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July 27, 2013

‘Halloween: Bloodline’ project being filmed

SOUTH SHORE — Michael Myers is back in action, and this time he’s stalking victims in Greenup County.

Filming is under way for a movie project which could result in the next film in the “Halloween” franchise, according to co-director Jeremy Hamm of Aberdeen, Ohio, who is coordinating the effort along with fellow director Lee Warner, of Maysville. The project continues at 10 a.m. today with filming of interior classroom scenes at McKell Middle School.

The film project is “a secondary project,” Hamm said, and is intended almost entirely for the consideration of executives at Dimension Films. Upon completion, the project, titled “Halloween: Bloodline,” will be submitted to the film company and considered for a big-budget production, Hamm said. The script was written by Hamm about a year ago, and picks up the story of a character, Michael Myers’ great nephew, who was introduced in the sixth movie in the series, “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers,” with no further mention.

Hamm said the process of making the script into a film has been challenging, with an emphasis on remaining true to the story. Hamm explained the movie series was oddly divided, with clear connections between the first two, as well as number seven and eight, while “four, five and six were kind of their own little story line.” For their project, Hamm said he and Warner are going for a feel which relies more on suspense than gore, although he hopes audiences find satisfactory amounts of each.

“We wanted to do something more like the original ‘Halloween’ movie,” he said, describing their film as “more suspenseful ... a little bit of gore.”

The film was originally set for filming at locations in and around Vanceburg, Hamm said, although the father of actor Rachel Vanover soon convinced them there was a great place for every proposed scene in Greenup County. The first trailer for the film, which can be viewed on the “Halloween: Bloodline” page on Facebook, was actually filmed at the Greenup County courthouse. Noting widespread interest in the “Halloween” movies, Hamm said the trailer had 11,000 views within a matter of days after it was made available online.

McKell Middle School will be used for today’s scenes, Hamm said, as well as a Halloween party scene which features Michael Myers’ undetected appearance in the mix of costumed characters. Hamm said extras will be needed for today’s scenes, although he will be actively seeking more new people for the Halloween party scene.

Hamm said his previous film efforts include “a low-budget project” called “The Legend of Hayswood Hospital,” which was filmed in Maysville, as well as one season with 23 episodes of a series titled “Local Legends” for the Chicago television market.

Hamm asks anyone who would like to be involved with the project or to serve as an extra to contact him through the film’s Facebook page, his personal Facebook page or by calling (606) 584-4839.

TIM PRESTON can be reached at tpreston@dailyindependent.com.

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