Singer and actor Henry Rollins is today launching an Indiegogo fundraising campaign for the supernatural horror-thriller He Never Died, in which he plays a seemingly immortal cannibal named Jack.
“He’s been alive for centuries, and he can’t die,” says Rollins. “Instead of being overjoyed at his un-killability, he’s pretty bored of the human experience, and he lives most of the day in his underwear, watching TV. It’s almost an existential comedy, which is what drew me to it. He’s been getting by for years just with bags of blood because he’d rather not hit people, touch people, rip their heads off, or whatever. Unfortunately, his connection goes away and that’s when — as they say — all hell breaks loose.”
Rollins and the production company Alternate Ending Studios are hoping to raise $50,000 via the crowdfunding platform for the film, which is written and directed by Jason Krawczyk and played at this year’s SXSW Festival. Pledge prizes include the opportunity to interview Rollins as well as limited edition posters signed by the former Black Flag frontman. The money will help support the film’s planned theatrical release in December.
“I think anyone who does any film would tell you the same thing: You shoot it with the idea that it’s going to be on a big screen,” says Rollins. “You want to sit in your seat and look up and be awed. I think that’s the dream of any director. I went to the Beyond Fest a few days ago here in Los Angeles, and it showed at the Egyptian, and it was very well attended. I watched people watch it, and they were laughing at the funny parts, and going ‘Ooh!’ at the ‘Ooh!’ parts. But it still needs some funding to get to the next place down the road.”
You can learn more about the fundraising campaign — and see the red band trailer for He Never Died — at the film’s Indiegogo page.