‘ …let the blood of the dead inside’
Honeyspider is a 2014 American horror feature film written and produced by Kenny Caperton (owner of The Myers House NC) and directed by Josh Hasty (Candy Corn).
The movie stars Frank Aard (April Fool’s Day remake), Joan Schuermeyer (Zombieland and Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2), Rachel Jeffreys, Samantha Mills (Bombshell Bloodbath) and newcomer Mariah Brown.
Billy Corgan of rock band The Smashing Pumpkins donated the rights to use one of his early tracks entitled “Honeyspider,” which inspired the name of the movie (watch the band’s “Disarm” video here).
Honeyspider also features music from music producer and singer songwriter Gary S. Paxton, who arranged and produced the original Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers “Monster Mash” album.
It’s Halloween day in 1989 and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester at school. Her friend Amber has other ideas and persuades Jackie to come to the annual Halloween party on campus after her shift at the local movie theatre.
As the night unfolds, it becomes apparent that Jackie will get more excitement than she bargained for on her birthday this year. The murder that plays out on the silver screen becomes an ominous parallel to reality, as Jackie falls under a strange spell while everyone around her is turning up dead.
All the while, a mysterious stranger watches over Jackie’s every move as she succumbs to hallucinations and slowly unravels. Jackie finds herself helplessly trapped like prey in a spider’s web, and all she can do is try to survive the night…
“Honeyspider bursts forth with innovation, and really freshens up the genre. There’s a surprising, and much appreciated, dose of humor peppered into the narrative. […] A particularly clever inclusion is the fictitious “Sleepover Slaughterhouse III,” which presents as a movie within a movie. It plays heavily on horror tropes, including the obligatory topless scene, a silent masked killer, and even an Ouija board.” Cup of Moe
” …this flick might not appeal to some of the slow-burning horror aficionados out there, but this moved a little TOO slow, and with the ramble of pathways that we’re forced to follow (and all those damned spiders), Honeyspider simply swung and missed.” Matt Boiselle, Dread Central
“Too often, in this post Saw world, new directors come out of the box looking for the knock out punch in the first reel. Hasty shows the remarkable ability to build tension in a scene though a simple, slow camera movement […] Honeyspider is a bit of a mishmash, but it’s ultimately a victim of it’s own ambition.” DreadWorld
“While some younger audience members may complain about the slow pace of most of the film, I enjoyed the Haddonfield-esque establishing strolls through this new world, and that patience was ultimately more than rewarded with one hell of an ending.” Matt Artz, Halloween Daily News
“What the film lacks in blood it more than makes up for with amazing scenery. Overall, Honeyspider is another great film that needs to be added to the Halloween rotation. The film is able to pull together everything that makes Halloween fun and toss it into a horror film. Horror Society
” …it’s a film that requires multiple viewings but at the end of the day I think it’s up to the viewer to decide for themselves. Don’t forget the movie within the movie, Sleepover Slaughterhouse Part III, it’s an awesome little throwback to slasher films of the 80’s with a killer song to boot and of course copious amounts of boobage and blood…” Chris Savage, Horror-Movies.ca
” …the wonderfully bland film-within-the-film called “Sleepover Slaughterhouse III” points to a slasher finale … and then the film gets weird – in a wholly enjoyable way. And add to this rather original way of storytelling a solid cast and subtle directorial effort, and you have, despite expectations shattered, cool genre entertainment nevertheless.” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash