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Straps is a The Cabin in the Woods meets Tucker and Dale vs Evil horror film that asks the question: What if Jason Voorhees, the hockey mask wearing serial killer from the Friday the 13th movies, was the good guy and we’ve all just gotten it wrong for all these years?



Finding a unique take on the horror genre is, needless to say, very difficult. It seems like every conceivable variation of villain, the twisted serial killer, the supernaturally enhanced madman, or the vengeful

I therefore approached the concept of a horror movie somewhat differently this time – forget about the killer…what would make the victims unique? What would make them stand out from every other screaming face that gets cut down by a machete or pulverized by a torturous contraption? Well, what if getting killed by the supernatural wasn’t their obstacle to overcome?

What if someone like Jason Voorhees, the hockey mask wearing serial killer from the Friday the 13th movies, was the good guy the entire time and we’ve all just gotten it wrong for all these years?

My homage to the slasher flicks of my youth was thus born. Straps is a tribute to the movies that gave me nightmares, that made nighttime walks home from a friend’s house a terrifying endeavor in my empty, small town Iowa streets. And that, for some reason, kept me going back to see them again and again.



Matthew David has been producing web series, short films, and spec commercials for the past 7 years. A graduate from the cinema program at LACC and the Second City Conservatory program, his screenplays have received acclaim and awards. Undead Outlaws won first place at the StoryPros Screenplay Competition and the Top Ten Semi-Finals for Showtime’s Screenplay Competition and Red Comet placed in the Top Five Finals for the ScreamFestLA Screenplay Competition.

He has also produced a number of award winning short films. Love and Paint went on to be licensed to the DirecTV channel ShortsHD. Straps will be his first feature length movie.



Ray Ellingsen began his film career in 1987 as a writer. He has since gone on to pursue numerous aspects of filmmaking, from directing and producing, to supervising post production of feature films, documentaries, and commercials. In 1999, Ellingsen helped form the motion picture entertainment company, Ugly Old Bird Productions, which produced multiple film and video projects during its five years of doing business.

Ellingsen moved to Arizona in 2005 to manage the largest motion picture film studio in the state of Arizona, Hollywood-Phoenix Film Studios. Within a year, Ellingsen brought in three feature films, numerous commercials, as well as a television series for the studio to produce. Ellingsen left the studio and moved back to Los Angeles to further his filmmaking career.

To date, Ellingsen has written and directed two documentaries and a feature film, along with a multitude of commercial, instructional and industrial projects. He has also produced nine feature films and over 30 video and commercial projects, with two feature films currently in development.

Moving Pictures Media Group



Moving Pictures Media Group, also known as MPMG, is a production company founded for motion picture, television, and internet content. MPMG provides a full suite of services to assist independent filmmakers, production companies and investors in the development, production, post-production, distribution, and marketing of their projects. Managing Director and Chief Creative Officer, Michael Minkler is a three-time Academy Award winner for his outstanding work on Black Hawk Down, Chicago, and Dreamgirls. A seasoned professional who has collaborated on over 200 projects with Hollywood’s elite directors, his most recent works include the Academy Award winning film, The Hateful Eight, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Chief Legal and Operations Officer, Ron Takehara, has a wide range of legal experience in the entertainment industry, from high profile cases involving motion picture and television industry litigation, to representing entertainment production companies, television networks, actors, stunt men and women, and screenwriters.


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