All seems dead for WORST CASE SCENARIO, yet...

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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All seems dead for WORST CASE SCENARIO, yet...

Around this time last year, it seemed the Dutch nazi zombie movie "Worst Case Scenario" was finally getting out of development hell when some new investors joined the project. And we all rejoiced because we could remember those two early promo trailers from 2006! They were made to create investor awareness and kicked ass in a major way ( both can be found after the break...).

This year brings sadder news though: due to "productional stalemate" the film is again very much locked in development hell. Apparently there is a Catch-22 in there somewhere, with several parties waiting for each other to proceed and there is no obvious way out in the foreseeable future.

That doesn't mean the creative minds behind this are doing nothing in the meantime. Richard Raaphorst (who directed both promos) said he's looking into several different ways to use some of the ideas which got them all excited in the first place, but maybe in a different project.

And to give a hint for the sort of thing he was referring to, he kindly sent us an image that...
...well, let your imagination run riot. It's in the gallery after the break.


Promo trailer 1:
UPDATE: I keep getting an "available soon" sort-of message here. We're working on it, but in the meantime feel free to check out the clip at its original source!

Promo trailer 2 (featuring the amazing floating zombies):

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SwarezMarch 25, 2009 9:23 AM

Fuuuuuuck Yeah! It's such a shame that a project like this has a hard time getting off the ground especially after those two incredible promos. Army of Frankenstein looks killer as well. But Worst Case Scenario has been one of the most anticipated films in years in my book.
Could some one PLEASE give these guys some money to make this. Maybe they should talk to the guys who are making Iron Sky, that seems right up their alley.

jadedviewerMarch 25, 2009 10:46 AM

I was so excited about this too that when Dead Snow got hype, I thought this was gonna happen.

Oh well. Nazi zombies are gonna be the new trend in zombie horror.

Mark my words.

Constructive SarcasmMarch 25, 2009 1:32 PM

The "Army of Frankenstein" image looks really cool. I sincerely hope these guys will be able to get the necessary funding to turn it into a movie.

CaterpillarMarch 25, 2009 3:55 PM

It's not getting made because these guys want to make the film in their home country instead of setting it in the US and they are unwilling to make other changes the various would-be producers and backers insist on.

JahsoldierMarch 25, 2009 4:42 PM

I imagine the US "backers" would probably accept it being in NL but I imagine they would want the dialogue in English and probably some US citizens caught up in the middle. I'm only guessing given the general tendencies among US-backed foreign material.

As much as I want this film, I can't help but to feel pessimistic and wonder if WSC will ever come to fruition. What surprises me most is that no big name producer/director within the horror genre has come forward and offered to give their name to the project.

MikeOutWestMarch 25, 2009 4:57 PM

That sounds more plausible Jahsoldier. I agree with your second point too - considering the trailer just oozes atmosphere and potential.

RigiMarch 25, 2009 5:05 PM

That's a shame they're in limbo again. I really hope they'll get the film done. It would be a perfect part of the (mostly imaginary at this point) new cinematic wave of "scandinavian strange" with Dead Snow and films in developement like Norwegian Ninja, Rare Exports and Iron Sky.

Yet the little marketer in me can't help but think that the name "Worst case scenario", it really doesn't do justice to the awesome ideas. Compare that to, say, "Dead Snow" that while not beaing very descriptive manages to make you think about zombies and snow.

FLYcicakMarch 25, 2009 5:10 PM

at least we got Dead Snow to rejoice with, until then i hope other film makers will take the same initiative on producing more Zombie Nazis in future.. i am giving up hope for worst scenario :(

Peter CornelissenMarch 25, 2009 5:54 PM

Raaphorst's short film Popo was the glorious winner of the "Nederhorror Korte Film Festival" (Dutch Horror short film festival) last sunday were the runner up Zombeer (Barend de Voogd & Rob van der Velden) was also very well recieved. Dutch horror is very much alive and will produce some surprising features in the future I'm sure!

Andrew MackMarch 25, 2009 7:37 PM

And with that image we at least know his heart is in the right place. What a damn shame. To this day I still have none-movie friends asking me about this project. And in this day and age how can you NOT make $5 million back? Seriously? I agree with JahSoldier as well. I am also surprised with all the hype that no one has stepped up. Or maybe they have and egos and cultural what have yous are getting in the way. Wankers.

RawBeardMarch 25, 2009 8:14 PM

Such a shame, been following this production since I saw the first Promo a couple years back, I even signed up to be an extra as well. Richard Raaphorst and Me seem to have the same type of imagination and ideas. Hope Army of Frankenstein gets going.

SonaBoyMarch 25, 2009 9:10 PM

This is yet ANOTHER project that has produced 2 tempting and tantalizing trailers, only to be stuck along the way due to the BUSINESS SIDE of things. Seeing this about WCS reminded me that another project that I tracked for a long time with much interest is ALSO stuck in the same rut - The Men Who Fell. That film actually got made, but no one ever distributed it. So disappointing...

El DuderinoMarch 25, 2009 9:11 PM

This is very sad, sad news. WCS has been one of the most anticipated movies in years. I hope they're gonna do it sooner or later, cause it has monster potential. The promos alone are better then 95% of the zombie movies made in the last 10 years.
Geeeez, Sam Raimi could step up with his Ghost House, instead of producing one shitty movie after the other. Or Peter Jackson or Guillermo Del Toro or even Tarantino/Rodriguez.
It's "only" $5 million ... peanuts for these guys.
I bet the cattering alone in Spidey 3 was 2 times that money.
What a shame.

ColdNorwayMarch 26, 2009 1:12 AM

I follow the crowd expressing my sorrow after reading the latest news in the WCC saga.I`ve been following this project since the first promo trailer got released years ago.I find it very sad that this project is forever placed in limbo due money and hopeless investors sitting on their hands doing nothing.
Sad to see the Dutch government not backing up this project with funds as easily as they do in Norway when a good script idea is mentioned in the media.The new Scandinavian horror scene has given me,a Norwegian guy,actual pride in saying we too can make scary movies.

Ard VijnMarch 27, 2009 5:00 PM

Well, eatfish, if the price is right you could contact him!

I've looked through some of Raaphorst's other designs as well, things he did for commercials and stuff. And I have to say, he is a helluva good artist!

eatfishMarch 28, 2009 3:16 PM

@ ard vijn: hey man, i like, well you know, i like, i like come here think you can spot me til tomorrow? i dunno? like, maybe 5 million?

if not it's cool, i understand, i dont want you to get fired..but atleast lemme get a smoke? :)

Ard VijnMarch 28, 2009 5:13 PM


Sure, just stand in line, behind the guy with the sign "WILL MAKE ZOMBIE MOVIE FOR FOOD".