Growing up Jewish in America can be difficult, especially around the Christmas season. Sure, we have Hanukkah but it always felt like a somber substitute for the winter revelries of my Christian brethren. As an adult, the sting is less severe, but Hanukkah is still a second-class holiday. Even in the world of horror movies, Christmas-themed chillers are common while Hanukkah thrills are nonexistent. But all that may be about to change.
The folks at My Way Pictures have just launched an Indiegogo campaign for what they’re describing as “a TORAH-fying new tale of HORAH!” Here’s the pitch for Hanukkah:
Almost a decade in the making and the mere title is too scary for most producers. This is the first Jewish slasher film and if you want to see it, WE NEED YOUR HELP. It is not a mockery of faith or culture. For decades we’ve seen Christmas horror films and films in which Christianity is integral to the plot (whether it is a crucifix to ward off vampires, Roman rites of Exorcism, or deranged killers misinterpreting the bible) but “Hanukkah” scares even the most seasoned of producers. We’ve been asked to change the title, tone down the “Jewishness” and cut out some of the brutality. They think you don’t want this movie, we think you do. We already have the majority of pre-production handled and, if we meet our goal, this film will premiere Saturday, Dec. 1st, 2018. The night before Hanukkah.
Check out the trailer and synopsis below and, if you feel inspired, you can contribute, HERE.
Official Synopsis: Obediah Lazarus is the son of Judah Lazarus, the original Hanukkiller. In 1983 Judah terrorized NY for seven nights and was preparing to sacrifice his eight-year-old son, Obediah, on the eighth night. Judah was convinced it was God’s will, like Abraham and Isaac, to sacrifice his only son to God. Luckily for Obediah, police tracked Judah down and stopped the sacrifice, but Judah was gunned down in the process. Warped by hatred with no guidance, Obediah Lazarus becomes a religious extremist, intolerant of non-Jews, “bad Jews”, and those he perceives to be enemies of the Jewish faith. He is about to unleash eight nights of horror.
A group of Jewish teens are getting ready to party for the holidays but are in for a Festival of Frights. With the help of a wise rabbi, they deduce that the murder victims have violated Judaic law and that their only chance at survival is to embrace their faith.