There’s a new zombie movie taking Cannes by storm – and no, it’s not Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2. It’s the film Colin by British indie director Marc Price and it’s getting a lot of attention because of how good it is and what it cost to make. Marc Price and his production company, Nowhere Fast Productions, put the entire movie together on a anemic budget of just $70.
It took Price eighteen months to film Colin and he did it by advertising for zombie actors on Facebook. To help keep his budget low, he had people bring their own lights, equipment and make-up.
Price told CNN during an interview:
“One of our make-up people came off ‘X-Men 3,’ so we were having the same latex that was put on Wolverine.”
Price’s story of Colin is so interesting, original and is generating so much buzz that when combined with the tiny budget, it has managed to put itself on the radar of some big Hollywood and Japanese studios.
“A couple of friends were round a few years ago watching Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’,…and I wondered if a zombie movie from a zombie’s perspective had been done before.”
What he came up with was Colin, a zombie film “with a heart,” and the web is already generating page after page of praise for the film. Zombie Friends called it “as original, compelling and thought provoking as [George] Romero’s ‘Night of the Living Dead,’ and horror magazine SCARS said it would “revolutionize zombie cinema.”
Check out the trailer for Colin below:
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While I like seeing indie directors and movies like Colin getting their big break, I also cringe at the fact of a major Hollywood studio sinking their commercial claws into it. Evil Dead is a great series but I think most would agree that when Universal got involved with Army of Darkness, the tone and style of the movie changed. Independent movies lose what makes them feel independent when major studios acquire the rights. They start changing story arcs and character development for the sake of updating special effects.
At the same time, there really isn’t any other way for the “little guy” to have their movie distributed to the masses. Although I have no doubt that Colin will have little trouble recouping its budget of $70, most indie films are shot on much more than that and have a hard time making those costs up without distribution.
I sincerely hope that Marc Price and his production company have much success with this and future endeavors. BTW: Are you perhaps wondering what Price spent his massive $70 budget on?
“We bought a crowbar and a couple of tapes, and I think we got some tea and coffee as well — not the expensive stuff either, the very basic kind. Just to keep the zombies happy.”
Horror and zombie fans out there, is Colin the type of film you would like to see on the big screen? Or do you feel it’s better left at Cannes?