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Monster, what monster? Splinterheads director changes tune

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Back to the Future actress Lea Thompson stars in Splinterheads

Back to the Future actress Lea Thompson stars in Splinterheads

After cashing in on the Montauk Monster hysteria for ten days, the makers of a low budget movie are now singing a rather different tune. The crew of the new Lea Thompson film Splinterheads were shooting in Montauk when the monster sightings first occurred and have been linking to a Gotham News report on their website ever since and even brazenly displaying a picture of the famed beastie.

Now though, the film’s writer-director Brant Sersen has decided to own up to the fact his movie has nothing to do with the monster at all. Not only that but he is trying to pin all the blame on a 16-year-old kid who allegedly set up his own fake Splinterheads website to make a bit of money for himself.

Explains Sersen on his website Sersen Park: “It’s amazing what a quick thinking 16 year old entrepreneur can do.  Here’s what happened – Newsday does an article about our film (which is shooting near Montauk). Montauk Monster story breaks, kid steals some of our graphics, sets up a fake official Splinterheads website, makes up some names and voila – a national story.

“I’d like to go on record and say our movie “Splinterheads” has had nothing to do with this Montauk Monster thing. We’re shooting a comedy out here in Patchogue – not a horror film.  My producer Darren does not have a sister Rachel, but a Rachael Taylor is starring in the film.  Along side Thomas Middleditch, Christopher McDonald, Lea Thompson, Dean Winters, Frankie Faison, Jason Rogel and Pamela Shaw.  Check http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1254696/ if you don’t believe me.”

It’s not that we don’t believe you, Mr. Splinterhead. It’s just that we don’t believe you have the gall to blame a kid for being a kid, when you have milked this story for all it is worth. Rather hypocritical. Pictures of the monster have been on your site for 10 days now, generating thousands of hits and interest in a movie which would otherwise be ignored. You finally admit Goldberg doesn’t have a sister called Rachel and yet on your August 7 website entry, you posted: “Thank’s Darren’s sister.” Funny but misleading.

Instead of blathering on about 16-year-old ‘entrepreneurs,’ try to look on the bright side. No one will watch your flick when it comes out next year but lots of people have read your website because of the monster!

The real mystery is why a beautiful and talented actress like Lea Thompson would want to be associated with the film!

This is how the Splinterheads team tried to cash in on the Montauk Monster story on their website. Now the film's director Brant Serson is blaming a 16-year-old kid. Did a 16-year-old kid put this up on your website too, Brant?

This is how Splinterheads tried to cash in on the monster on their website on August 7.

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Written by Jim McMillan

August 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

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  1. […] the makers of a low budget movie are now singing a rather different tune, reports our sister site Gotham News. The crew of the film Splinterheads were shooting in Montauk when the monster sightings first […]

  2. […] makers of a low budget movie are now singing a rather different tune, reports Internet curio-blog Gotham News. The crew of the film Splinterheads were shooting in Montauk when the monster sightings first […]

  3. Maybe the same kid is now selling the domain names splinterheads on ebay.

    Spidey

    August 17, 2008 at 7:17 pm

  4. http://www.sersenpark.com for official Splinterheads directors comment.

    Spidey

    August 17, 2008 at 11:16 pm

  5. I’m at a loss for words. I think what happened was a group of people who know each other (you honestly want us to believe that all of the “key players” in this are all from the same area in New York and that’s just a coincidence?) and decided to try to have some fun. But it went wrong for them. It back-fired horribly.

    I don’t care how dumb of a yokel you are (trust me I know some dumb ones, I do live in Arkansas afterall) if you run across a dead animal that the world has never seen, you are not going to hide it away. You are going to have it investigated with open arms, or at the very least cash in on it’s uniqueness. A corpse of an animal that has never been seen before could go for multiple-millions of dollars. Instead these dummies thought they could sell the idea of this “monster” and make money without having any actual proof.

    Then they decided to use it to hype of a film due out. Only that back-fired on them because as best they tried to convince themselves it was just a hoax, the rest of the world sees it as a SCAM. Scams are something that are not tolerable in this day and age and can land someone into some heated legal trouble.

    Then we see that the film’s official website has posted this photo on their site, they do not deny they have connections to it, and it stays that way for over 10 days. Now they are, as this article above states, trying to pin the blame on some 16 year old kid, who guess what… Also lives in the same New York area…

    I guess they forgot people can check owners of websites and do IP traces.

    I have written a theory over at my own blog (it’s a zombie site, but hey, monsters are monsters even if they are fake, so I wronte up my own thoughts) over at http://www.zombiemall.com/zblog . It pretty much sums up what I have written here.

    I just see all kinds of legal issues just waiting to brew up from the depths of the ocean over all of this for those involved. The difference will be, those legal issues will be real, not a concocted fake story as we have been fed.

    flisk2

    August 18, 2008 at 2:24 am

  6. Sersen’s newest post confirms it for me. They are a part of it no question.

    They even posted a link to the auction for the website on eBay.

    scam written all over it going back to the very beginning. I wonder if the film is even real.

    flisk2

    August 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm

  7. Sersen’s post still has him insisting a kid is behind this.
    How to you does that confirm they are apart of it?

    Spidey

    August 18, 2008 at 6:58 pm

  8. it confirms it easily in that this “kid” stole their graphics and is attempting to make money from it. That’s an illegal practice. I’m a graphic designer by trade, if I ever found out that someone stole something I created and posted it on ebay, I’d have contacted ebay and would have had them remove it. Then I would have had my two attorney’s descend upon the poor soul like it was the end of the world.

    Not to mention the fact that what the “kid” did in creating that domain; the fact that it was touted as being “The Official Splinterheads Movie Site”, is illegal. How is it illegal?
    Easy; Two Words; Copyright Infringement.

    Seems to me that if they want this to be a legitimate movie, they would take the action needed to ensure that this “official splinterheads movie site” does not get registered by anyone who does not have the facts about the movie. How much damage could that do to their film to have inaccurate information out there on an “official” site?

    Fact is, the guys at Sersen are endorsing this “kids” actions by allowing it to go on.

    That simply makes zero business sense. THAT is what convinces me that they are a part of it.

    That and the fact that they took this “montauk monster” thing and kept the world thinking they were associated with it for 10 days on their site and did not deny it..

    Now I’m starting to think that you, Spidey, are in on it somehow too. You seem to be popping up on all the sites I am making some defensive posts to my ones making accusations.

    Keep in mind everything I’m saying is totally my opinion, I’m here to stir the pot (and this time I’m doing it directly, I’m not telling the other kids to hit the bees nest, I’m doing it myself), and I have my own agenda… and it’s probably not what you think it might be…

    -Brian Hardin II
    http://www.ZombieMall.com

    flisk2

    August 19, 2008 at 2:39 am

  9. I agree about the Copyright Infringement aspect Brian.
    I dont understand why they havent taken action against this person who had the splinterheadsthemovie site.
    Your damn right I’d be dragging his butt into court.
    If I had an email for Brant Sersen Id ask him why he hasnt taken any action myself. In regard to your statement about If the film is real or not. How is it that it is listed on imdb.com as in production.The film site lists a decent cast for this movie. I would think they would want to promote it via a splinterhead site rather then at the sersen site.

    Spidey

    August 19, 2008 at 11:09 am

  10. Flisk, have they explained how they KNOW a 16-year-old kid was behind it? Or is that the age of Sersen’s nephew?

    Spidey, just send an email to info@sersenpark.com or cynicalmarketingploy@sersenpark.com …or something.

    Jim McMillan

    August 19, 2008 at 1:29 pm

  11. Jim,

    no they have not.

    I think that’s what’s got me so… yeah, i’m not sure of the proper word for it.

    Maybe I need to go find someone to slap some zombie makeup on and take a photo of it and tout it off as being a real world zombie.

    I wonder how much publicity that would get me.

    -Brian Hardin II
    http://www.ZombieMall.com

    flisk2

    August 19, 2008 at 6:37 pm

  12. I notice the auction of the splinterhead site is no longer listed on ebay.
    Maybe someone took action against the seller.
    I agree a real world zombie would sell tickets.
    Maybe they should put one in Splinterheads.

    Spidey

    August 19, 2008 at 7:12 pm

  13. I think the whole monster idea is a great way to get free publicity. good for them if they thought it up.

    malibu

    August 19, 2008 at 10:05 pm

  14. That is one thing it’s doing, getting people to talk about them.
    What’s the famous saying; even bad publicity of publicity, something like that..

    -Brian Hardin II
    http://www.ZombieMall.com

    flisk2

    August 20, 2008 at 1:53 am

  15. by the way…

    for those still checking this out, if you don’t think pulling a hoax like this can get you into trouble, take a look at my newest blog post about the Bigfoot being kept in a Freezer. The three guys involved in that hoax are looking to get sued for $50,000.00 and the cop that was involved was fired.
    To them it is a hoax, to law enforcement it’s called fraud.
    http://www.zombiemall.com/zblog
    read the In The News Section

    -Brian Hardin II
    http://www.ZombieMall.com

    flisk2

    August 21, 2008 at 1:45 pm

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