SLOW CREEP, the thesis film of UT Austin MFA candidate Jim Hickcox began production last weekend. The set looks much like any relatively high-budget student film or shoestring indie feature, but if you were to visit and look closely, you’d see that instead of putting media cards into their camera, they’re feeding in real 35mm film stock: thousands of feet of it. Shooting on film is more costly than digital, but the Slow Creep team says it’s important to them both for the aesthetics of the film, and the future of the media. In the same vein, all of the film’s effects – monster slime, finger bites, a heart removal – will be done practically.
The film itself is a charming, if grisly, story about a fifteen-year-old girl who, being a horror fan, has just found a very rare VHS tape and is excited to watch it with her brother. He, however, plans to take advantage of a night without parents by inviting his boyfriend over. Neither of them gets what they’re hoping for, though, when the tape turns out to be haunted by the titular Slow Creep: a disgusting, slimy, disintegrating, shuffling monster.
Slow Creep has received a Kodak film stock grant from the Austin Film Society, but that still leaves its creators with the costs of processing and scanning that film for editing, as well as the rest of production. The brunt of those costs will be borne by student loans and optimism, but the filmmakers have turned to Kickstarter to enlist the help of any fans of horror films or supporters of the fight to keep actual celluloid alive. Their campaign can be found at bit.ly/slowcreep