“The Monster of Dread End”: Kickstarter Launched to Bring Classic Horror Comic to Life

The Monster of Dread End - Kickstarter

Emmy Award-winning visual effects designer and director Ernest D. Farino  is looking to bring to life the classic John Stanley  horror comic story  The Monster of Dread End. First published in  Dell Comics’  Ghost Stories  #1 in 1962, it is the creepy tale of a neighborhood that has been abandoned after a series of mysterious deaths where the victims are found crushed to death. A teenage boy returns to the neighborhood years after his sister’s death and discovers a frightful monster lurking in the sewers. Farino is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to develop the screenplay and prepare a teaser trailer so as to be able to secure full funding from investors for a feature-length film based on the classic comic. Here is the campaign’s pitch video:


Farino has already lined up an impressive cast and crew for the teaser trailer. Probably the most exciting additions to the production team are the legendary Chiodo Brothers, who will be responsible for the stop-motion animation of the monster. The Chiodo’s are known for their exemplary work on such classics as  Monsters  (1988),  Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985) (the infamous Large Marge sequence), and  Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988). The plan is to use traditional stop-motion techniques and enhance them digitally, e.g. adding blurs and better composting. Farino, himself, has a long career in visual effects and is  a fan of Ray Harryhausen, even going so far as to produce a three-volume hardcover book set about Harryhausen and his work. Combining his expertise  with that of the Chiodo Brothers should be enough to get old-school monster fans excited about this project.

The Monster of Dead End - Claw
A frightening panel from the classic story

There a quite a few cool perks available for supporters of the campaign. One of the coolest is a  limited edition maquette of the claw monster. Other rewards include an authorized sequel comic,  Endless Dread, by storyboard artist Pete Von Sholly, production artwork, and signed cast and crew photos. Be sure to head on over to their Kickstarter campaign and show your love and support for classic horror comics and old-school monster movies.

The Monster of Dread End - maquette
A limited-edition signed and numbered maquette is one of the rewards available.

Paul Cardullo
Paul Cardullo is a North Carolina indy filmmaker and horror fan. His tastes range from art-house horror to low-budget schlock to indie gems to Slovenia killer hillbilly flicks. When not watching films, he helps make them. From actor to boom operator to doughnut wrangler, he makes himself useful wherever he can. Paul believes it is sometimes necessary to suffer for one’s art. He has endured being covered in [censored], having [censored] thrown at him, and spending over a year with muttonchops and a 70’s-style mustache. When not being abused for the sake of his craft, Paul works on computers and watches as many obscure (and not so obscure) movies as he can fit in.