16th Jun2017

Back This! – Fun House / The Book Club

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to the latest edition of our regular crowdfunding feature here on Nerdly – Back This! – where we take a look at some of the cool content taking the crowdfunding route on sites such as Indiegogo, Sponsume and Kickstarter. This month we’re spotlighting two VERY different projects…

Bring Back Fun House


Fun House mega-fan Glen Middleham and a group of his friends and colleagues need your help to launch a live event version of the classic TV show in London. They have been working with the original Fun House creative team to design a truly authentic experience, planned to include many of the games you used to adore as a child. In teams of 6 Reds vs 6 Yellows, you’ll be able to play wacky games, race the Fun Karts, tackle the vast ball pool and take on the gigantic Fun House itself in an experience which is planned to last 1h 45mins.

Glen says:

It would be a dream come true to actually get to play Fun House for real! I remember so very vividly watching Fun House with my younger brother and us being captivated by every second of the show; wanting desperately to be a part of it.

Fun House legend Pat Sharp is in full support of the idea, stating:

I hosted Fun House for 11 years and had a ball doing so. To have the opportunity to be involved in such a special venture and have the chance to re-run the fun for real is so fantastically exciting!

The IndieGoGo campaign is the only place to get your hands on tickets. To reward early campaign supporters, there are tickets at a whopping 60% discount on standard prices and additionally there are over 2000 tickets priced at only £25!

Other perks in return for pledges of support start at just £10 – Pat’s Balls of Fame for which Pat Sharp will pull out his Pat Sharpie and personally handwrite a name of your choosing on a plastic ball, sign it and throw it into the Fun House ball pool!
Also, if you have very, very, very deep pockets (a single donation of a meagre £650,000 – the campaign goal) and fancy a laugh at Pat’s expense, he has extremely reluctantly agreed to entertain the possibility of re-running the mullet… Says Pat:

They twisted my arm, then twisted it some more, and then gave it another twist for good measure. Nobody needs to see that hairstyle again! Correct?! I’ve only agreed to it because there’s no chance that anyone will back the perk!

Pledge here to #BringBackFunHouse: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bring-back-fun-house

The Book Club


Chester Mapleforth has a dream. A dream to break away from the rules of normal, not-that-stabby society and live by his own terrible, awful rules. Six years later and his little community of murderers has flourished wonderfully beyond his imagination, they have regular bake offs / burn the postman events next to the village pond. What a lovely Sunday afternoon for all. When a local filmmaker learns of the group, he and a handful of crew are granted access to the horrible yet hilarious world that Chester has created. but getting in is easy, it’s leaving with all your parts attached which proves trickier for most….

From filmmaker Jaime McKellar and his Redshirt Films team  – the guys behind the awesome web series I Am Tim Helsing – comes their first feature-length film, The Book Club, an expansion of a pilot that won McKellar and co. a 2015 Raindance web series pilot award, best described as The Great British Bake Off meets The Purge

The Book Club is an ambitious project stuffed with classic horror practical effects and is being funded through an all or nothing Kickstarter campaign that runs until June 28th in an attempt to raise the relatively small budget of £25,000. The Kickstarter is full to the brim with great perks (starting at £5.00) and rewards, such as the opportunity to have head and body casts done for practical special effects, set visits, secret message groups, premiere tickets and of course digital rewards such as the score and access to an online screener of the film once complete. If successful, the project will commence filming in July 2017, with a completion date of February 2018. The film will then be submitted into horror festivals and events across the world, such as Frightfest, Screamfest, Dead by Dawn and The British Horror Film Festival with the ultimate goal of seeking distribution, both physical and online.

The project has just cast star of Primeval, Alice and Lucky Man, Andrew Lee Potts and are in conversation with several other actors from the world of British TV and Film.

To check out the campaign and to pledge go here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/369416611/the-book-club-a-film-about-terrible-awful-people


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