Earlier today, “The Chair” indie horror film thanked its Kickstarter backers via Twitter for doubling the pledge total to just under $41,000. At the time of this printing on June 11, the pledge total has increased to $41,457 with 17 days remaining to reach the $300,000 project goal needed to make the film.
“The Chair” graphic novel creator/Alterna Comics president Peter Simeti advised “American Horror Story” Examiner exclusively that Dan Griffin has been signed on to executive produce the indie film which is based on Simeti’s graphic novel of the same name. Griffin has a long line of producing and acting credits including “Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever,” “A Split Personality,” and “Keeping the Faith.”
Simeti also advised “General Hospital” star Kin Shriner is slated to play Mr. Bates, boss of main character Richard Sullivan, who is an innocent man facing a death row execution. Shriner joins a stellar cast on the psychological thriller that explores intense themes like child abuse, nature vs. nurture and the inner battle between good and evil in all of us.
Simeti provided further film details in this exclusive statement:
“Paul Lacovara, our stunt coordinator and also the stunt man for Tom Hiddleston in Thor 1 & 2 and Marvel’s Avengers, will be playing a police officer in a pivotal scene that shows Richard Sullivan (played by Brian Thompson) getting arrested and on the path that eventually sends him to death row. The scene also includes actor Kin Shriner and actress Susan Eisenberg (who both worked on the “Justice League” animated series as the voices of Green Arrow and Wonder Woman, respectively).”
Chad Ferrin (“Someone’s Knocking at the Door”) will direct the brilliant line up of actors which also includes Brian Thompson (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) as Richard Sullivan, Oscar nominee Eric Roberts (“Runaway Train”) as Murphy, Bill Oberst, Jr. (“Children of Sorrow”) as The Warden, Susan Eisenberg (“Wonder Woman”) as Ms. Prince, Naomi Grossman (“American Horror Story”) as The Mother, Zach Galligan (“Gremlins”) as Riley, Noah Hathaway (“The Neverending Story”) as Alvarez and Kyle Hester (“The Book of Daniel”) as Bowen.
The Kickstarter campaign site has been recently updated to offer new rewards for supporters at varying pledge levels, including a new sticker set (4 stickers), a 4 x 6 signed and numbered postcard and a thank you on the site for just a $7 pledge.
Other exciting rewards include a signed copy of the script by screenwriter Erin Kohut, a signed and sketched copy of “The Chair” graphic novel by creator-writer-co-artist Peter Simeti, Kevin Christensen penciler and Erin Kohut editor, an exclusive BLU RAY/DVD version of the film (not sold in stores), film props, set pieces, wardrobe and even a role in the film as an extra with an associate producer credit. All rewards are given in conjunction with the amount pledged. Check the Kickstarter campaign site for an exact detailing of pledge amounts and their respective rewards.
Scenes in the film will undoubtedly be very intense and feature acts of unimaginable torture within the prison walls. Sullivan must find a way to survive the nightmare he’s living while battling his ongoing doubts about his own sanity. The superb talent attached to the film was drawn in large part by the riveting, complex story at its heart, which sets it apart from a garden variety horror/slasher film.
In a recent interview with “Fan Boy Comics,” “American Horror Story” star Naomi Grossman credited the stellar writing for drawing her to the film and she described her role as The Mother saying, “She’s all drama, which is completely different from anything I’ve ever been cast in in the past. With the exception of AHS, most everything I’ve done has been comedic. And, even then, Pepper was pretty much the sole comic relief of the asylum! So, the entire tone is here different– that alone makes her interesting.”
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