Kickin’ it with Peter Simeti – THE CHAIR

by Antonio Garcia

For today’s Kickin’ it with, we got in touch with Peter Simeti to talk about THE CHAIR, a new film trying to secure funding on Kickstarter.

4cr: Welcome Peter! Thank you for joining us at Kickin’ it with. Can you please introduce yourself to our audience?

I’m the founder and publisher at Alterna Comics (the company that published THE CHAIR as a graphic novel) and this is actually my first experience in film. I created Alterna late in 2006/early 2007 at the same time I was working on THE CHAIR.

4cr: You’re promoting THE CHAIR as a psychological horror film. Considering the source material this could be the understatement of the year. For those who haven’t read The Chair, what is the story about?

Haha, THE CHAIR definitely is a dark story (especially with how it ends) and it’s basically about Richard Sullivan, a death row inmate who’s been witnessing a lot of his fellow inmates getting tortured and killed at the hands of the prison’s insane and sadistic Warden. Not much has necessarily happened to Sullivan in this prison, but he figures he must be next in line because the prisoner count is dwindling. With that in mind, he decides he needs to fight, even kill, to survive. In doing so, he’s pushed to the brink of his own sanity and the story just goes from there. So the psychological horror aspect is there for this character combined with the violence/gore factor of traditional horror. The film, like the book, won’t really be an all-out gore fest or anything – but it’ll still satisfy horror audiences of all kinds.

The Chair 1

4cr: Will this be a short film or are you aiming to have a feature-length film?

We plan on this film being a live-action feature-length film, probably about 90 minutes or so.

4cr: Is that why you decided to set a $300,000 goal for the Kickstarter campaign for The Chair?

Yeah, the $300K goal is pretty much a bare minimum needed to turn THE CHAIR into a quality film.
I’m producing the whole thing pretty much for free right now and Erin Kohut (the screenwriter) and I, are mostly just going to count on making any money on the back-end after the film is done and sold into distribution. So right there, we’re probably saving about $50K in total. And then we’re doing a lot of on location stuff, no set-building, so that also saves a lot of money and time and crews involved. We’re basically going to be shooting a film for $300K that looks like a $1MM picture.

The Chair Budget

4cr: Eric Roberts, Brian Thompson, Bill Oberst Jr., Naomi Grossman, Zach Galligan, Ezra Buzzington, and Noah Hathaway are all on board as cast members. Wth such a diverse cast ready to work on the film, are you offering any signed memorabilia at some of the reward tiers?

Oh definitely. We’ve got at least half of our rewards centered around the cast. From props to signed items to personalized messages, the cast has been very involved in helping to promote this film and make it a success.

We’re actually going to be unveiling a lot of rewards soon that feature Susan Eisenberg (better known as the voice of Wonder Woman on the Justice League animated series) so that’ll be pretty damn cool!

The Chair Cast Reward

4cr: Once again, thank you for your time. Do you want to say anything else to our readers?

Thanks for having me! And if you’re reading this, please visit our Kickstarter and make a pledge if possible, even if it’s just a dollar. Everything counts and how cool is it to say that you were part of bringing a movie to life! Also, please follow us on twitter @thechairhorror and follow myself @petersimeti – thanks!

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