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Cowboy Zombies is an independent feature film from an original script by famed cartoonist Gahan Wilson and Producer Paul Winters.
Paul Winters
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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
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Cowboy Zombies is an independent feature film from an original script by famed cartoonist Gahan Wilson and Producer Paul Winters.

Set in 1873 in the Arizona Territory, it is the story of survival in a world "gone mad"  for a disparate group of people that includes a Sheriff and his Deputy, a Buffalo Soldier, a Marshal, a couple of Saloon Girls, a prisoner,  a Mexican Outlaw, an Apache Chief, and a whole bunch of Apache Indians.

Production and Budget

$45,000 isn't much to start a feature film, but it will pay for the broad strokes and many of the big ticket items we need like equipment rentals, locations, food, labor costs, lumber for sets, some fees for zombie extras, and costumes. The rest we are getting donated in either free services or reduced rental contracts.

We, as filmmakers love Cowboy Zombies so much that we are all working for no salary on the production. In fact, some of us are actually kicking in some of our own funds to round things out when needed. We are also calling in favors and getting our talented friends to also come work for gratis or at a very reduced rate. 

So, what we have here is a commando style production team of versatile film professionals working on a stellar script with the best possible cinematic equipment at terrific locations with an extremely talented cast. 

From it's inception, the script was designed with the budget in mind. Since we are using one  location (the Western town) as our main exterior set, we have very few company moves. That saves time and money and gives us a wonderful, unique, large, western town to play in. The interior sets will be constructed in a warehouse at another location where we can work more quickly  with controlled lights and moveable walls.

Movie Set Location


There are some other spectacular exterior locations in the mountains and the deserts that will be used for locales in the scenes that don't take place in town.

Exterior Location

Just a few years ago, a not so heavily funded Indie Film would have cost much more than we will be spending, but, what with the advances in digital cameras and technology we are able to make a quality film at a fraction of the cost.

Come join us! 

The Script

The Script

We are not going to give anything away, but you can bet on one thing...the script is scary. Extremely Scary! If you are a zombie film fan, you will be a very happy camper when you sit back to watch the completed Cowboy Zombies.

An intricately woven tale by Paul Winters and "The Master of the Macabre", Gahan Wilson, Cowboy Zombies is a story that could have happened...in The Old West...on the day the dead came to life.

The Apache

The Apache People are respectfully portrayed in Cowboy Zombies. One of the main characters is an old and venerated Apache Chief. During all scenes with the Apache People, the Apache language is spoken with English sub titles.

The Team

What a great team we have on Cowboy Zombies...

Gahan Wilson

Co-Writer and Production Designer

Cartoonist Gahan Wilson has been published in PLAYBOY, THE NEW YORKER, and The National Lampoon. He is a national treasure and a living legend!


Joe Seely

Joe Seely is an actor/director and a world renowned puppet and mask maker. Among many other roles, he played Mark Gray in A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child.

Masks and Puppets by Joe Seely

Joe Seely Masks


Joe Seely Mask

Joe Seely Mask



Sam Bearpaw

In addition to being a producer, Sam Bearpaw is an actor with many credits and a Northern Traditional Dancer.

Sam Bearpaw

He is Warm Springs and White Mountain Apache.

Co-Writer and Co-Producer

Paul Winters

Paul Winters is a filmmaker who has had production/ development deals with all of the major Hollywood studios. He has also produced and directed a number of Indie feature films.


The casting process for any film is an exciting time. We will be doing all of our casting during the 45 days that our campaign is up on Indiegogo. That way, you, our supporters, can see our progress. We will be uploading casting photos, some videos, and finally, our casting choices for each role. It should be fun!

For our contributors, we will be asking your input on certain roles by uploading some video footage from the audition. We will ask for your vote on which actors you think should paly the role.

We Need Your Help!

Please join us in our quest to make Cowboy Zombies a rocking zombie film! We need you to be a part of Cowboy Zombies! Please donate or pledge!

We have lots of very cool rewards in the rewards section.

Please...Tell your friends about Cowboy Zombies!

Rewards! Rewards! Rewards!

Check out the amazing rewards on the right side of the page for all of you generous donors who join the Cowboy Zombies Team. We have many different selections.



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This campaign ended on October 22, 2012
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  • $1USD
    The Dollar Zombie

    Thank you!! A thank you on Facebook, the official CowboyZombiesFilm web site and Twitter. Each and every dollar brings us closer to our goal. Everyone who donates to this project will also be listed in the film credits!~!

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $10USD
    DeadHead Package

    DeadHead Package: A digital download of the original Cowboy Zombies poster and a thank you on Facebook, the official CowboyZombiesFilm web site and Twitter.. We appreciate your support.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $10USD
    Movie Screening Ticket

    You receive a ticket to a screening of the film in your area. We will be distributing the film in theaters and you will receive a ticket to the closest screening to your address. Please send us an e mail of what city you are in.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    Shufflers Package

    Shufflers Package: A digital download of the Cowboy Zombies movie once the film has been distributed plus the DeadHead Package.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $50USD
    The Zombat

    The Zombat: All of the above, Plus a Cowboy Zombies DVD. Every pledge gets us closer to our goal.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $100USD
    Zack Snack Pack

    Zack Snack Pack: An original Cowboy Zombies T-shirt and the Cowboy Zombies DVD, plus all of the above! Every dollar pledged gets us more zombies, more time, more movie.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $250USD
    Walkers Storyboard Drawing

    Walkers Storyboard Drawing Package: An exclusive copy of a Cowboy Zombies Storyboard Drawing created and signed by Gahan Wilson, plus all of the above.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $500USD
    Cowboy Zombies Movie

    Cowboy Zombies Movie Screening Preview and Party Package: 2 tickets for you and a guest to attend the Cowboy Zombies Movie Premiere in Phoenix and After Party with the cast and crew!! Transportation and lodging not included. Plus all of the above.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,000USD
    How To Kill A Zombie Package

    How to Kill a Zombie Package: An Original Hand Pulled Serigraph, edition of 100, signed and numbered by Gahan Wilson! This is a collector's item! Plus the Cowboy Zombies Movie Screening Preview and Party Package. Transportation and lodging not included.

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Shoot Them in the Head

    Shoot Them in the Head: A unique Zombie Drawing by Gahan Wilson, just for you. Hand drawn and personalized by Gahan Wilson. Each drawing will be a different Zombie! Only 10 of these available. Plus the Cowboy Zombies Movie Screening Preview and Party Package. Transportation and lodging not included.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $2,500USD
    Hang With Us

    Hang with us on the set with the Apocalypse Package: Be a Zombie Extra in the movie, your name in lights and your flesh rotting. Get the action up close! Be part of the zombie drama! Get addicted to everything ZOMBIE! We're filming in AZ in late fall 2012/ early winter 2013. All the film action plus The Cowboy Zombies Movie Screening Preview and Party Package. Transportation and lodging are not included.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2012
  • $5,000USD
    The Undead Package

    Executive Producer Credit, your name in the film credits. Plus 2 Reserved Seats for the Cowboy Zombies Movie Premiere and After Party, Awesome Accommodations and Transportation for yourself and guest to the Cowboy Zombies Movie Premiere and After Party. Based on one night stay and travel not included. Plus any or all of the above rewards.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
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