Got rid of the theater… long story.
Anyway, it’s given me some time to work on my pet projects. Pet being cat projects. A new Zombie Cats from Mars movie called… Zombie Cats from Mars 2. Maybe I’ll attach a catchy subtitle. The First Scratch. IDK.
I was inspired because a film society in Edinburgh Scotland decided to choose Zombie Cats from Mars for their sleepover screenings of B(ad) movies. I guess you could consider ZCFM a bad movie more than a B movie. Why, you ask? Look at the thing.
Is a new ZCFM movie beating a dead cat, you wonder…? Nah. No, it’s not. I’ll explain.
The writing process of ZCFM1 took less than a month. Casting was done without auditions. The SFX guy quit so the director did his own SFX… and he’s not a SFX guy. It was created to prove a point that, after working on several films, dramas, that people would be more excited to see a piece of crap if it had a cheesy title. Zombie Cats from Mars popped into my head as a title, so I ran with it. The goal was to make the quickest, dirtiest, crappiest film I could to see how people reacted to it. And they’ve screened it in San Diego and in Scotland. It’s been bootlegged and subtitled into French, Arabic, and who knows what other languages. It’s gotten tons of terrible reviews – all unsolicited. Maybe I’m an asshole for doing that.
But then I felt guilty about it. I think it’s too bad to be good. I guess I feel guilty because people review it and say, like… everything about this is bad. But not in the way they say that about Manos or Troll 2, although our IMDb score is higher. I think the difference is that, in both those cases, the filmmakers tried to make good films, so there’s a bit more integrity. I feel guilty because I want people to have more fun watching it, and that’s just achieved with better filmmaking.
I cringe when I see Percis’s scenes filmed in an obvious bachelor pad with a sheet hanging up as a backdrop, rife with continuity errors. I puke a little when I see the nautical theme in Billy’s room. Ok, that’s just how the location was, but putting up a single poster does not a teen boy’s room make. I won’t even comment on the spaceship effects for fear of having to call the suicide prevention hotline. Oh, tripods in the background, a sweatshirt thrown over a window because we shot a daytime scene at night and we didn’t want to give away that it was dark out, visible leashes on the cats as they wondered purposelessly through he neighborhood? I could go on.
Zombie Cats from Mars 2 is different. than. the. first. zcfm. The script has been in development for about 3 years. It’s about the past. It incorporates all of the things that perhaps the first film should have incorporated. There’s a story, there’s depth to the characters. There’s also horror – zombies – killing. For fun, I’ll paste the synopsis.:
ZOMBIE CATS FROM MARS 2 takes place in 1957 and is centered around the Peterson family, their eccentric neighbor Agnes, physicist Grandpaw Bill, and a group of Soviet cosmonauts working under the control of the feline commander Cosmo. With Cosmo at the controls, a newly-launched satellite (Sputnik) beams a signal alerting Earth cats to attack. Agnes falls victim, and the Peterson family assume she’s been attacked by a large animal. When her bandages are removed, she’s revealed to have become a zombie and attacks matriarch Diane. As the Petersons’ world begins to collapse, it is up to young Armand Peterson and family friend Howie to go back in time to prevent the catastrophe that is unfolding.
So, yeah. Soviets, the Cold War, time travel, communist cats, car wrecks, Soviet zombies, and spaceships.
Now the goal: Make this kick ass without losing the low-budget splendor that’s inherent in so many fun films. And to do this, it’ll take $40,000. To raise the first round of funds, I’ve embarked on a fundraiser on Seed & Spark. It’s part of the Communal Nightmares Rally, a contest of sorts. If we can raise $7500 and obtain 1000 followers, we’re eligible for a $25,000 prize and a production and distribution deal with 3311 Productions and The Orchard.
This is where we need your support. The fundraiser goes live on May 14th, and even if you don’t have the cash to contribute, following our campaign will help us reach our rally goal. The fundraising link will not work until we go live, so in the meantime, be sure to subscribe on our website or follow our Facebook and/or Twitter, and we’ll send you a friendly reminder.