Wisconsin Filmmakers Travel ‘Into the Pit’
Kelly Marcott captures ‘The Shocking Story of Deadpit.com’
Into the Pit: The Shocking Story of Deadpit.com is a compelling, insightful view into the lives of
two young horror fans from rural Kentucky
as they grapple with the success of their creation, the world’s first
Internet-based horror talk radio program, Deadpit.com. Director Kelly Marcott
led a team of documentary filmmakers from Wisconsin to the small, rather
isolated city of Prestonsburg, Ky., where church, hunting and NASCAR reign
supreme, a stark contrast to the shared interests of Aaron Frye and Wes Vance,
lifelong friends with a deep, almost obsessive, appreciation for the horror
In need of a
creative release, in 2005 Frye and Vance recorded their first podcast on
Deadpit.com as the duo Uncle Bill and the Creepy Kentuckian, respectively.
Armed with uncensored wit, an encyclopedic knowledge of the horror industry,
and thick Appalachian accents, the duo shares their brutally honest horror
movie reviews, news and comprehensive interviews with what is now an avid
worldwide audience. Marcott ingratiates Frye and Vance with the audience by
weaving documentary footage with poignant family photos and home videos of Frye
and Vance as boys. When Uncle Bill and the Creepy Kentuckian are finally
granted an interview with their hero, horror mastermind George Romero, in 2007,
the duo not only generates more than a million hits on their website, they also
have the Into the Pit audience
rooting for them.
dramatic arc is found in Frye, a thoughtful, articulate graduate student
pursuing a certificate in mental health counseling, as he finds himself divided
between his commitment as host of Deadpit.com and his desire for a career that
will have a meaningful impact on the distressed region in which he lives.
Compounding the quandary is his long-standing friendship with Vance, who
considers their increasingly popular show the top priority.
Into the Pit
offers an intriguing impression of the horror community as a close-knit band of
lovable misfits that finds communion in the macabre and supernatural,
regardless of, or in defiance of, its stigma, and how nostalgia is tied into
the genre’s appeal. It documents the unlikely success the Internet affords, and
its role as the “last democratic medium.” But, at its heart, the feel-good
documentary is a story of friendship and family and how alienation from one
group can mean acceptance in another.