Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees have hit the crowdfunding site IndieGogo, and they need your help for the horror film Fear Clinic.
The film will be a continuation of the popular FEARnet web series and will feature Robert Englund (Freddy) in the main role as a mad scientist capable of helping subjects experience their darkest fears.
In addition to Englund, the project is backed by Kane Hodder (Jason) and Danielle Harris (Michael Myers’ forgotten niece in Halloween 4 and 5), and it will be directed by Robert Green Hall, who has worked with Harris before on Chromeskull: Laid To Rest 2.
Hall is a visual effects guy first and foremost, but with the original Laid To Rest, he announced his presence as one of the genre’s best up-and-coming talents.
The project is seeking $150,000 to go toward the needed $1.2 million budget. Writer and producer Aaron R. Drane said some investors were already on board.
As of Sunday morning, the former Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees’ new film had raised $39,422 with 19 days remaining.
In comments to TheWrap, Drane said the IndieGogo page took “two-and-a-half, almost three months just to get it up.”
“Promoting and getting the word out has been incredibly difficult,” Drane added. “We don’t have the money to advertise, and if we had the money to advertise, we wouldn’t need to crowdfund.”
Of course, The Conjuring had a studio behind it, but horror is a genre with a long history of low-budget films making a big splash — see The Purge for another recent example.
And, though admitting it’s an uphill battle, Drane definitely seemed enamored of the process.
“The whole stigma of asking for money through celebrityhood is gone, so it’s amazing,” Drane said. “There’s been a huge paradigm shift in the last month or two where these actors [Englund, Hodder, and Harris] are willing to get in front of the camera and say, ‘Hey, let’s make this.'”
Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect:
As for why he chose the IndieGogo platform as opposed to Kickstarter, which helped film the multimillion dollar project Veronica Mars as well as Zach Braff’s next film, Drane found the site more indie friendly.
“They [Kickstarter] operate under the assumption that people are more willing to donate if they believe that they can get their money back if you’re not successful in reaching you goal… Whereas Indiegogo believes so long as you can deliver on what you promised these people, then some of the money is enough to take you to the next level.”
Would you like to see Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees — or rather the actors, who played them — team up for Fear Clinic?