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Throwback Werewolf Film ‘Bonehill Road’ Will Have No CGI and Be Released on VHS

Whatever you do… stay off Bonehill Road at night.

Remember how cool werewolf movies used to be? Films like An American Werewolf in London and The Howling were loaded with some of the most badass creature effects in the genre’s history, but cool werewolf flicks of that sort have sadly fallen by the wayside in recent years. Computer generated wolves and transformation scenes, well, they’re just not nearly as awesome.

The last great one? Late Phases. Check it out if you haven’t yet.

Todd Sheets, a prolific shot-on-video filmmaker from back in the early days of VHS, is returning to the horror genre with upcoming werewolf film Bonehill Road, and he intends on channeling the glory days of werewolf films past. He promises that the throwback movie will feature loads of retro-style practical effects and absolutely ZERO CGI, and he’s even releasing it on VHS!

Bonehill Road was successfully funded through Indiegogo this year, and Sheets describes it as a dream project that will be a true, old school, American made werewolf movie.

In Sheets’ own words:

Bonehill Road is an homage to classic monster films like The Howling and An American Werewolf In London. In some ways, it is a throwback to the films we grew up with… the real horror movies that we all love so much, and in another way it is a modern horror flick that uses old school techniques, including Practical Monster Effects. NO CGI at all here. Our goal is to make an exciting, scary monster movie with some really cool werewolves.

Check out an early teaser below, along with an awesome werewolf concept.



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COMMENTS

63 Comments
  • Biscoito18

    Definitely gonna check this out! I’m craving for a modern werewolf film with great practical effects and a classic treatment like last year’s “The Witch” and “Evolution”.

    • Todd Sheets

      Thank you for being positive. I and everyone involved truly appreciate it!!!

  • J Jett

    John, IMO the last good/great werewolf movie was HOWL. i wanted to like LATE PHASES but the schlocky/poorly executed werewolf fx (and how most of the werewolf scenes were filmed/edited…very amateurish) made it impossible to enjoy.
    regarding this BONEHILL ROAD…i hope it’s good but if it’s filmed with this UBER-low budget, VHS quality type of gig i don’t think it will be. that werewolf shot at the end of the teaser just looks really amateurish (in the type of film(?)/VHS tape(?) they are using as well as the cinematography) and cheap. i hope i’m wrong. i’d love this movie to turn out to be good if not great.

    • Todd Sheets

      No one said it was going to be VHS quality gig. We are shooting HD just like everyone else, but we are also releasing it on VHS for those fans from the old days. Repect to where I got my start. As for the low budget, if you own all your own gear and you pull in favors, you just don’t need huge budgets anymore. I agree with your points on the other werewolf films BTW. My goal is to make myself and fans of this type of film proud.

      • I for one am excited to see the finished product. The idea of using practical effects again is something that has been sorely missing from movies.

        Out of curiosity what type of budget is needed for this type of film (don’t need a specific amount to your film)? Are practical effects expensive in this day vs. CGI?

        Thanks and all the best to your upcoming film.

        • Todd Sheets

          thank you so much for the positive feedback. I really do appreciate it. Practical effects are pretty expensive honestly and in some areas it would be easier to go CGI but I don’t want to do that. I really want to do this the way it should be done. I don’t like Monsters done with CGI and I really don’t want to do a film that way. It may take a little extra time and effort but I am certain that the effects artists can do an amazing job.

  • Monster70

    With all due respect I’d rather watch a Uwe Boll movie than a Todd Sheets movie.

    • Elizabeth

      Agreed. Although I’d rather not have to watch either.

    • Todd Sheets

      With all due respect? I am sure you have not seen one of my films since I was younger. I have thick skin, but enough is enough. I am sick of armchair critics judging me on movies I made 25 years ago when I was a kid. My last film was an Official selection in over 88 film festivals and there are MANY people who work hard on these movies and simply do not deserve the negativity. I mean we have a team of 80 people. Maybe give someone a chance to grow and evolve. I get that you cannot please everyone, and I am OK with that. But to trash my work when you don’t give it a chance just seems narrow minded to me.

      • Monster70

        Yes,I had respect for you,but now I just think you are arrogant.

  • horrormaker

    i don’t think the VHS thing is a good idea. It might not sell as good as dvd. I still own a VHS player and do play some videos on it, but it doesn’t look good on these High Def TV’s. It’s grainy. I wouldn’t buy a VHS movie. Wouldn’t be worth the price.

    • Amanda P

      True. The VHS releases are more expensive than the dvd believe it or not! But the VHS is for the collectors.

  • J Jett

    oh that’s funny/weird. i admit i hadn’t read the entire article and never saw the mention of VHS within it when i posted my initial comment below. lol. also why is there no listing/mention of this movie on IMDB?
    and while i can appreciate the effort by having all/most fx being practical/non-CGI, just because you’re using practical fx doesn’t/shouldn’t mean you only spend $5 on the rest of the film (cinematography/cameras/etc.).

  • KennyThaKilla

    But not EXCLUSIVELY on VHS, right? RIGHT????

  • KennyThaKilla
    • Todd Sheets

      Marvel has since changed their opening, and we did it as a joke of sorts and an homage to a group of films we like. Not meant as a rip off. One of our friends actually worked on that Marvel logo and made us one as a lark.

      • KennyThaKilla

        Marvel changes their opening a lot, but they always keep the same basic concept, which you’ve used here. Not a big deal, I just thought it was funny – so I guess I got the joke?

  • NoGutzNoGory

    I’d rather take a good sand papering to the eyes than spend any time watching a Todd Sheets production.

    • Todd Sheets

      Wow. Thanks for being so open minded! Glad I survived Quadruple bypass surgery and fought through heart attack Hell so I could come back and make movies and have wonderful. positive people like you offer such kind words. The fact is I am sure you have not seen one of my films since I was younger. I have thick skin, but enough is enough. I am sick of asshats judging me on movies I made 25 years ago when I was a kid. My last film was an Official selection in over 88 film festivals and there are MANY people who work hard on these movies and simply do not deserve your trash talking nonsense. Everyone has to start somewhere, and I made some very bad movies as a kid, but you know what? Unlike some people with closed minds, I evolved and I grew as a human being and an artist and I got better. It’s called progress. This film is a dream of mine and there are MANY great people who are working on it and none of them should be subjected to your venom. It has long since been a dream also to be on Bloody Disgusting, but the amount of trolls and hate mongers is heart breaking. It’s a movie people, just a movie. How it’s harming you is beyond me… there are movies I dislike, but I don’t go and personally attack the people involved. Pretty lame.

      • NoGutzNoGory

        If you really had a thick skin you wouldn’t care less about what people are going to say… but here you are, writing these big ass long diatribes about your movie. You would just pass this over, haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate!

        • Amanda P

          Mostly just getting the facts out there about the film. If you are not a fan then you are not a fan. You might go check out stuff from the past few years on Todd’s vimeo. Maybe you will have a change of heart. 🙂

    • Amanda P

      How about you go sandpaper your eyes and while your at it go wash yourself because you seem to be a very nasty person.

      • NoGutzNoGory

        Will do. 99.9999% chance I’ll still feel the same way after all is done though.

  • Azzy Darling

    That moment I have he same damn wolf as a desktop background. hhaha Sorry but that doesn’t exactly scream quality to me, I mean that they use a stock art image. But besides that yes I really, really, hope it’s good –
    we need more practical effect werewolf movies!! =) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/241021f122d69844896d55b552d0223ceef3df96fec3a4429184d5501c50045f.png

    • Todd Sheets

      We actually licensed the image, and we did so because we liked the “nature” kind of thing going on. Had no idea when we licensed it legitimately that it would be all over. LOL. You live and learn. We actually have several posters and graphics out there…. Thank you for the positive words. We hope to make you proud!

      • Azzy Darling

        Well forgive me for my scepticism, but honestly stock art was my first thought that that is an ass old desktop background, but of course I think it’s cool too otherwise I wouldn’t have it, and if you actually licensed it, I absolutely see your point. But do me the favor of doing a reverse google image search of it, and I promise you that there are like +15 pages of sites that offer that exact image as background for anything. And good luck with the movie, I will absolutely keep tabs on it and I hope it will be worth watching =)

        • Todd Sheets

          Thanks Azzy!

    • Amanda P

      The teaser is just a fast concept teaser. The actual movie is going to be beautifully shot.

      • Azzy Darling

        Hey i didn’t say it wouldn’t be – I hope it is.

  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    We need some more good werewolf movies. Hopefully this one can add its place among the memorable. I’m always willing to support the horror community because most of the times all the hard work, sweat and tears don’t get enough appreciation.

    I’m disgusted with so many so-called horror fans that add nothing to the community except for spreading their venom. I wish it were an isolated case to Bloody Disgusting but I see it everywhere. Whether the movie turns out to be good or not is not the problem. There are some of us out there willing to give others a fair chance. Good luck Todd Sheets.

    • Todd Sheets

      Thank you so much for the positive words!

    • Amanda P

      you rock!

    • KennyThaKilla

      “disqus_uPh3WDxbQy”

      Seems legit.

  • Amanda P

    Thank you so much for covering Bonehill Road! I really think this movie is going to be amazing to watch and beautifully shot. People should check out some of Todd’s more recent work such as House of Forbidden Secrets and Dreaming Purple Neon. Not to mention you can see some recent stuff on his Vimeo channel. As you investigate you can see the style. Thanks for all the positive feedback!

  • Jonathan Larsson

    As long as they follow the old school trope with a hand-painted poster and a VHS-style cover, I’m all game for it ^^

  • BloodyDisgusted

    LOL, no thanks.

  • Tony Furlong

    I love werewolf films esp if done good or not too cheesy. They need to inspire fear, they are the children of jekyll and hyde. I hope it’s good. Actually writing my own werewolf film script which if made I hope it’s not cgi.

  • What a shame that the werewolf in the trailer above looks so terrible! After the article i was expecting something special!

    • Todd Sheets

      This is not a trailer for The finished film it is obvious the film is not started shooting yet. It is not even in production. This is a little Indie Go-Go promo it was done for nothing just something fun. Most people sit in a chair and say hey check out our movie. We wanted to do something a little different. Have a little bit of fun…. and in all honesty I really don’t see anything wrong with doing this. It certainly isn’t the worst werewolf we’ve ever seen. Considering we put it together in just a few minutes to have a little something for Indiegogo, I see no reason to be so judgmental… why can’t people be supportive and positive? Why has it always got to be a negative comment or a slam? Is it not obvious that the whole reason we’re doing this is to raise money for better werewolves? we have effects people all over the world working on werewolf stuff for this movie. The whole point of this article is to let people know that we are trying to raise money for better werewolves better special effects. So if you don’t like what you see, how about trying to be positive about it and saying “you know what I like your idea and to me it looks like you do need more money for werewolves so let me pitch in a few bucks.” Or at the very least try to be positive and understand what we’re going for. All this negativity is draining

      • KennyThaKilla

        Todd, you can’t fault people for being honest. It’s great that you’re fired up about your project, but most of the commentary here about the werewolf in that teaser is accurate. Glad to hear it’s not the finished product, but if you expect nothing but good feedback, you might be in the wrong business. Consider it constructive criticism and use it to hone your craft. I think most people here want the same thing you do – a great werewolf film with throwback practical effects.

        • Todd Sheets

          look, I’m not complaining about people who are giving an honest opinion truly I’m not. I agree with you. I’m mainly complaining about the ones who are on here attacking me personally for no reason because they’re judging me from films I made 25 years ago. Or even older than that at times. Everyone has an opinion and I can’t please everyone let’s be honest. Even if I came out with this thing and the werewolf loosk like it cost 20 million dollars I still couldn’t please everyone. There’s always going to be someone who’s going to hate or have something negative to say and I get it. Some people hate the werewolves in The Howling but I absolutely love them. So I get that. I really appreciate your feedback and your positive energy. I hope you’ll give the film a chance once it’s finished.

          • KennyThaKilla

            And I get that, but I don’t think Ian is one of those people. He just didn’t care for the werewolf. Looking forward to watching your film.

          • Well, i never attacked you personally, i just commented on what i saw in the trailer above. I’m sorry i upset you. Seriously though, if you intend making a great werewolf movie (my favourite monster genre) and i really hope you do, then an article saying how good your werewolves will be, followed by that video, was a big dissapointment! It may have helped with your fundraising, but posting it here was a big mistake.
            I look forward to seeing your movie when it comes out – but not on VHS as i binned my video player many years ago!

          • By the way, have you seen Howl? A great ‘Werewolves on a Train’ movie.

          • Amanda P

            Howl was awesome!

          • Amanda P

            The indiegogo is only on its 10th day. This is super early in the project. We are buying crafted werewolves custom made from artists from all over the world. Maybe after the campaign is over we will film a teaser and not a concept vid.

          • Amanda P
          • Todd Sheets

            Thanks Ian, I am very thankful for Bloody Disgusting helping out, but I didn’t post that video or this article… and probably wouldn’t have since it is just an IndieGoGo promo thing. Also, the campaign is ongoing so the more we can raise the better we can make the werewolves. And I really liked Howl very much…. Again SUPER stoked Bloddy Disgusting is covering the film as I have always been an avid supporter and it was on my bucketlist to be included here one day!!!

      • Johnny Utah

        If your film has already been successfully funded you’re jumping the gun and hurting yourself by misrepresenting your final product. You get one shot with people. Perhaps it would have been better if you created a teaser after wrapping principle photography. If you cut something together you could tease your audience while you’re finishing the film in post. That way it better represents your film.

        Also, don’t waste your time defending yourself in comments. If you know your film is going to be awesome you should stand by it and let the product speak for itself. Good luck with your film. I know how difficult it can be to make something and how negative feedback on something you’re working hard on can be frustrating. Hell, just getting all of your cast and crew to show up can be tough. The people commenting don’t know you and are giving you honest feedback on what you’re showing them. Everything they’re saying can be used as research. Stay positive and have fun because that’s what it’s about.

        • Todd Sheets

          That video was done when we first started our Indiegogo campaign. It was suggested to us that we make some kind of video or have some kind of video on there. We really didn’t have anything and I didn’t want to do a Cheesy thing where I’m just sitting in a chair telling people hey check this movie out. We wanted to do something a little different have a little fun that’s all. Thank you for your feedback.

        • Amanda P

          The indiegogo is on its 10th day. I am not sure why the article says funded. Wierd lol

        • Amanda P
  • Jay Tench

    Uh…yeah. There’s a reason they use cgi. They often look better than poorly done practical effects.

  • sweetooth0

    Late Phases was a good movie, but sadly the werewolves themselves weren’t my cup of tea. Would be killer to see a full on brutal werewolf movie with the old school practical effects. Lookin’ forward to checking it out. A lot of people goin’ hard here about a tiny little promo snippet. One thing though that seems impossible to capture these days is that cinematic quality that comes from shooting on real film. I get that it’s simply a financial impossibility for independant filmakers these days, but one thing that to me is critical is making the movie look as much like it’s shot on film as possible. The whole “soap opera” look of most digitally filmed productions is what sinks them, regardless of how good the effects work may be.

    • Sweet Reaper

      I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one that has an issue with how films look now since everything switched to digital. There was a certain feel that older films had when shot on film along with the cinematic quality you mentioned that seems to have disappeared, along with making most recent movies seem cheap. I understand it saves money and is easier to shoot digitally but it really takes me out of the movie and constantly reminds me that I am watching something fake.

      • sweetooth0

        It’s crazy how I come back to even the bottom of the bucket titles from the 70s and 80s that when I was younger I didn’t give the time of day and now they just seem so much better literally because they are shot on film and look so much better than most of these new digitally shot movies. I’m not saying digital can’t look good, because it absolutely can (I mean look at any of David Fincher’s output which has all gone digital and tell me it doesn’t look totally cinematic), but I feel like a lot of times there isn’t enough consideration given to just making the cinematography look good. And this goes right up into even some bigger theatrically released titles. I just watched The Void and I am very happy to report that even though shot digital, it looked great! So it can be done, even on a lower budget!

  • Amanda P

    Thanks!

  • Michael Blackney

    Sweet! Always up for a werewolf movie! Can’t wait to see it. 🙂

  • Richard Ferrara

    ?, So it’ll be released on VHS too? Because…movie? Okay.
    F.Y.I. I don’t think it’s legal to steal Marvel’s movie intro, just sayin’.
    P.S. I’ll still watch it cause I love werewolves!

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