Harrison Smith's new film presented at local premier
Do you enjoy a good horror film? Do you like being scared when you go to the movies? Would you like to be able to go to a real movie premiere?
If so, then B. Harrison Smith says he's got the movie for you.
His newest movie that he wrote and produced, "6 Degrees of Hell" will be shown at a real movie premiere that will also feature a red carpet event along with a meet and greet with its star, Cory Feldman, this Friday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. at the Sherman Theater on 524 Main Street in Stroudsburg. The premier will benefit United Way of Monroe County.
The plot line of the film is about six people and how their lives are stitched together by a supernatural force that has laid claim to one of them. A Halloween haunted establishment is ground zero for a paranormal perfect storm inadvertently touched off by a seemingly random series of events.
The Hotel of Horror, also known as the Lake House in Saylorsburg, a well known local Halloween attraction, was the main location for the filming of "6 Degrees of Hell." The Lake House is known for being the center of paranormal activity and is infamous for its many encounters and experiences that both hotel employees and paranormal investigation groups have witnessed. It was Smith's inspiration in writing the script.
Smith says that if people like the horror genre, this film makes it fun again to be scared.
"I feel horror has become way too cynical and this film allows it to be enjoyed while being straight up horror, not a parody or anything like that. '6 Degrees' is not a misogynistic film, it's not cynical and most of all it is made with great attention to detail to horror's history and made to respect that history. From the Universal days of Frankenstein and Dracula all the way through the best of 80s horror, it's a film for the horror fan in mind."
Smith thought Corey Feldman was perfect for the film's role of Kyle Brenner, a paranormal investigator who is researching the events of the movie after they have happened. He plays a friend/associate of the main character Erik Sanborn.
Feldman is best known for his work in "Stand By Me," "Gremlins," "The Goonies," Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter," and "The Lost Boys (I-III)."
"I sent him the script, he read it, loved it and wrote back he was interested," says Smith.
In a phone interview, Feldman says of the film "It's definitely a treat if you like horror films. But it's not a family horror film. Watching the film, even I was scared."
He was really impressed with the Hotel of Horror and its owners, Dan and Marlo Ambrosio. The film used Hotel of Horror's real performers to intertwine with the film's actual actors.
"They're very nice people. I think it's creepy what they do (the hotel). I wasn't there at Halloween and it scared the daylights out of me. There is definitely a creepy vibe going on there," says Feldman.
He believes it is not about a great film, great actors, great director or producer. "It's the Hotel and more about making a platform for a real existing haunted house. Watch the film and then come to the place and have a virtual experience."
The film has been viewed by over a dozen test groups with great reviews. Like "A true horror fan's dream (nightmare)!" "Corey Feldman was great. Holds it all together." "A self-aware, fun, throwback flick with amazing production values," Mark Kratter of Emergence Entertainment. "Fantastic! It's not at all what you think it's gonna be," Fangoria Magazine.
Smith wrote and produced his first film, "The Fields" starring Cloris Leachman which was filmed predominantly in Kunkletown, his hometown. It was released in 2011.
He says that making movies is a lot of work and sweat equity to put things together. He's not quite sure he's having fun yet.
"Check back with me in a couple of years," he says with humor.
A love of writing and movies keeps him going. He will begin shooting Sept. 5 on his next film which will star Eric Roberts and Danielle Harris.
(For VIP box seating or help with handicapped seating for the premier, please call the theater at (570) 420-2808.)