Horror & Suspense Author Newman’s Critically-Acclaimed Short Story Optioned For Film To Be Directed By Indie Horror Specialist Kevin Woods
“Holy Rollers”, the critically-acclaimed short story from Horror and Suspense author James Newman, has been praised by some of the biggest names in the literary world. It is now set to become a chilling short film from producer-director Kevin Woods.
“Holy Rollers” tells the story of a husband and wife who wake up one morning to find two door-to-door evangelists standing on their front porch. Mild annoyance turns to bloodcurdling terror as they soon discover that these men carry more than just Bibles . . . and the ‘rollers will not leave until they have cleansed the couple of their sins.
The original short story, which was first published over a decade ago as a chapbook, adapted as an audiobook, and was later included in Newman’s short story collection “People Are Strange”, has been praised for its ferociously original and pulse-pounding storyline, filled with richly authentic characters and dark humor. Brian Keene, author of Ghoul and The Rising, lauded the story saying “Jerry Falwell is coming to your house and he’s packing a semi-automatic! Holy Rollers does for the religious right what Scary Rednecks did for the South!”, while Elizabeth Massie, author of Sineater and Welcome Back To The Night said “Holy *%&#@, but HOLY ROLLERS is one finely-crafted, maniacal tale — a delicious blend of horror and dark humor. James Newman has taken one of life’s common irritants — the door-to-door ‘God salesman’ — and has twisted it into a heart-stopping tale of terror!”.
The online community has also commended the story, with HorrorGrinder.com writing “If you have ever had a visit from door to door religious types, (Holy Rollers) will tickle your funny bone whilst at the same time remove it with a razor sharp scalpel.” ReallyScary.com also celebrated the story by stating “(HOLY ROLLERS) crawls across the reader’s skin like fire ants and razor blades, and that’s a good thing . . . Newman writes in a swirl-of- events mode that keeps things going with an aura of desperation similar to that of trying to stop a massive layout of dominoes toppling – just can’t do it, and you can’t stop reading either. This is a good one. “
Newman, whose works include Midnight Rain, Animosity, Olden and The Wicked, has been praised by some of the biggest names in the genre, including Michael Laimo and Piers Anthony, and has proven time-and-time again to be one of the most original voices in horror literature. “James Newman’s Holy Rollers” will be the first filmed adaptation of the novelist’s work.
The short film will be directed by Kevin Woods. Woods has worked in the independent film business for almost a decade, producing a number of films alongside his producing partner Adam Minarovich (best known for his portrayal of Ed in AMC’s hit television show “The Walking Dead” and as the writer of director Trent Haaga’s highly-acclaimed “Chop”). Woods worked as a producer on films such as the award-winning “Exhibit A-7”, “Survival” (which he also co-wrote), “Buy Sell Kill” and “Troma’s Wiseguys Vs. Zombies”, to name a few. He was dubbed the ‘indie horror specialist’ by Fangoria.com for his work in the genre and many of his features and shorts were including in the South Carolina State Museum’s yearlong exhibit on film “Hollywood Comes To South Carolina: A Century of Filmmaking in the Palmetto State”.
The screenplay for the short film was written by the author himself.
“When I first read ‘Holy Rollers’ I knew it would make an incredible film,” says Woods. “I’m truly fortunate that James is allowing me the opportunity to do just that. His script is nothing short of amazing. I think we’re gonna scare the hell out of some viewers. You’ll think twice the next time you get a knock on your door.”
The film is currently in heavy pre-production with casting taking place now. The filmmakers are attempting to raise the budget for the film through private investors and by utilizing the popular crowdfunding site IndieGoGo. The film’s campaign can be found at www.indiegogo.com/holyrollers and offers some great perks to contributors, including a chance to be a character in one of Newman’s upcoming novels.