Ex-Siouxsie and the Banshees bassist Steven Severin these days devotes himself to making new music for old movies, composing and performing scores to decades-old silent films. Now, though, he’s involved in a brand-new production, creating the score to “Borley Rectory,” an animated documentary about the so-called “most famous haunted house in England.”
Ashley Thorpe, writer/director of the 20-minute short, has launched an Indiegogo campaign in an effort to raise £20,000 (about $30,440) to fund the project. Fans who contribute at least £150 (about $220) will receive, among other incentives, a limited-edition vinyl pressing of Severin’s score, signed by the former Banshee as well as Thorpe and the film’s narrator, Julian Sands.
Working with Severin was “an obvious choice,” Thorpe writes, adding, “I’ve always fucking loved the Banshees so I couldn’t be happier really, it’s very exciting to be working with Steven and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can create together.”
Of creating a vinyl pressing for contributors, Thorpe writes:
“The idea of doing a limited edition vinyl of the soundtrack was Steven’s idea. I was playing around with some poster ideas and for fun did a mock up of what an old LP would look like if this film had come out during the ’70s and Steven absolutely loved it and instantly suggested that we should make a vinyl as a reward for backers. Something really special. A genuine labour of love. So we’re getting a very limited amount pressed and each record will be signed by Steven, our narrator Julian Sands and myself…but don’t let that put you off!”
The film, expected out next year, will tell the story of the Borley Rectory, an old Victorian mansion in Essex that gained infamy for its alleged haunting after a 1929 story in the Daily Mirror about a visit from paranormal researcher Harry Price, who claimed to document the former rectory’s haunting.
The building burned in 1939 and was torn down in 1944.
Below, check out the intro video for the film’s Indiegogo campaign.
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