... But not in the way you may think.
Our team recently found out that there is a Tramping Ground movie that people actually CAN WATCH RIGHT NOW on Amazon Prime. It's called "Devil's Tramping Ground" and toted as a 68 minute horror/suspense film made in 2019 that follows the same legend that "The Devil's Circle" does.
But wait, 68 minutes?
There's been some contention over what constitutes a feature film. Many
people, and even the organization that runs the Oscars, consider 60+
minutes to be a feature while the Screen Actors Guild and probably most
movie-goers, theaters, etc. consider a feature to be anything over 75
minutes. Anything shorter than that is literally called a short film. While even some Oscar-contending short films have been as long as 30+ minutes, most shorts are in the 1-20 minute range, making any narrative film in the roughly 45-75 minute range sort of a "no-man's land" of movie run times. That goes double for its marketability - I wouldn't want to spend full price on a movie that's barely an hour long.
Why is the run time important on this new Tramping Ground movie? Even
if the movie looked decent or even barely marketable, its run time would
suggest that it might not have the substance to tell the kind of story
that we're telling. I don't want to confuse subjectivity for industry
conventions, and of course I'm biased, but I'd still consider "The
Devil's Circle" (our version) a first-time FEATURE adaptation of the
legend. If you decide to check it out, I want to make clear that this is
NOWHERE NEAR the quality someone should expect from even an ultra low
budget film. These are filmmakers and actors who, God Bless 'em,
probably should have cranked out a few more (or A LOT more) short films
before venturing (sorta) into feature film territory.
Does this hurt TDC? No, unless you consider a paper cut "getting hurt". It's certainly better to have market autonomy over certain stories, legends, characters, etc and Googling "Devil's Tramping Ground" might divert a few folks towards this film. But this movie is so small, poorly produced and under marketed that our version will, without a doubt, create a much larger slice of real estate on the web and VOD platforms.... unless DTG happens to reach the heights that the movie "The Room" did. Then we're all screwed!
You can watch the trailer HERE.
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