I must admit to being immediately intrigued when I received a message to the Facebook page for this blog from Rahel Kapsaski, the artistic Director of Après Vague Productions informing me about the current production of their first Feature Film "Spidarlings". She kindly asked me if I would look at the trailer they had produced and if I liked it, would I write a few words about it on here.
Now, at this moment in time, the internet seems awash with independent productions of Science Fiction and horror, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The ability to make such productions as been revolutionised by the advent of the Internet and Social media - it truly is an exciting time for those of us that yearn for something a little different, something a little less 'mainstream' within these genres that we love so much. ……. and boy do I love something a little different.
I envy the creativity and drive that it takes to produce work on what is often the most meagre of budgets and limited location opportunities. That's not to say that mainstream horror for example should be disregarded in the belief that it has become too formulaic, there are numerous examples of productions that are still continuing to shine. We may not be in the golden age of horror of the 1970's any longer, but that doesn't mean there isn't anything out there worth paying attention to.
|Sandra Samacá (Director of photography)|
The people involved in 'small' independent ventures like these should demand our appreciation and attention. They are the true cutting edge of Science Fiction and Horror at this stage of the 21st Century and since starting this little blog of self-indulgence I've been lucky to have been involved in a small way with some excellent people doing the most excellent of works.
So what is this Spidarlings?
Spidarlings is a Horror/Musical and a Tongue-in-cheek satire about the British Welfare system. The film, written and directed by Salem Kapsaki, set to songs and music by Jeff Kristian, is about to go into post production and will premier this summer at the DUFF ( Detroit Under ground Film Festival) and Film 4 Frightfest - not bad eh?
The movie is the story of Eden (played by Sophia Disgrace) and Matilda (Rahel Kapsaski)
And well, things just aren't going too rosy for the young couple who are near penniless and face being evicted by their landlord after falling disastrously behind with their rent. To make matters worse, no money is forthcoming from the social services, which is of little surprise as the girls have had a conscious lifelong fight against becoming one of society's normal people.
However, living on the edge of society has come at a price. so much so that Matilda eventually has to settle for working at a local nightclub (the wonderfully named 'Juicy Girls'), and soon suffering the attentions of the men who pay to drink and talk with the girls of the club - she hates it.
Could things get worse for the lovely couple? Erm, yes.
Could life get any weirder than it is already? Gloriously so.
For soon the female staff at "Juicy Girls' start suffering hideous deaths at the hands of a sadistic serial killer, which is not a good thing. What is good is that as a consequence of the killings, a good deal of money comes into Matilda's hands. This turn of events doesn't please Eden, well that is until she is 'persuaded' to accept the newly acquired money with with a present of a tarantula spider ( the present of choice for all of us naturally). However, the arrival of the very 'special' Spider has profound effects on one and all!!
So I ask you to watch the trailer for the movie (see below). Put aside any pre-conceived notions that you may have about Independent Horror productions……. I ask you, just where can you go wrong with Horror, Drag Queens, Lesbians, a nightclub called 'Juicy Girls', mass murder and a very special Tarantula Spider called Rainer?! If that wasn't enough, there is also a guest appearance from the legendary director, Lloyd Kaufman of The Toxic Avenger fame….. well I'm sold.
One final thing, I implore you to listen to the film's title song by Two Russian Cowboys feat Cleo Spider in love. I listened to it earlier today and it's completely addictive.
If you love your John Waters, Divine and The Cramps…… you will love this I hope. I can't wait for the full movie later in the year and hope to be talking to some of the film's contributors soon.
For more information on Spidarlings - their Facebook page is here.
The Trailer for Spidarlings