Popular horror website Dread Central has been talking about the web series Chopper for a while now, and to coincide with the final weekend of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival (one of the show's sponsors), they've been given an early look at the Season One finale (aka Slice 9) to share with their readers.
DILEMMA, a Los Angeles-based production company, is releasing the ninth and final episode of Season 1 of its successful horror series Chopper as an exclusive with Dread Central for the entire weekend starting today, August 3rd. The first eight episodes and promotional videos for the series have already generated over 2 million branded views for presenting sponsors Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival and Sullen Clothing this past year after the series’ producers began strategically rolling out content shortly after filming took place on location during Mayhem Festival 2011.
International fright icons Tyler Mane (Rob Zombie's Halloween) and Andrew Bryniarski (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) have been showcased alongside rising stars Tim Phillipps (TV series The Secret Circle), Victor Newmark (Sons of Anarchy), Ruth Pineda (LA Ink), Quinn Dahle (Conan O’Brien), and others throughout the series as past episodes have been unveiled via the Chopper YouTube Channel, where you can catch up on the previous eight episodes.
The series also features music and cameos from heavy metal legends Ministry and Machine Head as well as other rocking bands including Unearth, The Slow Forward, Lords of Ruin, Dismantled, Underoath, and Straight Line Stitch. Additionally, the band Attika7 - fronted by former Biohazard singer Evan Seinfeld - has numerous songs featured from their debut album Blood of My Enemies, which was also just released this past week.
Chopper is a contemporary spin on the timeless Sleepy Hollow mythology. Storylines revolve around a headless outlaw biker seeking vengeance in the afterlife by killing mortal sinners. The series serves as a prequel storyline to the Chopper comic written by Martin Shapiro, which was released last Halloween by Asylum Press. DILEMMA’s principal J.C. Christofilis served as writer, producer, and director on the web series and worked closely with the Rockstar Mayhem Fest promoters to actually integrate the festival as a pivotal location in the storyline.
J.C. noted, “I have a genuine passion for horror and heavy metal, and my intent has always been to create an experience that truly merges the best of both these worlds with an innovative concept perfectly suited for story extensions via online, film, television, music, and gaming platforms. The combination of placing iconic Hollywood talent from the horror genre against the premier backdrop for world-class rock bands has resulted in a hardcore cocktail of gut-wrenching gore and ear-splitting tunes that fans are clearly excited about.”
The show’s producers tested various release patterns and witnessed social media traction as episodes for Season 1 were released in a staggered fashion to allow time for reshoots that infused Season 1 with more characters, more VFX, and more music after the success of initial episodes set the stage for expanded storylines. J.C. added, “Season 1 of the Chopper series has given birth to a fun, original fright icon that has the potential to become the next great horror franchise. We’re excited to bring fans the explosive end to our first batch of online backstories that will enhance the overall experience as Chopper’s legend continues to grow. And I personally want to thank my friends at Rockstar Mayhem Fest and Sullen for being bold enough to support such killer content here at the outset.”
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