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Scream If You Wanna Go Faster: An Interview with Cary Hill

Interview with Hacked In the Head Reviews

Hacked in the Head: Hi Cary ! Thank you for taking the time to talk tome. Now your upcoming slasher flick, Scream Park, looks set to take audiences back to the gory, fun 80s horror films that we all love.Could you tell us a bit more about the movie and its conception?

Cary Hill: When I decided to do a feature, I had to chose something that could be feasible on a small budget. I decided, in a very cliche way, to go with a horror film; audiences are very accepting for low budget production quality and, well, a lot of other things when watching a low-budget horror film. But it worked out for me because of my love of the genre as well. I've always been a horror fan nd grew up on a diet of 80s horror and science fiction. It felt like a good fit to do something in that vein.

I chose the sub-genre of slasher film because horror has become glutted with either haunted house ghost stories or 'torture-porn' stuff like Saw or Hostel. I missed the old style set up of teens doing things they shouldn't be and a man in a mask 'correcting' the situation. I hit upon the root of Scream Park at a Great America Amusement Park in October, while it was done up for Halloween. A friend of mine who was with me remarked that a real killer could totally slip in with a mask and be running around with these actors. And it stuck! I realized I couldn't think of a movie like that from everything I had every seen -- and it sounded like an 80s premise! A little more research yielded that there had never been a slasher film in an amusement park and I knew I had to do it.

HitH: I have to comment on the killers mask from the official Scream Park trailer. Its really creepy and reminds me, if you don't mind me saying, of the expression pulled by Alec Baldwin when he morphs his
face in attempt to scare his unwanted 'house guests' Beetle Juice. I love it. How did the idea for the mask come about?

CH: Ha! It does! It's actually a medieval plague doctor mask. From the script, I knew both killers would be (initially) masked. The tricky part was what kind of mask. Some types of masks have become iconic and I wanted to stay away from them. There was a long process with Liz Rishel, our wardrobe person to find something. I hit upon the idea for the cloth mask for one killer after looking through Ossian Brown's "Haunted Air." It's a book that collects photos from the 1920s and 30s of people's home-made Halloween
costumes. And there is one photo of a man with a simple cloth mask with two eye holes and crooked mouth cut out of it. It was so simple but terrifying!...

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Buy Advance Tickets to the Scream Park Screening 10/31/2012

On Halloween night at 7pm, the lights will go down in the Movies at Meadville and Scream Park will be shown for the first time to an audience.

The screening fulfills my promise to bring the film back to the area it was filmed in and give the local crowd the first glimpse.

Showing the film ties in with Conneaut Lake Park's own Ghost Lake attraction, where the park gets the Halloween treatment.   The screening brings a culmination of 18 months of work and preparation, and it's going to be a great show.

The film is currently 95% completed, with some digital clean up, color correction, and audio mixing still remaining.  The film is still very much watchable, and I look forward to being part of the crowd and seeing it come alive on a big screen.  From here it will become just a matter of finishing up that remaining 5% and doing our best to get the film out there with whatever means necessary.  Definitely some exciting things on the horizon.

Tickets: You can buy advance tickets to the screening at ShowClix.

Date/Time: 10/31/2012 at 7PM Eastern

Location:

Meadville Movies
11155 Highline Drive
Meadville, PA 16335

There are only 130 seats available, so get your tickets now!

Happy Halloween!

Cary Hill, Producer

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Media: Halloween Night Screening for Local Slasher Film "Scream Park"

Halloween night screening for local slasher film

By Konstantine Fekos Meadville Tribune

"The Blue Streak could get blood-streaked as a murderous plot to boost ticket sales unfolds in Fright Land Amusement Park, or as local residents know it, Conneaut Lake Park.

The difference is, this scene will debut in the world premiere of the locally shot, indie slasher film “Scream Park,” saving the park’s Board of Trustees the trouble of hiring killers to dispatch park employees in a grisly publicity stunt, as occurs in the film.

We assume the park directors wouldn’t resort to hack and slash anyhow, given Board President Jack Moyers’ observation of the crew as “very professional and accommodating.”

Nevertheless, what better time and place to probe such a notoriously interesting concept, asks Juanita Hampton, Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau executive director.

“Anything that brings notoriety to our area is fabulous,” she said. “People like to go where movies are filmed and screenings could reach out to Erie and Pittsburgh. It’s a wonderful venture for the park.”...

 

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Scream Park Production Update: Premiere Time!

Happy Halloween!  

It's the greatest month of the year and especially gorgeous here in Western Pennsylvania. 

We're at the end stages of Scream Park, finalizing audio mixing, foley sound F/X and putting the finishing touches on the footage.  We came out of the final cut needing some digital clean up but the footage looks great and from the few folks that have seen the rough cuts say it truly feels like an 80s horror film!  That's excellent, because that was the goal when embarking on this project!  

We have a small world premiere scheduled for Halloween night in Meadville, PA -- very close to Conneaut Amusement Park where we shot most of the film.  As part of the arrangement with the park, we promised they would get the world premiere and it's almost time!  

We're going to show the film at about 95% complete -- we'll still need some clean up and mixing on the footage afterwards.  But we expect the DVDs to press sometime mid-November to have them shipped out to all of our Kickstarter backers and folks that have pre-ordered the from this website! (Pre-order Scream Park)

We'll make an official announcement when all the Kickstarter items are ready to go and being shipped out, so you can watch your mailbox or front door step for a package from us.  

Thanks!

Cary Hill