Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Horror hits the dusty trail in The Prospector's Curse

In addition to bringing you reviews of movies you've almost heard of, The Basement has found a nice little niche when it comes to giving short films their due, and we're more than happy to do it. All the better when it's a Canadian flick to boot.

The latest is a Western-themed horror film called The Prospector’s Curse, which recently wrapped production near the remote town of Ponty Pool, Ontario.

Set during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890’s, this darkly comedic short is written and directed by Josh Heisie (Mail Order Bride), produced by Bruno Marino (Anything Goes) and is currently in post production in Toronto.

On a side note, if you haven't seen Bruce McDonald's 2008 zombie flick Pontypool then you need to get on it. Great twist on the genre.

Getting back to The Prospector's Curse, the film tells the story of Theodore “Tubby” Ellsworth and Jack Smith, two criminals who stumble across a mutilated and dying prospector on Indian ground. They promise to give him a Christian burial, but break their oath and steal the old man’s gold. That night, the prospector’s corpse returns to make them pay!

Sounds like fun! Heisie has promised to let us view the finished film, which means we will review on the show down the road. I like Westerns and I like horror. Hopefully The Prospector's Curse will combine the genres well.

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