Because we’ve been raging, foaming-at-the-mouth fans of Claudio Fragasso’s Troll 2 for most of our lives, we were equally fond of last year’s Best Worst Movie, the documentary about the making, aftermath, and surprise cult-status of Troll 2. Directed by Michael Stephenson (the little boy who played “Joshua” in Fragasso’s film, now all grown up), Best Worst Movie wasn’t just the best documentary we saw last year, it was also one of the best movies we saw–period. Now Stephenson’s working on his follow-up, and you might just be able to be a part of it. Wanna know how? Keep on reading, my gentle Examiner readers…
If you haven’t already seen Michael Stephenson’s Best Worst Movie, you need to drop what you’re doing and go directly to your nearest DVD retailer, buy that film, go home, and watch it twice (yes, even if you’re at work). Best Worst Movie is one of the most entertaining, surprisingly touching, thought-provoking documentaries we’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing, and if you count yourself a fan of Troll 2 (the film that Best Worst Movie‘s about), you’ll be doubly-entertained.
Best Worst Movie raked in a number of glowing reviews when it debuted last year (it’s sitting at a rock-solid 95% on Rotten Tomatoes as we speak), immediately announcing Stephenson as a director worth watching. Awhile back, we learned that Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham– the editor and cinematographer on Best Worst Movie, respectively– were working on a new comedy called Zero Charisma, but until now we haven’t known what Stephenson’s follow-up effort might be. All that changed when the following press release arrived in our inbox a few minutes ago:
Magic Stone Productions, the team behind the critically beloved Best Worst Movie, announces their next feature documentary for an NBCUniversal cable network, which will provide a fun and intimate look into the lives of devoted adults who go to fantastic and frightening lengths to create the ultimate homemade haunted house.
The film is produced by Meyer Shwarzstein of Brainstorm Media along with Michael Stephenson & Lindsay Stephenson. Michael Stephenson (director, Best Worst Movie) will direct. Alamo Drafthouse programmer & author Zack Carlson has also joined the Magic Stone production as a writer and associate producer.
Whoa, that’s a whole lot of awesome packed into one production: Stephenson and Alamo Drafthouse programmer Zack Carlson (who’s got another project, Destroy, set up through Magic Stone) taking on homemade haunted houses? Holy sh-t, when do we get to see it?
As it turns out, probably not for awhile. That’s the bad news. Good news is, if you’re the type that spends a lot of time crafting your own homemade haunted house, Stephenson and company are interested in speaking with you. The press release goes on to say:
October 31 has been the target for mischief, monsters and – above all – FUN. This dedication to Halloween mayhem isn’t just carried out by costumed children and prank-crazed teens. The feature documentary will provide a fun and intimate look into the lives of devoted adults who go to fantastic and frightening lengths to create the ultimate homemade haunted house.
Magic Stone Productions is searching for passionate Halloween die-hards who live to scare through creating amateur haunts and would like to share their creations with the world. Casting and submission information can be found by visiting http://www.homemadehaunt.com.
If this sounds like the kinda thing you’re into, head on over to homemadehaunt.com to throw your hat into the ring. You might be a few mouse-clicks and an application away from appearing in the guy-who-directed-Best–Worst–Movie‘s next movie!
Right now, we don’t know all that much about the “Untitled Haunted House Project”, but you can bet your sweet, sweet ass that we’ll be keeping you updated on the film as it heads into production. Hopefully, we’ll have news, interviews, and more on Stephenson’s next film in the near future. While you’re waiting on that to arrive, be sure to give Best Worst Movie another whirl in your DVD player (you can pick the film up HERE, or– if you’re still not convinced– you can read our review of the film HERE) and hit up homemadehaunt.com to apply to be in Stephenson’s next film!
Stay tuned, folks.
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