Kimberly Seilhamer's own dance with demise inspired her to produce a horror movie franchise depending on the mystery of what transpires as we pass from this existence into the unidentified.
By way of her newest enterprise, the 44-year-old Temecula screenwriter and director arrived up together with her personal remedy.
Meet "Jack the Reaper," a random, knife-wielding "Friday the 13th" Jason combined using the Angel of Dying. Seilhamer's villain, "Railroad Jack," kills in cold blood, but he does so since his victims' time has arrive.
"Jack the Reaper," the indie film market's newest Hitchcockian nightmare, snagged the most beneficial Horror/Sci-Fi Film at the Cannes Independent Movie Festival in May possibly. Like the film alone, the fame has become unreal for Seilhamer, who wrote the script and ---- for the very first time ---- directed.
Seilhamer has been composing indie films for much more than a decade, with horror as her specialty. The genre helps bring fictional life to topics ---- concern and demise ---- which have been central to her skilled and individual experiences.
She expended various many years volunteering using the local Trauma Intervention Plan, an organization identified as Tip that gives instant, on-the-scene counseling for individuals who happen to be in traumatic events ranging from gruesome auto crashes to grisly crimes.
"I saw a good deal of demise," she stated. "It made me think about what we perceive as 'The Reaper.' Are there these reapers out there, just waiting around for folks to die? On this (film) I make an effort to entry the unfairness of living."
Her personal existence also assisted plant the seed for "Jack the Reaper."
Now fighting a uncommon type of cancer soon after a bout of thyroid cancer in 2003, along with a spinal cord injury in 2004, she has had to think about dying. Cancer, she says, is usually frightening.
With her trauma counseling and cancer battle contemporary in her mind, she wrote the film's script in about seven days in 2009, originally dubbing the teen horror flick "One by One: Death's Door" below her Temecula creation organization, Mad Crapper Movies Ltd.
Filming took spot more than thirteen days within the Mojave Desert.
Seilhamer, who produced Hollywood connections by producing indie horror films "Inside Irvin" (2004) and "The Keyman" (2002), caught the focus of some larger names inside the business enterprise. Tony Todd, known because the eerie central figure in the modern horror traditional "Candyman," plays a haunting role in "Jack the Reaper."
Also adding glimmer to the credits are Academy Award-winning makeup artist Barney Burnam, whose work includes "Star Trek" and "Pirates with the Caribbean." Douglas Tait, an actor who played Jason in "Freddy vs. Jason," was forged as "Railroad Jack."
As Seilhamer's grotesque version with the Grim Reaper ---- the black-cloaked, scythe-carrying figure who symbolizes imminent demise ---- Railroad Jack runs around having a scythe, showing and disappearing, offing the prototypical teen characters ---- believe John Hughes' traditional "The Breakfast Club" ---- one by 1.
The finish, having said that, functions a twist, leaving viewers to question what is real and what's imagined when lives come to some tragic near. Most of the 90-minute film takes place inside a brightly lit, but abandoned carnival inside the middle from the desert, incorporating towards the mystery.
Seilhamer is planning a sequence of as many as six Reaper-esque movies as part of a franchise and it is currently functioning within the sequel, with another placing and another Reaper.
Included in her smaller forged of Hollywood veterans are unknown actors whom Seilhamer saw as proficient. 1 of them, David Walton, is a friend from Temecula who was cast inside a smaller function as a father who's obviously molesting his teenage daughter.
Walton, a gray-haired retiree who toyed with acting in his 20s, auditioned in Hollywood. Though he had only a few lines within the movie, he said he had a blast functioning with Seilhamer.
"I'm thrilled to be a portion of this," he stated.
Walton is set to play a larger role in the sequel, which can be now in early improvement.
As for "Jack the Reaper," it's got but to become introduced into theaters or on DVD. Seilhamer is hoping for the Halloween launch.
"I am hoping this can be my large break," she said. "You understand how they say 'overnight achievement?' Well, it really takes place like that. You function tough for years and decades, and then finally, you generate a title for your self."