The age of cinematic universes seems to be here to stay. It was only a matter of time before non-superhero films started to follow trend. The horror genre seems to be next. Not since Freddy vs. Jason have maniacal blade-wielding slashers meshed together in a super film. Conrad Studios, an independent film company based out of Cleveland, hopes to change just that. The company is currently in development of a series of original slasher films that they hope inter-connect within the same universe.
Their recent press release reads as follows:
Conrad Studios is planning to produce a series of slasher horror films with interconnecting storylines and characters, very similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is something that hasn’t been fully attempted in indie horror cinema, and we hope to achieve something that horror fans around the world can be proud of.
Their ambitious efforts will begin with a film titled The Rave about a killer female clown, to be directed by Matthew Ward. Based on the film's synopsis, the film will follow a group of friends that are invited to a party in a rural Kentucky town, only to be targeted by a mad clown-woman who goes by the name of Lola.
The film's director had this to say about the upcoming project:
Since I was a kid, horror films were always my go-to. I have always had respect and admiration for the classics, but slasher films are the ones that truly have my heart. I miss the fear that came with them. Michael, Jason, Leatherface and Chucky have become cinema icons. The Rave is going to be a callback to the slasher genre. In a generation full of paranormal, found footage, and gore films, this one will be rekindling an old flame with a new vision.
Immediately following The Rave, the film studio plans to produce another film titled The Retrograde directed by Sean and Jake Keta. This one seems to be more along the lines of a psychological thriller. Per the synopsis, the film will follow two best friends during a weekend of partying, when they consume a drug known as Psychedelic Micro-Dreamer, which alters their reality and opens a portal for a group of time-bending psycho slashers known as the Chromatic Sisters.
The directing duo, who will be making their feature debut, had this to say about the film:
The Retrograde will be our directorial debut, and we hope to achieve eye-popping vintage imagery and mind-bending storytelling like you’ve never seen before in indie horror. This film is the second installment in the Conrad Studios Slasher Horror Universe. We hope that our film will showcase horror in a whole new light, while intertwining the genre with psychedelic exploration and cerebral themes.
Two more films are currently planned for the film series, The Rage by Roger Jones and "The Rouge" by Conrad Faraj. No word yet on how the company plans to interconnect the story-lines, but it will be intriguing to see how it is handled when the films are on an independent film level. The official cast and release dates have yet to be announced for this horror series.