Independently Awesome: FRANK & ZED—An All Puppet Monster Movie

Frank & Zed Puppet Monster Movie

A few Halloweens ago, we featured an indie horror short (Chompers) by director Jesse Blanchard and Portland-based studio, Goat & Yeti Productions. While I’m not sure what came of that particular short, it seems that Blanchard and his team at Puppetcore have continued to explore the “puppet horror subgenre” and their latest project looks to be even more ambitious!

As described in the studio’s press release, FRANK & ZED is an “all puppet monster movie” starring two horror icons (Frankenstein’s monster and a zombie) who “must team up to survive a mob of bloodthirsty villagers storming their castle.” In other words, it’s a blood-soaked, limb-severing battle royale between “old-school monsters” and “old school felt puppets”—what’s not to love about that?! In case you’re still not convinced, simply check out the official movie trailer:

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Having spent the past two years and $10K of his own money into the project, Blanchard has turned to Kickstarter to help raise enough funds to finish the film. “The goals for this film have always been crazy,” says Blanchard, “but I’d rather aim high and fail, then not give the world the puppet monster movie it deserves.” According to the project Kickstarter page, funds will go towards “designing and building the characters, props, and sets, designing mechanisms” and practical effects required for the film. Rewards range from t-shirts and prints to resin “cereal toys” and actual props (like an Cult of Krampus battle axe!).


If you’re interested in learning more or to see how you can help support this project, be sure to stop by the Frank & Zed Kickstarter page.

Written by Rondal

Rondal is the Editor-in-Chief of Strange Kids Club and a creative instigator who tackles each day with Red Bull-induced enthusiasm and a mind for adventure. Rondal has written for other sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with horror movies, 80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

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