Anyone who has read this blog for a considerable amount of time should be aware of my passion for the works of HP Lovecraft and the particular pagan sub-genre of horror that embraces movies like The Wicker Man and Blood On Satan's Claw.
Lord Of Tears, an upcoming British movie from Lawrie Brewster, manages to combine the cosmic creepiness of Lovecraft with rural horror - with a nod towards the source of many childhood nightmares: The Owl Service.
"Lord of Tears tells the story of James Findlay, a school teacher tortured by memories of a strange and unsettling entity - a figure dressed like a Victorian gentleman but with the head of an Owl, and elongated limbs with sharp claws.The film is already shot and edited, but Lawrie has turned to Kickstarter to raise the funds to help promote the film and get it distributed.
"It took the boy years to recover from his vision, years of forgetting before he could resume a normal life into adulthood. He might never have remembered had it not been for the death of his mother... the nightmares... the return of that familiar, watching presence.
"As James faces a descent into madness, his only hope to fight his tormentor, to banish the evil that haunts him, is to return to his childhood home. He travels to the lonely mansion in the Scottish Highlands, a place notorious for its tragic and disturbing history. There, he must uncover, once and for all, the chilling truth behind the immortal stalker."
The fundraiser has already reached its initial goal of £6,000 but is now heading towards a stretch goal of £10,000.
On the film's Kickstarter page, he explains:
"With 10K we could really make a difference in marketing Lord of Tears with a focus towards the interest of the real fans of the genre. To produce additional extras, new rewards, and most of all to help us develop a new platform for selling and developing Lord of Tears with less involvement from traditional distributors and more involvement between us and you the audience. Direct communication and artist accessibility is something we're eager to develop and fund with your support.
"So with 10K we would have an opportunity to carve out our own slice of the film industry - to ensure that we can produce and market the types of horror films the studios no longer deliver."Check out the Kickstarter page to get an idea of the rewards available for backing this attractive-looking movie.