NO-BUDGET NIGHTMARES: SHORT FILM ROUNDUP
(FATAL PICTURES’ FAMILIAR, HEIR)
There’s very little familiar about Richard Powell’s demented body-horror short-film FAMILIAR. While ostensibly digging into the Cronenbergian idea of organic rot or a diseased “other” taking control, the short Canadian film chooses to take a much different approach to the idea of an internal struggle – climaxing in an explicit act of self mutilation that is as cathartic as it is horrific. Never has a mid-life crisis been so overwhelmingly bleak. Powell and FAMILIAR producer Zach Green have recently finished fundraising for HEIR, the final short film from their production company Fatal Pictures. The upcoming short will feature Robert Nolan once again, as well as genre stalwart Bill Oberst Jr., and will (proudly) use practical FX to bring to life what sounds like an incredibly unique monster film. As they transition into production, Green and Powell took some time to chat with Daily Grindhouse about the history of Fatal Pictures, crowdfunding, and the mechanics of body-horror. Read the very insightful interview here
FATAL PICTURES is extremely proud & excited to have reached our goal on Kickstarter, and is able to bring HEIR to life. We thank everyone so much who supported us from the beginning. To our family, critics, bloggers, and of course our colleagues. We couldn’t have done this without you. Thank you!
Staring Bill Oberst Jr and Robert Nolan, Written and Directed by Richard Powell (WORM, FAMILIAR) Produced by Zach Green (WORM, FAMILIAR). Marc Roussel (REMOTE, ELUSIVE MAN and THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS) and Richard Powell. Associate Producer Heather Wixson (Journalist Daily Dead, Founder CINEMAYHEM FILM FESTIVAL), Special Effects by The Butcher Shop (FAMILIAR). Editing by John Nicholls (SEX AFTER KIDS, THE SWEETEST HIPPOPOTAMUS). Music by Bernie Greenspoon (CONSUMPTION, WORM, FAMILIAR)
Synopsis: After connecting with a stranger of similar interests online, Gordon and his young son Paul, embark on an ill-fated road trip in which Gordon aims to indulge a secret passion. Before the day ends a horrible truth will be uncovered and a harsh lesson will be learned. HEIR is a monster movie unlike any other, it is a bleak and fantastical examination of one of societies darkest taboos that aims to stimulate the mind and wrench the gut with equal power.
Listen tonight Thursday, February 12th @ 11:00pm EST. as Fatal Pictures writer/directer Richard Powell & producer Zach Green discuss the success of their last film entitled Familiar, and their latest film entitled Heir, which is currently on Kickstarter! Listen live tonight here.
Listen to what the hardest working man in horror “Bill Obesrt Jr.” has to say about HEIR.
CrowdFUNding: Fatal Pictures’ HEIR
“I have deep admiration for Fatal Pictures. Powell and Green are two of the most powerful voices in independent horror at the moment. I’ve seen, reviewed, and loved Worm and Familiar and the shorts stand the test of time as well. The eerie vibes remain in tact and the shorts still manage to send shivers up my spine. With Richard Powell in the director’s chair once again and Zach Green holding the fort down as a producer, along with gifted performer Robert Nolan returning and the addition of Bill Oberst Jr. to the film’s cast, I’m very excited to see how HEIR plays out. This is going to be great!” Read full article here.
Short Sharp Shocks: Familiar – Review
Familiar is precisely the kind of showcase that makes a horror fan such as me sit up and take notice. Director/writer Richard Powell understands horror. He grasps that if you want to unsettle an audience your movie has to deliver something more than just visceral impact. He’s a real talent who with this disquieting mini-masterpiece brings to life a vicious slice of body horror where the more dramatic moments are hardly less disturbing than the more standard, but no less remarkable, genre elements. When he eventually gets the opportunity to unleash a feature I fully expect it to be something special. Let’s hope this happens soon. The horror genre, more than ever, needs people with this kind of vision. Read review here.
Read this very insightful interview with Zach Green, producer of the upcoming short film “HEIR” from Fatal Pictures.
“It’s been a while, but we are putting on our horror cowl once more and talking to Zach Green, producer of some really disturbing shorts, FAMILIAR and WORM, and now is completing his trilogy with the Richard Powell-directed psychological horror, HEIR.” Read the interview here.
Kickstart “HEIR”, why don’t ‘cha?!
Looking to help fund a worthwhile project. After seeing Fatal Pictures’ FAMILIAR a while back (reviewed here) I know the company’s made up of damn fine writers/directors/creative types. They’re working on another project called HEIR and asking anyone with a few extra bits to help fund it. Check it out here!
“HEIR” Kickstarter campaign here.