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ROSE: The Bizarro Zombie Musical


“A lot of people have been asking me, ‘So…what the hell IS this Rose thing you’re doing?’” .  laughs legendary horror author-turned-filmmaker John Skipp. “I understand. It’s a weird pill to swallow. But that’s what makes it so much fun.”

Rose — think Pee Wee’s Playhouse meets Night of the Living Dead — is the totally Bizarro story of Rose (Chase McKenna), a hot machete-juggling ex-mental patient with an internet/cable access puppet show, who becomes an unlikely hero of the zombie apocalypse.

Today [6-21-11], Skipp re-launched his Kickstarter campaign to audience-fund this off-the-wall cult horror/comedy feature, with a video that he hopes will help clarify everything:


“It’s one thing to talk about Rose,” he says. “It’s another thing to see her in action. So we shot some shorts, which all tell part of the story, but it’s kind of like tiles in a mosaic. It doesn’t make sense till you put it all together. Which I think this new Kickstarter video does, with as much eye-popping candy as we could swing, to make the case.”

Skipp and his team – including McKenna, producer Jane Hamilton (Parasomnia),  editor/associate producer Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again), and Rob Hall’s Almost Human FX (Quarantine) – have also massively scaled back their Kickstarter goal.

“We need $20,000 to build Rose’s Place – the set for her complete puppet world – and all 20 of the super-cool puppets that will inhabit it. Hire the actors who will play those puppets. Take ‘em in the studio, to finish recording the songs. And shoot a huge chunk of the movie, plus a bunch of internet shorts to tease everybody into wanting to see more.

“That said, if we exceed our goal and raise $170,000.” Skipp continues, “we could shoot the whole thing by the end of the summer, and have it ready to screen by Halloween. Which would be the best Halloween present ever.”

The campaign runs for 30 days,

For more information, go to:


ROSE Homepage

ROSE Kickstarter

ROSE on Facebook

John Skipp on Facebook


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