If you’re a fan of horror films that keep you on the edge of your seat, Inner Child is a movie you don’t want to miss. The movie tells the story of a college girl who is struggling with night terrors and visions of a dark figure. She seeks help from a psychologist, hoping to overcome the childhood trauma that she believes is the root of her disturbing experiences.
The movie promises to be a spine-chilling experience, with an impressive cast that includes Felissa Rose, who horror fans will recognize from her iconic role in Sleepaway Camp, and Scout Taylor Compton, who starred in Rob Zombie’s Halloween movies. Both actresses are well-known for their work in the horror genre, and their involvement in Inner Child adds an extra layer of excitement for fans.
The film is set to begin production in late summer of 2023, and the team behind it has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds to cover the costs of production. The campaign offers a range of perks for those who donate, including exclusive merchandise and the chance to be part of the movie as an extra.
Los Angeles filmmaker Natalie Rodriguez is gearing up to direct INNER CHILD from her own script. She has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help finance it. The feature version, according to the official synopsis, “will follow a college freshman named Cassie and the aftermath of cutting ties with her toxic family. Cassie has been battling with a lot of self-doubts with her choices; however, it is this same reoccurring nightmare every morning that keeps her on edge. When this particular nightmare becomes too real, taking over her physically, she reaches out to her therapist, Dr. Reid. Cassie hopes to find some answers and put an end to her night terrors.
The film’s website provides a glimpse into the world of Inner Child, with teasers and behind-the-scenes photos that offer a tantalizing taste of what’s to come. The imagery is dark and haunting, with an eerie atmosphere that sets the stage for the movie’s unsettling plot.
For fans of horror movies, Inner Child promises to be a must-see film, with a talented cast and a creative team that is passionate about bringing the story to life. The Indiegogo campaign provides an opportunity for fans to get involved and support the project, with perks that offer a unique connection to the movie and its creators.
As the film enters production, fans can follow along on social media and the Inner Child website for updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the making of the movie. With its impressive cast and creative team, Inner Child is sure to be a memorable addition to the horror genre, and a film that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
What was your inspiration for producing a horror movie like “Inner Child”?
Certainly, my own experience with insomnia, sleep troubles, and the fear of experiencing nightmares encouraged me to sit down and write out “Inner Child”. Plus, I have always been a horror fan. I grew up watching some popular horror content such as the “Scream” franchise, “Seven,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and more!
A few years ago, I had a string of sleep paralysis and night terrors. At the time, I was unaware of what I experienced. Fast forward a few years later, I wrote the first draft of “Inner Child” which started as a short screenplay and then was adapted into a short story. In 2018, I adapted the story into a feature film screenplay.
Originally, I was set to film the short film version of “Inner Child” in 2020. Of course, we all know what happened, so the project was placed on hold. With the back and forth of trying to schedule shoot dates for the short film, at the time, seemed impossible. Especially with the COVID-19 case numbers peaking higher every few weeks. I, too, was even terrified to be on a production set.
After postponing the start date for the short film version of “Inner Child” for the third or fourth time—I lost count, to be honest—I had to go with my instincts. At that point, for quite some time, I thought of the feature film screenplay of “Inner Child”. My heart was more invested in pursuing the longer format of this story. And that was what I echoed to my soon-to-be producers on the project.
Can you tell us about the casting process and how you chose the actors for the film?
I love the casting process! When it comes to casting, it varies per project. Sometimes, I place open calls on the casting boards like LA Casting, Actor’s Access, or even Craigslist.
At the moment, the Inner Child team is pending a press release for some casting updates. So, stay tuned!
How did you balance the elements of horror with the emotional depth of the story?
To be honest, I think balancing horror and a storyline that deals with aspects of mental health and recovery is never done intentionally. I think most writers can agree that often it is the characters who guide the writer themselves through the journey. I had that experience with the main character of “Inner Child,” Cassie.
Writing the earlier drafts of “Inner Child” was more of a subconscious outcome of my emotions and situations that I was dealing with, at the time, in my day-to-day life. Recently, I also realized in therapy that writing “Inner Child” was part of my healing process—therapeutic, regardless of the heavy content.
What sets “Inner Child” apart from other horror movies currently on the market?
For me, I think if any audience viewer can take away of there always being hope in life, especially after something distressful, is key.
What made you decide to launch an Indiegogo campaign for “Inner Child”?
So much continues to change in the world of Entertainment, including the film industry, where many up-and-comers are not getting opportunities from studios.
Originally, the feature film version of “Inner Child” was set with a third-party company. Until they dropped the project the last week of December 2022. I was truly devastated, especially when one of the company’s producers said I was not, and I quote, “famous enough”.
That was the moment when I called one of my producer partners of “Inner Child” and said we would proceed onward with getting the feature film made. So, we revisited the crowdfunding campaign launch, something we spoke of months before the company dropped the film.
But what is great about crowdfunding is the opportunity that someone can participate in some elements of the film itself. In the end, I know things happen for a reason and work out 😊
Can you tell us more about the perks available for backers of the campaign?
Of course! Each crowdfunding campaign is different and overall, varies per project.
Some of the perks that people can find on the Inner Child Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign are but are not limited to:
- Instagram Shout Out ($5 tier)
- Social Media Shout Out and Be Added to the Inner Child Private Facebook Group ($50 Tier)
- Become an Associate Producer
- Become a Producer
- Become an Executive Producer
One of Inner Child’s producers is also a veteran in the marketing world. They immediately had many ideas for the campaign, including a perk that is set to drop in a few more days.
How will the funds raised from the campaign be used to support the production and release of “Inner Child”?
Of course—I am always keen on being transparent and providing as much information as possible on the crowdfunding campaign, or general promotions for it. As stated in the FAQ section of the Inner Child crowdfunding campaign, ALL donations go solely towards production/filming. None of the donations are deposited into any personal accounts but a business account for production. Some aspects of production/filming these donations would cover are but again, not limited to, hiring crew such as a director of photographer, camera assistant, location fees, and more.
What do you hope to achieve with this campaign beyond just financial support?
It would be amazing to not only achieve the financial support of the crowdfunding campaign BUT to truly connect with the investors/donors who are just excited to be a part of this journey with us.
How do you plan to reach potential backers and promote the campaign?
Like many filmmakers who launch a crowdfunding campaign, the promotion never stops. Whether it is going to the press directly, like horror bloggers or YouTubers, to emailing and direct messaging peers, in the end, one does whatever it takes to get the project greenlit. I am a firm believer that one is their first true investor by advocating for the project and sharing that passion with others.
Can you speak to any challenges or obstacles you’ve encountered during the campaign so far?
There continue to be MANY but, I learn that is common when it comes to running a campaign. Probably one of the toughest encounters with the campaign was receiving a hate and degrading Tweet from, what appeared to be, a scammer. They tweeted some personal attacks on me.
How has the response to the campaign been from fans and supporters?
The response to the campaign of “Inner Child, a new thriller-horror feature film,” has been overwhelming. I am sure most of the team is still processing the outcome of it due to being in the middle of campaign mode.
What advice would you give to aspiring filmmakers who are considering launching a crowdfunding campaign?
My advice is as long as an artist believes in the product, then someone else and, ultimately, others will see that passion and dedication. It is a piece of advice I have carried since a professor told my classmates and me in college years ago. And I can confirm their advice is SPOT on.
Are there any future plans for the film beyond its release, such as a potential sequel or spinoff?
This is interesting! You are the first to ask. I never say never, so who knows there can always be both 😊
Finally, what message would you like to share with your supporters and those considering backing the campaign?
On behalf of the Inner Child team, we always want to emphasize: never hesitate to ask questions as well as consider donating to our campaign, especially if they are spooky and horror fans.