This section is dedicated to the independent film I've made over the years, plus the one I'm working on right now. Feel free to browse around and check out some of the trailers, stories and even download entire movies! If you're really into it you can even order them on DVD!
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Future Benjamin J Heckendorn Films...
Oh man I don't even want to think about it right now. But you can, so here's some ideas we've floated around, oldest first. See which make you smile or puke...
Squirrels - A movie about killer squirrels (The poster for which can be seen in the NOACp "Mission" pages)
Greater Michigan Ghost Hunters - Back in 2002 I was all gung-ho to make a supernaturally thriller about some people that go around visiting haunted sites. It was going to be a psychological thing with hardly any special FX at all. Then "The Ring" came out, 50 zillion ghost movie rip-offs followed that, and now every other TV channel has a ghost hunting show. So yeah why make it now?
The Kings and Queens of Karaoke - A love story about a guy in college who meets the woman of his dreams one summer at a karaoke bar. Basically "Dirty Singing" Would love to have Bruce Campbell as a washed-up one-hit wonder singer from the 80's. Even though it's a music-filled mushy romance this is actually one I'd really like to do, mostly for the character study of it.
Mystery Hunter -VS- The Doomsday Alchemist - This was an idea for a bit but unlikely to ever be done. Mystery Hunter is this guy who, well, solves mysteries. Now I suppose it should be called "Mystery Solver" but that doesn't sound as cool as "Hunter" Anyway it was going to take place in the 1920s (so basically a Doc Savage rip-off) and he'd go to Prague to fight this "doomsday alchemist" Oh and he has a sidekick named... Eh I forgot. When Van Helsing came out (and sucked) it pretty much drained my desire to make "Mystery Hunter"
Jack Kirby: Alien Hunter - At this point you've noticed what my friends have - half my movie ideas contain the word "hunter" Anyway Jack Kirby is this guy who basically hunts aliens. The mushy big eyed "Gray" kind. He's armed with pistols, shotguns and a Bondo-filled crappy 1983 Trans-Am. He also drinks Hamm's, lives in a trailer and is basically a redneck. But he gets the job done. This movie would be fun but runs the risk of being monotonous (once we exhaust every possible way of killing an alien)
everkittens - Remember that movie "Deep Blue Sea"? Where they genetically alter sharks to make them smarter? That's dumb of course, so I thought "What animals WOULD people want to alter? And then of course in a movie they'd go back and kill people" My first thought was deer (to save insurance companies money) but how can deer kill people if they're no longer running in front of cars? (Which even then is usually un-fatal, well, except for your bumper and hood)
So I thought "Well it'd be cool if cats stayed kittens forever... EVERKITTENS!" So yeah, this "evil corporation" creates a genetically altered type of kitten that never grows old, rather stays young and cute. They do a test release in 1 town for starters (the location of all the mayhem) Their bodies stay young but other things grow - namely their urge to KILL! everkittens (tagline: "Meet your pet of the future") would be an uber-dark action horror movie along the lines of Gremlins, with some I, Robot parallels as well. A cool idea, one I might do but making robotic / destroyable / CGI kittens would be really hard.
Untitled Musical about an Architect - This is actually my favorite idea at the moment but it would take a lot of work to do. It's a movie musical based INCREDIBLY loosely on the life of an architect (and no, not Frank Lloyd Wright), with 90% of it made up or exaggerated beyond belief. The guy is still around and actually lives nearby in Wisconsin so I probably wouldn't be able to do it. Oh well, sigh.
(If you want to be sleuth and figure out who he is, here's a clue: the sound a turkey makes.)