Darkchylde is the tale of a good hearted southern teen cursed to become the creatures from her many recurring nightmares. Creatures that destroy all she holds dear. Offering a stark contrast to super hero comics, the title was a breakout sensation of the late 90's and early 2000's, garnering creator Randy Queen immediate acclaim, and an unusually large female fanbase. The property went on to outsell Spider-Man, Superman, and Batman in both domestic and foreign audiences, and has been realized in toys, trading cards, apparel, lunch boxes, mini busts, and more recently a hit crossover with Top Cow, and a statue from PopCutureShockToys. Having entered the digital age, fans can now read the Ariel Chylde saga online via Wowio.com.
With proven pedigree in pocket, Randy and Sarah Queen's Darkchylde Ent. allied with Richard Taylor, and the Academy Award Winning Weta Workshop, along with many of the team who helped bring Lord of the Rings, and King Kong to life, and began breathing filmic life into Darkchylde. Only Newsarama has the exclusive test footage.
"What we're showcasing for Newsarama readers is hard won, self produced, test footage for a proposed 20-25 million budgeted Darkchylde film," says Queen. "We are the underdogs, so it's important to not expect Avatar or Iron Man footage, you know? We're giving a glimpse behind the curtain of a smaller, more intimate horror film we are cultivating, something on the scale of Carrie, but with a more impressive FX resource for Ariel's dreamscapes and the creatures she becomes."
"If I can draw it, we can shoot it, it's just a matter of getting the right people involved," offers Queen. "I'm not interested in having someone give me a nickel to go away so they can reverse engineer something that doesn't need it. We've spent 8 years carefully cultivating this film project, and Weta's celebrated craftsmanship ensures a certain artistic integrity as a personal sentiment for horror fans. A lot of love has gone into creating the haunted world of Ariel Chylde. Most interesting is that every time she sheds her skin, a new creature emerges we've never seen before, so audiences never know what to expect. It's a terrific, market proven concept, and as a fright fan, I want to see the new ideas. I want to see fresh characters that could become as vital to this generation as Freddy, Jason and Michael were to mine, and at this budget level, well crafted horror shows terrific return. We've got the script. Darkchylde is ready to fly. We are actively seeking producing partners and independent financing." Verifiable inquiries may be sent to Randy@darkchylde.com.The following footage is approved for Mature Audiences only. Clicking Play confirms you are legally allowed to view mature rated footage in your country.