It is with a lump in my throat that I must sadly report that after a few more projects (including a web series shown here on The Blood Sprayer), Rochester, New York’s LBP will be closing it’s doors. Owner/Director/Writer/Producer/Actor Chris Seaver sent out this press release filling in all their fans on what’s still to come:
To all of the fans, family and friends out there-I bring sad news on this day. Low Budget Pictures will be closing its doors in Feb. 2011. It’s a HUGE bummer and it sucks hard core, but it’s just the way it has to be. We have struggled to stay afloat for so long and year after year it may seem like new and exciting things were going to happen for us, only to have it fall apart. LBP has forever been cursed. However, to stick around for as long as we have is a great thing and we are proud of what we have accomplished in that time. The industry sucks right now, the economy sucks and to be honest, people suck in the indie scene lately and it’s just not fun anymore. We have been shit on and left out of so many things, while feeling betrayed and lied to. It’s not worth the stress. Life is SOOOO short to keep pushing when there isn’t much interest anymore. Out of the ashes something new will be born, though. There is something new brewing and we will announce it when the time is right. In the meantime, you can expect to see the Bonejack High web series which is being developed for Bloodsprayer.com. There will be a 6 episode “season” and if people like it, then it will continue. We’re also still obligated to deliver the 10th anniversary remake of Mulva: Zombie Ass Kicker, which we will and it WILL be the last true LBP movie we make. ‘Twill feature almost every character in the history of LBP and should be an explosive little beast. We still need a lot help gathering the budget for it, though-if you can help, please send donations to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will all get some crazy sweet stuff for helping. We also still have quite a few flicks that have yet to be released through Tempe and SRS next year. The 20 year history of LBP documentary will also come out in February 2011. So, there is much to look forward to. We will also be throwing a HUGE “so long” party for LBP in February featuring screenings of LBP movies, other indie movies, a band or two, the LBP documentary premiere and much more tomfoolery to be had. We will announce the dates when we have them all locked and loaded. LBP will be at the Palace Theater in Syracuse NY at the end of January for the Horror Film Fest selling and promoting the 20th anniversary gig and more. Exact dates will be posted later and on the facebook page.
Again, I just want to say thank you to all of you that have been around and supported us for so long. You mean the world to us and we hope you will understand the decisions that were made. AND look forward to see what we have up our sleeves for the end of next year. So, until next time-“Liked it? I loved it!”
It’s no secret that I’ve been particularly supportive of LBP on The Blood Sprayer. Chris Seaver is a friend of mine who I have a great deal of respect for. When other people were talking bullshit about the movie they would make, Seaver WAS making movies. He hurt for his art and made several personal sacrifices for the fans. Over time, LBP was similar to bands like Motorhead or a show like The Simpsons. The fans who were there at the beginning didn’t want to evolve with the filmmaker. They always wanted to see the same characters showing up. This ended up being the same mentality distributors took with Seaver’s films, but Seaver had more to him than just a handful of characters showing back up in each film. He had different ideas and wanted to explore those ideas. In my opinion, when he did, he produced some of the best films he’d ever made. Starting with “House on Bonejack Hill”, I noticed a change in the direction of LBP. It became obvious as a fan that Chris had different things in mind for his little creation. As time carried on, this proved to be true. Movies such as “Wet Heat”, “Geek Wars”, “Ski-Wolf”, and “Deathbone” showed all the different sides of Seaver’s filmmaking personality. From this standpoint, it seemed as though LBP was poised to move into its next wave of indie success. There was an air of freshness that’d been missing for a bit…then things changed. Grumblings could be hear bubbling to the surface in indie horror. Things were changing (Netflix takeover, torrent files, laziness on the part of the consumer, distributor fear) and companies like LBP could only do so much with the resources available. I knew the frustration Chris was dealing with but I still saw him fighting the good fight as long as was humanly possible. Reality has a way of beating us down sometimes. For him, it was making that sensible decision to step away and evaluate the next steps for himself in the world of indie cinema.
LBP has been something that has stuck out as a bright spot of the last 5 years of my life. They have always been a company in on their own joke and made the best of that joke. Fan support has driven them and Seaver’s crew never bit the hand that fed them. My personal involvement in their films have obviously lent to my feelings, as well. My band has written written and recorded 7 songs for LBP movies and appeared in “Ski-Wolf”. I also was lucky enough to be one of the cast members of “Deathbone”, which was an honor. Even after those films, I have remained a supporter of LBP’s output. Perhaps selfishly, I’ve made a point to encourage Chris every time we’ve talked over the last few years. If for no other reason, because I want to watch his movies. I know that I will not be the only person saddened by this news (several of our writers are from the Rochester area and know the LBP gang). Unfortunately, I don’t think this is the last news piece of its kind to come our way. Indie film is an uphill battle that can only be fought for so long before it wears the the filmmaker down. LBP stuck it out for 20 years-consider that up against a lot of the bullshitters who criticize from a distance. Guys like Chris Seaver are rare and the horror community is better for having had him as a part of it. LBP’s fiercely independent work ethic has withstood trends for years. I don’t think this exit is the end of his work. If anything, the time away will bring back a stronger, smarter, indie filmmaker that we all love. In the meantime, visit LBP’s site, pick up some their previous work, contact him through the email address listed above and help support the end of this era.
On behalf of myself and The Blood Sprayer crew, we wish the best to Seaver and his stable of crazies. We look forward to whatever perversion you’ll send our way next…