The organizers behind the Vans Warped Tour are tapping into the world of cinema by filming a “teenage slasher film” during the trek.
“It’s about a disgruntled employee,” said Kevin Lyman, founder of the tour that mixes extreme sports and punk/ska music. “The guy gets fired the first day and he comes back and puts a curse on the Warped Tour. Then all these things happen.”
The tentatively titled “Punk Rock Holocaust” will be shot by Backseat Conceptions, a division of Troma Films, makers of such B-movie classics as “The Toxic Avenger,” “Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.” and “Bloodsucking Freaks.” Lyman said his employees, all of whom he calls “loyal,” and several of the bands will make appearances and/or be “killed” in the film.
“It’s going to be a lot of shadows and lurking in the movie and mostly just staff dying at certain points of unimaginably horrible deaths at the hands of the [murderer],” Lyman said with a laugh.
A spokesperson for the Warped Tour, which kicked off June 19 in Boise, Idaho Indeed”), said every band on the tour, ranging from the Suicide Machines to Andrew W.K. to Pennywise, have been asked to participate.
“We’re trying to have fun and trying to remind ourselves that it is a business but to have a lot of fun this year,” Lyman said.
The tour, in its ninth year, runs through August 10 at the Asbury Park Lot in Asbury Park, New Jersey.