The Man-Eating Turtle Movie That Was Never Made’ Doc


In the 1980s and into the 1990s, there was a creative explosion for the horror genre, with countless filmmakers picking up a camera for the first time, heading off with their friends, and doing some movie magic. horror together. Some of these movies remain favorites of the horror community to this day, but there are plenty of others you’ve probably never heard of.

snapper is one of those movies. And that’s the subject of a new documentary from the writer/director John Campopiano (Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, Pennywise: The History of Computing) which reveals lost footage from the movie that never existed, telling the story of two friends from Massachusetts and the killer turtle they *almost* brought to life in the early 90s.

For those who want to dive into the madness, we are delighted to announce that Snapper: The Man-Eating Turtle Movie That Was Never Made is now streaming exclusively on the Bloody Disgusting SCREAMBOX horror deck!

Campopiano explains, “This is a short documentary (30 minutes) about the making of a creature feature that actually fell apart before becoming a real movie. In many ways, it’s also a little window into DIY garage cinema here in New England at that time.

He keeps on, “snapper has been accepted into a handful of festivals and competitions, recently winning Best Documentary Short with the New Jersey Film Awards. We are hoping for more festival appearances throughout the summer and fall.

The filmmakers behind snapper, Marc Calf and Mike Savino (Attack of the Killer Refrigerator), were interviewed for Campopiano’s documentary, with the special effects artist Scott Andrews. As the team explains, they were inspired by Jaws and various 80s slasher movies, with snapper intended to be a gory lakeside creature centered around a giant killer turtle.

The documentary features never-before-seen footage from the unreleased film, while also serving as a short and sweet love letter to independent cinema. In particular, of course, indie cinema in the horror space, the documentary taking us back to a time when creative ambition, wild concepts, and cool practical effects were all you really needed.

Alas, even with all these ingredients, Veal and Savino never finished snapper, and it never saw the light of day. But thanks to Campopiano’s doc, their low-budget killer turtle film has been given a second chance at life, with the ever-passionate duo hoping that one day, somehow, they can return to the lake and finish what they started.

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