Students attending a Christmas party are stalked by a bloodthirsty killer in Stirring, starring horror icon Brinke Stevens.
Stirring is the second feature film from independent film company Fright Meter Films and talented writer/producer/director Troy Escamilla.
Escamilla’s first feature film, Party Night, recently completed post production after a successful crowdfunding campaign. Early reviews for the film have been extremely positive, and you can read our own review here. As Party Night prepares to hit the festival circuit, Escamilla is eager to bring horror fans another blood soaked love letter to the genre he’s so passionate about. According to the filmmaker, Stirring can best be described as a mix of Black Christmas (Troy’s favorite horror film of all time), To All a Goodnight, and Scream.
Troy has been an active and important member of the horror community for years, even before producing and directing his first feature film in June 2016. Through his blog FrightMeter.com and the genre-specific awards program he founded and runs, the Fright Meter Awards, he has worked tirelessly to honor the tremendous (often unsung) talent working in horror and to elevate the profile of genre films and filmmakers.
Now, as a member of that horror filmmaking community, Troy needs the support of those who love and respect the genre as much as he does to help fund his second feature film, Stirring.
STIRRING is about a group of students attending a Christmas party at a sorority house with a sinister past who are stalked by a bloodthirsty killer disguised as Mrs. Claus. In Troy’s words: “Where PARTY NIGHT is my love letter to 80s slasher flicks, STIRRING is my homage to my favorite horror film of all time, 1974’s BLACK CHRISTMAS.”
A KILLER CAST OF EXCEPTIONAL GENRE TALENT
Horror icon and beloved Scream Queen Brinke Stevens, will be taking on the role of Julie Cornell, a passionate campus police officer whose normally peaceful patrol routine is interrupted by a bloodthirsty killer. Brinke has appeared in over 156 films, including the 80s cult classic “The Slumber Party Massacre.” Her recent films include “Disciples”, “Axeman”, “Adam K”, “Safe Inside”, “Die Sister, Die!”.
Helene Udy will be portraying Mrs. Werner, a grieving mother seeking answers regarding the tragic loss of her daughter at a sorority house years before. With over 60 film credits, Helene is no stranger to the horror genre, having appeared in the classic 1981 holiday slasher “My Bloody Valentine.” She also appeared in David Cronenberg’s 1983 film adaptation of Stephen King’s novel “The Dead Zone,” and recently wrapped production on “The Haunting of Mia Moss.”
Kaylee Williams will be portraying Amber, the head sorority sister who oozes self importances and loves being in charge. Kaylee has made quite a name for herself in the indie horror community these past few years, having appeared in such films as “Porkchop 3D,” “III Slices of Life,” “Model Hunger,” and “The Lashman.”
Billy Brannigan will be tackling the role of Kyle, the patient and understanding boyfriend who quickly realizes this holiday get together may not end well! Billy studied at James Franco’s Studio 4 and portrayed Travis in Escamillia’s Party Night. Two other Party Night cast members, Drew Shotwell and Ryan Poole, have also joined the cast of Stirring, along with Jace Greenwood, Jantel Fontenot, and Hailey Strader.
SUPPORT INDEPENDENT HORROR
While Troy and his crew were able to shoot Party Night on a true micro-budget, Stirring is a much larger undertaking, with more locations and a larger cast. Thus, he’s once again turning to fans of the genre to help raise the funds necessary to bring this vision to life. The film is now crowdfunding on Kickstarter. Troy had the following to say about his decision to seek support on this platform:
“Kickstarter is a great vehicle in which to try to raise the budget to allow us to film STIRRING simply because it connects people who have an immense passion for a project with an audience who can then have a part in ensuring the project comes to fruition. Horror fans are generally some of the most fervent and loyal fans. STIRRING is my love letter to the Christmas themed horror genre and its fans, but it cannot get made without your help. We need and want you to be part of this film by becoming a backer; as you can see there are great rewards available and anything helps!”
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal of $13,500 by