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‘CHOPPER’ Creator Launches Kickstarter for Horror Film



There’s a whiff of petrol and an eerie chill in the air, a ghostly presence growing stronger every day in a dark, sprawling junkyard in Los Angeles. This presence will come alive this summer, in the form of the horror short film CHOPPER, a project aiming to make its way to horror film festivals globally. But first, it needs your support. Visit the Chopper Kickstarter here!

From the Chopper Kickstarter

Blending elements of “Sons of Anarchy” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” CHOPPER is not just another horror film. It’s the brainchild of award-winning screenwriter and producer Martin Shapiro and is based on his comic book series published by Asylum Press. The film will serve as a proof of concept to pitch to major players like Netflix, aiming to get a feature film financed.

The Haunting Tale of CHOPPER

From the Chopper Kickstarter

In this modern-day reimagining of the Headless Horseman from Sleepy Hollow, a young bartender and her biker friends start experiencing terrifying supernatural occurrences after experimenting with a strange new drug at a Daytona Bike Week party. Soon, they find themselves stalked by the Reaper – a headless, menacing ghost on a motorcycle collecting the souls of sinners in the afterlife.

CHOPPER is for horror aficionados, lovers of thrilling comic books, and anyone intrigued by the supernatural. If you’ve enjoyed movies like “Sleepy Hollow“, “Candyman“, or TV shows like “Sons of Anarchy“, or “Stranger Things“, then CHOPPER will be right up your dark alley.

The Journey from Comic Book to Film

From the Chopper Kickstarter

Martin Shapiro embarked on the CHOPPER journey years ago, first writing it as a feature spec script for Hollywood. Later, on the advice of his agent, it took the form of a comic book series, which became successful enough to attract the attention of film producers. Today, CHOPPER is a step away from becoming a film. And this is where you come in.

Why CHOPPER Needs You

From the Chopper Kickstarter

Producing a film is expensive, even more so when it involves night exterior scenes with motorcycle stunts and fight sequences. The team is personally investing in the project, with Martin Shapiro putting forth $45,000, and Baked Studios covering the VFX shots. However, to realize the full potential of CHOPPER, they need your support.

The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise the remaining 20% of the budget. This would enable the team to hire more crew members, rent better camera equipment, and add an extra day of production for more shot coverage.

The Power Team Behind CHOPPER

Eliana Jones

Eliana Jones and Dave Reaves have been cast for the lead roles. Eliana is known for her performances in “Night Hunter” and “Hemlock Grove” among others, while Dave has a repertoire that includes “SEAL Team” and “Hawaii Five-0“.

Dave Reaves

On the crew side, Martin Shapiro is directing, Ean Mering is producing, and the cinematography will be handled by award-winning cinematographer Jimmy Jung Lu who shot the Netflix horror film “What Lies Below“, “Bedeviled” and “They Live in the Grey“. Baked Studios will lend their VFX expertise to the project, and Frank Forte is the storyboard artist.

How You Can Help and What You Get in Return

By supporting CHOPPER through Kickstarter, you can be a part of this exciting project. The team is offering a range of rewards for backers, including exclusive behind-the-scenes videos, limited-edition collectibles, a VIP pass to the film screening, and the chance for YOU to be a character in the next comic book.

From the Chopper Kickstarter

The Road Ahead

With your help, the team hopes to start production on the short film by August 28, 2023, and complete editing by October 1, 2023. The Kickstarter campaign will run until June 29, 2023.

While the production of any movie is riddled with challenges and risks, the team at Thunderstruck Pictures is experienced and prepared. They promise to keep all backers updated on the progress of the film and are committed to meeting backer’s expectations.

So, if you’re ready for a hair-raising ride, hit that pledge button, and join us on this spine-chilling journey to bring CHOPPER to life!

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Netflix Doc ‘Devil on Trial’ Explores The Paranormal Claims of ‘Conjuring 3’ [Trailer]



What is it about Lorraine Warren and her constant row with the devil? We may find out in the new Netflix documentary called The Devil on Trial which will premiere on October 17, or at least we will see why she chose to take on this case.

The Devil On Trial Official Trailer

Back in 2021, everyone was holed up in their homes, and anyone with an HBO Max subscription could stream “Conjuring 3” day and date. It got mixed reviews, maybe because this wasn’t an ordinary haunted house tale that the Conjuring universe is known for. It was more of a crime procedural than a paranormal investigative one.

As with all of the Warren-based Conjuring movies, The Devil Made Me Do It was based on “a true story,” and Netflix is taking that claim to task with The Devil on Trial. The Netflix e-zine Tudum explains the backstory:

“Often referred to as the ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ case, the trial of 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson quickly became the subject of lore and fascination after it made national news in 1981. Johnson claimed that he murdered his 40-year-old landlord, Alan Bono, while under the influence of demonic forces. The brutal killing in Connecticut drew the attention of self-professed demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, known for their probe into the infamous haunting in Amityville, Long Island, several years prior. The Devil on Trial recounts the troubling events leading up to Bono’s murder, the trial, and the aftermath, using firsthand accounts of the people closest to the case, including Johnson.”

Then there’s the logline: The Devil on Trial explores the first — and only — time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a US murder trial. Including firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and shocking murder, this extraordinary story forces reflection on our fear of the unknown.

If anything, this companion to the original film might shed some light on just how accurate these “true story” Conjuring films are and how much is just a writer’s imagination.

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Full Trailer For Eli Roth’s ’80s Slasher Homage ‘Thanksgiving’ is Here!



Eli Roth is making his return to the cinema with another seasonal horror tale, this time it takes place during a time when we all should be thankful. And we are. Obviously, it’s called Thanksgiving and the full trailer just dropped today and it looks like a good ole’ ’80s slashery time!

Taking elements from Friday the 13th, My Bloody Valentine, and Silent Night, Roth has created a retro but modern callback to the horror movies of the ’80s. The film is not yet rated, but based on the trailer, I would predict it’s a hard R (Yay!).

Roth’s original idea was a satire trailer that played in front of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse (2007) which mocked the genre and its penchant for taking holidays and turning them into slasher movies.

This film releases in theaters only on November 17.

The Plot:

After a Black Friday riot ends in tragedy, a mysterious Thanksgiving-inspired killer terrorizes Plymouth, Massachusetts – the birthplace of the holiday. Picking off residents one by one, what begins as random revenge killings are soon revealed to be part of a larger, sinister holiday plan. Will the town uncover the killer and survive the holidays…or become guests at his twisted holiday dinner table?

The Cast:

Patrick Dempsey

Addison Rae

Milo Manheim

Jalen Thomas Brooks

Nell Verlaque

Rick Hoffman

and Gina Gershon

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[First Photos] ‘The Strangers’ Reboot is Already Made; It Consists of Three Movies



Director Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea, Exorcist: The Beginning, Cliffhanger) has been a busy man. He is rebooting The Strangers franchise with a trilogy that he has already completed according to Entertainment Weekly.

Harlin says he shot all of the films in Slovakia at the same time, and production was, “the challenge of a lifetime, but I also really embraced it. On a Monday morning, I could be shooting the second chapter, and Monday afternoon I could be shooting the first chapter, and Tuesday morning I could be shooting the third chapter. it was incredibly demanding for the actors, for the continuity in terms of the make-up and wardrobe, and for my director of photography, because we wanted to create a visual language that develops so that the movies get bigger, more epic, as we go [on]. It just kept all of our juices pumping all the time.”

‘The Strangers Trilogy’| CREDIT: JOHN ARMOUR/LIONSGATE via

He remembers the Bryan Bertino-directed 2008 original Strangers which he says impressed him so much that he never forgot it.

“I remember the experience of seeing it,” says Harlin, “I didn’t really know anything about it when I saw it and I just loved it. I thought it was fantastic and it’s stuck in my mind as one of my favorite horror films.”

He adds: “When this opportunity came to me, the idea of not doing a remake or a reboot but doing a trilogy based on the original film, I thought it was an incredible opportunity.”

Froy Gutierrez and Madelaine Petsch in ‘The Strangers Trilogy’ | CREDIT: JOHN ARMOUR/LIONSGATE via

As for what Harlin’s version is about he says the first movie The Strangers: Chapter 1 pretty much follows the set-up of the original: a couple is terrorized by sociopathic home invaders, and Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 will “explore what happens to the victims of this kind of violence and who the perpetrators are of this kind of violence. Where are they coming from and why?”

The targets in Chapter 1 are played by Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez (Teen WolfCruel Summer).

The Strangers Trilogy is set for release in theaters next year. Harlin and producer Courtney Solomon will be participating in a panel about the three films at New York Comic Con on Oct. 12.

‘The Strangers Trilogy | CREDIT: JOHN ARMOUR/LIONSGATE vis

Original 2008 Trailer:

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