Zombie Slumber Party, a full-length independent horror film to be shot locally in Moama and Rochester, has launched an online Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds for production.
The film follows a group of high school girls who plan one last summer party in an abandoned farmhouse, only to learn that they’ve accidentally resurrected the victims of a crazy cult killer, and must then find a way to send the Zombies back to hell or be responsible for starting a Zombie Apocalypse.
Zombie Slumber Party is written by Rochester locals Steven Boltz and Bianca Stapleton and will be directed by Steven.
The Kickstarter campaign, which launched on 17 October 2016, aims to raise at least AU$13,000.
“Thirteen thousand dollars will allow us to start filming and perhaps attract some further investment,” said Mr Boltz, “And if we’re fortunate enough to pass our AU$13,000 goal we have some great further rewards for people who pledge”.
“We’d really encourage anybody with an interest in film or storytelling to check out the Kickstarter page and consider pledging to support a fantastic local production. Without platforms like Kickstarter, independent productions like ours wouldn’t stand a chance of being made and that would be a huge shame”.
To help promote the film and the Kickstarter campaign, a trailer for the film has been shot and is available to view exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign page.
The film is scheduled to be shot in January 2017, and Mr. Boltz said the production has assembled a cast that is a great mix of emerging and established actors.
The five high school girls will be played by emerging Melbourne actresses Sophie Thurling, Yasmine Pranic, Rebekah Tucker, Gaby Seow, and Megan Henderson.
The cast also features established Melbourne-based actors Dylan Lloyd, Tom Liddy and Ermanno G; Melbourne comedian Matt Young; and Kyabram local, Connor Deakin.
The film’s special effects will be provided by Sharp FX, one of Australia’s leading Special Makeup Effects studios, headed by Russell Sharp, an accomplished professional with over 20 years experience in the film industry.
In addition, The Bitchfits, the Los Angeles-based all-female Misfits tribute band, have signed on to write and record the film’s title song.
Mr. Boltz describes Zombie Slumber Party is an homage to horror films from the 1980s, but with a very modern feel.
“Zombie Slumber Party is really a culmination of childhoods spent watching that we probably shouldn’t have been watching in the first place. It’s a love letter to the movies we grew up with, and the men and women who made them. We also hope to scare some people silly along the way,” said Mr Boltz.
Supporters can pledge to the project by visiting https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1458688221/zombie-slumber-party
The campaign will run until 17 November 2016, and Mr Boltz says there are some fantastic rewards that backers of the project will receive.
“Depending on their pledge amount, backers can receive DVDs and Blu Rays of the film, special movie art poster prints, exclusive links to behind the scenes footage and interviews, visits to the set and even props from the film,” said Mr Boltz.
For more information about Zombie Slumber Party visit www.zombieslumberparty.com.
Supporters can follow the film’s progress on Facebook (www.facebook.com/zombieslumberpartymovie/), Instagram (@zombieslumberparty), and Twitter (@Omigod_Zombies).