We’re always pleased to see real grassroots horror projects come to light, and it’s even more heartwarming when they get picked up for distribution. Warren Badenski’s Simon is one such film, having just secured a worldwide VOD release and also a US-based DVD deal too.
Simon started as a short film created by Writer/Director Warren Badenski as a short film, and then later expanded into a feature length film. The film was intended to be a love letter to the slasher movies of the 80’s, in the vain of Friday The 13th. However, during development the film become much more an ode to more story based horrors such as Hellraiser and Silence of The Lambs.
As is the choice of a number of self-funded projects these days, Simon used crowfunding to build its budget, using the original short as part of their pitch. While the campaign gathered some interest, they fell short of their cash target. However, after careful planning and consideration, it was decided that the film could still be made if they slashed (zing!) the budget and cut (sorry) the schedule.
Simon tells the story of local journalist Sarah, who is looking for her big break perusing the fabled ‘Urban Ripper’. As you might have guessed, he’s a serial killer that’s been targeting young women in an urban environment, and of course has the local police vexed.
As Sarah delves deeper into the case, she finds herself disappearing down a deadly rabbit hole. Her digging catches the attention of the elusive killer, which leads to a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Can she stop him or will she become just another victim?
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