Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for Practical Effects-Driven Horror/Comedy Short ‘Sleep Tight’

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Writer, director and trained animator Lewis Taylor has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new horror short titled Sleep Tight. The film is a five-minute horror/comedy in the vein of works by Sam Raimi and John Landis and hopes to blend modern day comedic elements with the practical effects and real creature makeup.

“We love Horror! Specifically, the practical effects-driven flicks that scared the pants off of us when we were little. Too much horror today is reliant on monsters, blood, and guts generated inside a computer. From Child’s Play to C.H.U.D, we want to 80’s horror to rise again!” explains Lewis on the project’s crowdfunding page.

Sleep Tight tells the tale of an overly attached father, his wheel-chair bound teenage son and the hellish creature that stalks him after he complains about his father’s behavior.

Lewis hopes to raise at least £6,030 for the film to help pay for the production and is offering up a variety of rewards for those who donate to the project. Rewards range from the pure satisfaction of helping to fund the film to a signed copy of the script and storyboards used in the film with a slew of other perks included like a private invitation to the film’s wrap party.

Since the film will be driven by practical effects, you’re probably curious who Lewis has tapped to bring the vision to life.

Gareth Rowntree has signed on to be Art Director. Rowntree has designed a number of shorts notably the dark horror ‘A Beautiful Death’, sci-fi short ‘Videobox’ and the award-winning Random Acts film ‘Crashing Waves’. He is currently finishing up post-production on his directional debut, short sci-fi ‘Mariana 627′.

For makeup effects, the film will be leveraging the talents of Suzi Battersby an experienced freelance artist and technician specializing in prosthetic makeup, creature effects, prop and puppet making, and sculpture. Working both independently and as a freelancer for industry-leading UK effects companies, Battersby has been a part of BAFTA-winning and Oscar and Emmy award nominated teams. Her work can be seen on such films as Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant and J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

The crowdfunding campaign will run through October 29, 2018 with the hopes of shooting shortly thereafter. To learn more about the film or to donate to the project visit and be sure to like the film on Facebook for the latest updates.

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