Horrible Adventures and The Black Rock Mountain

Alfred Hitchcock once said, "I can't stare at this computer any longer my brain is starting to hurt, and my eyes are going to fly out of my skull in protest and go smoosh!" I understand that, Hitch old boy! I've been working hard for the last four months with all of my collaborators to complete the Pilot for "The Horrible Adventures of Dracula and Madre Ganso". I'm incredibly happy to report that it is almost finished, and that a trailer should be released early next month! The TV show is a continuation of the adventures of the once great Count, and picks up at a point in his life where he shares a three bedroom apartment with his best giant goose friend Madre Ganso, and the heroic, if not a little manic, Janet Van Helsing. The best way to explain the show is "The Mighty Boosh" by way of "Evil Dead". The show has action, comedy, monsters of all kinds, and of course a fair amount of blood and gore. Really all of my obsessions wrapped up in one disgusting morsel! I'm really proud of what we have done so far, grateful for all the hard work of the many talented friends that have worked on the show, and so excited to share with you! The plan is to take our Proof of Concept Short, Pilot script and Show-Bible and get this sucker on the air somewhere! There will be lots of new information on the show soon, as well as places to follow it on the Social Medias of the world. So please come back and check out what we are doing! 

Here's a couple of stills from the first "Horrible Adventures" short. 

The Great Count

The Great Count

Bestest Buds

Bestest Buds

Janet Van Helsing

Janet Van Helsing

Trouble 

Trouble 

 

"The Black Rock Mountain" has had a kind of strange history. Its first incarnation was as a song that I wrote for my band Matt Kollar and the Angry Mob. We even recorded a version with the incredible fiddle player Rupert Engledow. The story in the song is pretty close to the story that ended up making it to the screenplay. It has the idea of a supernatural being taking revenge on a lover that betrayed him, and an army of ghouls that march down a mountain, but that's about all.  I wanted some artwork for the song that would help explain the story and so originally my friend.  Illustrations that I think look like a mixture of Roald Dahl's long time collaborator Quentin Blake, and the Horror Comic's of the 1950's. A combination that I quite love. As Charlie was creating the illustrations I had the idea to turn them into a type of Animatic, and that's about where things get out of control! Colin Walker wrote a Screenplay to accompany the story, and Timmy Red added his grizzly vocal talents to bring the story and Illustrations to life. I worked on it on and off for about a year, Ellen Warkentine created an incredible score for the little weird short, and finally I wrote another song that I think closes out the story for good. We did a couple of different screenings for friends, people appeared to enjoy it, and then Muldoon from Aint it Cool News featured it on his Saturday Shorts seriesI'm a pretty big fan of the website so it was quite exciting for our little, odd animation project to get some media coverage.



Meanwhile everyone is busy on new projects. Charles Pieper has a new short in Pre-Production that I'm going to be doing the score for. Ellen Warkentine and I are the disfigured brain children behind the Mythic Vaudeville Band Sex! Money! Power!.  

Ellen is also currently at work creating the Score for "Horrible Adventures." And of course Timm and Colin are embroiled in the show as well. 

So anyway, I will leave with the latest video piece I created for OC Weekly on Jasmine Singh, a champion Boxer who is training for the 2016 Olympics. What a cool and inspiring lady. Thanks for stopping by! 

Matt