The Golden Rake Award for Indie Horror 2015

Back for its second year and better than ever!

Last year, TheBlood-Shed launched its inaugural Golden Rake Award for Indie Horror, a live streamed award event to celebrate horror films created by independent creators. We accepted 30 entries and came away with 3 winners: Flowers by Phil Stevens, Faces by Tom Ryan, and All Hell Breaks Loose by Jacy Morris and Jeremy Garner. We streamed the show live, gave away prizes, had April Burril (Chainsaw Sally), Joe Pieri (team lead for Paranormal Crossroads Live), and Shawn French (writer for Escape from Jesus Island) as special guests, and had the Soska Sisters co host the entire event.

This year, we are back with 30 new entries and a few new rules! As with last year, all entries have to be at least 60 minutes in length and made for a budget of less than $100k. This year we have added that all entries must not have 3rd party distribution deals at time of entry. This allows us to truly assist the indie films that deserve attention but do not yet have it. And as with last year, the 3 winners will receive a hand-made award statue and their film and name on the Golden Rake Wall of Fame ( This year we are also adding that the winners will receive a producer offer from TheBlood-Shed studios to help fund their next horror film, with a sum of between $500 and $1000 each!

We are all set for February 19th to air live at!pcl-live/c1amr at 11pm est. This year, we have scream queen Tristan Risk (American Mary) co-hosting and Ryan Nicholson (Gutterballs, Collar) is set to special guest!

This year, the entries include:

  1. Becoming the Reaper by Jeffrey Swerden: A film that follows Damien as he learns that death is just the beginning. After a local street gang kills Damien he is sent to Purgatory for his final judgment, but St. Peter decrees that it’s Damien’s destiny to become the next Grim Reaper.
  2. Invalid by Dustin Mills: Written by underground horror master Dustin Mills, Invalid is the story of a woman tasked with caring for her vegetative brother. Agnes begins to hear her brother’s voice in her head, and he demands blood.
  3. Badoet by Awi Suryadi, Agasyah Karim, and Khalid Kashogi: An Indonesian horror film tells of tragedy striking a close-knit Jakarta apartment complex when three children are found misteriously dead. Suspecting foul play, three tenants decide to investigate. The entity responsible for the heinous deaths is revealed after our heroes find drawings of a clown made by all the victims.
  4. Dark Vale by Jason Brown: This film tells the story of a vengeful spirit stalking a young couple in a place called the Vale.
  5. The Spirit Chaser by Federico Alotto: A videocamera. A wood with his legend. A bet. They’ve gone too far. An indie horror film from Italy.
  6. Dismembering Christmas by Austin Bosley, Steve Goltz, and Kevin Sommerfield: At a vacation winter lake house, seven high school seniors are attacked by a madman out for revenge.
  7. Camp Killer by Shawn Jones: Starring indie horror icons Ari Lehman (first Jason Voorhees) and April Burril (Chainsaw Sally). The sheriff of a town plagued by an unstoppable killer Meets up with his nemesis one last time as a pair of survivors complicate matters for the worse. Who will be left standing and what will remain of their sanity?
  8. The Trap by Fergus March and Alan Freestone: Two very different groups arrive at the same place on the same night after the same thing, a hoard of ancient treasure buried deep within a massive, abandoned Victorian bath house. Unfortunately for them, a deranged security guard has spent decades preparing the building against invasion and has set up deadly and disturbing traps throughout the labyrinth.
  9. The Demon Inside (Palmos) by Alexandre Alonso: An independent horror film from Brazil.
  10. Cries (Lamentos) by Julian Casanova: A foreign horror film telling the story of Walter, an old man who obsessively looking for a beautiful woman, who died of an unrequited love on her wedding day.
  11. Escape from the Dead by Daniel Brown and Joshua Brown: An action/horror zombie film.
  12. Our Way (Fason Nou) by Sean McCarthy and Romane Simon: Everyone is driven to madness as two families on a weekend retreat are haunted by ghosts who have their own terrifying agenda.
  13. Insectula by Michael Peterson: A giant alien mosquito-type insect is drawn to earth from the CO2 pollution in search of blood.
  14. Night of the Dolls by Daniel Murphy and Tom Komisar: Kari, Lydia, Chloe and Molly play in a band called the Lolita Dolls. Their best friend Lenny accompanies them on a road trip. During this trip, they visit an old Sanitarium to shoot a music video. They were never seen again.
  15. The Lurking by Rob Michels; Two wasteoids go deep into the serial killer infested woods of Wisconsin to party, meanwhile bodies start to pile up around them.
  16. Scrawl by Peter Hearn: A boy writes a comic book with his best friend, and finds situations depicted in the comic book coming to life.
  17. Campground: The Requel by Roman Jossart and Brandon Prewitt: In the early 1980’s Haley Varsin took her son Charlie Varsin out to an abandoned campground called “Little Farm on the River” where she brutally murdered him with a screwdriver without reason.  30 years later now a party is held at the closed down campground and Charlie proves he is more than legend.
  18. Survivors by Adam Spinks and Laurence Timms: The outbreak of a deadly virus sends the UK into a state of emergency, into a war it appears destined to lose. In a world without laws, without order and without anybody watching… how far would you go to survive?
  19. Terror Toons 3 by Joe Castro, Brinke Stevens, and Steven Escobar: The third installment in this legendary B-movie series tells the tale of Cindy and her little sister Candy fighting the good fight with the help of their friends against evil Dr. Carnage and his abominable sidekick, Max Assassin.
  20. Agnation by Dan Swift and Stephanie Edmonds: Needing money for her mother’s hospice care Gina and her friend Lexi buy a cabin at auction and drive out to check it out along with her sister Nicky and friend Maya. Things take an unexpected turn when they run into the former owners with a pressing family need of their own.
  21. Holy Hell by Ryan LaPlante: Holy Hell is the over-the-top, outrageous, sexually-deviant, blood-drenched story of Father Augustus Bane: a priest pushed too far who begins praying to a revolver and hunting down the gangsters who killed his parishioners.
  22. The Devil’s Woods by Anthony White: A group of friends trying to repair their strained relationships decide to spend the weekend camping at a music festival. En route they stop off at a small town in the middle of rural Ireland. However, this seemingly idyllic country town is darkened by a history of strange events.
  23. Shivers Down Your Spine by Mathew Kister: A horror anthology several years in the making!
  24. All Through The House by Todd Nunes: Starring indie scream queen icon Jessica Cameron. A deranged masked Santa-Slayer comes to town for some yuletide-terror. He leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies as he hunts his way to the front steps of the town’s most feared and notorious home.
  25. Hollower by MJ Dixon: Golden Rake 2014 contestant MJ Dizon returns with the next chapter in the Mychoverse joined slasher universe. Nathan is an agoraphobic, living alone and keeping to himself. Until he meets his neighbour Izzy and something awakens, Something that is pure evil.
  26. At The Gates of Death by Jess Solis: An indie film made for only $1000. True indie spirit!
  27. Test Group by  David B. Goodwin,  Ginger Paige,  Albert Roberts, and  Keith Bailey: An epic length zombie film that explains HOW the infection starts.
  28. Lung II by Phil Stevens: The winner of Golden Rake 2014 returns with the prequel to his winning title Flowers! Can he keep the crown?
  29. Red Christmas by Steve Rudzinski: I’m Tara, I like killing people! I’ve been doing it a long time now and realized there might be some folks that want to see what it’s like. So I made this movie to show you all of the steps…
  30. The Slayers by John Williams: Golden Rake 2014 contestant John Williams returns with another British horror/comedy. Two cult members, Nigel and Job, decide to go on a road trip during their last two weeks on earth. Bucketlist in hand, motorhome fired up, the two head for the mountains of Scotland for a final fortnight filled with girls, skydiving, camping, alcohol and strange men claiming to be vampire slayers…

All films will be viewed and graded by myself and my team of writers and the top 3 will be the winners of this year’s Golden Rake Awards! Be sure to tune in to find out who wins live! See the special guests and be eligible for awesome prizes included free horror DVD’s and comics! See you there!

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  • Jess Solis
    13 February 2016 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Thank you to everyone at The Blood-Shed for giving my small film a bit more visibility. Just being on this list with these fantastic horror filmmakers is amazing. Even when I made my early shorts I felt like I was a part of the horror underground. And after all this time I still feel that way. 2015 was a great year for me and it still seems to be giving more great stuff to me! 2016…here we come!