Fucking Deadheads preview

Many directors, writers and actors started their careers in amateur horror films. Maybe the Swedish Fucking Deadheads will give birth to the next horror legend?

Becoming legends is probably not the intention of the small cast and crew for the Swedish film Zombiedjävlar, translating to something like Zombie Devils in English, although the English title is going to be Fucking Deadheads. However, networking within the film community is an intention for project manager, director and producer Annelie Skogsberg, who has financed the shoot with money from her own stage production company. All attempts to get external funding were rejected, which is what almost all horror producers are up against in Sweden.

The aim of the project has been to let experienced film workers back up and inspire those who are new to the stage and film world. That’s why the film was made largely with amateurs and beginners, who might also join future projects and thus slowly build experience. The lead is played by Andrea Trädgårdh, who was cast in one of the supporting roles but stepped up when the original girl got a job elsewhere. One of the youngest participants was a 9 year old girl who actually had previosu film experience. At the opposite end of the spectrum was Bo Linder, who is a dancer and actor who was in high-profile TV productions on national TV last year. -In the future we hope to give people proper payment, not just coffee and cookies. On this film, some people had to leave because they got paid work elsewhere, says Skogsberg to Nordic Fantasy. Any money generated by the film will go directly into later films. Skogsberg is a teacher of stage arts and uses her vacations to work for free on projects like Fucking Deadheads, which will be shown to funding societies and producers in order to raise money for future productions.

The film was shot in smaller Swedish cities such as Kalmar, Näkna, Södertälje, Vallentuna, Sundsvall, Kramfors and Bollstabruk, and the material shot until now suggests that the film will be about 70 minutes.

The idea for the film came when Skosberg and her girlfriend Charlie Ericsson visited a film festival in Stockholm in October 2012. Ericsson was a student of film production and wanted a bigger project to work on. Since both loves horror films, they came up with a concept of a horror-comedy, since they did not have the funds to “drown cities in splatter effects”. But no make-up effects were spared, so extras and actors had to endure many layers of plastic, latex, wax and fake blood.

The crew is mainly made up of Annelie Skogsberg (director, writer, make-up artist and producer), Charlie Ericsson (all things technical and editing), and Patricia Ström (production assistant).

The story; Alexandra (Andrea Trädgårdh) is having her school exam party and everyone there tells her that she needs to leave the city she lives in and do something interesting in the big world. Alexandra is not in a hurry, and feels that what happens will happen. When the party is over and Alexandra wakes up from a slumber, she finds that her family and friends have become posessed. They tear eachother up and then attacks Alexandra, who tries to escape. “Well, this is interesting too” she thinks and decides to become a zombie slayer all around Sweden.

Skogsberg believes, in spite of the young cast, that the film would not be certified for children if it were to be shown in cinemas, although the gore “is softer than what some of of 6th grade pupils have seen on video. The focus is on the comedy, with less actual squirting blood and more make-up effects.” Skogsberg says she laughed through all the Saw films; -I am not a sadist, but the effects gets me going, and thinking, how did they do that?

The film is scheduled to be finished at the end of 2013, and will be available to stream online. A documentary about the project is also in the works.

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