History of Rotten Corpse Entertainment:
What started off as just something fun for a group of horror nuts, became a nightmare that none of us have ever returned from. Campy Short Films Productions was born out of a bunch of amateurs that only had basic theater experience. Taking with us the essentials: a small make-up kit, 1 gallon of homemade fake blood, some weapons, a handheld camcorder, and beer; setting out to make our underserving tribute to films like Friday the 13th, Sleep Away Camp, and Redneck Zombies. Our twisted group of 10 would venture out into the wilderness of Tillamook County, Oregon and desecrate the lands that many hunters and campers alike call home.
Camp Until You Die! Was born that hunting season during the months of July and August, where we had limited days to film due to work constraints and life just getting in the way. Taking 5 separate weekends to complete, and only 3 hours of film used up. Amazingly enough, we were able to secure our filming location without any problems, since the area was particularly unpopular; we were told that local murderer Christian Longo killed and dumped his family there. We later found out that he had done that in Newport, but what a story to have told people, really messes with their heads.
We’d later return to Drift Creek, the location of our first film, to put together a video that was shorter, more to the point, and was to be entered into Fangoria’s Blood Drive 2 contest. Of course we didn’t meet our deadline, but we managed to put together, Camp Until They Die!!, a prequel of sorts to the original “Camp”. Adding this to our horrible little library, we joined the social network of Myspace to promote our wares and get some online views. Multiple sites were put together, until the final Rotten Corpse Entertainment page was released. We tried to pitch this film to multiple film festivals, but no one took to its over-the-top campiness.
Grabbing what little things we could, a small group of 5 went out and Guerilla Style filmed our 3rd short film, The Ho Killer. Taking almost a year to complete, from the planning stage in late ’05, to the filming until March or ’06, then the long editing process of WE_AINT_SOBER productions, it was finally released. After being sidelined by Fear Fest2 officials, and turned down by so many local Portland theaters, we ended up showing our Porno-Styled film to the bar crowds of pubs all over the metro area. The film did well online, as our first Rotten Corpse TV channel hosted by Veoh.com. It only seemed to struggle on YouTube, but that was only due to the file size. It was in 3 parts and several sites.
The Ho Killer remains our most watched and most popular film to date. If not for the blood, violence, and low brow humor, it might not have survived.
The Gang got back together to do another film. Camp Until WE Die!!! was our attempt to make a full length feature. Taking ideas from the original 2 films, we set to make a zany and gorrific film that would of caught the eyes of Troma films. Production fell short, and our cast and crew said goodbye. Money fell short, and we never completed production. We were only 2 weeks into it, but there wasn’t enough financial power to keep everyone interested in the project. The few scenes we had were released on Myspace that year.
In ’09 we began production on a short film that writer/director Ryan Ramos so desperately wanted released. Brunch of the Dead made casting calls in summer of that year, and began film in late September. It made it through 90% of the principle photography but an important part of the cast left production which led us to halt completion. The film then went into the vault, to be later put out once it was fully completed.
No projects were being worked on until 2012, when an animated effort made it into the “NW Film Center’s 40 Seconds or Less” film fest took place. The Distant made it onto the big screen, and though it won no awards, it was awesome to see.
The direction of the film group was changed in later 2012, when we decided to take us into a new era of Horror entertainment.
Rotten Corpse Entertainment sets out to put on display our own unique brand of Horror with merchandise, comics, novels, and app games for pc and phones. No word yet on what they will be or when they will be released, but we’re attempting to put a new spin on the genre and take #Horrorible to the next level.