INTRO: From the creative mind of horror personality John Fallon (better known as the driving force behind the famous horror website Arrowinthehead.com, (part of the JoBlo Movie Network), comes a horror film that goes back to the subversive, bold and emotional resonance of genre films from the 70’s.
"The Shelter will present you with an eyeful in terms of striking imagery. It will also scare the pants out of you as much as it will move you and make you think. It’s influenced by movies like “Rosemary’s Baby” when it comes to its approach to characterization, “The Legend of Hell House” when it comes to its cinematography and Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” in terms of its camera work. “The Shelter” will rely more on its imagery and sound design, rather than dialogue, to communicate its tale. After all, film is an audio/visual medium and we want to embrace that to the fullest in how we’re going to present our story.
A screen capture from some test footage we did for the film!
Alas, “The Shelter” is the kind of movie that Hollywood studios wouldn’t finance today as it steps outside the norms of what is considered “commercially viable” (there's a reason why David Lynch is no longer directing). With that said, it’s also the type of picture that needs to be made and that any true lover of cinema will appreciate which is why we are putting together this crowd funding campaign, in the hopes of having you, the true cinephiles, help us make this distinctive project happen.
"I read John Fallon's script "The Shelter” and it tells a great and painful tragedy. Not about global disaster or war or economic collapse but of the individual human heart. The human heart and soul is what all art seeks to unravel. Guilt, regret and shame kill the heart and soul. When our lower animal nature dominates our character our soul is lost." – Michael Pare
SYNOPSIS: Here is the film’s synopsis, which lays out the set-up. We are purposely being somewhat vague as the film is filled with surprises that we don’t want to spoil.
On a star-filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two-story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking that he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear that he did. With nobody in sight on the inside, he finds all of the comforts that he used to have and after taking a bath, feasting wholeheartedly on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well-earned shut eye.
All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon and checks the barrel. It is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Unfortunately for him, he finds out very quickly that the premises would prefer that he not leave. The doors are all locked, and oddly enough, the windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal and what will he discover in the end?
Star Michael Pare and Writer/Director John Fallon
CAST AND CREW: We have been assembling our cast and crew for some time now. Thus far we have these talented folks on our team.
John Fallon (writer/director): John’s greatest success comes from his screenwriting, with eight of his screenplays produced into full feature films including “Deaden” (which he also starred in and co-produced), “Recon 2022” and “Recon 2023” (both of which he also starred in and co-wrote), the upcoming “American Muscle” (which he also starred in) and most recently, “Billy Trigger” with icon Fred Williamson (which he also starred in and co-produced). John Fallon has also acted in films such as “Saw II”, “100 Feet” opposite Famke Janssen and more recently in the French sci-fi hit “Dead Shadows”. As a director, John helmed the music video for the hit song “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee and the award-winning short film “The Red Hours”. Since the year 2000, John has also been at the helm of one of the most successful horror movie websites in the world called Arrow in the Head, part of the JoBlo Movie Network, which led him to being a member of the Jury at the Sitges Film Festival and at the Fantastic Fest Film Festival.
Michael Pare (actor, executive producer): Iconic actor Michael Pare has signed on to play the lead role of Thomas. Pare is best known for his roles in such classics as “Eddie and the Cruisers”, “Streets of Fire”, “The Philadelphia Experiment”, John Carpenter’s “Village of the Damned” and Eric Red’s “Bad Moon”. He recently starred in “The Lincoln Lawyer” with Mathew McConaughey and the Amanda Seyfried thriller “Gone”.
DOP Bobby Holbrook and one of his babies!
Donny Broussard (producer): A writer that works hard to bring his own brand to his readers. His short film This Way To You earned him the gold award at NOVAC, and his documentary Little Houses played theaters around the south and is currently airing on the Documentary Channel. He was the Director of Photography on John Fallon’s award winning short film The Red Hours, and worked as a sales agent to sell Fallon’s script Trance, which was shot in Louisiana with actress Dominique Swain. Donny has over 15 years of production and design experience and earned his BFA in multimedia from the University of Louisiana .
Thomas Wilson (VFX supervisor): Thomas is a talented up-and-coming VFX artist. He has lent his considerable skills to films like “Men in Black 3”, “Gangster Squad” and the upcoming James Wan spook fests “The Conjuring” and “Insidious: Chapter 2“.
Bobby Holbrook (director of photography): Holbrook is a second generation director, producer and cinematographer. He is also a production manager and part owner of Holbrook Multi Media, a 36-year major production house. Working on set since he was 7, he has allowed himself to be involved in most every aspect of the business as producer, grip, gaffer, shooter, DP, director, editor and colorist on countless documentaries, Indie & Feature films, long form presentations and hundreds of regional and national TV commercials.
Gayle James (actress): The talented Gayle James will play the crucial role of Maryam, Thomas’ wife. She recently wrapped “Bad Country” which stars Willem Dafoe, Amy Smart, Tom Berenger and Matt Dillon.
Rachel Whittle (actress): Rachel will play the pivotal role of Annie, Thomas’ neighbor. Rachel has appeared in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, “Beautiful Creatures”, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and recently nabbed a lead role in the TV series “Dark Water” which is set to air on the History Channel.
LOCATIONS: We have scouted and found the bulk of our locations in Louisiana, here is a peek of some of them!
HOW YOU CAN HELP: We are very passionate and excited about this creative project and everybody who has read the screenplay has said the same thing: this film needs to be made! So no matter how this crowd funding campaign turns out, this movie will get done, because we won’t stop until it is. But obviously, the more money we have, the better movie we can make.
We are looking for 100,000$ and the money we raise from this campaign will go towards getting great equipment to make the film, paying cast & crew, feeding our people, staying in decent accommodations, paying for our varied locations and covering the many eye-popping visual effects we expect in the film. It will take everything we have to make a movie this ambitious for so little funds, but we have faith in our skilled team and ready for the mammoth challenge that lies ahead.
We give you our word that every dollar you donate will end up on the screen, and the more we surpass our goal, the better the movie will be! In exchange for your support we are offering all kinds of cool gifts which you can see in the PERK section!
LAST WORDS: In this day and age, filmmaking seems to be going two ways: either you shoot something with nothing in the hopes of making your money back from distributors or you should shoot with a mega-budget a la “The Avengers” for hundreds of millions of dollars. “The Shelter” is a film that falls in the middle. We don’t have millions and we don’t want to shoot it for nothing, so we’re hoping that with your support, we’re able to turn out an excellent feature as we believe we will! Either way, thank you for taking the time to look over this crowd-funding campaign and hopefully you’ve seen and heard enough to make you want to support “The Shelter” and our passionate efforts behind it.