In this month’s horror news, we learned that Jack Black would be starring in the Goosebumps adaptation as an author haunted by his creations, and we watched as Insidious: Chapter Two set an all-time record for live-action movie debuts at the September box office, which paved the way to a third installment in the franchise. Today’s Indie Spotlight will continue the horror theme but with a project whose budget is just a fraction of that of the relatively modestly budgeted horror film from Blumhouse Productions. In order to get you into the Halloween spirit, we’re bringing this one to you a little early so you get a chance to scare up some coin if you’d like to help make it a reality. Hit the jump to check out 13-year-old writer and co-director Emily DiPrimio’s horror project, Carver.
A bit of skepticism is understandable when a 13-year-old says they’re going to make a horror film in the vein of classic 80s slasher films, but DiPrimio addresses that right off that bat with humor and humility. She starred in her first horror film (written by her father, Ron DiPrimio), at the age of four and the two have been making films and touring horror festivals ever since. The DiPrimios’ Carver aims to introduce a new masked baddie that will hopefully join the ranks of Jason, Michael Myers and the Scream killers.
Now for the perks. You can get anything from a “Thank You!” for a $1 donation, to a download of the film, posters, t-shirts, your name in the film credits, to actually getting killed on screen (though that last one will cost you some serious coin). Maybe instead of handing out sweets during Trick or Treat this year, try dipping into your candy budget to help a young horror fan bring her dreams to life … before killing them on screen. Check out the DiPrimios’ Kickstarter page for Carver here.
Here’s Emily introducing the indie film, Carver, followed by its synopsis:
Carver is about a group of teenagers who are haunted by a despicable act they committed on Halloween when they were younger. Their actions caused the deaths of three innocent people. Now, on the anniversary of those deaths, an ominous calling card in the form of a carved pumpkin has been placed at each of their homes. Someone is out for revenge. The question is…who?
Carver takes elements from the great slasher films of the past and morphs them into one thrilling story. We know Freddy, Jason, and Michael are the killers in their respective films. While Scream, My Bloody Valentine, and The Prowler keep you guessing as to who the killer may be, in Carver, we introduce a menacing unstoppable killer, but no one will know who is under the mask until the climactic scene.