Indie Spotlight: 13-Year-Old Emily DiPrimio’s Horror Film, CARVER

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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.

carverA 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.

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  • conradthegreat

    wow. those barbie horror effects were pretty good and clever considering the production. the tea party made me laugh out loud! even got Pinhead at the table there too

    • EmDee

      Thanks. It’s nice to see you enjoyed the pitch video. I was so psyched when i saw Collider did an article about the project.

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  • VampireDanceParty

    Barbie horror effects?! You mean slapping 2 Barbies together & humming the Psycho stings? I’m thrilled for this nice, young lady; but, this sounds like a straight up rip-off of I Know What You Did Last Summer. For all the name dropping of iconic horror films, they sound like they’re just reheating some 90′s leftovers. But, hey, cool for her & her dad. I’m sure they’ll have a lot of fun…

    • Nick

      It is the exact plot of I know what you did last summer, except for the pumpkin

  • alk

    it’s a cute idea, and i certainly want to see anyone let alone this girl, achieve her goals…but does anyone else have a strange underlying feeling that she’s “a face” of the project, and her dad or some older person(supposed co-director?) is channeling through her to get support to make their movie? Not anywhere in the pitch did i see how she had contacts and the resources to make the movie, what her personal investment was and the biggest tip off- what qualifies her to make a movie without a demo reel or other projects she worked on? I get she’s 13 years old…I mean if i could have done this when I was 13, i probably would have but she just seems to “want to do it because everyone else is doing it.” Why should I really care, and what really separates this girl with “the resources” from the rest of kids who have dreams for showbiz?

  • ACallCreative

    As was mentioned, the plot sounds extremely generic, so I’m hoping you’ve got something up your sleeve. Best of luck!

    • Strong Enough

      well she she is 13

      • ACallCreative

        Edgar Wright was 18 when he made a name for himself. 13 means very little if you’ve got good ideas and a way to make them happen.

      • Strong Enough

        well thats 18. this is 13. she can’t even drive yet. isn’t even in high school

      • ACallCreative

        I feel like that’s a cop-out though. If the movie’s good then it’s good. If it’s bad people will automatically jump on the “well, she’s 13″ bandwagon.

      • Strong Enough

        well she is 13 lmao. so it probably will be bad. I mean 99 percent of student films in college are bad.

      • ACallCreative

        Hahaha good point. I’m just saying, discrediting her because of her age is unfair. If she makes a good movie that’s great! If she makes a bad movie, I feel her age will be called out. Given the plot synopsis we’ve seen I’m hoping she “has something up her sleeve” like I said, otherwise I’m afraid she’s making an extremely generic slasher film.

      • Strong Enough

        yeah i understand what you’re saying.

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