Don’t touch that dial. You are about to experience American Murder. Tonight’s tale: The Donner Party.
Cult musical filmmakers Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman welcome you to AMERICAN MURDER SONG. Embark with them on “a playful and murderous odyssey through the territories of American identity, looming mortality, and divine judgment” (Sing Out).
Having won the hearts of midnight movie audiences by starring in and co-creating the Lionsgate film sensation REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA—hailed as “this generation’s Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Hollywood Reporter) and counted amongst The 25 Best Cult Movies Of All Time by a Rolling Stone Readers’ poll—Terrance teamed up with Saar to craft the music and tales for the film series THE DEVIL’S CARNIVAL. It was declared “One of the single greatest Devil-centric stories every told” (Ain’t It Cool News). In these films, they collaborated with the Saw series horror director Darren Lynn Bousman and performers ranging from Joan Jett to Tech N9ne to David Hasselhoff.
From there, the songwriting and performing duo veered into the dusty heart of America with AMERICAN MURDER SONG, a collection of original Murder Ballads that explore history through a sensational rogues’ gallery of murderesses and cutthroats.
During AMERICAN MURDER SONG’s debut year, Terrance and Saar led audiences back in time to 1816, to the infamous inn that served as the hunting ground for America’s first female serial killer, pretty Lavinia Fisher. Collaborating with the likes of Chibi from The Birthday Massacre, Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz and Scotty Morris of the legendary swing revival act Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, they produced a series of cinematic concept albums and music videos, and traveled the country with The American Wake Tour.
Now, inspired by 1960’s television spook shows, they have imagined the one and only true retelling of The Donner Party experience via the lens of their own, fictional Twilight Zone style show: The Black Wagon.
Don’t touch that dial. Hear songs of madness, murder and America’s Favorite Cannibals, The Donner Party.
The Donner Party Album is available now at all digital music retailers.
Terrance and Saar are taking to the road this Halloween season with sets, costumes and a ragtag crew of performers to create a historical, musical reenactment of cannibalistic proportions. Join them for The Donner Party Reunion Tour.
Ain’t no party like The Donner Party. Come Hungry!