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Slasher flick filmed in Duluth debuts at Zinema 2

October 24, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 24--Everyone knows you aren't supposed to walk home alone after the late shift at the college coffee shop -- especially not when there is the constant looming presence of a classmate with a crush.

Beware of long, white empty hallways and elevators. Beware of sinister music and the masked figure in a dark trench coat.

Beware -- especially -- of that knife.

Murder Pretty, a group of local filmmakers, will premiere their super-small-budget slasher flick "Multiple Stab Wounds" at 9:20 p.m. today at Zinema 2.

The movie, which nods to the giallo films from the 1960s, is a hokey, plot-light, blood-drenched, quick-hit horror flick.

It starts with Jamie, a college student burdened with a big paper due on Monday. Her friend and coffee shop colleague, Danielle, coaxes her into a girls-only booze-and-cigar party -- if she can get there.

Meanwhile, a handful of college dudes doctor their coffee with dashes from a bottle and proceed to get drunker as they debate philosophy, art, Danielle and even debating.

A campus cop and a janitor provide bumbling comedy when they encounter heavily smeared crime scenes.

This is the stuff writer-director Shane May grew up watching, an interest that was piqued first by the movie "Halloween" and was helped along when he read Stephen King's "Night Shift."

"I've been obsessed with that world ever since," he said. "It's just fun. I think it's important for me that the movies I'm trying to make are fun, too. There are some horror movies where you walk out feeling sick and ashamed of yourself for being a human being. I'm trying to walk out and say 'that rocked.' More of an amusement park ride than the disturbing ones."

May said he started the script knowing he wanted a really shiny knife and lots of blood. During the editing process, May washed out the film to give it a 1970s aesthetic and gave it moments of snowy interference.

"Like you're watching it on a bad TV," he said.

The movie was filmed over three weeks this past spring with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign that brought in more than the $500 goal. Lindsey Bushnell, a local actor who plays mean girl Amber, said there were some late nights that ended with strange looks in the dorm bathroom.

"There was so much fake blood," she said. "You'd have to walk back to your dorm like that. There were some nights when I'd come home at

12:30 a.m. covered in blood."

Not real blood, but red velvet cake mix, said Bushnell, a longtime campy horror fan.

Sasha Howell, the movie's producer, said the crew had never done anything like this before and learned about the tools of the horror trade: prosthetics, garden sprayers and heat tubing.

Copies of the movie will be given to Kickstarter backers. Then it will soon be available for viewing online.

"It will live in YouTube infamy," Howell said. "It's definitely all for fun and we're vain and we want to see our stuff on the big screen."

Go see it

What: "Multiple Stab Wounds," directed by Shane May

When: 9:20 p.m. today

Where: Zinema 2, 222 E. Superior St.

Tickets: $5 at the door

Writer-director Shane May's Top 5 horror flicks (right now)

1. "Halloween"

2. "Evil Dead" original and remake

3. "The Mist"

4. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" the remake

5. "Dawn of the Dead" remake

What's your favorite horror flick? Weigh in on our Facebook page.

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