Pumpkins Go Rotten in Proof of Concept Video ‘Evil Nature’

Jason McDonald

Filmmaker Darin Beckstead has sent us an early Halloween treat in the form of a quirky proof of concept video titled “Evil Nature.”  Clocking in at two minutes it’s a quick video that invokes some classic comedic horror films like “Gremlins” or “Critters” with a dash of “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.”

Though a small project, Beckstead’s idea caught the attention of such such talents as executive producer Gilbert Adler (“Tales from the Crypt”) and FX artist Todd Masters (“Slither”).  Here’s  how the project came together:

This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, Tales From The Crypt, Superman Returns). With a skeleton crew and donated performances (the plaid shirt performer is a friend of the producer), the aim was to demonstrate “unique” monster movement via practical effects with digital VFX support for a proposed Halloween movie titled “EVIL NATURE”.

Beckstead had this to say: “Questions I expect from any feature financier would be – What will these creatures look like? And how might they perform? I was fortunate to have some very talented supporters who believed these questions deserved answers.”

Creature design was tackled by FX legend Todd Masters (Underworld: Awakening, Slither, True Blood) with digital effects produced by Tau Films VFX Supervisor Walt Jones (Life of Pi, The Chronicles of Riddick).  I started developing the story and characters about three years ago”, said Beckstead. “With this POC, it’s a kick to see some of that pulp hit the fan.”

Check out the video below and let us know what you think!


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      1. Joe Meils April 25, 2015 at 4:22 am

        A fun idea, and frankly more entertaining than most of the crap being pumped out for SyFy these days…. but that title is just…. “Meh.” How about “Pumpkillers”…. or maybe “Slash-O-Lanterns?”

      2. Nathan May 1, 2015 at 4:35 am

        hurm.. looks very much like the new Blood and gourd comic series I smell a rip off!