When we find something fresh and unique here at Dread Central, we don’t scrimp on letting our readers know about it. And from the looks of things, the whole world is soon going to know about it, too, since the much talked about and highly praised “The Legend of Beaver Dam” 12-minute horror musical short film is about to appear in a myriad of film fests.
Following its Thursday, September 9th, Toronto International Film Festival world premiere, kicking off TIFF’s Midnight Madness Series, “The Legend of Beaver Dam” will have its international premiere at Sitges, the number one fantasy festival in the world. The festival runs October 7th to 12th in Barcelona, Spain.
After Sitges “The Legend of Beaver Dam” (review here) travels from Texas to LA and then back up to Canada:
The film tells the story of Danny Zigwitz, a nerdy young camper who needs to save his fellow campers from a bloody massacre when a campfire ghost story awakens an evil monster. And it’s a musical. For the cast Sable and Batalion handpicked musical theatre all-stars Seán Cullen, Rick Miller, and newcomer L.J. Benet. “We knew we needed actors with some serious pipes, and that’s what these guys are — super-talents who can do it all,” says Jerome Sable, who directed the film.
Sable and Batalion, who grew up as childhood friends in Montreal, Quebec, are best known for their work in musical theatre, especially J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera, a retelling of the biblical Book of Job through hip-hop. The show ran in Los Angeles (2005) and New York (2006), where it won awards and earned numerous rave reviews.
Now, over a decade after their first play, they are set to have the world premiere of their horror musical short at TIFF, one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. “It all started with ‘fringe theatre’,” Sable explains. “We cut our teeth doing wacky musicals that tried to combine cleverness with extreme silliness and absurdity, and hopefully audiences will find that we’ve preserved this strange combination in our film work.”
Check out the poster and trailer below, and for more visit the official “The Legend of Beaver Dam” website, where you’ll also find links to the film’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
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