A Faith-based Horror Film About Pornography: Harmless


 

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Movie Trailer 'Harmless'
The trailer for the movie Harmless directed & produced by Rich Praytor distributed by Onslaught Media

 

 

 

What this project is all about?  

Harmless is a feature film shot in the popular found footage style.  It’s the story about a husband and father and his battle with a box of porn that is found in the closet. Once opened, the box of porn begins to torment the family, much like a poltergeist.  It’s sort of a social commentary on how pornography can destroy a family.

Why are we doing a project like this?   

Because films are not only entertaining but they’re also a way to teach people.  Society learns their morals and values through music, film and television.  Pornography is such a huge problem that simply telling someone how dangerous it is usually doesn’t work.  You have to tell a compelling story to catch someone’s attention and then educate them while they’re being entertained.

Can I really be a part of the production of the movie?

Yes! Yes! Yes! Through our partner Kickstarter, we are offering many levels of participation on this project. From screening the film and giving feedback all the way to directing one of the scenes in the film.

When will the project be released? 

The first edit of the film is scheduled to be done by August.  A private link will then be sent out to those who donated at certain tier levels to watch the film, give creative feedback and suggestions.

We’ll then take all the suggestions and decide on which ones to use.  If we use your idea, you’ll be noticed, thanked and given a special award yet to be determined.

How will this movie be distributed?

Because of our past projects we have extensive relationships with small and large distributors across the globe. Once our distribution is secure, we plan on doing a small theatrical release (maybe bigger depending on our funding and distribution agreement) and then a world wide DVD release. As always, we will keep our team members who have donated up to date on the film’s progress.

 



PRESS

Posted Friday, April 20th, 2012 By MCN Editor editor@moviecitynews.com

Faith Based Horror Film about Pornography

Onslaught Media Announces the production of Harmless
Colorado Springs, CO – April 20, 2012 — Onslaught Media is proud to announce the completion of production of the feature film Harmless. Harmless is horror film shot entirely in Colorado in the popular found footage style. It was produced and directed by Rich Praytor of Onslaught Media.
Harmless is the story of a husband and father and his battle with pornography. He unknowingly releases an entity that begins to torture his family, friends and relationships. Harmless is a social commentary on how pornography can destroy someone’s life.

Can you tell a faith-based story with horror? “Films are not only entertaining but they’re also a way to teach people.” Praytor says, “Society learns their morals and values through music, film and television. Pornography is such a destructive problem. Simply telling someone how dangerous it is usually doesn’t work. You have to tell a compelling story to catch someone’s attention and then educate them while they’re being entertained.”

One of the challenges Harmless presented was to show the struggle with pornography without using any inappropriate images. Praytor commented, “We had to be very creative on how we portrayed the pornography in the film. We couldn’t just show images of magazines and video. We took a page from the Steven Spielberg’ school and didn’t show the monster, just eluded to it like in Jaws.”

The production team has launched a Kickstarter campaign where people can pre-order the movie and even give feedback on how the film could be improved.

 

The Christian Found Footage Horror Movie That Finally Proves Porn Is Anything But Harmless

Published May 3, 2012 By Foywonder / dreadcentral.com/

 
 

They were just a loving Christian family until the wife discovered a box of porn in her husband’s closet. But lust won’t be the only evil that bin of sin sets loose in their happy home in the new Christian found footage horror flick Harmless.

Movieline has helped spread the gospel of Harmless, the Kickstarter-funded horror movie that combines everything you’ve come to love about found footage flicks with everything you also love about movies starring Kirk Cameron.

Harmless is a feature film shot in the popular found footage style. It’s the story about a husband and father and his battle with a box of porn that is found in the closet. Once opened, the box of porn begins to torment the family, much like a poltergeist. It’s sort of a social commentary on how pornography can destroy a family.

Pulses will pound. Bibles will thump. Harmless could prove to be the greatest movie of its ilk since C Me Dance. It’s directed, edited, and filmed by Rich Praytor, who also stars along with Beverly Taylor, London Praytor, Caleb Taylor, and Angela Jefferies.

The film is still in production and judging by the artwork is slated for release sometime around Halloween, a holiday I have a feeling the filmmakers probably don’t approve of.

 

‘Harmless’: Faith-based horror film about pornography
The Christian Messenger News Desk - April 25, 2012
“Society learns their morals and values through music, film and television. Pornography is such a destructive problem. Simply telling someone how dangerous it is usually doesn’t work," Rich Praytor of Onslaught Media, who produced and directed the film, says.

CAN you tell a faith-based story with horror? Yes, says Rich Praytor.

“Films are not only entertaining but they’re also a way to teach people,” Rich Praytor of Onslaught Media, who produced and directed the film, says.

“Society learns their morals and values through music, film and television. Pornography is such a destructive problem. Simply telling someone how dangerous it is usually doesn’t work. You have to tell a compelling story to catch someone’s attention and then educate them while they’re being entertained,” he adds.

One of the challenges ‘Harmless’ presented was to show the struggle with pornography without using any inappropriate images.

Praytor says: “We had to be very creative on how we portrayed the pornography in the film. We couldn’t just show images of magazines and video. We took a page from the Steven Spielberg school and didn’t show the monster, just alluded to it like in ‘Jaws’.”

The production team has launched a campaign where people can pre-order the movie and even give feedback on how the film could be improved.

The director plans on a limited release to theaters in the fall of 2012 with a worldwide DVD release early next year.

 

Harmless (2012)

Harmless (2012) is a found footage horror film where a couple happens upon an old box of pornographic material in a closet. The box contains an evil spirit that is released once opened, reaping havoc on the family.

 

 

Christians Made a Horror Film about a Haunted Box of Porn

May 30 2012, 4:00am By Joshua Haddow / www.vice.co

We asked the director why he wants us all to stop masturbating.

Over the past few years, a Christian called Rich Praytor has been making a found footage-style horror film called HarmlessHarmless is about a loving, honest, God-fearing American family that is infiltrated by a demonic box of porn, which, when opened, unleashes a poltergeist that procedes to haunt the house. The main character (played by Rich himself) watches in horror as his home is overcome by the evil spirit, which terrifies his wife and corrupts their eight-year-old son.

Do you get it yet? Christians think porn is evil, and now one of them has made a film where they cast the porn literally as a demon to remind everyone that they should be keeping their hands away from their genitals.

Once I'd stopped masturbating to the trailer, I did a little research and, guess what? It turns out Rich is also a comedian who travels the country telling God-approved zingers to hordes of giggling Christians. You can check out his promo reel here if you like, but if you don't have time, it's basically like @NormalTweetGuy saying things about dinosaurs (oh, so suddenly they did exist) and how long women take to shower. (Why do men complain about this? Would you rather women walked around smelling like shit?)

I decided to give Rich a call. I’m not 12 and have ready access to my own supply of toilet roll and internet, and I wanted to know why he'd made this condescending film to tell me what I should and shouldn't be doing to myself.

VICE: Hi Rich, it's Josh from VICE. I get that it can be kinda soul-destroying sometimes, but do you really think porn is a source of evil?
Rich: Some people agree with it, some people don’t. But in the church, there’s been a lot of cases where people have struggled with it. People don’t understand that families break up over it. It can be an addiction for some people.

Have you had any personal experience with porn addiction?
Yeah, well, my dad… the movie was kind of based on my dad. I found his dirty magazines and videos when I was a kid, about ten or 11, that was kinda my first experience. It distorted my reality of what sex should be and what sex was. I’m married now and my sex life is fine, but it’s nothing like you see on a porn tape.

 

So you don’t look at porn any more?
It wasn’t like I was looking at it all the time. You would look at it with friends or, you know... it was weird.

Actually that does sound a bit weird.
When I was younger we’d go to clubs in LA, and a couple of guys would look at porn before we went out just to get hyped to try to meet girls.

Do you still masturbate?
I haven’t masturbated in quite a while, if I’m honest.

Was it to porn?
No, it was in my head. With my imagination.

What’s up with the box of porn in the film? There aren't any naked people on it.
Well, we didn't want someone who was struggling with porn to come see the movie and all of a sudden see naked pictures up there and it be because of us that he has a relapse.

I see. So what happens?
The story at the beginning is that the main character’s father dies, and when they go back to his house with his grandma, there’s this whole box of porn mags that grandpa had from back in the old days. They bring this box home and it falls out of the closet and releases this entity, you know...

That sounds like what happened with your dad, right?
Yeah, I guess it was an extension of the truth. But the average age a kid sees porn is 11 and he usually sees it from his dad, and he grows up and he passes it on to his own kid.

Is that normal, for a dad to show his kids porn?
Unknowingly.

I see. Could the internet stop that? There’s no box of porn to find now that we’re in "delete internet browser history" heaven.
I grew up in the 80s and that’s how it was normally done, you find your dad's dirty mags. In my house, we have to keep the office door locked. Man, I get scared that one day my kids will just click on an ad and… Even now, I love Katy Perry’s music, but I can’t have her album covers on my iPhone because she’s naked in half of them and I gotta explain to my kids when they ask “Why is she naked on a cloud?” I'm like, “You know what, I don’t know!”

Did finding your dad’s porn affect you or your family growing up?
Yeah, sure, I hated my dad because of that. Because I was nine or ten when I first saw it, but I knew it was wrong. I remember my first thought was that my dad was cheating on my mom. I knew he was hiding it from my mom, so I knew it was kind of a secretive and shameful thing. And he had it in the house up till I left for college! He never knew that I knew, but it did ruin our relationship because it was a real dirty thing.

Did you ever confront him later in life?
I didn’t, he passed away in 2003. I think that was probably the one thing that stood in the way of our relationship. When I was a high school kid, I didn’t like him being around or touching me, because I knew he was doing things behind my mom’s back.

What do you think about couples that watch porn together?
If a couple wants to watch that stuff and they’re OK with it, that’s fine! I would just say you gotta be careful.

It’s not something you would be open to, then?
Growing up in the church it’s so weird, you're never allowed to watch R or even PG-13 movies. But my wife’s favorite movie is American Pie, she think’s it’s the funniest movie.

But that’s got masturbation and boobs in it.
Yeah, I can’t watch it because there’s all these naked chicks in there! It’ll distract me too much.

Why does it distract you?
Well, I don’t wanna put images of naked women in my head! I try to keep a very watchful eye on what I look at with my eyes… It’s funny though, because my wife can’t watch violent movies.

Right.
And I love violent movies!

Are you gonna make more films after this one?
I’ve written a couple of other scripts that are done, but they’re a little bit bigger budget. There’s one called The Waiting Gameabout a guy who’s saving himself for marriage, but he’s saving himself for all the wrong reasons, and there was this other one called Mission Trip to Mexico about these two guys who hop on a church youth group and go to Mexico to find treasure.

Can’t wait, Rich. Thanks for speaking!
No worries!

 

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