SCYTHE - THE BLACK GUY DOESN'T DIE FIRST!

We all know the tropes, rules of the genre, and general expectations that come along with watching horror films; it's embedded in our psyche at this point. While I wouldn't necessarily agree that these are undeniably negative elements (there's a sort of comfort in watching films that follow the traditions of a genre), there are only some many times we can watch the top-heavy blonde trip over thin-air when fleeing the slow plodding axe-wielding maniac, or roll our eyes when the white guy goes to check on the noise that came from the basement, and of course, the token wise-cracking black friend that may not even live long enough to see the title credits.

More a trait of films in the past, these precedents have enabled new generations of horror film contributors to subvert expectations and, shock and horror, give us something unique (see 'Cabin in the Woods' as a prime example). This is where the Jim Rothman's film 'Scythe' comes in; a film being kickstarted, that hopes to take its audience to more unfamiliar territory by avoiding tropes altogether!

Part of what allows a horror film to truly be scary, is taking away the comfort of knowing what's going to happen next; the fear of the unknown, which is to say, the loss of control on a psychological level. So when we read the director's mission:

We are eliminating all the “horror film stereotypes,”and the eye-rolling horror film cliques the slasher genre is known for. You won’t find any characters running upstairs instead going out the front door, or identifying themselves by calling out “Who’s There” in the dark, or tripping over absolutely nothing. (my personal “favorite”).

Instead, we are focusing on character’s human qualities and focusing on developing three dimensional characters that actually have lives, that we care about, and what they might really do when faced with perilous situations. The girls fight back, the killer can be hurt, they are alert, aware, recognize their surroundings, they can use car keys, no cat jump out at anyone!
— Jim Rothman, Director of 'Scythe'

We can't help but to get a bit giddy (and open our wallets) with the anticipation of a film, where we don't know what to anticipate next! If that sounds like the kind of breath-of-fresh-air slasher film you'd love to see, then head over to the kickstarter page and help make 'Scythe' a reality. Scroll past the poster for a plot synopsis.

On the week of prom night in Concord North Carolina, RONALD WADE, known as The Grim Reaper Killer, escaped a prison transport and breaks into a hardware store, surprising high school student EMILY JOHNSON, the store owner’s daughter. Under the cover of the store’s blackout, a hide-or-be killed cat and mouse game ensues, ending with several stab wounds to Emily’s back with a SCYTHE, the killer’s signature weapon.

A television left on breaks the news of the Grim Reaper’s escape and highlights his exploits, as he swings a scythe at Emily, beheading her. She is his latest victim. And his first mistake.

With prom cancelled and a mandatory curfew in effect, shy teen MEGAN MILLER is forced by her best friend KIM to meet with AMY, VICKY, REBECCA, and JENNIFER after hours at the abandoned pool for a party. At the pool party Megan opens up about her desire to be great, to be worthy of someone worth knowing. This confession leads the girls to bond and build a sisterhood to watch out for one another. Unbeknownst to them outside hovers the Grim Reaper Killer, targeting them as his newest victims.

When young, disgraced FBI AGENT CHRIS GIBSON is tasked with recapturing the killer he encounters the seasoned US MARSHAL JOHN DECKER. After a jurisdictional dispute the two begrudgingly join forces. While examine Emily’s body it is Agent Gibson that discovers the killer’s mistake: this is not the work of The Grim Reaper Killer. It is someone else...
— synopsis