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Fund 3D horror film, get rare 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre' rewards

Crowdfund fear with an indie horror film that wants to scare you in more than one dimension. Backers of the film are offered "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" collectibles from the co-creator himself.

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If "Found Footage 3D" raises enough money, the creators promise not to use cheap special effects like this. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

It's not easy making the ultimate indie horror-comedy film, especially on a budget. If you're a fan of movies full of gore and guffaws such as "Shaun of the Dead," "Evil Dead," "Cabin in the Woods," "Scream" or "Tucker and Dale vs. Evil," you already know that movies with hilarious dialog and unexpected twists need special effects that can do a tale of terror justice.

"Found Footage 3D" aims to win over audiences that are too clever to fall for the usual cliches, with a movie that takes risks with its subject matter and presentation.

"What 'Scream' did for slasher films, we aim to do for found footage," says writer/director Steven DeGennaro. "Being the first found footage horror movie shot in 3D allows us to do things that no found footage movie or 3D movie has ever been able to do before."

Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Found Footage 3D" tells the story of a "group of filmmakers who go to a cabin in the woods to shoot 'the first 3D found-footage horror movie,' but find themselves in a found-footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage," according to its Indiegogo campaign page.

The "Found Footage 3D" team has set its goal at $35,000 on Indiegogo for post-production costs, adding 3D visual effects and film festival entry fees -- which can all add up.

The team is talking to the visual-effects company Hybride -- which worked on such movies as "Avatar," "Final Destination," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Pacific Rim" and "300."

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How the "Found Footage 3D" team intends to spend funds from its campaign. Indiegogo

Fans who want to help fund the movie not only have the chance to collect rewards like digital downloads, DVDs, T-shirts, 3D glasses, posters, and props from the film, but they can also be eligible to receive signed memorabilia by "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" co-creator Kim Henkel, including signed VHS copies of "The Return of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" which is Henkel's original cut of the film and screened only once in 1994.

"The tapes were commissioned by producer Bob Kuhn before the studio butchered and retitled the movie," according to the Indiegogo website. "They have never been publicly sold and likely never will be again."

The team has already raised almost $15,000 of its $35,000 goal. But with less than 21 days left, there's still plenty of time for horror fans to contribute before the campaign ends on November 11.