Help the makers of Blood Junkie finance their next retro-horror classic, Billy Club
The makers of Blood Junkie, one of the most successful Milwaukee-made movies in recent history, have started a Kickstarter campaign to finance their next horror feature. Director Drew Rosas made Blood Junkie for $7,000, using his paycheck from the Wisconsin shoot of Michael Mann’s Public Enemies to fund the entire movie. Last year, it was bought by cult film empire Troma Entertainment. Now, Rosas and Blood Junkie star Nick Sommer are collaborating on Billy Club, a movie that once again works within the killer-in-the-woods genre, but tosses in a group of little league alumni investigating a murder from their childhood. Of course, they’re soon hunted by a maniacal umpire with a nail-spiked bat.
But with more ambition comes a higher budget. Rosas and Sommer’s Kickstarter goal is $15,000, of which they have already raised over $8,500. As it is in the high-stakes world of Kickstarter, if the two don’t raise the rest by a deadline (Sept. 2), they get nothing. Of course, there are plenty of gifts in exchange for donations. Among them are a DVD of the finished film for a $25 gift, and an Associate Producer’s credit for a gift of $1,000. For a hefty $3,000 donation, Rosas and Sommer will bestow the ultimate honor in horror cinema: “The filmmakers will travel to you [...], have lunch with you, and KILL YOU…on film for our film.”
Anyone can give through their Kickstarter site, but the most fun way to help would be to visit their fundraising event Thursday, Aug. 25 from 6 p.m. to midnight at Jackpot Gallery, just across from Riverwest Film And Video. The filmmakers will be in attendance, as well as a DJ, free drinks for supporters, and prize raffles. Says Rosas in an interview with Worldwide Dirt, “It is a chance to thank everyone in the community that has pledged their support for the film, and give people who have been meaning to pledge a great venue to come out and join in on the fun.”