Dark Blood was supposed to be the independent surprise of 1993. Instead, it is the last, unfinished work of River Phoenix; production came to a standstill when he died outside L.A.'s Viper Room, with three weeks of shooting remaining.
Now, nearly 20 years later, director George Sluizer has found a way to finish the film -- he and editor Michiel Reichwein have been hard at work since March. They just need a little crowdfunding for post-production, and they've launched a Kickstarter-esque website to drum up money.
Here's Dark Blood's synopsis, in case you need a little persuading:
Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower living in the desert at a nuclear testing site. Living as a hermit, he waits for the end of the world carving Katchina dolls that he believes have magical powers. While traveling on a "second" honeymoon across the Arizona desert, the car of the Hollywood jet-set couple (Pryce & Davis) breaks down. They are rescued by Boy, who holds them prisoners because he desires the woman and wants to create a better world with her.
Sluizer is planning for a world premiere of Dark Blood at the Dutch Film Festival in September.