What's the difference between brain-dead zombies and members of the Tea Party?
Nothing, according to a new fledgling horror film called the New World Horror, which will depict the story of "eight strangers who find life turned upside down when a demonic virus from hell transforms those at a local Tea Party rally into zombies."
A teaser trailer released this week provides a flavor of the movie as a bloodthirsty Tea Partier in American flag and Constitution garb rises from the grave of Sen. Joseph McCarthy to attack an unwitting cemetery-goer.
In a recent interview with liberal radio host John 'Sly' Sylvester, movie director Adam Schabow explains that the main objective of the film is to "scare the hell out of you." Sounds about right for anyone making a horror film, but it is the underlying political themes that are a bit touchy.
"The Tea Party movement is pretty scary itself," says Schabow. "I was getting so frustrated with [Tea Partiers] believing this nonsense and I just started writing this screenplay."
In the interview, Sly admits that he has never met anyone who identifies with the Tea Party. Schabow admits the same, but that didn't stop him from making the movie.
"I believe the Tea Party itself started as a racist group, honestly," says Schabow. "There's a reason why one of the main protagonists is a black female teacher. There's a reason."
The fledgling filmmaker needs money to finish his opus.
A $5 donation makes one a "Blood Donor," which will allow the movie to have more blood and gore. For $75 individuals can make their own Tea Party signs to be used in the movie. (A splash page for the movie shows a Tea Party sign intentionally misspelled.)
It is of course a free country and Mr. Schabow can create whatever movie, with whatever message, he wants. But there is something a bit gross and unsettling about a man with Schabow's assumptions and prejudices making a movie that depicts a popular American political movement (one which includes tens of thousands of Wisconsinites) as bloodthirsty, brain-dead, killers.
From the trailer and the interview it is clear Schabow possesses a smug disdain and absurd fear of everyday Americans who believe in things like limited government, individual liberty, and spending restraint.
Is Schabow's movie really a horror movie? Or with its admitted political commentary, is it really the realization of a liberal fantasy, put on film?
Not to mention, the only people who have ever dressed up as zombies were pro-labor protesters at the Special Olympics ceremony in 2011.