However, out of this explosion of profit came a new breed of filmmaker - people with little money that would film their cinematic dreams on VHS itself - this was the shot on video filmmaker. Though the format was not initially met with much enthusiasm, these films made a definite impact due to the box art being able to fool unsuspecting video renters as to how the final product looked (a factor that is lost today even with big budget films). These artists were normal, average people you might run into on the street, burning with passion to make their films even though the budgets rarely exceeded a few thousand bucks. Initially, there were only a few mass released films shot on this format, and the only one to get a theatrical release was the original S.O.V. film - BOARDINGHOUSE. After this film came SLEDGEHAMMER and BLACK DEVIL DOLL FROM HELL.
However, 1985's BLOOD CULT was a smashing success on the video rental and found itself into about every video store you could come across (even appearing in Blockbusters nationwide long after its heyday), and practically set the chain in action good and proper. After this, you might find yourself with films like BLOOD LAKE, CANNIBAL CAMPOUT, TWISTED ILLUSIONS, DEMON QUEEN, VIDEO VIOLENCE, PHANTOM BROTHER... the list goes on and on. In age where people refer to films with 20 million dollar budgets as "independent films", the SOV library laughs at the notion, for they are the true independents, and they prove that you don't need millions of dollars, famous actors, huge, spectacular pyrotechnic effects, or 35mm film to make a perfectly entertaining, effective, even well made and acted movie.
S.O.V.: The True Independents, shot on glorious VHS itself, tells the story of those hard-working individuals who slaved over their camcorders day and night to come out of the jungle with a finished film in their hands. It is the ultimate treat for any fan of this shunned and misunderstood, niche sub-genre of horror, with behind the scenes anecdotes and post-production tales straight from the filmmakers themselves.
This wonderful documentary is currently in production by Number Signs Productions' Tony Masiello, a man who has worked on several low budget horror films including (Hi-8: HORROR INDEPENDENT 8, RETURN TO THE QUAEDEAD ZONE) and even several recent mega budget Hollywood blockbusters (which include HUGO and TRANSFORMERS 3). He is making this film as a love letter to the sub-genre that inspired him to break into this industry, with the help of fellow camcorder zealots Brandon Bennett and Matt Hill.
Until then... LIGHTS... CAMCORDER... SPLATTER!!!
- Matt Hill, Associate Producer SOV The True Independents
How You Can HelpHere is your chance to become a part of SOV The True Independents. Anyone whose contributions are used in the final film will receive credit. We are currently looking for:
- Interviews with Cast, Crew and Distributors
- Fan Submitted Interviews
- Fan Submitted Artwork
- Contributors to the Website
- Photos, Cover Scans and Ads
- Copies of SOV's
- Monetary Donations
If you feel you can help out in any way please contact us.
|Sledgehammer killer Doug Matley|
|Blood Lake Director Tim Boggs|
|Blood Cult Director Christopher Lewis|