Phoenix-based film production company, Savage Motion Studios LLC, has pre-launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its upcoming horror short titled “Revivified”
“Revivified” is the latest project set to be released from the stables of Savage Motion Studios, an animation film production company based out of Phoenix, AZ. “Revivified” is currently being filmed by Brad Uyeda of Sav-Mo Studios, as he aims to show one of the reasons behind the current largest movement “Black Lives Matter” through horror.
“Horror has been an outlet for me to express myself and my medium of choice. Both the popularity of and themes within horror films this decade will reveal the profound effect of the social and economic crises of the times, particularly among people of color. Films such as Get out and Culture Shock served as one avenue through which horror cinema identified and dealt with the issues we are growing up bombarded by.”
Revivified is a stop-motion short film about a black woman, Diamond Jackson, who in 1974 is murdered by police, and is resurrected in 2020 with a mind for revenge. Horror movies of today are and have always been an attempt for filmmakers and audiences to express the hopelessness that they are feeling living and growing up in a time defined by distrust, grim conditions, and seeming hopelessness for the future. In turn, this explains the horror genre’s newfound popularity, as young people turn to metaphors to make sense of their fears and the world around them. Revivified is no exception with roots in classic blaxploitation and horror films of the 70’s.
With the election of Donald Trump, the death of George Floyd and many other murdered people of color, horror films will take on a new face. But as they existed back in the 1970s, they will provide significant insight into what anxieties and fears Americans are facing at the time, and how young Americans in particular address the trauma that they grew up surrounded by.
The Revivified Kickstarter launches October 13th through to November 11th. More information about how to support the project can be found on kickstarter.