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It's official: because we have run out of financing possibilities WORST CASE SCENARIO is 'on hold'. Having tried to raise our Nazi zombies for six years, we have to be realistic (yech!) and admit that there's not much of a chance of that happening anywhere soon. WCS is dead in the water. On the other hand, zombies have a strange way of resurfacing when you least expect them. Keep watching the beaches. May 27, 2009
The grapes of Roth
How about a nice big cup...
See message above: We're signing off... at least for the time being. Nothing much happened last year, but here's a short round-up anyway. Yes, there was more serious interest from Men with Deep Pockets, but -as usual- that all evaporated like so much hot air. The Dutch Film Fund, however enthusiastic about our script and ideas, decided to spend their budget on other Dutch productions ("with less potential to get funding abroad"). The storage space for the BLACKBOOK-bunker sets had to be vacated on short notice, so that stuff all went to the scrap-heap and left us with nothing but sore muscles. Guerilla investors pledged to put up € 300,000, and a HUGE hurray to them, but that still didn't cut it for a script that, at it's barest minimum, breaks down to € 2,500,000.
More Guerilla action
Loading the trailer (yes, that's a real concrete tank stopper that producer Suidema is lifting!)
WORST CASE SCENARIO is gearing up towards production. Along the way we've had another fun little adventure. Our production designers managed to lay their hands on bunker sets used for Paul Verhoeven's WWII drama BLACKBOOK. Stuff that we can recycle, cutting some costs. But a problem arose when we heard that the place it was stored at had to be emptied out on very short notice.
Get a piece of the zombie action!
First of all, here's an explanation for the long silence. After we signed our first financing deal, way back at the 2004 Cannes Film Market, our American producers tried to get together a 5 million Euro budget. When after 1.5 years their efforts didn't pay off, we decided to cut the tie. That proved easier said than done. It took us another year and a half to work out a deal that gave us back all rights to movie, title and screenplay.
And it left us - after three years of hard work - back at square one. That's movie business for you. But we did learn a lot from the experience and we're back on track.
Here's the GOOD NEWS: We've found a new production partner. Among other titles Richard Claus produced Anthony Waller's neat 'Mute Witness'. And he's German, which proves that he has a GREAT sense of humor.
We had to bring down the budget, but the adapted screenplay still contains all the gory thrills that we want to get on screen.
And in an ironic twist we - self-proclaimed guerilla filmmakers - are now acknowledged by the movie industry: we get financial support from the Dutch Filmfund and the first promo was even screened at the Netherlands Film Festival. In a latest development the Filmfund has approved the new rewrite and we're now just a script polish and budget breakdown away from preproduction.
But before we move on we want to check something with you...
In the new set-up we've lowered the production budget to 3 million Euro ($ 4 million), the main reason being that this makes the movie MUCH easier to sell. Financing will consist of an investment deal, pre-sales of distribution rights for Benelux and Germany plus subsidies. Together this covers 2/3 of the budget, which leaves a 1 million Euro gap that we can finance in various ways. But true to the promise we've made, we want to see if we can also involve YOU.
We offer GOREHOUND'S GUERILLAS an opportunity to invest in WORST CASE SCENARIO.
The idea is not that far-fetched. More than a few of you have already proposed to put money in WCS. Besides, we've had it up to here with spineless US production companies wooing us, but not being able to make up their minds. Especially since we can actually proof WCS' potential. How about 450,000 downloaded promo's, based on word of mouth alone? And international distributors queuing up to snatch up the rights?
We want to keep things simple and start by measuring your interest. If it doesn't work out, we'll let you know and take the other route towards production. But if enough of you have the money and guts to participate, hell, we might make zombie horror history. Remember, there are now close to FOUR THOUSAND Gorehound's Guerillas.
There's no minimum investment and participating Guerillas stand a very good chance at making a nice profit. Apart from that we'll throw in attractive extra's - anything from collector T-shirts up to a producer's credit for the really high rollers.
So let us know if you're interested by joining our INVESTOR MAILINGLIST (CLICK HERE). We ask you to specify your potential investment, but you'll be under NO obligation to actually invest: at a later stage we'll make all applicants a detailed offer. Of course you can unsubscribe from the mailinglist anytime.
In VALKYRIE Tom Cruise may get Carice van Houten (left), but we have BLACK BOOK's Thomas Pardoen (circled) - he signed on as a Gorehound's Guerilla today!
Raisum the Deadum
First of all: don't hold your breath, we won't be shooting WCS before 2007. The good news is that we've found a new production partner with a solid financing plan. We had to bring down the budget, but the adapted screenplay still contains all the gory thrills that we want to get onscreen. And in an ironic twist we - selfproclaimed guerilla filmmakers - are now aknowledged by the filmmaking community: we get financial support from the Dutch Filmfund and the first WCS-promo will be screened at the Netherlands Film Festival next monday (paired with Richard Raaphorst's obscure first short ZOMBI 1).
We're still being wooed by US distributors and studio's and we let them, as any possibility to speed up production is welcome, but we've learned to value these advances at zero. We just can't get over how spineless these 'dealmakers' are, especially since we can actually proof WCS' potential. How about 300.000 downloaded promo's, based on word of mouth alone?
That's all the news we have - except for a hilarious example of 'Corporate U.S. Movie Machine vs. Nazi Zombies': some of you may have noticed that we've removed the 'Rated G for Gorehound' logo from our homepage. Will you believe that we were forced to do so by the Motion Picture Association of America? No less than four MPAA-lawyers were put on the case to threaten us with legal action against this "willful trademark infringement" on their rating signs. When the laughing cramps finally subsided, we took it off.
Rated K for Kill all lawyers
Dead in the water? Never!
Last autumn things were looking up for the movie. Our American partners had attached British sales agent IAC/Sequence and looked set to sell WORST CASE SCENARIO at the November American Film Market. The financial structure was complicated as Hell and WCS was set up as a Dutch/UK/Belgium coproduction. Due to a British formality, we'd have to start shooting before April 2006, so the pressure was definitely on. But as we've experienced too often already, our optimism was slowly squashed. As time crept by and the November deadline loomed larger and larger, draft agreements came and went, but nothing was signed. It became clear that we would not be able to sell WCS at the AFM, let alone start preproduction in time to meet the April shooting date.
We had to face the fact: this was a dead end. The AMF more or less coincided with the expiration of our contract with the American producers, so we decided to start looking for another way to get WCS off the ground.
We are now trying to get WCS financed in Holland - bringing it home, so to speak. We'll have to bring the budget down, but we're pretty confident that regardless we can still get our dark, shocking and apocalyptic vision on the screen. We plan to have the cameras rolling later this year.
Time for some good news: we don't want to leave you on a down note, so we've put our CGI-PROMO ONLINE. Up to now only industry brass and press have seen it. It was shot in April 2005 and has zombie make-up by Unreal and visual effects by House of Secrets. So crack up the volume and watch it, regular size or in whopping HD/H264 (requires Quicktime 7). Tell us what you think of it.
Just dug up: the CGI-promo
Countdown to Z-Day
The past months have been gruelling, with progress being measured by the length of our beards, the greying at the temples, the... - but HEY! we're back! And even though we're not sure of anything until we are actually on a set, with a loaded camera spinning away, we are at least pretty confident that the coming few weeks will mean the Rise or Fall of our Nazi-Zombies. Keep checking in - we'll post any news here first.
[A lot of you have been asking about the second promo - the one that no one's seen - except for The Men In Grey Suits With Deep Pockets. Well, for the moment we want to keep it under wraps. You'll see it in due time, but we just don't want to give away too much too soon. Sorry.]
Cannes 2005: we brought our own weather
Timing is perfect. Later this week we'll be at the Cannes Film Market, meeting our American co-producers and lots of studio brass. This nomination will be a nice thing to drop on the table. Right next to the SECOND PROMO. Yes, we've shot and edited a second one. It will be ready just in time for Cannes.
We're not building a trophy room yet. The winner - out of five nominees - will be announced on May 26 at the Orpheum Theatre in L.A. We'll let the zombies do the talking. That usually works.
Sneak peek: one of the zombies from the second promo (during make-up)
You CAN keep a good zombie down
The process of getting financing lined up for WORST CASE SCENARIO is taking MUCH longer than we envisioned. Well, what do WE - first-time Dutch guerilla filmmakers - know, right? But even our very experienced American producers admit that the ride is more bumpy than planned. They keep stressing we're going at Warp Speed 5 Billion as it is, but NO, the money is not in the bank - yet.
So what's happening? We ARE talking to companies that are willing to invest in WCS. Remember we're talking € 5 Million - not exactly peanuts. The companies range from Japanese distributors with a soft spot for hardcore horror to specialty branches of major American studios. They all say it's a GREAT idea, EXCELLENT visuals, one of the BEST CONCEPTS EVER. Still no money in the bank.
We now have a jaw-ripping screenplay, and we use the down-time to hone it like a knife. We also have a complete crew lined up and rearing to go and we're shooting a second promo in April with the help of Dutch CGI-unit House of Secrets (check out their funny 'Tyrants from Afar'). And we still get great coverage in all sorts of international press. Cannes Film Market is coming up in May and we'll be doing more business there.
But we have to admit it: this is going WAY too slow and we're as pissed off about it as you are, probably worse. One thing we can say, though. We ARE going to make this sucker, sooner or later.
Nazi zombies invade Los Angeles
If everything goes according to plan financing will be rounded off during or shortly after the AFM. This would mean actual preproduction for the movie can start in November/December. Scheduling, casting, production- and effects-design will take three months and lead up to a Spring shoot.
During Miguel's visit we've found time for a few excursions. We've made a long trek on one of the islands on the Dutch Flats and later visited a huge WWII bunker complex. Both might turn up as actual locations in the movie, but in any case showed our American writer some typical Dutch landscapes.
So the long wait is almost over. Of course we're not there YET and in the movie business you're only sure your film is being made when the camera is actually running. But we and 'our Americans' are pretty confident. Stay tuned and become a Gorehound's Guerilla: you'll be the very first to know when WORST CASE SCENARIO gets green-lit.
Miguel Tejada-Flores scaring birds on the Dutch Flats
The long road to Zombie Beach
The transatlantic collaboration has been really fruitful. A lot of interaction between Miguel, director Raaphorst and writer/producer Oosterhoorn has resulted in a story adaptation that we're really exited about. For the home stretch (to a finished screenplay) we'll need at least another month and Miguel will be coming to Holland in October to wrap things up.
Because new Guerillas join every day (now 1.800+), offering their services, body & soul, we have to keep repeating: BE PATIENT! We've gotten incredibly far: we've made a 35mm promo for as good as nothing, we've landed a Hollywood financing deal, we're re-writing a knock-out screenplay. If we can just keep it up a little bit longer, we are actually going to pull this off. And we'll get back to each and everyone of you. We can't promise starring roles, special-make up jobs or music score commissions, but WE DO NEED ARMIES OF NAZI-ZOMBIES & CRAZED HOOLIGANS!
By the way: because we ran out of promo-dvd's and simply needed more for -well- promo-use, we've decided to print a few hundred more. The total edition of dvds sold is still limited to only 500, but we have them in stock (€5/$7 + p&p. Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive payment instructions).
Gorehound CAN film!
The volunteer army of Gorehound's Guerillas played an important role in all this. The incredible success of the website (500.000 pageviews), the ever-expanding guerilla army (1.300), the tips, new contacts and offers and of course that final image of the promo were instrumental in getting this far.
We're in Hollywood's bible 'Variety' today and Holland national press service ANP did a piece that was picked up by a lot of newspapers, we'll be an item on Dutch TV station 'AT5 News' tomorrow and the June issue of 'DVD Valley' will run our own Cannes diary.
Fuck. We're gonna make a movie.
Limited edition DVD available!
Next week we'll be at the Cannes Film Market, ambushing hotshot Hollywood buyers on the Croisette boulevard. For that purpose we've produced a DVD containing the promoreel, the making-of, 65 production stills (most of them never before published) and more. Since we're still a low-to-no-budget operation we can't give 'em away so we've offered them to Gorehound's Guerillas to cover at least part of the cost. Within days we almost ran out of them, but there are still a few left. Picture quality is of course vastly superior to that of the website quicktimes, but what's better, this is an instant collector's item with it's extremely limited edition of only 500! SORRY, THE PROMO-DVD HAS SOLD OUT on January 30, 2008.
There's one more bit of zombie-info we want to share: Gorehound's Guerillas has just grown to a THOUSAND maniacs. We were hoping number 1000 would stand out, and it does, because number 1000 is TWO PERSONS: 17-year old twin sisters Debby & Chantal Beverdam.
A perfect bride for Ol' Four-Eyes. Congratulations!
"February 3: Gorehound Film preparing for WORST CASE SCENARIO - Fango pal Scooter (SIXTEEN TONGUES) McCrae alerted us to the website for the Netherlands-based Gorehound Canned Film, which is gearing up for its debut production, WORST CASE SCENARIO. The movie takes off from the longstanding rivalry between Germany and Holland, and centers around the World Championship Soccer Games, during which the two countries are literally going to war. A group of friends attempt to escape the mayhem by traveling to a North Sea Island, where, according to the site, they "wind up in situations far, far worse." A truly impressive promo teaser that can be seen at the site reveals what makes the situation so bad: a squad of really cool-looking aquatic Nazi zombies (shades of SHOCK WAVES)! (You can go directly to the trailer here, but be advised - it's a big file!)
The film will be directed by Richard Raaphorst, whose credits include the short film ZOMBI 1 and the title sequence for BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR (which led Brian Yuzna to attach his name to the WORST project as presenter), and produced by Bart Oosterhoorn, who also scripted. They hope to begin shooting in the summer, and are currently recruiting volunteer crew members at the website - all of whom are guaranteed bit parts as zombies." [©Fangoria®]
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Guerilla saves the day
Nazi zombies invade your screen!
Come and get it
We're in business
While the producers were strutting their stuff in Milan, director Richard Raaphorst attended the Utopiales Festival International de Science-Fiction de Nantes, France, where he met producer/director Brian Yuzna (the Re-Animator trilogy, Faust, The Dentist). Yuzna's comment upon watching the trailer: "It is fantastic! Good concept, funny, and really really good photography. A really scary look." Greatest scare for Yuzna was to see his name above the title ("Brian Yuzna presents"), a top-notch guerilla-filmmaker-move on our side. He quickly recovered: "I was so proud to have my name on something of such high quality that my heart attack turned into a scheming for how to keep it on there." Raaphorst has worked on various Yuzna-productions, most notably 'Beyond-Re-animator', for which he designed, produced and directed the title-sequence. He is currently doing conceptual art for the upcoming Filmax/Yuzna production 'Rottweiler'.
Early October the promo had it's unofficial premiere at the Film Creations festival in Zandvoort, The Netherlands. A rough cut with temp sound was met with much approval by the late-night crowd, among which Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Entertainment.
"A really scary look"
Huge fan speaks out
WCS also has nothing to do with (the success of) '28 Days Later'. We're into zombies - plain and simple - and the Nazis just happened to have the coolest uniforms. That, and we like to kick their butt.
Editing of the promo is on schedule. Thursday we'll record the voice-over by Ilari Hoevenaars. The promo will be broadcast on Dutch TV and we'll put it online shortly after that.
Size does matter
Life's a beach
The beautiful foul weather made DP Gabor Deak grin a lot, while the extra's had to grit their teeth and stumble and crawl for gruelling hours through drizzle and downpour. Earlier a grip tent was seized by the wind and took off on a 200-yard sprint before being caught by crewmembers. It was completely shattered, but at least no people were impaled on it's carcass. Another near-disaster came when extra Mikhel Maes, doing a nice job imitating Prince Radian the Living Torso, nearly froze to death. After squirming on the icy sand for hours on end, arms and legs tied, he stopped moving altogether and had to be rushed off the set by attending lifeguards. Yet another struggle went on mostly unseen. The stormy weather had drawn quite a crowd of eager surfers. At the beach entrances the team of Phoxx Locationscope had their hands full convincing these tourists (ironically including a lot of Germans) to find another spot. Days later main zombie Jason Garber is still in the dark about what happened: most of the day he was in blinding full make-up. Eating was out of the question and he had to drink through a straw stuck in his mask's nostril. Those are the perks of being a zombie!
We've now started editing and plan to have the promo ready for theatrical premiere early November. Dutch national newsservice ANP did an on-set interview with producer Oosterhoorn that was picked up by various newspapers the next day.
On the set
Rotterdam, a hell of a town
As planned, the promo will be shot next sunday. The body count stands at 105, including 66 zombies. Phoxx Locationscope has enlisted the help of Trafic Locationbuses and the Rotterdam Lifeguard. Further credits: first assistant director: Jesse Renckens, lighting equipment by T-Stop, grip equipment by Gripwise. Kodak supplies 35mm stock. The producers would like to thank Circus Zandvoort for its financial support. Mark van den Tempel will be filming making-of material and movie magazine Preview intends to publish a serialized production report.
All that's left to do now is shoot the bastard.
Touching up the make-up. On the right co-producer Suidema.
The worst is yet to come
On the crane: DP Gabor Deak
They shoot zombies, don't they?
A cast of thousands
First shots in the can
Promo-reel in production