SLASH GETS INTO THE MOVIE BUSINESS
Slash is friends with legendary producer Robert Evans (Chinatown, Marathon Man, uh, Jade), and plays the theme from The Godfather during his extended live guitar solos. Also, he’s obviously pretty famous. And by Hollywood standards, that makes him qualified to help run a production company. And by “help run,” I mean “take large paychecks to put his name on some shit so it will get more publicity while other people do all the work.”
Look, it’s working already! From Deadline:
“Unless you answer to Rob Zombie, what musician has a name better suited to horror film making than Slash? The iconic guitarist of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver has teamed with Scout Productions to start Slasher Films. They will produce edgy contemporary horror fare with a nod to the thrillers of the ’70s and ’80s. They’ve set up their first: Nothing to Fear, a horror/thriller that follows a young family as it tries to reinvent itself by moving to a small town in rural Kansas. The family is tormented by an ancient demon with an insatiable blood lust.”
Horror movies! OF COURSE! ‘Cause we all know that metal heads will only watch violent movies. God forbid Slash should start producing comedies or dramas.
Come to think of it, in all my years of being a GN’R-obsessive, I’ve read literally hundreds if not thousands of interviews with Slash, and never heard him mention liking horror movies… oh, wait, here’s a statement from the man himself:
“I’ve always been a huge horror fan and creating films that take you back to the days where horror movies actually scared the hell out of you is something I’ve always wanted to do… My audience is made up of young, edgy, discerning consumers, with an appetite for quality and a hint of anarchy.”
Wow. Us Slash fans have come a long way, huh? Two decades ago we had an appetite for destruction, now we have an appetite for quality and a hint of anarchy. I guess you can’t stay rebellious forever.
Scout Productions, in case you’re curious, previously brought us The Fog of War, which was actually a good movie, and Transsiberian and Session 9, which were not, and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which statistics tell me more than one of you watched so don’t pretend to be all butch now, okay?
Meanwhile, this Nothing to Fear project — which will presumably feature at least one song by Slash on the soundtrack — is being scripted by Jonathan W.C. Mills, who has no produced credits to date but is working on some horror movie with Gold Cirlce Films, that company that previously brought us such movies I hope to someday forget as White Noise and The Fourth Kind. (The latter of which I turned off after twenty minutes just last week! It was on cable.)
Slasher Films expects to start losing money for its investors sometime next year.