Hoax slasher returns?

TarmanLives
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9:29 AM - Apr 16, 2018 #1

Who remembers about 20 years ago when rumors were circulating of two lost slashers called Gory Graduation and Summerhouse Slaughter?  I was still living a net-less existence until long after they were debunked and buried.  However, I have searched a few times for whatever info remained online or archived , if only to document the hoax, and I'm pretty sure this never came up:  

http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b7dddce73
 
I don't know what the likelihood is of a hoax film getting a BFI entry but I would guess it highly improbable, at least for films made since the 1970s (although 1974's Chilling does have an entry and I have my doubts about that one's existence).   I do find it interesting that even though the director listed here is the same name attached to the rumored 1989 version,  the cast list isn't carried over.  Rather than the unconvincing re-teaming of Return of the Living Dead actors, a more plausible lineup of unknowns is listed here.  Is it possible this is a real film?  That the late 90s rumor was an embellishment of an actual title, released or otherwise?   Doubtful, though it wouldn't be the first time I've seen a modern-era horror flick listed only at BFI and hardly even spoken of elsewhere.  If it's nothing more than rumor than it feels like this 'version' was more likely the start of it, perhaps it was a planned film that never made it into production?  It would be a great twist if it turned out the Summerhouse Slaughter hoax wasn't entirely a hoax, though I expect the truth to be much more vanilla.
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11:34 AM - Apr 16, 2018 #2

The BFI online database contains a number of works that were announced as being 'in production,' but which seemingly were never commenced/completed/released.

The entry for SUMMERHOUSE SLAUGHTER is one of two features by Quickstar Productions starring David Grubka that were listed as being 'in production' in the pages of the Hollywood Reporter, from which all the credits in the BFI database have simply been carried over.

The details for the first feature, SUMMERHOUSE SLAUGHTER, originate from the Hollywood Reporter of July 12, 1994, which listed the feature as having entered production on June 10, 1994. See: http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/we ... /150423106

The second Quickstar/Grubka feature was the no-less-elusive TALK OF THE TOWN, listed as having entered production on November 28, 1995, per the Hollywood Reporter of December 5, 1995. See: http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/we ... /150453981

Of course, there has been no shortage of forthcoming productions listed in the pages of the Hollywood Reporter over the decades for which not one frame of film was shot. Though I can't help thinking that SUMMERHOUSE SLAUGHTER ***might*** potentially have been a project that David Benton tried to get off the ground on more than one occasion, leading to different dates and credits having become attached to it.

The Quickstar Productions name is associated with yet a third unseen-and-likely-unmade feature, SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, which credited Belinda Balaski and Scott Wolf as its lead players, being prepared for release in 2001. This was purportedly to be co-produced with a second company referred to as Millennium Independents.
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8:25 PM - Apr 16, 2018 #3

doctor kiss wrote: The BFI online database contains a number of works that were announced as being 'in production,' but which seemingly were never commenced/completed/released.

The entry for SUMMERHOUSE SLAUGHTER is one of two features by Quickstar Productions starring David Grubka that were listed as being 'in production' in the pages of the Hollywood Reporter, from which all the credits in the BFI database have simply been carried over.

The details for the first feature, SUMMERHOUSE SLAUGHTER, originate from the Hollywood Reporter of July 12, 1994, which listed the feature as having entered production on June 10, 1994. See: http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/we ... /150423106

The second Quickstar/Grubka feature was the no-less-elusive TALK OF THE TOWN, listed as having entered production on November 28, 1995, per the Hollywood Reporter of December 5, 1995. See: http://collections-search.bfi.org.uk/we ... /150453981

Of course, there has been no shortage of forthcoming productions listed in the pages of the Hollywood Reporter over the decades for which not one frame of film was shot. Though I can't help thinking that SUMMERHOUSE SLAUGHTER ***might*** potentially have been a project that David Benton tried to get off the ground on more than one occasion, leading to different dates and credits having become attached to it.

The Quickstar Productions name is associated with yet a third unseen-and-likely-unmade feature, SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD, which credited Belinda Balaski and Scott Wolf as its lead players, being prepared for release in 2001. This was purportedly to be co-produced with a second company referred to as Millennium Independents.
Where these real films, or intentional landmines that get placed into databases to assert IP rights against copiers?
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8:39 PM - Apr 16, 2018 #4

Godziwolf wrote: Where these real films, or intentional landmines that get placed into databases to assert IP rights against copiers?
Since my previous post, I have turned up yet a fourth surely-never-made Quickstar Productions feature, AMPUTEE BEAUTY PAGEANT, supposedly being prepared in late 1999 for a 2000 release, with Christopher Quinn as projected director and a cast that was ostensibly to include Monique Parent, Carmen Electra, Harmony Welles, Mink Stole (!) and... wait for it... David Grubka.

It is hard to overlook the fact that David 'Dave' Grubka is a connecting factor between at least three of these four productions. Grubka has been active in slasher movie history, in particular locating several cast members for the documentary CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH (2013). I wonder what precisely his connection to Quickstar Productions might have been.

This doesn't strike me as a straightforward case of bogus titles being entered into a reference work by its compilers, since these titles were scattered across various trade publications over several years. Rather, this points either toward a company that purportedly struggled to get a single feature off the ground over a period of years; or else toward somebody 'salting the well'... that is to say, informing the trade press of only-supposedly-forthcoming credits with which to embellish a company or individual résumé.
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11:28 PM - Apr 16, 2018 #5

I probably wouldn't care to see it, but I kind of regret that AMPUTEE BEAUTY PAGEANT doesn't exist. Thank Jeebus somebody at least thought of the title. I think it's too late for this year's Pulitzers...do they even have a Title category?
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11:54 PM - Apr 16, 2018 #6

It is hard to believe someone was actually planning to make a movie with that title. It sounds like a joke title.
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1:08 AM - Apr 17, 2018 #7

doctor kiss wrote:
Godziwolf wrote: Where these real films, or intentional landmines that get placed into databases to assert IP rights against copiers?
Since my previous post, I have turned up yet a fourth surely-never-made Quickstar Productions feature, AMPUTEE BEAUTY PAGEANT, supposedly being prepared in late 1999 for a 2000 release, with Christopher Quinn as projected director and a cast that was ostensibly to include Monique Parent, Carmen Electra, Harmony Welles, Mink Stole (!) and... wait for it... David Grubka.
 Amputee Beauty Pageant?  With a softcore porn star/scream queen (Parent), Carmen Electra and Mink Stole?  I feel like I've been robbed. 😣
Looks like Quickstar Productions has been a (rather shady) music distributor since at least the early 2000s, possibly going back even further.  I guess they either shifted gears after failing to get any film projects off the ground or, more likely, the Quickstar involving Grupka never secured the name.   
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1:23 AM - Apr 17, 2018 #8

It's odd that BFI jumps the gun like that though.  They must know that plenty of films will be announced but never come to fruition.  While the entries are useful I'm surprised they didn't think to implement some kind of notation for projects 'in development' which, if never removed, indicates the film was never made.  

Just imagine the confusion it would cause if such a database could've existed during the silent era! 😲
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