28th Aug2019

Back This! – Brit horror ‘The High Stakes Rollers’

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 edition we’re spotlighting Brit horror The High Stakes Rollers, from Jamie McKeller and Redshirt Films.

The High Stake Rollers is a sticky, horrible love letter to the splatter horror comedy films of the 80s and 90s. Films that were made back in the days of nobody wondering if shoving a lawnmower into a horde of zombies for ten minutes was alright, or if asking actors to roll around in red soupy goodness for a week or two would be frowned upon. RedShirt films want to go all out, bucket after bucket of the stuff flying through the air with the audience laughing and trying not to throw up at the same time.

The film is set in the town of Falls Grave, which has a real bad throwback 90s vampire problem, and when Katie Klein’s best friend is murdered, everyone tells her “It’s just something that happens here. Nothing we can do about it, the vamps have lived here longer than we have…” She decides to seek revenge, to take the fight to the hairspray coated creatures of the darkness. It’s not long before she meets The High Stake Rollers, an elite team of butt kicking roller derby players who have dedicated their lives to vanquishing things that suck.

Real derby players, not so real vampires. The film uses the game of roller derby, with actual gameplay and positions made good use of. High speed jammers chasing down fleeing vampires, blockers walling up and crushing the undead… more dead! The film is currently storming it on Kickstarter, looking to raise £8000 mostly to cover the cost of all the super gross special effects. Backers can get their hands on digital copies of the film, custom moulded vampire fangs and even join the project as a producer:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jamiemckeller/the-high-stake-rollers-a-horror-comedy-action-film

Anyone wanting to follow the project visit the official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/highstakerollers, and check out some images from the film below:

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