Sometimes I come across an idea that fits a medium so well that they can’t be less than great. One of these is ‘The Tourist’, a short horror film two buddies of mine are working on. It is a simple short story about how the fate of a young librarian gets ‘contaminated’ by a mysterious device he finds in an ancient book.
I began this post by writting that some ideas can’t be less than great. I emphasize that by saying this film must be made. Truly great horror films are scarce today and this project drinks from the great legacy of the 80s’ cult horror movies — the crude realism. The crew is passionate about their craft, excellent professionals and… to top it off, they have good taste and ituition (not a common thing these days).
The project is now gathering crowd funding through the indieGoGO platform (similar to kickstarter but directly available to the whole world). Read the description at their indiegogo page to get a sense of the film.
The official tumblr page shows the filmmaking process with recent location scouting in the beautiful green mountains of Sintra. If you like the genre, help these guys out and you’ll play an important part in rewarding the short horror format with what will be an award-winning film. Only a few days left on indiegogo.
This project has to happen. I’ve read the script and I can tell you that this description of ‘horror’ by Robert McKee fits it perfectly: