Published Mar 20, 2015In many ways, Astron-6 are Canada's best kept cinematic secret. For the last few years, the collective has gone from making gore-filled shorts to exploring Manborgs to making us think of Father's Day in a whole new way. For '80s-loving b-movie fans, it's pure gold, and they once again proved that with last year's Exclaim!-approved giallo tribute The Editor. Now Astron-6's Steven Kostanski and Jeremy Gillespie are taking their next step by entering The Void.
Following the recent W Is for Wish (arguably the best contribution to horror anthology ABCs of Death 2), the pair recently revealed their next in-the-works project, an original horror movie called The Void. To help get the project up and running, the filmmakers have launched a fundraising campaign over on Indiegogo, and luckily for fans of the often synth-slathered music of Astron-6, one of the perks open to pledgers is an archival soundtrack release collecting an album's worth of never-before-heard recordings from the Astron-6 films.
Like most music from the Astron-6 films, it was all penned by Gillespie himself, and as he explains to Exclaim!, "the music is basically a 'greatest hits' collection from the more recognizable films/shorts spanning from 2008 to now."
This includes selections from such previous Astron-6 films as Father's Day, Lazer Ghosts II, Cool Guys and The Editor. Down below, you can see the tracklist for the digital release as it currently stands, as well as a stream of the spooked-out synth-and-organ workout that is "The Father's Day Killer." That's the rather awesome cover art up above.
"The whole thing is to raise money to open our creature effects shop a few moths prior to the start of filming The Void," Gillespie says. "Most films have next to no pre-production time for building this stuff. But, since a large part of our film requires it, we want to be able to put the time and effort in, and make them as good as possible."
By the looks things, The Void will be a sight to behold. As you'll see in the trailer at the bottom of the page, it's packed with cultish, triangle-sporting robe wearers, axe-wielding heroes, and Thing-worthy monstrosities.
Via the campaign page, Kostanski and Gillespie sum up the film and project like this:
With this project we are pooling over ten years of experience to conjure up a terrifying film that will combine the aesthetic attitude of modern horror cinema as it emerged in the 1970s with the splatter and sophisticated practical special effects that ruled the creature features of the 1980s and early '90s. But make no mistake, unlike Manborg and Father's Day, this time we aren't joking around. We are committed to introducing audiences to a unique horror-mythology.
If that sounds like a worthy goal to you, the Indiegogo campaign is also offering a heap of extra perks besides the soundtrack. Among them are signed Blu-rays, T-shirts, thank-you credits, posters (by Justin Erickson, Ghoulish Gary Pullin and Graham Humphreys), a message from Astron-6 dude Bio-Cop, "patient" masks, and a pile of others goodies.
For now, you can pledge to the campaign here, and watch trailers for both The Void and The Sounds of Astron-6 below the stream of "The Father's Day Killer."
UPDATE: Sweetening the deal, each contributor to the campaign will now get the actual soundtrack to The Void as well.
The Sounds of Astron-6:
1. The Father's Day Killer (From Father's Day)
2. The Eyes Of Hell (From Father's Day)
3. The Luscious Lynx (From Father's Day)
4. Cool Guys Titles (From Cool Guys)
5. Everybody Have Fun Tonight - ft. Adam Brooks (From Cool Guys)
6. Cool Guys - ft. Matthew Kennedy (From Cool Guys)
7. Endless Summer forever (From Cool Guys)
8. Lazer Warriors (From Lazer Ghosts II)
9. Bio-Cop Theme (From Bio-cop)
10. Bride of the Guillotine (Sposa della Ghigliottina) (From The Editor)
11. Sex Killer (Sesso Mortale) (From The Editor)
12. Fuchmanus Demonus (From Father's Day / Manborg)