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Help Support Waylon Bacon’s The Ride

By Mike Everleth ⋅ August 27, 2014

Movie poster featuring two men, a white van and a large clock

Help fund what promises to be one helluva strange trip!

The Ride is the next film by genre-bending filmmaker Waylon Bacon, who is currently raising funds through IndieGoGo to finance the pic.

Bacon has a highly imaginative filmmaking style that is uniquely hilariously surreal and entertainingly grotesque; and through the posting of extensive pre-production notes to his personal website, The Ride looks to have strong potential to be a positive addition to his filmography.

Based on a true incident in Bacon’s life, an innocent young communter, Greg, accepts a ride from a seemingly helpful driver, Al, who claims to be an espresso machine salesman. However, as Al’s creepy demeanor begins to shine through, Greg fantasizes about the horrible fates that may befall him.

Bacon describes the two characters:

Greg and Al are sort of like the odd couple; Greg is young, apathetic, and naive. Al is middle aged, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. Greg’s fantasies involve being murdered and how much his family might mourn him; Al’s involve a pamphlet he’s written involving how to attain higher spirituality through good work ethics. And Greg’s fantasies, while horrifying, are also far fetched, and contain a streak of jet black, absurdist humor in them.

Below, watch Bacon’s very entertaining fundraising video during which he explicitly states where the money he raises will go, primarily to paying cast and crew, but also to purchase camera and special effects equipment.

The Underground Film Journal has written about Bacon extensively in the past and we’ve embedded just about every film he’s ever made on the site. He has one of the most unique genre voices out there and, to date, there’s nothing he’s done that we haven’t absolutely enjoyed, from the terrific black comedy Poster Boy to the icky slacker satire Help Wanted and more. (You can also read an interview we conducted with him here.)

So, please donate to help this extremely talented filmmaker unleash his latest twisted vision — a project he’s obviously very passionate about — into a world that needs a little more darkness and levity. He’s also offering lots of great rewards for contributors, such as printed storyboards, coffee mugs with artwork by Bacon, original drawings by the director and more.

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