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Title: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 08, 2013, 06:38:27 PM
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2272350/ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2272350/)

Director: Jeremy Gardner


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The personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead.



The Battery Official Trailer #1 (2012) - Zombie Movie HD (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RAC0uwuIr8#ws)

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This was absolutely amazing. A road movie with a zombie Apocalypse as the background. Yes. It's not bloody, gory, its slow but effective. I couldn't look away from the screen. Ben and Mickey were brilliant together.

Mickey longs for life before the zombies and Ben just wants to survive and comes accustom to the fact, nothing will ever be the same. I felt like I was with them, it felt natural..like if Splat and I were on this journey, together..we'd do things similar, so natural. I wanna be friends with Ben I adored his character. <3

Awesome scenes include, teeth brushing, music, apples and zombie tits!

I'm still swooning from this film...9/10

This is so different. 
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 08, 2013, 06:58:18 PM
FUCK!!! This looks great mate...I need to see NOW!!! I love it when they do something a bit different like this. Like I love my gore but at the same time I love originality as well. This is a winner  8)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 09, 2013, 07:25:14 AM
I put this film up at Bloody~Disgusting and the cinematographer saw and joined B~D to comment and say thanks...


Christian Stella:

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I signed up here to thank you for posting this. I'm the cinematographer of The Battery, Christian Stella.

Also, zombie tits is my wife. Heh.


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Wonderlust- I saw on your site too. Thank you. I'm crazy searching all over the web for any mention of the movie because 1. I'm neurotic. 2. I like to thank people and answer questions and things, because it's the least we can do for the word of mouth we are getting. Honestly, I don't know how or why indie filmmakers don't make themselves more approachable. You guys could very well be creating a career for my friends and I right now, so we want to show that appreciation.

On the subject of DVDs. They will happen somehow, but nothing is planned in stone yet. Our distributor is digital only and we still own the disc rights. Sadly, no one wants to do the discs only now that digital is so big. We are hoping that the buzz and numbers from the digital release will be enough to convince a distributor that taking only discs is worth their while. If not, we will have to manufacture them ourselves, perhaps Kickstarting them rather than waiting for royalties to come in from the digital, which may take 6 months. I'd like discs out in October, and really nice ones with packaging like the first Fight Club DVD. A Bluray/DVD combo only to simplify and future-proof things for people. Commentaries, docs, deleted scenes, outtakes... I want something that is worth getting manufactured and worth buying. Otherwise, I'd rather leave the movie digital, as a bare bones, boringly packaged disc is obsolete nowadays.



This is so cool. This is what EHC is about, the indie film and the extreme underground. <3
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 09, 2013, 08:08:34 AM
I put this film up at Bloody~Disgusting and the cinematographer saw and joined B~D to comment and say thanks...


Christian Stella:

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I signed up here to thank you for posting this. I'm the cinematographer of The Battery, Christian Stella.

Also, zombie tits is my wife. Heh.


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Wonderlust- I saw on your site too. Thank you. I'm crazy searching all over the web for any mention of the movie because 1. I'm neurotic. 2. I like to thank people and answer questions and things, because it's the least we can do for the word of mouth we are getting. Honestly, I don't know how or why indie filmmakers don't make themselves more approachable. You guys could very well be creating a career for my friends and I right now, so we want to show that appreciation.

On the subject of DVDs. They will happen somehow, but nothing is planned in stone yet. Our distributor is digital only and we still own the disc rights. Sadly, no one wants to do the discs only now that digital is so big. We are hoping that the buzz and numbers from the digital release will be enough to convince a distributor that taking only discs is worth their while. If not, we will have to manufacture them ourselves, perhaps Kickstarting them rather than waiting for royalties to come in from the digital, which may take 6 months. I'd like discs out in October, and really nice ones with packaging like the first Fight Club DVD. A Bluray/DVD combo only to simplify and future-proof things for people. Commentaries, docs, deleted scenes, outtakes... I want something that is worth getting manufactured and worth buying. Otherwise, I'd rather leave the movie digital, as a bare bones, boringly packaged disc is obsolete nowadays.



This is so cool. This is what EHC is about, the indie film and the extreme underground. <3

This IS totally FUCKING AWESOME!!!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Spook13 on June 09, 2013, 08:13:50 AM
This looks good will have to check it out.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 09, 2013, 10:27:20 AM
This looks good will have to check it out.

Please do so, I just finished this and it is AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!

woodenheart
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I felt like I was with them, it felt natural..like if Splat and I were on this journey, together..we'd do things similar, so natural

I felt this as well mate, such a true statement!

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Awesome scenes include, teeth brushing, music, apples and zombie tits!

Fresh Zombie Slut fap  8) Alll these things great that feeling wooden mentions in the above...I'm swooning myself right now!  :yay:GO AND GIVE THIS A LOOK :yay:

This movie deserves a DVD/Blu-ray release!!!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 09, 2013, 10:35:11 AM
I want to feel the DVD in my hands!

woodenheart top shelf quality!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 09, 2013, 10:45:02 AM
I want to feel the DVD in my hands!

woodenheart top shelf quality!

TOTALLY AGREE right there...this deserves to live in my room!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Spook13 on June 09, 2013, 11:16:45 AM
Where can I grab a copy to watch?
is it online?
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 09, 2013, 11:50:18 AM
Where can I grab a copy to watch?
is it online?

http://www.thebatterymovie.com (http://www.thebatterymovie.com)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on June 09, 2013, 12:09:07 PM
I'm really interested in this and I'm getting hold of a copy right now.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 09, 2013, 12:10:32 PM
AWESOME Dave  :yay:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Spook13 on June 10, 2013, 06:43:38 AM
Watching it now while I sculpt a severed finger :) Looks very cool I like the pacing :)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Spook13 on June 10, 2013, 09:04:53 AM
Great little film, left me wanting more but not disappointed. Going to recommend it.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 10, 2013, 09:58:09 AM
That's excellent...glad you liked it : )
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 13, 2013, 04:00:02 AM
ChristianStella joined, hes the cinematographer for this film.....fuck yeah.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 13, 2013, 09:25:15 AM
OMG!!! That is fucking awesome news like OMG!!!

Welcome to our awesome site Christian : )
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: RIP on June 15, 2013, 04:28:02 PM
This does look good!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 15, 2013, 09:22:01 PM
It's more than good Rip...you should go check this one out...seriously hope they do get the chance to release it on DVD / Blu-ray...they should start a Indiegogo / Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for this if they need to do it themselves....I for one would buy it that is for certain!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on June 21, 2013, 08:52:36 PM
I just watched this and it blew me away. Fantastic film!

I'll do a write-up soon.


Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 21, 2013, 11:13:14 PM
I just watched this and it blew me away. Fantastic film!

I'll do a write-up soon.


Awesome.  :)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Visitor Q on June 22, 2013, 07:05:41 AM
FUCK THIS MOVIE, FUCK THIS MOVIE, FUCK IT, FUCK IT....

I can't remember the last time I've been this pissed off over a film. At first I was unsure what was going to come of this film after I started it, but some small complaints aside I was invested and fully enjoying this movie. I was really impressed bywhat the writer/director had accomplished on such a small budget. But then, but then the movie becomes one the most painful, grueling, unwatchable pieces of shit I've ever bared witness to. What sort sadistic asshole director forces the viewer to sit through 27 MINUTES, 27 MINUTES of two dick heads in a car doing nothing, do fucking nothing. This final scene is boring and headache inducing. I'm 37 fucking years old, I've been a movie buff since I was a child. I've seen thousands and thousands of films and I can honestly say I've never come across anything like this... I'm just speechless. Horrible film, just horrible.  >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:( >:(

Edit: I just noticed the Cinematographer is a member here. Props to you sir, in all honesty the cinematography is easily some of the best I've seen in a low/no budget film. Beautiful my friend. But 27 MINUTES in the back of car? What the hell was the director thinking? Edit the ending down by 20 minutes and the movie will be fantastic. 27 Minutes....
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 22, 2013, 07:41:58 AM
Personally I liked the ending and didn't even notice how long it went for  :gum:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 22, 2013, 09:18:52 AM
I thought the ending was amazing....27 minutes in the privacy of two average friends, people, guys, alone, probally gonna die.....what they did.... It was awesome watch.  :straight: What the fuck were they suppose to do?!?, exactly what they did. I'm glad to have seen that part. I felt like I was with them on the journey.


This film was perfect.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 22, 2013, 09:20:22 AM
I thought the ending was amazing....27 minutes in the privacy of two average friends, people, guys, alone, probally gonna die.....what they did.... It was awesome watch.  :straight: What the fuck were they suppose to do?!?, exactly what they did. I'm glad to have seen that part. I felt like I was with them on the journey.


This film was perfect.

So well said!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Visitor Q on June 22, 2013, 02:52:38 PM
I thought the ending was amazing....27 minutes in the privacy of two average friends, people, guys, alone, probally gonna die.....what they did.... It was awesome watch.  :straight: What the fuck were they suppose to do?!?, exactly what they did. I'm glad to have seen that part. I felt like I was with them on the journey.


This film was perfect.

Did the director really need to 27mins to establish this aspect of the film? No, he didn't. Your average sitcom tells complete stories in less time if remove the commercials.Hell The Twilight Zone established new characters and told complete stories in less time. The director could have got same effect if he had cut this scene by 15 or 20 mins. As it is the movie has 100min running time. Releasing a 80min movie is more then acceptable. As it stands this ruines what is one of the best Zombie films I've seen in years. The final scene is redundant and brings a great buddy road film to a screeching halt and kills any momentum going into the final act. As it stands the third act of this film is unwatchable IMO. I seriously want to take the leads gun and put it in my own mouth to put myself out the misery this movie was putting me through. :)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on July 01, 2013, 09:16:58 AM
Christian Stella posted this on the film's IMDB page recently...

"There is an idea for The Orchard, which would be a sequel to The Battery that can also stand alone as its own film, so that we can grow the audience, rather than limiting it to only people who saw The Battery. It would start where The Battery left off, I'm just saying you don't need to know the full backstory to enjoy it. Don't know if or when that will happen, as we really want to spin another genre into something new."

Fingers crossed this comes to fruition.:yay:

EDIT: Shut up, Visitor! Those 27 minutes are fantastic. :P
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on July 01, 2013, 04:14:01 PM
That's great news Dave, hope it happens.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on July 01, 2013, 08:33:15 PM


Your Face!
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Charging The Battery: Interview with Jeremy Gardner
Posted by Nick Jobe
About a week and a half ago, I had the pleasure of watching an independent zombie drama called The Battery. In a time where every other movie involves zombies, especially in the low budget world, itís a pleasant surprise when you not only get one thatís good, but one of the best. Itís a film that doesnít follow a typical zombie movie formula, both structurally and cinematically. Not to mention it looks really good despite having been made for a mere $6,000 dollars.

I was so impressed with the film that, within 30 minutes, I had made contact with the filmís cinematographer, Christian Stella, who put me in contact with the filmís director/writer/co-star, Jeremy Gardner, for an interview. I emailed him some questions, and he returned with some amazing and detailed answers. So what follows is the full interview, where we discuss everything from inspirations to behind-the-scenes stories and the music of the film.

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NJ: I wanted to start by saying Iíve seen far too many zombie films to count over the years, and this was by far one of the best Iíve seen. With the inundation of zombie films these days, what made you want to make this one?

JG: Strangely enough the first movie to stick zombies in my craw was Night of the Living Dead. But not the original classic, the Tom Savini color remake with Tony Todd. That was the first zombie movie I saw, as a kid, randomly one night on HBO, and I had never seen a scarier monster. There was something so methodical and relentless about zombies that really shook me up. So ever since, I guess you could say I was hooked, even though I can count the zombie movies that I truly LOVE on one hand. Itís a great genre bursting at the seams with mostly shit. I wanted to make a movie about the way two very different people dealt with a zombie apocalypse on an intimate and personal level. I hadnít seen it done that way.

NJ: Thereís a lot of argument these days over slow vs. fast zombies. When putting this film together, was there ever any discussion, or did you know from the start it was going to be traditional and slow?

JG: They were always going to be slow. I have nothing against fast zombiesĖ28 Days Later is one of my favorites, and I quite enjoyed Snyderís Dawn remakeĖbut zombies, to me, have always represented a slow, creeping mortality. Death is coming, slowly but surely, you know itís coming, there is nothing you can do about it. That hopelessness is terrifying to me. Once they chase you like a lion, then everything is kinetic reaction and adrenaline and it takes the fear of inevitability out of it. I also thought it would be interesting to imagine that people were just used to them. That if there were one lumbering across the field toward you, you could finish your conversation without having to worry about it. Itís the difference between a bee and a swarm of bees. That idea that they arenít a real problem until you do something stupid and allow yourself to be surrounded or trapped was always interesting as well. So, slow slow slow, for me. Always.

NJ: Thereís a memorable moment where one of the characters decides toÖ pleasure himself during a rather awkward situation. Itís not an idea you generally see in films like these. When you were writing that scene, was it more of a ďHey, this is something you never seeĒ or was it honestly to show just how desperate for a woman he was?

JG: The original incarnation of that scene was far more brutal and it would have made Mickeyís character far less sympathetic, but the gist of both scenes were the same. I donít think you can ever write thinking, ďIím going to write something new, or crazy or shockingĒ just for the sake of it. On the other hand, after I wrote it, I likened it to the ear-cutting scene in Reservoir Dogs. Not because it was even remotely as clever and skillfully done, but because I thought it had that same kind of creepy/catharsis for the audience. It starts funny, then gets weird and creepy and uncomfortable, and then there is a big laugh relief when itís finally over.  That scene actually came about very organically from Mickeyís character. He hadnít seen a woman in months, and weíve established, between the picture he keeps of his ex-girlfriend to his obsessing over Annie, that female companionship is probably the thing he misses and craves most of all. So that moment seemed a perfect physical manifestation of how desperate and lonely he is. Also, in earlier drafts of the script, Mickey was much more vocal about his sexual peccadilloes, was always telling sex stories. As those were pared away to make him a little more likable, the masturbation scene stayed.

NJ: Iím a big fan of long takes, and your film utilizes many of them. Itís not a technique you often see in low budget or zombie films. Was there any particular inspiration for the style?

JG: Well, this might seem obvious, but Iím a huge Alfonso Cuaron fan. Children of Men is one of my favorite movies. The things he does in a single take are feats of choreography, planning and just plain fucking magic. Our single takes are more akin, I imagine, to something like Jarmuschís  Stranger Than Paradise. Now, to be honest, I havenít even seen Stranger than Paradise, but I had read once about how he basically just locked the camera off and let the scenes unfold in front of it. That always stuck with me as an antidote to all the fast-paced chop chop editing that is so prevalent now. If everything else about our movie was going to be the antithesis to other zombie moviesĖitís green instead of grey, itís slow instead of fast, thereís not a lot of goreĖthen I thought it should be framed and unfold in a different way as well. Plus one big recurring motif in the movie is the idea of having to wait with the characters. I very much liked the idea that because these characters have nowhere to be, time is more languid and nebulous. The audience is forced to sit with them as mundane things play out. We have to watch Mickey change the batteries in his Walkman, we have to watch the guys brush their teeth, and finally we have to watch a character wait to find out the fate of the other. Waiting, to me, is terrifying. I always liken it to a diagnosis scene in a movie. Typically it would go something like this: CUT TO: Doctor: ďYou have cancer.Ē To me, the far more terrifying way to shoot it is to have to watch the person sit in the goddamn waiting room. Just sitting there while other patients are called in and the news drones on on TV, pretending to read a magazine. Waiting is tension building. Itís probably another reason I love baseball so much. There is time to breathe between each pitch. To wonder whatís going to happen. It isnít constantly moving like other sports.

NJ: Long takes are difficult as is, because you generally have so much going on. But here, the long takes are more about the emotion and atmosphere of the scenes. How difficult was it to film these scenes? Was it emotionally draining (like Benís waiting and anxiety in the car near the end)? And did you have to start takes over often?

JG: They were difficult from a technical standpointĖour sound guy always wanted to kill me. But honestly once youíve run through it a few times then it just becomes about nailing it. Thereís no coverage to get, which is both terrifying and freeing. A funny thing, about Ben waiting in the car. I really wanted that scene to drag out. I wanted it to be six or seven minutes long. I thought, that will really be almost unbearable. The only way to give the audience a sense of what Ben is feeling is to make them feel stuck with him. So, the cueóand this is a bit of a SPOILERó for Adamís character to come back into the car, was going to be when I put my cigarette out. The sound guy would wave and he would come back. But I forgot to put the fucking cigarette out, so the scene stretched to something like eleven minutes. It was such an exhausting scene, emotionally, and we were shooting on a road, that we only did the really long take twice. I wish I could have done it ten, twelve times and wrung myself out, but after two takes and all the screaming and cigarettes, my voice was shot. We ended up using the first take too. So here I am thinking that Iím going to be really ballsy and shoot that static shot for seven minutes and I accidentally let it run eleven. I still havenít watched that scene all the way through with a festival audience, it makes me too uncomfortable.

NJ: I read that the characters were named after famous mice characters. But was there any conscious connection to the fact Ben is also the main characterís name in Night of the Living Dead?

JG: Of course I know that Ben is the name of the lead from NOTLD, but I hadnít seen that film in years when I wrote it. It must have been subconscious. I think more probable is that I was looking for an alliterative name that sounded like a baseball player name. One of my favorite players is the catcher for the Atlanta Braves Brian McCann. That the character ends up being called Benjamin McBride is no coincidence. Also, the famous mouse thing: No fucking idea where that came from. A random IMDB person put those together and posted that trivia. I had absolutely no idea that all four names were famous mice. Thatís not even subconscious because I donít know the famous Annie mouse. Itís funny as hell though.

NJ: Music itself is almost a character in the film, as the character of Mickey uses it as an escape. Did you know the kind of soundtrack you wanted going into the film or did that come together in Post?

JG: The music pretty much reflects my personal tastes. Which also happens, I think, to work well with the overall tone of the film. I have been a huge fan of Canadian folk rock outfit Rock Plaza Central for years, and early on in pre-production we toured the locations and cut together a little video with one of their songs and posted it to twitter. Shortly after, the lead singer Chris Eaton saw it and contacted us to ask if we intended to use the music in the movie as well. It was a moment ofÖ ďOh shit, CAN we use the music in the movie?Ē He was very interested and generous and got us in touch with the record label who held the rights and it started up a little working relationship online. One night after shooting all day, I had a few beers and worked the nerve to email and ask if he would be willing to record a cover of the classic Claude Ely song Ainít No Grave, and he did. So that cover that plays during the opening credits was recorded specifically for the film. I canít explain how amazing it is to go from a fan of someoneís work, to collaborating with them. It is a surreal experience. And he didnít stop there. He put us in touch with Jen and Eric from We Are Jeneric/The Parlor and they graciously contributed two songs. Christian, my D.P., knew some of the guys from Sun Hotel and they offered up their music, and he happened to see a band opening for them one night, El Cantador, and they gave us pick of the litter as well. Adam, my co-star, knew Wise Blood from college and he let us use three of his songs in the film. I really loved his music because it was so different from the rest of the music in the movie, this really lovely, upbeat kind of swooningly romantic electronic music. When I hit upon the idea to have his song playing the moment the movie starts it was one of those real eureka moments. It is such a contrast to the scene. A serene, overgrown pastural shot juxtaposed with this thumping electro-pop. I thought it was so great for the character of Mickey.

Music really was a binding agent for the story, the motif of Mickeyís headphones carries through all the way to the end so I always wanted songs to score those scenes. We hit a little resistance from some bands that arenít in the film; they couldnít understand how it would be beneficial to them to just give their music away. And I can understand that, but I canít stress enough how generous the artists who did contribute were. One of the first questions we get from nearly everyone who sees the film is about the music, and that makes me really happy. They are all incredible bands who deserves success and new fans and recognition. I actually got a text from Eric of the Parlor last week telling me there has been a big uptick in sales of their music since the film was released, and Chris Eaton said the bandís fans on Facebook had been stagnant for a long while and now they are steadily climbing again. I love it. Everyone needs to buy their music. Supporting those artists makes the chance they took on our little movie worthwhile for them in retrospect, and supports the notion that independent artists across different disciplines collaborating and helping each other is a good and necessary part of the process.

NJ: You act as writer, director, and co-star of the film. If you had to choose, which position do you like most and why? And which is the most difficult?

JG: I was always an actor and writer first. The directing gig came from basically being the one person who was with the story the longest and had a specific feel for how it should look. Iíll be the first to admit Iím nearly inept when it comes to the technical aspect of filmmaking, so directing, in the sense that I did it, was probably the easiest part. But only because I was lucky enough to have my great friend of nearly fifteen years and right-hand man Christian Stella in my corner. I trust him implicitly which is crucial when youíre also acting. I know if he says ďwe got itĒ that we got it, or if he says we need to do it again, we do. Directing is really two things; conveying what you want to your team, and then delegating and trusting them to help you realize it. I say this scene needs to look like this and they figure out how to do it.

The acting wasnít nearly the challenge it should have been because I knew every line of the script front to back before we ever even decided to make the damn thing. But also because we had such a small crew and such a short schedule I didnít have time to be fussy about my performance. If we had had more time, or I wasnít wearing the directorís hat too, there might have been a little more nuance to my performance. For better or worse, thereís a lot of me in Benís performance because I just didnít have time to craft a more subtle or specific character.

And writing, well, shit, what to say about writing. Iím not the first to say it, but writing is ninety percent frustration and agony peppered with moments of pure euphoric inspiration. And those little moments where you realize youíve just created something special out of arranging thoughts in your head and writing them down fuel the weeks of banging your head against the keyboard. BUT, writing is also the only one of the three that no one can stop me from doing. Itís a solitary, lonely pursuit, but really rewarding.

So to answer your question: Writing is the most difficult, acting is the most fun. But I want to do them all.

NJ: What was the most memorable moment you can share of something that happened while filming the movie?

JG: Oh boy, well, Iíll just rattle some off real quick: The day we test-fired the .44 Magnum replica for the first time, a cop showed up in the middle of the woods two minutes later and had his hand on his holster because I had a gun in my hand. That was terrifying, but it turned out they were actually responding to call that a naked man jumped into Henry Kissingerís pool and they were looking for him. The cops ended up being really nice and yelling ďRedRumĒ and ďDonít go into the woodsĒ over the loudspeaker as they drove away.

Also, the first day of three filming on the road where the movie ends, the Volvoís engine exploded. Like, plumes of smoke and belching oil, completely destroyed. It was so lucky that it happened there though, we just asked a local resident if we could push it into their driveway and each day of filming we would go put it in neutral and roll it back down the road to film in. It was crazy.

NJ: Finally, we keep hearing throughout the film that The Orchard is not what you think it is. Any clues on what was actually going on there, or is that being saved for a potential sequel?

JG: No clues. I donít even know if I have a clue. I know basic details but I think I almost put that line in there so if I ever did write the sequel it would be a signpost to remind me not to write something expected. It was a future challenge for myself to make The Orchard something different than The Walking DeadĎs Woodbury or any other classic, cliche safe haven. Iíd love to make The Orchard, but that will be driven entirely by whether the audience wants it. It would be crazy to go headlong into a sequel to a movie maybe not a lot of people see. I guess weíll see how this one plays out.

NJ: Thank you for your time!

JG: Thank you sir!


I found the link to this article from Your Face! http://www.yourfaceisa.com/charging-the-battery-interview-with-jeremy-gardner/ (http://www.yourfaceisa.com/charging-the-battery-interview-with-jeremy-gardner/) on Facebook. Felt quite a few people would be very interested in reading it.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on July 01, 2013, 08:34:49 PM
It's awesome that this was made for only $6000.00, just shows what can be done for so little...well compared to the more mainstream companies anyway.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on July 04, 2013, 11:04:26 AM
My review of 'The Battery' is up on my blog. I've seen it twice now and it's a film I've fallen head over heels in love with.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on August 29, 2013, 10:20:38 AM
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Big update for fans of The Battery in the USA will be posted later today and we will need your help spreading the word... So stay tuned!

First, let me say it is not about a disc release, however, I can update everyone on that and say that we are shooting interviews and recording a commentary for the discs next week. It is very likely that the discs will be funded on Kickstarter next month and manufactured ourselves. Because we are already released digitally, we have been unable to get a company interested in only the disc rights. For those that have supported us and bought the movie digitally, doing the discs ourselves will also allow us to make the special features available digitally... Something we don't see enough people doing in the digital world. If digital is supposed to replace discs, it should have ALL of the content of discs!

Second, release outside of the USA is a lot more complicated. We appreciate your patience on that. There are still a ton of theatrical (festival) screenings coming up around the world and more being confirmed every day. Keep an eye on thebatterymovie.com for screenings as at least 10 are being added to the ones we've previously announced. We will be making an announcement about the international release soon, but I can basically say that we've made the decision that will make the movie available in the most places and in the most languages.

Important update for the USA later today!




This was up on Facebook before I left for work this evening. Really excited about this because I for one would love a copy of my own. Will keep everyone posted on thew updates!




Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on September 28, 2013, 12:53:06 PM
http://watch.thebatterymovie.com/buy (http://watch.thebatterymovie.com/buy)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: corpus_vile on September 28, 2013, 03:06:42 PM
Yeah I also liked it and for a film shot on a budget of $6000, it's quite impressive. I was very lucky to meet the director and co-star at a festival a few months ago and they're a great bunch of dudes. They happily gave a friend of mine an interview for his podcast and they're just a regular bunch of working Joe's who work in the same crappy industry as I do. He funded the film by getting a loan of $600 off 10 associates and by all accounts it was a real labour of love.
Glad it worked for you and I'll second your rec definitely.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on September 28, 2013, 07:38:42 PM
http://watch.thebatterymovie.com/buy (http://watch.thebatterymovie.com/buy)


This is such a great movie, here is your chance to check it out plus help out a film maker truly into the genre. I could go on and on with this one but won't as I need to do things. But yes please do yourselves a favour and go check this one out.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on October 23, 2013, 01:03:04 PM
Check this out on the official website...

http://watch.thebatterymovie.com/#reviews (http://watch.thebatterymovie.com/#reviews)

8)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on October 23, 2013, 03:15:41 PM
Check this out on the official website...

http://watch.thebatterymovie.com/#reviews (http://watch.thebatterymovie.com/#reviews)

8)


Ha! Awesome Dave!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on October 24, 2013, 09:52:40 AM
Awesome...looking at what they shared my gut feeling is there is a great chance of a DVD release  :victory:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on October 30, 2013, 10:17:43 PM
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I set out to make a new trailer for The Battery, but it turned out very low key and weird. Set to "The Last Band on Earth" by Rock Plaza Central, I'm calling this video an "anti-trailer" because it's not trying to sell the movie as much as just be a cool little video.




http://youtu.be/vGLc9p7xrxs  (http://youtu.be/vGLc9p7xrxs)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on November 02, 2013, 10:15:37 AM
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We are pleased to announce that The Battery has won the audience award at Toronto After Dark. Beyond that, it was also chosen for best screenplay, best music, and best poster!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on November 13, 2013, 09:00:22 AM
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L.A., there is a free screening of The Battery at Jumpcut Cafe this Saturday. It's hosted by the Killer POV Podcast and I HEAR that the movie will be introduced by AJ Bowen from You're Next among countless other great horror films.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/568230909909311/ (https://www.facebook.com/events/568230909909311/)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on November 15, 2013, 08:37:17 AM
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An update on The Battery regarding releases... The editors are finishing up a feature-length making-of documentary right now. All other special features including a commentary and 30 minutes of deleted scenes are ready for release. That said, we are still looking for disc distribution in the US. Releases outside the US are starting to get lined up thanks to our wonderful sales agents at Raven Banner. Though we know it has been a long wait outside the US, when the film is finally released, you should be able to get it on discs right away. There will hopefully be more news about this soon as well. Waiting on the international releases was necessary to guarantee release on disc in other countries. We thank you for your patience and won't rest until The Battery is widely available and released on disc!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on November 15, 2013, 10:09:12 AM
I thought you left this in my inbox to post.

Why am I even here. :thinking:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on November 15, 2013, 04:53:29 PM
Because you are a fan of this film silly  :bad_smile:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on February 06, 2014, 03:04:31 PM
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The film has only been available digitally, however, some great news has come in: Shout! Factory has acquired the film right to release the flick on DVD and Blu-ray!

This will certainly help get The Battery the wider audience is deserves.


http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/346587-the-battery-is-getting-a-dvdblu-ray-release/ (http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/346587-the-battery-is-getting-a-dvdblu-ray-release/)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: General Ox on February 06, 2014, 03:17:48 PM
That's awesome news, I've been wanting to check this out! And with Shout Fac. doing it it should be great.

Now to play the waiting game.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on February 06, 2014, 06:58:21 PM
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The film has only been available digitally, however, some great news has come in: Shout! Factory has acquired the film right to release the flick on DVD and Blu-ray!

This will certainly help get The Battery the wider audience is deserves.


http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/346587-the-battery-is-getting-a-dvdblu-ray-release/ (http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/346587-the-battery-is-getting-a-dvdblu-ray-release/)

FUCK!!!!  :red_heart:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on February 21, 2014, 11:59:02 AM
Other various distributors have also picked up ĎThe Batteryí for release in other countries. Unfortunately, the filmmakers don't have control over the artwork and title. The artwork is intact here but oh fuck you to the German distributors on the terrible title change. The term "the battery" is of course baseball terminology. So using a term for an American sport for its title was always going to cause confusion to non-American viewers so a title change is appropriate to appeal to the foreign markets. I can understand this so I don't actually have a problem with the concept behind it but they could have come up with a better title than this...

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/t1/1460951_10201155741568463_1544970922_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: dmhead777 on February 21, 2014, 04:14:39 PM
I've never heard Battery in a term for Baseball.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: General Ox on February 21, 2014, 10:36:02 PM
I always wondered why the film was called 'The Battery' lol

But that title is terrible.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: dmhead777 on February 21, 2014, 10:37:00 PM
Agreed, Ben and Mickey Vs. the Dead?

The film is more about how the two get along, more about zombie slaying. I think that other title is pretty misleading.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on February 21, 2014, 10:40:53 PM
Ben and Mickey Vs the Dead really sounds like a comedy and not what this film is about, bet the guys are cringing at thisÖI know I am  :eyes_droped:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: General Ox on February 21, 2014, 10:44:04 PM
It's almost like they are trying to cash in on 'Tucker and Dale vs Evil'.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on February 22, 2014, 12:58:50 AM
Exactly what I was thinking but for the life of me I couldn't thin of that title  :eyes_droped:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on February 22, 2014, 01:40:16 AM
It's to be expected in a lot of ways that the title won't be understandable or translate well for most non-US territories. However, that doesn't excuse the poor alternative title for the German release. It will be interesting to see what it's called if it gets a release elsewhere.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on February 22, 2014, 05:03:16 AM
I've never heard Battery in a term for Baseball.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_%28baseball%29 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_%28baseball%29)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: dmhead777 on February 22, 2014, 12:13:06 PM
Thanks! I didn't care enough to explore on my own haha, but now I know. It's America's past time (more like nap time because I fucking hate baseball) and I don't know it. I feel like I let my country down.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 01, 2014, 12:01:30 AM
For me a religious experience, got at JB HiFi! Though I wasn't planning on buying anything for a while this is different!

(http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i429/SplatMk2/Photoon1-06-14at257PM.jpg) (http://s1093.photobucket.com/user/SplatMk2/media/Photoon1-06-14at257PM.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on June 01, 2014, 04:48:51 AM
For me a religious experience, got at JB HiFi! Though I wasn't planning on buying anything for a while this is different!

(http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i429/SplatMk2/Photoon1-06-14at257PM.jpg) (http://s1093.photobucket.com/user/SplatMk2/media/Photoon1-06-14at257PM.jpg.html)

Nice! Now Ox has to buy his copy the useless bellend.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: General Ox on June 01, 2014, 04:58:37 AM
Will wait for the Bluray.

:D
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on June 01, 2014, 05:15:44 AM
Buy the DVD to support them that will help to get a Blu-ray release and when it comes out you can sell the DVD copy or part-exchange it for the Blu... wanker.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on June 01, 2014, 06:18:52 AM
Buy the DVD to support them that will help to get a Blu-ray release and when it comes out you can sell the DVD copy or part-exchange it for the Blu... wanker.

Scream Factory have already announced a Blu, so it just comes down to playing the waiting game.  :yes:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on June 01, 2014, 06:25:31 AM
Oh, I thought SF's American release was just going to be a DVD for now. That's good.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: General Ox on June 01, 2014, 06:30:50 AM
Maybe you just shouldn't 'think', Dave.

I mean, you're generally wrong anyway, and doing it must give you a lot of discomfort and pain.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Dave on June 01, 2014, 07:54:00 AM
Maybe you just shouldn't 'think', Dave.

I mean, you're generally wrong anyway, and doing it must give you a lot of discomfort and pain.

The only "discomfort and pain" I receive is when my sides split due to the uncontrollable laughter I get from reading your terrible posts containing your embarrassing opinions.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on June 04, 2014, 01:03:16 PM
Courtesy of Scream Factory's Facebook page:

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**UPDATE on THE BATTERY**

Several months ago we announced that the 2012 zombie film THE BATTERY would be coming out this Fall and now we can officially report a few confirmed details about it:

- Street date is 9/16. Pre-order links are going up soon.

- There will be a separate DVD and Blu-ray releases. Slipcovers planned on both.

- Artwork (as pictured) is reversible. The newly-created illustrated version (from artist "Kung Fu" Bob O'Brien) is one side and the original theatrical poster is on the other.

- No details on extras...but we are planning for them.

This dark comedy received rave reviews from many reputable horror outlets and fans last year and we're thrilled to be giving this fun ride and a shot at even being exposure. Stay tuned for more details in later on in our "Summer of Fear".

(http://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t1.0-9/10371382_449248575212159_6890629713203938651_n.jpg)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 04, 2014, 08:03:55 PM
Courtesy of Scream Factory's Facebook page:



You gonna pick this up, Blood?
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on June 05, 2014, 02:06:59 AM
Courtesy of Scream Factory's Facebook page:



You gonna pick this up, Blood?

I certainly will be! One of my film hi-lights of 2012.  :yes:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 08, 2014, 07:43:48 AM
For those who still love DVD's ...like me..  :blink:


(http://i.imgur.com/wFYfeZ9.jpg)



DVD - http://amzn.to/1kTxnuV (http://amzn.to/1kTxnuV)

Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on June 08, 2014, 02:47:53 PM
For those who still love DVD's ...like me..  :blink:

DVDs are indeed fantastic - as long as there isn't a Blu counterpart available.

My eyes and ears just demand the best quality possible... they're very stubborn.  ;)
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 08, 2014, 02:51:38 PM


DVDs are indeed fantastic - as long as there isn't a Blu counterpart available.

My eyes and ears just demand the best quality possible... they're very stubborn.  ;)

I'm just worried a crisp clear BluRay will take away to the feeling of a film, for example..Nekromantik.  :brow:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Seikotik on June 08, 2014, 04:05:01 PM
Blu-Ray is garbage. It completely ruins the feel of film. Fuck clarity. Just throwing my two cents out hah.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: woodenheart on June 08, 2014, 04:17:42 PM
Blu-Ray is garbage. It completely ruins the feel of film. Fuck clarity. Just throwing my two cents out hah.

I have never seen a film on Blu but I hear people praising the transfer, the look..I want the film, to feel like a film, not looking crystal clear and polished.  :cantlook:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: I_Drink_Your_Blood on June 08, 2014, 06:15:32 PM
Blu-Ray is garbage. It completely ruins the feel of film. Fuck clarity. Just throwing my two cents out hah.

I have never seen a film on Blu but I hear people praising the transfer, the look..I want the film, to feel like a film, not looking crystal clear and polished.  :cantlook:

Blu-ray doesn't do that at all... It's basically as close to 35mm (film stock shown in a cinema) as you can possibly get at home in your living room.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Seikotik on June 08, 2014, 06:47:54 PM
Idk I have seen some blu-Ray and it just looks way to crisp and clear for my taste.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: General Ox on June 09, 2014, 03:47:59 AM
I agree with Blood.

NEW films on Blu loo very crisp, sharp and shit, mostly only the new ones though.

The older ones (depending on transfers) generally hold grain, and the like, especially horror. Why? Because they understand it's important. Yet, things still look better past the grain. Not to mention sound better.

Bluray is pretty much as close as you can get to the Directors vision, and, as Blood said, is pretty well the exact quality a cinema offers.

I used to be 100% anti-BluRay. I hated them... Until I watched a few, now, DVD's? Yeah, fuck those things.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Seikotik on June 09, 2014, 03:52:59 PM
Fucking traitor.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on December 29, 2017, 08:50:06 AM
Just re-watched....perfect!  :red_heart:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 14, 2018, 07:43:32 PM
OMG every time I see my DVD I get a special feeling in my place where I get special feelings for special movie experiences!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: General Ox on June 15, 2018, 06:18:28 AM
I find it funny people who haven't watched blus at all, or enough casting judgement.

Hey, guess what. You watch something like Night of the Living Dead, or Suspiria, orrr Hellraiser or what fucking ever other classic... It looks 10x more "film" like than any DVD out there. All you idiots who claim to 'love the look' of film... That's exactly what Blu does. In its purest form. Infact, a lot of films have more grain than their DVD counterparts. Yet the image has an overall sharpness that transcends.

It is amusing looking back on conversations where people obviously have absolutely no fucking clue as to what they're talking about. Ha, classic internet.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 15, 2018, 06:37:42 AM
Blu loo 

:gum: Sorry I found your typo childishly amusing...this Jeyes ad isn't the one that got me the most though :la-sigh:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQXhXHdhGHc (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQXhXHdhGHc)



Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: General Ox on June 15, 2018, 10:15:10 AM
Hahaha, yeah. I saw that after I posted the comment. Couldn't be assed fixing it. The joys of using your phone on here.
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 15, 2018, 07:18:32 PM
Very crisp!  :exciting:

Glad the Aussie release went with the original poster art. Gave me goose bumps when I spotted THAT on the shelf at JBs!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Mayvmi on June 18, 2018, 02:26:01 AM
Woah, never hear of this, just watched the trailer, will be looking for it  :yes:
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: Splat on June 18, 2018, 06:47:24 AM
Love it, really worth giving a squizz!
Title: Re: The Battery {2012}
Post by: General Ox on June 18, 2018, 07:22:23 AM
I need to watch it again. I really liked it.