March 3, 2024

Art of the Dead : Elevating Death to an Art Form

The MOnster has just heard that Michael and Sonny Mahal, who brought y’all the super-fun Bus Party To Hell have just completed principal photography on yet another horror epic: ART OF THE DEAD.

He is currently looking for finishing funds to…um…finish the movie, and here’s what he and his team have to say:

ART OF THE DEAD is a horror film starring Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street”) and Tara Reid (“Sharknado”) that just wrapped principal photography on May 21st, 2018. Filming is completed, and we need your help to raise additional funds for post-production.


THE STORY: When Dylan Wilson purchases a collection of seven paintings to hang in his sumptuous estate, he has no idea what horrors he has unleashed for himself, his wife, Gina, his college son, Louis, his teen-age daughter, Donna, and his two little kids. Only Father Mendale knows what evils lurk inside this deadly series of portraits, and he also knows the terrifying history of Dorian Wilde, the artist who made a pact with dark forces when he created these paintings representing the seven deadly sins. Now, anyone who comes in contact with these pictures is corrupted by Pride, Lust, Gluttony, Sloth, Greed, Envy and Wrath! It’s up to Father Mendale and Louis’ girlfriend, Kim, to save Dylan and his family before they are all destroyed by the ART OF THE DEAD!


With Richard Grieco (“21 Jump Street, Night at the Roxbury”) & Tara Reid from (“the American Pie” series, the “Sharknado” series”, “The Big Lebowski”, “Urban Legend”, and most recently “Bus Party To Hell”) leading the cast, ART OF THE DEAD promises beauty and talent filling every frame. Also signed on is Lukas Hassel (“The Black Room”, TV’s “The Blacklist”,), Jessica Morris (TV’s “One Life To Live”, “The Wrong Roommate”, “CSI: NY”), and Robert Donavan (“The Black Room”, “The Hazing”, “Nightmare Man”, “Rod Steele 0014”). With many more new and exciting fresh faces to be announced soon, ART OF THE DEAD will deliver a wild journey into the dark world of art and terror!


ART OF THE DEAD promises to be cool, twisted movie for horror lovers everywhere. We have assembled a great team both in front and behind the camera starting with writer/director: Rolfe Kanefsky. Rolfe Kanefsky is an award-winning screenwriter/director who has been working professionally in the film business for over twenty-five years. His debut film, the cult horror comedy THERE’S NOTHING OUT THERE was met with rave reviews such as– “NOTHING has a lot going for it”- L.A. Times. “Rolfe Kanefsky invented the self-referential horror flick with THERE’S NOTHING OUT THERE (an idea copied by Kevin Williamson’s screenplay for SCREAM several years later).”- Job Bob Briggs. Kanefsky’s most recent horror films entitled, “THE BLACK ROOM” starring Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye, Dominique Swain, and James Duval hit select theaters last year and is currently on Netflix. He teamed up with Mahal Empire to make “BUS PARTY TO HELL” hitting movie theater screens this April. Other past horror films include, “THE HAZING” starring Brad Dourif, The After Dark/Lions Gate 8 Films To Die For selection “NIGHTMARE MAN”, the Warner Brothers release, “JACQUELINE HYDE”, “CORPSES” starring Jeff Fahey, and many more! This being a horror film, we knew the special effects had to be top of the line and to create our practical effects, we hired Award-Winning F/X master Vincent Guastini of V.G.P Effects and Design. With over 33 years of creature work in the business and credits such as “Requiem For A Dream”, “Dogma”, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey”, “Child’s Play 3”, “The Black Room”, “Flags Of Our Fathers”, “The Dark Tapes”, and countless others, ART OF THE DEAD promises some really amazing state-of-the-art effects!


Producers Michael and Sonny Mahal, following in the success of their recent “Bus Party To Hell” starring Tara Reid, are ready to conquer the world of horror and thrills again with ART OF THE DEAD. With a passion for bringing new and exciting stories to the big screen while expanding the scope of filming in the Vegas Community, Michael and Sonny will once again knock this production out of the park! They say, “Our last feature film “Bus Party To Hell” was just released in over 20,000 red box locations in the United States.  If our last film got Redbox then this film should as well.  We have a bigger budget and better cast.”

Their Kickstarter fundraising campaign is currently active and runs through mid-August. Perks are many and  wild, and include not only the usual suspects like posters, tickets to the premiere and copies of the film but once-in-a-lifetime opportunities like having your own painting or music featured in a wide-release film and dinner with the delectable Tara Reid!

You can learn more about their campaign right here:

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