Kickstart It: Cat Sick Blues

Cat people are scary. Not people that like cats, or people that own cats, but literal cat people. It’s also scary when a person goes crazy at the loss of their pet and dresses up as a cat person to go around murdering people. Cat Sick Blues is an upcoming film about the latter, and it needs your help.

Director Dave Jackson, producer/star Matthew C.Vaughan, and writer Andrew Gallacher are in need of funding to make this full-length feature film, so they’ve lined out a whole bunch of backer rewards, from digital copies to original props, to raise the funds necessary to make this film a reality. So check out the details below and from the Kickstarter page, and if you like what you see, head over there and back this indie horror!

From the press release:

A man whose obsessive love for his pet cat leads to a brutal killing spree will be the focus of a new independent horror feature film from an award-winning Australian team.

Cat Sick Blues is the story of Ted, a man who loves his cat Patrick. When the cat dies, Ted’s brain snaps, prompting him to don a cat mask and vicious claws and embark on a bloody rampage. The way Ted sees it, all he needs is nine lives to bring his beloved feline back.

This ridiculous, brutal, blood-drenched tale of a cat-fancier-turned-psychopath is from the twisted mind of director Dave Jackson and co-writer novelist Andrew Gallacher. They have been working on the concept with producer/star Matthew C. Vaughan for several years.

In 2012, the team made an award-winning short film version of Cat Sick Blues. It premiered at leading genre festival, the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal. It has gone on to play at top genre and horror festivals across the globe, picking up the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at Spain’s Freakmacine Festival.

The film goes into production in November and the team has just launched a Kickstarter to raise the funds needed to help them over the line.

Jackson said that his own lifelong love of cats prompted him wonder what lengths a damaged person might go to for their feline.

“We all know the grief of losing a pet. But would we all slaughter nine people and drain their blood to bring that pet back to life? We came up with someone who would. Ted’s a pretty messed-up guy.”

“Cat Sick Blues is going to be frenetic, insane and nightmarish, full of visceral gore effects and devoid of CGI. Oh and there’s a giant horned cat phallus in there too. It will be a totally unique piece of independent horror and we can’t wait to show it to you.”

The team is well-schooled in genre filmmaking. Jackson has made several horror shorts that have played at a stack of festivals. Jackson is also editor and lead contributor for exploitation website, Mondo Exploito. Jackson and Vaughan also recently directed and co-wrote a series of dark comedy shorts for Australian network television.

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