Recently I was involved in an independent horror film called Honeyspider. In fact, I was in the movie inside the movie, entitled Sleepover Slaughterhouse III. Along with three of my close friends, we are attacked by a mask wearing axe wielding maniac named Chippy.
If that all sounds cheesy, that’s because it is supposed to. In fact, Honeyspider is set in the 1980’s, which would make Sleepover Slaughterhouse III the typical 80’s slasher in line with Sorority House Massacre or Cheerleader Camp.
But SSIII is just the movie within the movie. Honeyspider is the feature, directed by Josh Hasty of Black House Capital and written by Kenny Caperton, whom North Carolinians and horror fans alike might know as the owner of The Myers House, the life-sized replica of Michael Myers’s humble abode.
To give the typical press synopsis, its Halloween day in 1989 and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester at school. Her friend Amber has other ideas and persuades Jackie to come to the annual Halloween party on campus after her shift at the local movie theater. As the night unfolds, it becomes apparent that Jackie will get more excitement than she bargained for on her birthday this year. The murder that plays out on the silver screen becomes an ominous parallel to reality, as Jackie falls under a strange spell while everyone around her is turning up dead. All the while, a mysterious stranger watches over Jackie’s every move as she succumbs to hallucinations and slowly unravels. Jackie finds herself helplessly trapped like prey in a spider’s web, and all she can do is try to survive the night!
Jackie is played by Mariah Brown and stars some folks you might recognize including Frank Aard of April Fool’s Day and Joan Schuermeyer whom you might remember had the “Zombie Kill of the Week” in Zombieland.
The film is in post-production, hopefully to be finished by the fall. While I, personally, am dying to see the finished product, there are, as you might imagine from the title, giant spiders in the film. If you are arachnophobic like I am, watch anyway but keep reminding yourself that it’s just a movie or else you may never look at honey the same way again.