Once upon a time, long, long ago and very far away, it was a dark and stormy night. An aspiring filmmaker (Amanda Gusack) who started out working for craft services and had seen The Blair Witch Project and maybe some Japanese horror stuff, sprouted her own movie idea. But even though she got her film made, it premiered at the Hamptons Film Festival and was well received both critically and by audiences, distribution was never obtained. Everybody sigh and say, “bummer.” But wait! It’s almost Halloween, a time of resurrection, rebirth and renewal. Or maybe that’s Easter — I can’t keep up with all the holiday meanings. Whatever it signifies, Halloween shall bring this film new life. Never mind November 2nd; this Halloween, we the people can bring about real change. You’ve heard the horror stories from both sides — this group is going to ruin the country; that group has already ruined the country — but instead of arguing politics, this Halloween you can rock a different vote. You can make a fledgling director’s dream come true. You can breathe new life into what once was dead.
So here’s the lowdown: In Memorium is the story of Dennis Wade (Erik McDowell, “Dollhouse”), who has inoperable bone cancer and only a few months to live. So he does what any of us would do — rents a creepy house with his girlfriend Lilly (Johanna Watts, “Star Trek: Enterprise”) and sets up motion sensing cameras throughout the house to document his deterioration. (Makes sense, that way friends and family can enjoy watching you die all over again.) Of course, this being a creepy, old house with cameras at the ready, it must be haunted or occupied or otherwise scary and so things begin to happen and presto, horror movie!
And now your part: On Halloween, www.inmemoriumthemovie.com will be streaming the first 16 minutes of the film all day. If you find it compelling, you’ll be able to purchase/view the film on IndieFlix and in turn, if IndieFlix gets a lot of In Memorium traffic, the film will go on to wider release and a special edition DVD produced.
Here’s a clip:
Trick or treat?