Metal music, creativity, pervertedly dark humor, stoner madness, an overabundance of gore brought on by practical effects work – these are all things horror fans love. Not every horror endeavor has to be a chilling tale of paranormal adventures or some serious take on serial killers. Sometimes it’s great just to relax with nothing but pure entertainment through a medium that laughs at the notion of taking one’s self too seriously, and that’s where an epic little Canadian TV show came in called Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil.
Starring Alex House as a hormone driven high school metalhead named Todd, he stumbles upon a Necronomicon-like book that proclaims he is the “Pure Evil” one, said to bring death and destruction to the world. Fighting his fate alongside his best friend Curtis (Billy Turnbull), the two pot-smoking losers are forced to fight a new monster each episode as the book possesses a new soul, presenting challenge after challenge. Todd isn’t the only one who wants to be the “Pure Evil” one though, as his guidance counselor Atticus Murphy Jr. (Chris Leavins) is willing to do anything to usurp Todd’s future title. Fighting the book and Atticus at the same time, Todd and Curtis are aided by two female companions – Todd’s crush Jenny (Maggie Castle) and a nerdy red-head named Hannah (Melanie Leishman). Oh yeah, Jason Mewes plays Crowley High’s sex crazed stoner janitor as well.
But like so many under-appreciated genre TV shows in the wrong market, Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil was canceled after two mesmerizing season, leaving die-hard fans with an jaw-dropping cliffhanger. Blame it on the marketing, blame it on the poor numbers, hell, blame it on the fact that it was aired in Canada – but unfortunately for the pure evil lovers like me who discovered Todd’s righteous quest on Netflix, it was too late. There would be no more Todd, no more Curtis, no more fat monsters, talking fantasy video game puppets, people being split in half, or torn limb from limb, or thrown into human sized vats of boiling fry oil, or skinning of teenagers for their outer skin. No more rock-operas proclaiming “being horny makes me horny,” no more Atticus recalling the night he was raped by a wolf – to sum it up, no more awesomeness.
Step back from the ledge though my fellow fanboys, because hope is not lost yet! Thanks to the success of recent Kickstarter funded projects, co-creator Craig David Wallace took to the official Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil website with a very special message to all the fans waiting to see Todd once again – simply titled Operation: Indiegogo. I think Craig says his mission best:
Here’s the story, Toddies. For the past year, we’ve been trying everything we can to get a third season going, but haven’t been able to in any traditional way.
You have been patient. You have been vocal. You have been super-cool. You have rallied! You have signed a 11,000 member strong petition!! You have made your own fan sites!!! Your own “Save Todd” documentaries!!! You have embraced the word “Shit Rooster”!!! You have spread the Pure Evil word far and wide!!!!
And YOU, our ever-growing legion of fans, are demanding an ending to the show. SO WE’RE GOING TO GIVE IT TO YOU, in the best way that we can afford to.
We’re going to wrap-up the series with a killer INDIE ANIMATED FEATURE-LENGTH MOVIE called “TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL: THE END OF THE END.” It’ll feature the same snappy writing, the same awesome metal music, copious amounts of blood and gore and the same actors’ voices our fans have grown to love.
We’re asking our friends and fans to contribute $75,000 that will help us start making our independent animated feature wrap-up. Most of the cast and crew will be working for free or next to nothing, but we want to pay our animators a decent rate for the work they’ll be doing over the next year.
Our Indiegogo campaign features great perks for contributions: HD downloads, limited edition posters, signed character drawings and even a chance to have themselves drawn as a character in the movie. Something cool for every level of support.
Being a huge Toddie myself, I’m doing my part by spreading the news of Operation: Indiegogo to the masses. If you want more Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil, you’ve got to fight for it, and here’s your chance. It’s as easy as going to their Indiegogo page and donating money in exchange for some awesome swag, because who doesn’t want to be drawn into the film and murdered in gratuitous fashion?! Or more realistically, who doesn’t want to be one of the first to download a HD copy of the final film?
Well, what are you waiting for! I’ve already donated, why haven’t you!? Join me in the quest to save Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil, even if it is only for an animated version. Personally, I think the exact same quality product will be delivered, as long as the same writing, wit, and casting stays in place. Hell, even though I won’t be physically seeing my newest celebrity crush Melanie Leishman (who plays Hannah B. Williams), I’m sure the cartoon forms of all our characters will shine. Just think of the gore potential with no budgetary restrains on effects!
Need more reasons why you should donate? Check out the promo video all the cast put together in support of Operation: Indiegogo:
For God’s sake, HELP JIMMY SMOKE MORE WEED!