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Monday October 6th, 2014

Posted at 7:19pm

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Over a year in the making, the twisted fruits of one director’s labour were showcased on Sunday.

Playing at Lakeshore Cinemas last night, Gavin Michael Booth’s The Scarehouse had its world premiere. Shot entirely in Windsor, excitement buzzed throughout the building as nearly five screens sold out for the event, presented in by with Greg Monforton and Partners. Many people had already arrived and filled the crowded lobby before its 8pm start.

With chatter soon bleeding into loud applause, Booth and his cast/crew arrived about an hour before showtime. After a getting their photos taken by a professional photographer, they made their way inside the venue. The director also mingled with several people upon entering.

Warning people may not cheer the cast after seeing what they do to each other in the movie, Booth introduced it at around 9pm. After showing a trailer for the locally-produced web series Cooked, Bleu’s song Merry Go Round led movie-goers through the opening credits and into the disturbing story of The Scarehouse. Making people laugh, squirm in their seats and leave surprised, another round of applause during the final credits solidified the movie’s success.

Following the screening, a Q&A with cast and crew was held in the lobby. Booth was joined by his team who included Teagan Vincze, Dani Barker, Sarah Booth, Ivana Stojanovic, Jennifer Miller, Rhys Trenhaile, Kelly Chmilar, Jeremy Shell, Adrian Ellis, and Mike Carriere.

Gavin explained his inspiration for the revenge/horror movie. After asking Windsor’s own Scarehouse owner if he was worried about people getting violent, he joked that they had the upper hand: Staff could simply change out different walls, trip people up and not let them get out. From there, the director put his own spin on the idea.

Further elaborating on the movie, he explained that it was hard to put a label on it. “We keep telling people it’s like Mean Girls meets Saw meets Dexter,” said Gavin. His intent was to make a horror film with a twist so that it didn’t fit tightly into the genre.

Other stories included a fight that was a bit too real, how movie composer Adrian Ellis got a symphony from Prague on a shoe-string budget and a surprise for the cast. Not telling them in advance, they were all brought to Windsor’s Scarehouse and filmed with a night-vision camera. The end result will be released through the film’s social media accounts in the near future.

Ending the night in style, a V.I.P. party was held at Boston Pizza. Franchise-owner Rob Haglund greeted guests upon their arrival and food/drinks were provided. Buzzing with excitement again, cast and crew enjoyed the celebratory atmosphere as many congratulated them on their hard work and dedication to the project.

D Films will release The Scarehouse in select theatres across Canada on October 17th. To capitalize on the movie’s Devil’s Night setting, it will hit VOD/iTunes in North America thanks to NBC/Universal and D Films on October 21st. A Blu Ray/DVD release will follow with a date that has yet to be announced.

Those interested will have another chance to catch the film early. The Scarehouse opens its theatrical run at Lakeshore Cinemas on Friday, October 10th. For more information about the movie, you can visit their <a href=”website or facebook page.

To order tickets online after Tuesday, people can visit Lakeshore Cinemas’ website.

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