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THE CONVERSATION? IT WENT LIKE THIS. 'To pull something like that off, you'd have to have lots of added value' 'How do mean?' 'Well, working in that genre the audience expects to see names.' 'Names?' 'Yes, that's why something like this would never happen!. You have to have a cast that features prominent names that are associated with THE studio.' 'Oh, I see. Well, he's got them!' There was a three second pause. One 'What?' One for 'Did you just say just say, what I think you said?' and the last for, 'You DID!' 'And the concept?' "Yes?' 'Well, that's going to be amazing. What an amazing opportunity!'
THIS CONVERSATION happened over the phone, as I write, was four days ago. I am talking to a close friend. Someone who I have known since we were teens. I went on to work in television and lecturing, he became an award winning script-writer, working in an international multi award winning show, with a cast made up of directors and actors with very respected names, the majority some of the most experienced and trusted actors in the business. He's a little jaded now. There isn't much that makes his eyes sparkle, make him sit up and listen. This conversation went on for another hour. I was enjoying hearing him get just as excited as I am about this . . . .
'LET ME WRITE THIS DOWN. And, this is the guy we spoke about previously. 'The Dracula AD 2015?' guy?" 'Yeah!' ''Remind me. His name?' 'Joshua Kennedy' 'And, the title?' 'House of The Gorgon!'. I could hear his smile down the phone. 'Of course. It had to be! Ha'
SO WE HAVE FOLLOWED JOSH KENNEDY'S journey over the past few weeks, as he launched his INDIEGO CAMPAIGN PAGE the updates on THE HOUSE OF THE GORGON YOUTUBE CHANNEL and the HOUSE OF THE GORGON FACEBOOK FAN PAGE. It's a gamble. It seems there have been a few HAMMER film projects launched over the past few years. One in particular asked for a sizeable budget, for a concept that was nothing new, but seemed to get fans of the Hammer flicks excited. Sadly, fingers got burned. ...Cue 'I told you so'.... If it looks too good to be true, based on past experiences of some the people who were involved with that project, then you can bet it certainly is!
'We are all professionals. Aside from the decades of experience our actors have in show business, writer-director Joshua Kennedy has written, produced, and directed fourteen feature films entirely on his own... in less than seven years... with little to no budget for any of them! The possibilities to make movie magic with this cast are endless with your help.' The HOUSE OF THE GORGON Indiegogo Campaign Site
OTHER WAYS TO HELP!
Times are hard, it's that time of year, and if you are not able to contribute to this project... no problem!You CAN help by sharing this campaign with your family, friends, neighbors, pets, Hammer fans, Classic Universal fans, vampires living in your basement....The more we can spread the word, the better. How many chances will we ever have to see these FOUR TITANS TOGETHER in a Gothic Horror film? Let's make this happen! THE HOUSE OF THE GORGON Indiegogo Campaign Site
AS JOSH SAYS in his promo trailer, 'This might be the last opportunity to see FOUR Hammer film actors appear together in a film!'. That fact alone, has to be worth some serious consideration, of an Hammer film fan? I remember my youngest daughter asking me one time, many moons ago, 'Dad. how do you eat an elephant?' To which I replied, 'I have no idea, Lucy' 'ONE MOUTHFUL AT A TIME! She screamed laughing! She has a point. It's a sizeable budget, but even a dollar, ten dollars, twenty five dollars, as a contribution, all goes ion the pot. And eventually, he would get that budget. Problem is of course is, TIME. As I wrote there are just NINE DAYS until the closing of the INDIEGO CAMPAIGN PAGE. So, if you feel THIS IS something you would like to get behind, NOW is the time to send that lolly! No matter how small, it ALL adds to the total. THE HOUSE OF THE GORGON has a FLEXIBLE GOAL on Indigo. Basically, that means, the campaign will receive ALL the money it has raised even of it doesn't reach it's goal! So, you are backing a production, where the contributions really do count! I would LOVE to see this happen. Wouldn't you?
LOOK FOR THIS INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN PAGE AND CLICK HERE!
The year is 1896 and the lovely Isobel Banning travels with her mother Anna to the village of Carlstadt to marry her university sweetheart Dr. Julian Pritchard.Along their journey they meet the mysterious Father Llewellyn, the local priest, who refuses to explain why the villagers appear to be in a state of mortal fear... as if the town is hiding a terrible secret.
Frightened and confused, Isobel and Anna readily accept an invitation from Dr. Pritchard to stay with him and his aunt, the Baroness Bartov, in their large chateau overlooking the town... unaware of the ancient horror that lies within.
CAROLINE MUNRO AS BARONESS BARTOV
Embedded in the minds of fans worldwide for her work in AT THE EARTH’S CORE and THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, Caroline Munro's stunning looks also made her an easy victim for Christopher Lee's Dracula in DRACULA AD 1972, and a vicious thwart to Roger Moore's James Bond in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. Her numerous fans throughout the globe have unanimously dubbed her "The First Lady of Fantasy."
MARTINE BESWICKE AS EURYALE
Martine currently holds the rare distinction of being one of the few "Bond Women" to participate in two James Bond films: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and THUNDERBALL; both opposite Sean Connery. She is also famous for her work in Hammer films fighting Raquel Welch in ONE MILLION YEARS B.C., lording over a kingdom of cavewomen in PREHISTORIC WOMEN and, of course, as the vicious villainess in DR. JEKYLL AND SISTER HYDE.
VERONICA CARLSON AS ANNA BANNING
Veronica is probably best known throughout the world for her career-defining performances in two of the greatest Gothic Hammer Films of all time acting opposite Christopher Lee's Dracula in DRACULA HAS RISEN FROM THE GRAVE and Peter Cushing's Baron Frankenstein in FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED. Her other film roles include THE HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN and THE GHOUL.
CHRISTOPHER NEAME AS FATHER LLEWELLYN
Known primarily for his role as Johnny Alucard in Hammer's DRACULA AD 1972, Christopher Neame has had an incredibly lengthy film and stage career, including the titular role in Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET, guest roles on DOCTOR WHO, STAR TREK, THE A-TEAM, and Timothy Dalton's James Bond film LICENSE TO KILL. Christopher also played Chuck Norris’ antagonist, the Devil himself, in the film HELLBOUND.
GEORGINA DUGDALE AS ISOBEL BANNING
Having completed her Bachelors in “Costume for Performance” at the London College of Fashion, Georgina has also chosen to pursue acting through her membership in the National Youth theatre, the RADA Youth Group, and the Tricycle Youth Theatre. In addition, Georgina has also performed in a number of films including BECOMING, FOX TRAP, DRESS REHEARSAL, directed by Sam and George Clemens, and THE MILKY WAY, winner of “The Best No-Budget Feature” at the London Independent Film Festival.
JOSHUA KENNEDY AS DR. PRITCHARD
Joshua Kennedy is the 23 year-old writer, producer, and director of fourteen feature films. A graduate of Pace University in New York City, he has been nominated for four Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards for, among other things, his tributes to Gothic horror: DRACULA A.D. 2015 and THE NIGHT OF MEDUSA. His latest film, THESEUS AND THE MINOTAUR, premiered at the Monster Bash Convention this past summer and is now available on DVD from oldies.com.
PAST JOSHUA KENNEDY AND GOOEY FILM PRODUCTIONS: