Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns are a dime a dozen these days, and everyday i am bombarded with requests to help fund and spread the word of these projects. Most of the time I chose to ignore these requests, but every once in a while a project catches my eye, and gets me rather excited. Borley Rectory is one such project. To be honest one of the main reasons that this project caught my eye was the fact that Julian Sands is attached to this project. Julian is one of my favourite actors, Warlock and Arachnophobia are among my all time favourite films.
So what is Borley Rectory? Well you are just going to have to read on to find out.
Borley Rectory is the brain child of writer and director Ashley Thorpe.His previous work includes Scayrecrow, The Screaming Skull and The Hairy Hands; three award winning animated shorts inspired by neglected aspects of British legend. Recently he also wrote The Demon Huntsman and Dead Man's Shoes for Glass Eye Pix Radio Drama series Tales From Beyond the Pale. He is also a regular contributor to Fangoria, providing both articles (usually with a Brit-centric bent), reviews and the odd cover or two - Issues 305 (Amicus) and 307 (Alice Cooper).
Borley Rectory is to be an animated documentary about a very famous haunted house.
"Ghostly figures of headless coachmen... a nun believed to have been bricked up within the walls... a screaming girl at the window of the blue room and dragging footsteps in empty rooms. The scene of the ghostly visitations is the Rectory at Borley, a few miles from Long Melford, Suffolk. It is a building erected on part of the site of a great monastery which, in the Middle ages, was the scene of a great tragedy..." The Daily Mirror, June 10th 1929.
Here is what Ashley has to say about it
It's a story I've been fascinated by since stumbling across it in the 'Usborne book of Ghosts' back when I was a young boy. The film is to be an exploration of the 'haunting's history' created in a similar 'collage / rotoscope' style as my previous animations. It will not only be an investigation of the facts but also a meditation on why this story - and hauntings in general - continue to fascinate.
"I've always been fascinated by ghost photography. Not purely because of the subject matter but because they are often very beautiful images. I want Borley Rectory to look like a moving piece of 'spirit photography..."
A campaign wouldn't be complete without a few 'perks' and we've got some very special treats here for you. To the right you'll see our full list so I won't bother listing them again here. I will however draw your attention to a few gems.
Firstly they have a wealth of signed items graciously provided by their guest artists Steven Severin and Julian Sands. A true standout item is the extremely limited edition vinyl pressing of the original score by Steve Severin - numbered and signed by guests and Ashley and presented in a full colour 'retro-Amicus / Pan Horror' style sleeve. Pretty fantastic and a genuine collectors item.
And if you fancy yourself something of an executive producer, a major donation will not just earn you a signature from Julian Sands, the man himself will call and thank you personally...!!!
I fully sympathise that some of you just won't be able to contribute, but that really doesn’t mean you can’t help them
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