In the Grip of Terror, Amicus Productions’ first film in over 40 years, reached its initial crowdfunding target in under 24 hours. However, we can still use a boost as we get closer to completing our third stretch goal, which will enable our filmmakers to acquire an old Gothic building and turn it into the studio’s new home.
The building in question is an old church which the local authorities want to demolish. As it stands, the property is regarded as nothing more than a decaying relic of yesteryear. By supporting the campaign, however, our team can save it from destruction and turn it into a temple for British horror, inspired by the country’s golden age of genre filmmaking. At the time of this writing, we need to raise another £9000 for reach our target.
Acquiring the Gothic structure will allow us to build a solid foundation for our future plans, which are to make Amicus’ revival a British horror success story. This isn’t some corporate hedge fund that’s using the Amicus name for commercial gain; it’s a long-term project and labour of love that our president Lawrie Brewster has been working on for years in collaboration with Milton Subotsky’s family.
Of course, some backers will undoubtedly be more interested in the film itself. If you’re new to the campaign, allow me to share some details about the new project. Directed by Brewster, In the Grip of Terror is a portmanteau horror film that will honor the anthologies of the original Amicus — Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, Tales from the Crypt, Asylum, et al. The theme of our film is macabre medical horror, and the segments will adapt stories by Ambrose Bierce, E.F. Benson, and H.P. Lovecraft.
In the Grip of Terror stars Megan Tremethick (aka Miss Amicus), Jonathan Hansler, Michael Daviot, and Laurence F. Harvey. More names will be announced as the project develops, and you can read them here. For more information on In the Grip of Terror, head over to the Kickstarter page for a detailed breakdown.