Guitarist rock legend Slash has been shredding axes for years, but he’s been looking to shred nerves instead as the musician turned filmmaker opened his own horror movie production studio named SlashFiction back in 2010. For The Hell Within, the second film from that production house, the ex-Guns ‘n Roses guitarist turned to a FanBacked campaign to not only fund the film, but get fans involved in the entire creative process.
Though still far from completion, the first teaser trailer for the film has just been released, giving fans a taste of what to expect. Check it out below, along with the film’s official synopsis.
MARIE and her husband DAVID live a charmed life in Manhattan. He’s a successful environmental attorney and she’s built an international aid organization that helps families in need across South America.
The only thing missing is a child.
When they start receiving disturbing phone calls from TERESA, a young girl in Brazil pleading for help, Marie can’t shake the feeling these calls are connected to her charity. She convinces David to travel with her to Rio to locate the missing girl and soon a series of strange events and a shocking suicide lead them into the heart of the jungle.
Marie and David find themselves isolated in Seringal, a village overrun with drug runners and lost souls, steeped in ritual and superstition. And as David falls ill to a mysterious disease, Marie begins to realize that the missing child was only the beginning of “The Hell Within”.
Eh. Seems very run-of-the-mill to me, but to be fair, I’m not a big horror movie aficionado. Producer Slash clearly is though, and spoke to Shock Till You Drop earlier in the month about the film and what type of horror films he loves.
“…One of the things I love about the story is it’s a young progressive couple in New York. It’s very normal. Then it shifts over into something very abnormal. But it’s got a monster in it and I won’t say much more about that. That was one of the main attractions, because I love thrillers. Thrillers are great, but I need something completely whacked out that’s not just a psycho with a knife, you know?”
“I’m a big fan of the creature features, which obviously are few and far between these days, but as a kid coming up, I was really weaned on Hammer movies, because I was born in England. I lived in England for my first six years, and that’s where I firI’m a big fan of the creature features, which obviously are few and far between these days, but as a kid coming up, I was really weaned on Hammer movies, because I was born in England. I lived in England for my first six years, and that’s where I first got into horror. Vincent Price and Peter Lorre and Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. Those were like the main guys. They all were really strong characters, no matter what parts they were playing. So that turned me on, but what else turned me on was Frankenstein and The Hunchback and King Kong and all the really memorable — Creature of the Black Lagoon. Like real monsters. Godzilla all that kind of stuff. So, I’ve always been attracted, but I’ve gotten very much into sort of supernatural as a kid, too. So like when I first saw The Omen, for me, that’s still one of my favorite all-time horror movies.”
“… I’ve always been into really great, I guess what you consider antagonist, like really memorable villains, antiheroes that have something about them that makes them super-unique and super not-of-this-world, or at least not of your every-day sort of walk of life kind of thing. And monsters are great.”
Check out the full interview for some more info. The Hell Within is directed by and based on an original idea from Dennison Ramalho (The ABC’s of Death 2) and is written by Jeff Buhler (The Grudge reboot, Pet Sematary remake). There’s no release date scheduled yet.
Last Updated: July 22, 2015