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‘Night of Something Strange’ Director Announces ‘Johnny Z,’ Launches IndieGoGo

One of the first films I reviewed for PopHorror was Jonathan Straiton’s hilariously disgusting Night of Something Strange (read my review here) which was my pick for best film of 2016. Recently, Jonathan announced his next film, Johnny Z, which sounds like its going to be fun and over the top, but in a different way. Check out the details on the project below.

From the Press release:

Hurricane Bridge Entertainment launches its first ever crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo for the horror action film Johnny Z.

Johnny Z is a horror action feature film about a half-human, half-zombie named Johnny who, under the guidance of a martial arts master, seeks vengeance on the evil corporation that created him. It’s Land of the Dead meets The Raid. Directed by Jonathan Straiton of the award-winning horror comedy Night of Something Strange. Straiton penned the script along with frequent collaborator/filmmaker Ron Bonk (House Shark, She Kills). Bonk is also set to executive produce with Brie Straiton as producer. Night of Something Strange alumni Michael Merchant, Trey Harrison, Wayne Johnson and newcomer Felix Cortes join the cast. Special effects by Marcus Koch (We Are Still Here, American Guinea Pig series) and fight/stunt choreography by Dylan Hintz of the DC Stunt Coalition. Hurricane Bridge Entertainment has partnered with Black Mandala (Inbred, What the Waters Left Behind) who will be overseeing worldwide distribution for the film if the fixed goal is met. Private investors have invested $20k in pre- and post-production. We have invested $15k of our own money and now seek an additional $15k for production costs in exchange for exclusive perks through our Indiegogo campaign.

Says Jonathan Straiton:

Johnny Z  has been a passion project of mine for over ten years and I know audiences will dig it. It’s straight action/horror with tons of gore! This is my chance to show my more serious side to storytelling compared to NoSS. Black Mandala approached us about doing a NoSS sequel back in January, instead I expressed the importance of Johnny Z as my next project and they totally got it! They came on as producers and I signed on to direct Johnny Z and a NoSS sequel, Dawn of Something Strange and very much look forward to returning to that world after Johnny Z.”

The IndieGoGo campaign includes some excellent perks like signed DVDs, signed Blu-Rays, signed script pages, digital downloads, signed posters, t-shirts, hoodies, and much more. Are you excited for Johnny Z? Planning to back the campaign? Let us know in the comments!

About Charlie Cargile

I've been obsessed with all things horror since watching Night of the Creeps through my fingers as a young child. I'm a soon to be published author and aspiring screenwriter from middle of nowhere Illinois. Some of my favorite films are Return of the Living Dead, Gravy, Evil Dead, May, and Cemetery Man. I have a deep love for indie horror.

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