and The Strangers. The recently deceased would include the weirdo Hammer efforts of the late-60s and early 70s: The Devil Rides Out, Vampire Circus, etc. Exhumed shares with these movies a claustrophobic fear of what lies inside both the home and the head. Sick stuff. Exhumed is produced by Ted Marr. Richard Griffin directs a script written by Guy Benoit. It stars Sarah Nicklin, Debbie Rochon, Michael Thurber, Michael Reed, Rich Trethaway and Ruth Sullivan.
Griffin and his cronies are raising funds to shoot this picture now. Atomic Brain Invasion is making the festival rounds and it’s starting to look like The Disco Exorcist will follow close behind, hopefully with some killer festival announcements. In the meantime, you can help make this picture happen by kicking Scorpio film releasing a few bucks to their Kickstarter fund.
Keep your eyes here, though, because you can bet that I’ll be reporting more as it is announced. That’s kind of what I do around here.