Last year, we were treated to one of the most epic horror anthologies ever to be witnessed by our gore loving eyeballs – Volumes of Blood. Since its emergence to the screen at film festivals and conventions everywhere, fans have been hungry for more, and it is coming, but your help is needed to make Volumes of Blood Horror Stories the gorefest it is meant to be. Writer/director P.J. Starks has launched a funding campaign via Indiegogo.
The campaign will run for a month with a goal of $10,000. It has only been live for 10 days and has already raised $970. Pledge amounts range from $1 to $2,500. The list of perks for the VOB 2 campaign are pretty awesome; they range from a social media thank you, an on-screen thank you all the way to a role in the film. We all know that times are tough, so if you can’t fiscally donate, socially donate, spread the word to your friends, your co-workers, family, pets, friendly strangers and well, anyone that will listen.
Why should you? Well I could ramble on all day, but the main reason is to help keep horror pure. Indie horror is the present and future of the genre with Hollywood’s love of half-baked remakes and PG-13 crapfests, if we don’t support our indie filmmakers, the genre will spiral downward, quickly. The crew behind the VOB films are hard working and genuinely love the genre. Why wouldn’t you support that? Not to mention, there are 20 on-screen kills promised to us, and to add the cherry to the gore sundae, the effects will be practical (like our favorite 80’s Slasher films). A lot of what you would be donating would go to the effects of the film. Donate HERE.
The biggest selling point of any film is the trailer, some trailers come to us in the form of a short film. The brains behind the new horror anthology, Volumes of Blood, put together a short film to help get their film made. Say hello to ThePreylude: A Volumes of Blood Short Film, (no that is not a spelling error) the short that started it all.
The Preylude was written and directed by P.J. Starks and stars Shelby Miller, Robert Denton and Chad Ray as “The Hood”. The concept for the short is fantastic, and what makes it even more scary, it is completely believable as the given situation has and could happen. Chad Ray makes for one intimidating villain, his large stature and Kane Hodder-like movements only add to the greatness of ThePreylude.
With just under 7 minutes to tell the story, ThePreylude gets straight to the point. There are no unnecessary fillers, the entire short is filled with only quality content. The cliffhanger ending will leave you wanting more.
What does ThePreylude: A Volumes of Blood Short Film entail?
The fifth unsuspecting victim is stalked by a sociopath hell bent on making her suffer. Will she survive or will she die trying?
It has been 8 years since the release of the 2007 horror anthology Trick-r-Treat , and ever since, there have been horror anthologies released in its honor, but none of them have even come close to the quality of the film. Thankfully, that has all been changed by P.J. Starks, Nathan Milliner (yes the guy that does all of those awesome Scream! Factory and HorrorHound covers) and Todd Martin. Volumes of Blood is an anthology film that horror fans can be proud of, it’s not some cheap knock off of what has already been done, it is gory, original and for a lack of better terms, fucking amazing!
A sociology student gathers several friends at the local library on Halloween night to help him create a new urban legend with deadly consequences; Lily is in for a late night of researching and needs something to keep her going. It isn’t until she’s approached by a stranger that her luck may change – for the worse; a typical night of work for a librarian becomes a classic ghost story with a modern twist. Sometimes you can’t keep a bad book down; Sidney is allowed to stay after hours to study for a test. It’s not until she awakens in the darkened library that she realizes the truth of what lurks among the books after midnight. She better pray she doesn’t become the prey; Paige faces regrets that she’d do anything to take back. When an ancient and arcane spell book falls into her lap, she decides to make a grave decision. Be careful what you wish for, it might just kill you.
Volumes of Blood stars Kristine Renee Farley (Happy Hooker Bang Bang), Jim O’Rear (The Deepening), Roni Jonah (Hell House), Jason Crowe (The Zombie Movie), Jakob Bilinski (Obsolescence), P.J. Starks (A Mind Beside Itself), Kevin Roach (Happy Hooker Bang Bang) and a host of other indie horror greats. The biggest complaint many people have about indie films in general is the lack of talent and overacting, but this cast was phenomenal. There were scenes that required a bit of an homage to the corny acting of the 1980’s, but it was done intentionally and only enhanced the overall quality of the film. For example, the opening scene, I felt, was a beautiful nod to the 80’s slasher films, Friday the 13th in particular. As a fan of that sub-genre, I couldn’t have been more proud of the execution of the scene and the fact that it was even done at all.
The score of a horror film has always been just as important to me as great writing or a flawless cast, and Tony McKee’s score was incredible. It was no overly dramatic and matched the theme and feel of the film perfectly. At approximately 6 minutes in, there is a nod to Halloween via music.
Volumes of Blood had every element a horror film should have and so much more. It is going to be extremely hard for anyone else to top this anthology. If you’re looking for a film that will make you jump, possibly make your stomach turn, that will get your date clinging to you like cheap fabric on a hot day and pays a wonderful tribute to all of the classics, Volumes of Blood is the film for you. I could not find a single element to complain about, which is a rare occurrence. I truly cannot recommend this film enough.