Welcome back! Once again your Indie Huntress is here to save you from mainstream garbage and bring you something truly delightful. Today I bring you an interview with Peter Simeti, author of the notorious graphic novel, "The Chair." I met Peter, like so many other independent creators, via social media. I contacted him in a frenzy, to cover his story on this book receiving a film release. With only FOUR days left on the Kickstarter, this team is in the final push to make this film happen. Without further delay, here are the bits of information you desire and crave....
"The powerful often take advantage of the powerless - it's a vicious cycle that has existed since the first single-cell organism decided to consume rather than co-exist. The competition is fierce and struggling to survive will make a killer out of you in one way or another. THE CHAIR is, at first glance, your average prison horror/thriller. But just beneath the dark and gritty surface, there's a story - and a film - about the struggle to survive, the abuse of power, and the isolation and despair that all human beings face in their final hour." - Simeti
What are your personal thoughts on your comic hitting the screen, and are there plans for a sequel?
It's all a bit surreal honestly. I've been too busy with it to actually be star-struck by it...haha. It's been a very interesting experience though, and something I'll remember the rest of my life. I'm sure when it's all said and done, I'll be able to enjoy what we've accomplished. However, it's hard to kick your feet up and have that perspective at this current time. Regarding a sequel, right now there aren't plans for one.
What are some of the rewards backers can expect to see?
We have around 60 rewards in total. There's something for everyone at various budget levels! Wardrobe from the film, signed prints, screenplays, posters, graphic novels, four different t-shirt designs, stickers, pins, commissioned art, felt dolls, coffee mugs, blood-spattered aprons, the list goes on....and of course- the film!
What is the timeline for the release of this film?
We're hoping to have it ready for backers by the end of this year, barring that whatever distributor(s) pick up the film, are comfortable with that. Otherwise, early to mid 2016 should be a safe bet.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect to see in the future?
Currently my duties as publisher at Alterna, combined with freelance art and lettering, take up a lot of my time. My next project is to supervise the post-production on The CHAIR, fill the rewards for our backers, and then promote the film and make sure we get some great distribution for a film that deserves to be seen. Everyone did a terrific job on it and really worked their butts off, so I hope people get behind this thing and support some quality indie film and comics!
Relying more on psychological horror and suspense than on jump scares and a splatter-fest of gore, THE CHAIR touches upon the ethics of torture, the criminal justice system, child abuse, mental health care, fate, and familial histories of violence. Created in 2006 by Peter Simeti with Kevin Christensen as penciler, THE CHAIR was first a comic book mini-series and later published in 2008 by Alterna Comics as a compiled graphic novel, THE CHAIR has themes that are unfortunately ever-present in society. Screenwriter Erin Kohut, who also edited the graphic novel, fleshed out various elements of the narrative and adapted the story for film.
Richard Sullivan (played to perfection by Timothy Muskatell) is presented as an innocent man that is sentenced to die - a concept that, if you gave it more than a few seconds of thought, is probably one of the most terrifyingly realistic things a person can conceive. But in this prison, there are fates worse than death as the Warden (the electrifying Bill Oberst Jr.) and his guards have become thoroughly corrupted with their absolute power. The brutality that occurs will make you question who the true monsters are in this narrative as even flashbacks of Sullivan's mother (terrifyingly portrayed by Naomi Grossman) reveal that there are very few redeeming characters here. This is an ugly story with ugly people; there are no demons or zombies here - the only monster on death row is man.
THE CHAIR is directed by Chad Ferrin and stars Bill Oberst Jr., Timothy Muskatell, Noah Hathaway, Zach Galligan, Naomi Grossman, Roddy Piper, Ezra Buzzington, Derrick Damions, and Kyle Hester. -Simeti
For more information on, "The Chair," visit the website at: The Chair Horror Film
Visit Alterna Comics Site Here: Alterna Comics
Support the Kickstarter here: The Chair Kickstarter
Find The Graphic Novel on Comixology: Alterna on Comixology
Peter Simeti is the founder, president & publisher of creator-owned comic book company Alterna Comics. An artist, writer, and letterer - Peter has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of extremely talented people over the years. Follow him on twitter @petersimeti and say hello!
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As for my two cents on this, I was blown away at the level of deep psychological horror that Peter writes. Based on what I have seen thus far of trailers, I believe this film will pay appropriate homage to the graphic novel. I look forward to what Ferrin is going to bring to the table for this film.