We can’t mention every interesting crowd funder that comes our way, but here are two worthy of your attention.
British cult label Nucleus Films – the guys who made the acclaimed Video Nasties documentaries – are seeking funding to restore two Italian cult horror films to pristine quality for blu-ray release. Death Laid An Egg is a fascinating, weird and unique arthouse / giallo hybrid, made by Giulio Questi and starring Jean-Louis Trintignant and Gina Lollobrigida. It’s languished in obscurity for years now, available only as poor quality, VHS-sourced bootlegs. Lady Frankenstein is rather less arty, but no less interesting for that – it’s a cracking slice of early Seventies exploitation that again has been lost to the world of washed out, beaten up public domain for years. Both films would be a welcome addition to any cult movie fan’s collection.
Cult movie restoration campaigns have usually been wild successes – never underestimate the fanaticism of the HD obsessed fan – so we are confident that this campaign will reach its £10,000 goal. But the perks are impressive – if the goals are reached, you could get both movies for just £25. So we recommend giving this one a go.
Also worthy of attention is Frank Henenlotter’s latest project, The Trial of Mike Diana – a documentary about the only comic book artist ever convicted of obscenity in America. Diana’s story is a dark and depressing warning from history, with his mail order comic book Boiled Angel becoming a cause celebré in the 1990s culture wars. Henenlotter – best known as the director of Basket Case – has carved a niche making exploitation film documentaries in recent years, and we have no doubt that this will be a fascinating, essential film.