GINOSAJI - THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER WITH THE EXTREMELY INEFFICIENT WEAPON - FEATURE FILM
Created by Richard Gale
Epic horror comedy feature based on the viral short about the legendary Spoonkiller, with award-winning cast featuring Jeffrey Combs!
Latest Updates from Our Project:
2 months ago
– Tue, Feb 04, 2020 at 01:44:56 AM
Dear Friends of the Spoon,
Due to a family emergency, the Ginosaji project has been temporarily delayed. The movie is absolutely still going to happen. I apologize for the extended delay, and will update everyone as soon as things progress.
I also apologize for the long gap between updates. I was reluctant to share personal info in a Kickstarter update -- but since personal matters have caused this delay, I will.
My Dad passed away unexpectedly last year, and since then I have been taking care of my Mother (who is severely disabled, and recently underwent surgery). It's a complicated situation due to her serious medical issues. As a result, I had to put everything else on hold.
If it wasn't for my Mother, there would be no Ginosaji to begin with. She used to tell me Edgar Allan Poe stories when I was a kid, and instilled in me an appreciation for tales of horror and the macabre. A retired registered nurse, she also served as medical advisor on the original film. (Jack has more bruises on his face thanks to her input).
I ask for your patience and understanding as I deal with this challenging situation. I am grateful to the friends and family who have been so supportive during this time. As I said, I will update everyone as things progress.
Nothing Can Stop the Ginosaji
10 months ago
– Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 01:11:22 AM
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Going VIRAL... Again! Plus: We're #1!
over 1 year ago
– Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 12:03:21 AM
Hello Friends of the Spoon!
A couple pieces of exciting news to share:
First, undeniable evidence that the Ginosaji will never die... In checking statistics on the short films, I was surprised to discover a massive tidal wave of new views in the past month -- turns out, a Korean subtitled version of Ginosaji vs. Ginosaji Pt.4 went viral in South Korea, resulting in more than a quarter million views in one day(!) and attracting a massive amount of new views for all the spoonkiller videos.
Over 2 Million Views in November!
Thanks to this new viral activity, our videos received over 2.1 million views just in the past month!
You can sort that list by Number of Votes, which is a measure of the public recognition of a film.
Out of 5,168 titles on the list, The Horribly Slow Murderer is ranked #1.
#3 is The Skeleton Dance by Walt Disney!
As befitting these massive statistics, huge things are cooking with the GINOSAJI movie. Things are taking a long time to put together, but it is necessary in order to produce a vastly more epic movie!
Details will be revealed as the next big steps are made. Thank you for your continued patience! There is much, much more to come.
Happy Holidays and Scary Christmas!
How Much Bigger is It? + SCARY Ginosaji
over 1 year ago
– Fri, Aug 24, 2018 at 02:27:17 AM
Hello Friends of the Spoon! ---o
How Much Bigger Is It?
The feature length story is so very, very, very, very, VERY much bigger than the short film (and significantly bigger than our original feature concept), it is taking a lot longer to put together than we initially anticipated. But this is a very good thing -- the end result is going to be much more epic than anyone anticipates. Once I am able to announce details on the size of the production, you will understand what's taking so long. And you will be excited. Thank you for your patience!
I wanted to share with you a detail of the GINOSAJI project that is quite exciting and will set it apart from many horror comedies...
THE SCARE FACTOR
All horror comedies have a particular balance of scary/creepy stuff and humor -- and in The Horribly Slow Murderer short film (and many of our other shorts) there's a large proportion of comic stuff mixed with the horror. The Ginosaji himself is in many ways a kind of demented evil clown if you think about it. But there was always a thread of genuine creepiness woven through the short film, that will be stronger in the feature -- even though it sounds silly in concept, it is in fact also quite horrifying to consider actually being in Jack's shoes, pursued by an unstoppable being who incessantly attacks you, relentlessly hurts you with thousands upon thousands of small injuries. It's a real nightmare.
One Way to Describe the Genre of the Story
If the GINOSAJI story were an oreo, it would have a delicious creamy filling of horror and drama sandwiched between crackling comedy/thriller cookies. It would be a tremendously large and frightening oreo.
In the short films, the look of the Ginosaji -- the way he sometimes appears in bright daylight, his skin shining bright white -- There won't be as much of that bright stuff. His face will be shrouded a bit more by the hood, and will generally appear more scary, creepy and mysterious. Still inefficient as ever, just creepier. Much of this can be achieved through lighting.
The Freddy Krueger Effect - Keeping the Villain in the Dark
I saw A Nightmare on Elm Street (the original and first one) many years ago in the theatre, and it scared the hell out of me. I loved it. The way they showed Freddy Krueger -- he was mostly shrouded in darkness and shadow -- you did not get to see the full details of his face in almost any shot, and it wasn't until some later Elm Street sequels (ones not directed by Wes Craven) that you saw Freddie in brightly lit scenes, when suddenly, he just wasn't scary anymore (it also didn't help to give him lots of cheesy dialogue after killing people). The point is -- darkness, shadow, mystery is the way to go. This lesson from horror films can be applied to horror-comedy as well -- the horror in horror-comedy still needs to be scary.
Same deal with Michael Myers in the original Halloween (another movie that inspired me years ago) -- he was usually shown partially hidden in darkness, or concealed by a hedge, or sheets on a clothesline -- which always made him appear creepier.
No specifics (no spoilers!), but suffice to say there could be times in the story when the Ginosaji experiences grievous bodily harm, and the effects might be shocking. This would be a new dynamic which would add some never-before-seen creepiness.
Much more to come.
almost 2 years ago
– Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 12:27:46 AM
Hello Friends of the Spoon!
This update focuses on an intriguing question...
Might there be a GINOSAJI VIDEO GAME?
We are exploring the possibility -- and our connection with the video game industry is growing, thanks to a cool development which involves some exciting news about members of our Ginosaji team...
Our award-winning music composer, Wlad Marhulets, has many talents -- when he's not making music, he's in the process of creating his first video game (not just the musical score, but the game itself!)-- with the help of some excellent artists and craftspeople. Entitled DARQ, it's a visually amazing psychological horror game set inside a lucid dream. The game is filled with mind-bending puzzles, frightening creatures and suspense -- and the normal laws of physics do not always apply!
Wlad has been generating a lot of buzz for the game, which showed previews of gameplay at the recent E3 show in Los Angeles, and has received positive attention from a lot of press including IGN and Gamespot.
I've been creatively involved with the DARQ project (providing input and feedback) since it began a couple years ago, and Ginosaji Executive Producer Chris Vick is also involved as a Producer on DARQ.
An Impressive Team
I'm quite inspired by what Wlad and his team have been able to accomplish. Some notable members of the DARQ team include sound designer Bjørn Jacobsen, who did sound design on EVE Online and is currently working on Cyberpunk 2077, one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the year. DARQ's music mixer Adam Schmidt has worked on a number of great film projects including Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and on the games Detroit: Become Human and Ratchet and Clank, among others.
DARQ is scheduled to be released on Steam for PC towards the end of this year, and will likely be ported to other game platforms as well.
I've been learning a lot about the gaming industry and the process of producing a game, thanks to my involvement on DARQ -- and I'm seriously thinking about creating a Ginosaji-related video game in the future. We will explore different possibilities, but the game would need to have the spirit of the films: wild, fun, and action packed horror comedy. We plan to connect with a number of companies to explore these possibilities further down the road.