Kickstarter launched for upcoming documentary about Horror and Mental Health

Jonathan Barkan is currently creating and directing a documentary about the positive effects horror can have on mental health.

The upcoming documentary will explore the genre through the lens of those whose mental health has improved through their viewing of all things horror.

Today the projects Kickstarter has officially launched coinciding with the projects first newsletter.


We are absolutely ecstatic to have finally announced the project and are so thankful that you’ve subscribed to this newsletter for all of the latest news, updates, and announcements surrounding the film. Mental Health and Horror: A Documentary will feature interviews from horror fans, film critics, film historians, filmmakers, producers, writers, and professionals from the mental health world, and we can’t wait to start sharing just who has come together to help make this documentary possible.

Mental Health and Horror: A Documentary is a project that feels deeply personal to so many horror fans, including our writer/director Jonathan Barkan. Below, Jonathan has a personal message to share with the Mental Health and Horror: A Documentary universe.

Our Kickstarter is now live, and we would really appreciate any support you can provide, even if it’s just spreading the word about the project. Here is the link to the Kickstarter page.

All of us on team Mental Health and Horror: A Documentary thank you again from the bottom of our horror-loving hearts for your continued support. To close out our newsletters, each edition will include a horror-themed mindfulness exercise that you can take with you through your day.

Once the breath has left your lungs. Take a deep breath in, hold it, and think of a horror movie that always improves your mood. If one doesn’t immediately come to mind, that’s okay. Maybe you can think of a time in a movie theater that really made you feel joy. Maybe you think of the best Halloween costume you ever wore. Let whatever happy horror thought comes to your mind enter freely.

Breathe out.

Take a moment, take a deep breath in, and think of something that always makes you laugh. Hold the breath for 1….2…..3…..4….5…..

Breathe out. (It’s okay if you breathe out a laugh. That’s half the fun!)

Now, as you leave this newsletter and go on with your day, remember these exercises. When things get too scary, take a breath, and let thoughts enter your mind that help remind you of the good in the world and in your life.

Sometimes things can get tough, but so are you.


Announced to be participating in the documentary are the following interviewees, who will be lending their insight on the topic:

Geretta Geretta (Demons, Demons 2),

Breanna Whipple (Heavy Horror),

Lucky McKee (The Woman, May),

Tom McLoughlin (Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives),

Chet Zar (The Blob, Darkman),

Issa Lopez (Tigers Are Not Afraid),

Michael Kennedy (Blumhouse’s Freaky),

Rebekah McKendry (Tales of Halloween, All The Creatures Were Stirring),

Kristina Arntz (Darlin’),

Disasterina (The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula),

Gigi Saul Guerrero (The Purge, Into the Dark: Culture Shock),

Adam Egypt Mortimer (Daniel Isn’t Real).


The documentary is currently in production and will be shooting through 2021 with an anticipated Q1 2022 world premiere.


Follow the project on their official website.

Back the projects Kickstarter now.


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