Backers can help fund Eric Mullarky’s short film about a pair of dubious goblins and gain some interesting rewards.
Cain and Abel are a pair of mischievous goblins that love to cause trouble. Abel wishes to pull harmless pranks like hiding the remote control, disconnecting random cords, or unscrewing the top of the salt-shaker. And Cain desires more dastardly antics involving destruction and violence. The two clash over how to deal with the family that they share a home with. Of particular issue is the baby of the family, who is an enticing target for Cain’s wrath.
That is the plot for “The Insidious Imps,” a short horror film being developed by Eric Mullarky. Having created and self-published comic books and graphic novels under his New Baby Productions banner in recent years, he is transitioning into film-making with this short as the writer and director. Says Mullarky, “I am interested in all the different media types that a story could be told in, but film has always been my favorite. I would love to follow in the footsteps of Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, and Guillermo del Toro.” Like those legends, Mullarky is tackling a very popular genre in horror. However, he is bringing some uniqueness to the project by mixing live action and traditional 2D animation, a technique that is becoming rarer in filmmaking and is practically non-existent in horror. “It was originally planned that Cain and Abel would be animated as 3D models for the film, but that’s all been done before.” Assisting Mullarky is Jareed Dempsey, an up-and-coming animator based out of Pennsylvania.
Mullarky has turned to Kickstarter, the most popular crowdfunding platform, to help fund “The Insidious Imps.” People who back Kickstarter projects are offered tangible rewards and special experiences in exchange for their pledges. Backers of “The Insidious Imps” can get digital downloads of the film, their name in the film’s credits, official t-shirts, invitations to screenings of the film, and more should the campaign reach its $8,000 funding goal by June 22. There are even rewards for aspiring actors or actresses who would like to appear in the short film.
The Kickstarter campaign starts today, officially being unveiled at this weekend’s Motor City Comic Con in Novi, Michigan, where early backers will be able to take advantage of some limited rewards and receive some exclusive swag. Motor City Comic Con is a very popular convention that combines loves of comic books, science fiction, fantasy, and other elements of pop culture, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Special guests include William Shatner of Star Trek fame, Karl Urban (The Lord of the Rings), Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones), John Barrowman (Doctor Who), Lee Majors (The Six Billion Dollar Man), Lindsey Wagner (The Bionic Woman), John Bernthal (The Walking Dead), comic book icon Chris Claremont (X-Men), former WWE superstar Bret “The Hitman” Hart, and many more celebrities.
For more on the “Insidious Imps” Kickstarter project, or to become a backer, go to ImpsFilm.com.