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While not a universally loved horror flick, The Taint got a nice little push from our own Rob Hunter last month when it hit DVD. Now I’d like to extend the support for one of its directors, Drew Bolduc. I don’t know him, I haven’t seen any of his films, but something tells me he could very well be the next guy associated with Troma Entertainment to wind up a big deal. Just don’t be surprised if he directs Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or anything. He’s already working with aliens in his next feature, Science Team, which is currently raising money by crowdfunding via Indiegogo. And the promo video Bolduc sent us this morning makes me think its not just “a bastard child of science fiction and horror” but also the illegitimate offspring of James Gunn and Wes Anderson.

But I don’t have any idea what the end result will be like. Therefore it’s not entirely easy to encourage strangers to drop money into the production. Maybe you’d rather pledge your dollars to the documentary about Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder that I’d planned on showcasing this week. All we can do is hope for some awesomely messy visuals courtesy of Bolduc and producer Michele Lombardi, both of whom did the special effects for Troma’s upcoming Return to Nuke ‘Em High. And they’ve got a DP (William Robinette) who worked on Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln! Sure, he was just a P.A. on that film, but who knows, maybe his presence psychically contributed to the greatness credited fully to Janusz Kaminski.

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Since the clever Indiegogo page doesn’t tell us much about what Science Team is about (it’s set up to make it look like we’re donating to the fictional Science Team itself), here’s a plot synopsis I found on Facebook:

Chip returns home to find that his mother has been brutally murdered. A sessile space alien is now living in her house. Science Team must eliminate the extraterrestrial threat. Drama ensues. People die. Inner and extraterrestrial demons are engaged. Men in pink suits use cool-looking technology. Events culminate in a destructive orgy of violence of such an epic intensity that people’s minds are literally blown out of their heads.

Okay so that’s not all that detailed either. But on the film’s Facebook page you can also find a gallery of concept art, which will show you designs for the sessile alien, what it looks like when a character explodes and much more. You can also find out about fundraising parties such as one tonight in Richmond, VA. Shooting is set to begin in Richmond this summer, so any film people in the area might want to see if they can help on that, too.

Because it’s using an Indiegogo flexible funding campaign, Science Team will get to keep any amount it makes through the service, even if they don’t reach their $15,000 goal. Special incentives include stickers, comic books, original artwork, personalized songs, producer credits and onscreen roles. Finally, here’s the promo video so you can get a sense of the look and tone of the film, minus the finished effects:


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