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Booth's Blog: Make Iggy Pops Dream Come True. Working With Dario Argento
By Emily Booth, Saturday 29th November 2014
For most horror fans Dario Argento is cited as one of their favourite directors for creating some of the most unique ‘dreamscape’ films of all time. His career has spanned an epic 5 decades, his style is incomparable, and he is one of the few directors attributed to the Italian Giallo. There won’t be anyone like him after he’s gone but at the age of 74 he’s about to make another movie. But he needs our help!

The Sandman is the first project for Argento whereby the script has been written for him as an ode to all of his films. Argento is obviously on board as the director and the star of the film is none other than punk legend Iggy Pop who is a massive fan of the Italian Maestro.

The Canadian/German team behind this insanely cool project are utilizing the empowering and democratic crowd funding process courtesy of Indiegogo. Now I used Kickstarter to produce my first short film Selkie and I truly believe it is an immensely worthy tool for creating unique projects as funding is the hardest element of getting a film from paper to production! But why does someone with the clout of Dario Argento need to ask the public for funds? Could he not raise a budget by snapping his fingers?! A valid question but one of the whole points of crowd funding is creative freedom. When you use big money from one financier they have the tendency to step in, ask for the tone to change, the violence to be cut out etc etc! The Sandman, from what I can gather will use funding from ‘tax credits’ but it’s not enough and so public funding will make up the rest.

So, about the film and project itself. Plot wise, The Sandman really could be up there with the freakiest childhood horror movies: the film tells the story of Nathan, a young student in the city who struggles to forget his childhood trauma at the hands of the serial killer dubbed "The Sandman": a masked killer who murders his victims with a lethally jagged melon spoon and claims their eyes as trophies. Nathan killed The Sandman on Christmas Eve, after he witnessed the murder of his mother, and the nightmare seems to be buried in the past ... until he sees a beautiful woman who lives in the apartment across the way dying at the hands of that very same masked killer.

Their budget goal is $165 000 of which they have secured (at time of going to press) $160 427 – 97% funded and 4 days left to go!

I for one will buy a perk as I am always keen to see a Dario Argento film, and if they really will have creative freedom, this could be the Argento film we’ve been waiting for. With Claudio Simonetti (regular Argento composer) on board as well as the legend Iggy Pop this will be one rock and roll horror flick!

Click here to find out more and pledge!


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