The latest crowdfunded film project we want to tell you about is one near and dear to our hearts.
For me personally, pro wrestling has been a big deal since the days of Hulkamania. I used to watch NWA (the Carolina-based promotion that would become WCW) on TV with my dad every Sunday, as well as WWF’s Monday Night Wrestling before it turned into Monday Night RAW. Me and my brothers would act out wrestling matches on our parents’ bed. One of my favorite recent memories involves seeing a live WWE event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. My best friend, Joseph, is also a big fan, and every time we talk on the phone, the conversation always turns to wrestling. And RAW continues to be a Monday tradition for me.
There aren’t a whole lot of movies centered around the world of professional wrestling. NO HOLDS BARRED, READY TO RUMBLE, and THE WRESTLER are a few that instantly come to mind. And, as far as horror, it’s even less! As The Hurricane would often ask, “What’s up with THAT?”
Well, for the millions… and millions!… of wrestling and horror fans everywhere, fear not! A “feature thriller about wrestling” is on the way, and it’s called… POWERBOMB! But who is bringing such a motion picture to life? Who?! Who? Who?! Who? Who?!
Our very own BJ Colangelo, that’s who!
BJ will be co-directing POWERBOMB with Zach Shildwachter for their Sickening Pictures. Sickening are producing the movie in association with Turnstyle Films and 1984 Productions. This will be the feature-length directorial debut for both BJ and Zach, who are also working with Cleveland promotion, Absolute Intense Wrestling.
“POWERBOMB is the story of an independent wrestler on the verge of breaking into the big time, but he’s contemplating leaving it all behind to spend more time with his family. When our wrestler’s biggest fan hears the news, he decides to take matters into his own hands to ensure that his champion gets to the top by any means necessary.”
The film will be going before the cameras in May, shooting in Cleveland, OH, with a cast that includes: “MDogg” Matt Cross, Wes Allen, Britt Baker, Gregory Iron, Dick Justice, Pants Pantsley, and Alex Daniels. But for this movie to truly be “Best in the World”, BJ and Zach need your help!
They have set up an IndieGoGo campaign, where you can contribute and get perks from social media shoutouts to shirts, enamel pins, and posters, to actually being a producer on the film! Click on the link above to learn more about POWERBOMB. You can meet the directors via a hilarious video intro, see a proof-of-concept, and get a glimpse of the cast and crew.
If you want to see a horror movie made by wrestling fans for wrestling fans, gimme a “Hell Yeah!” Go to the link and please donate.