Boston-based filmmakers Greg Ansin and Michael Neel want to wax nostalgia for the creepy short story in livid color on the screen. “Our movie is like ‘Creep Show’… or ‘Tales from The Crypt,’” said co-producer Greg Ansin, 36, of the film, which includes five horror tales in the tradition of these vintage shows.
Boston-based filmmakers Greg Ansin and Michael Neel want to wax nostalgia for the creepy short story in livid color on the screen.
They’re taking their version of the twisted tale to Belmont on Halloween for a screening and fundraiser to assist the elderly homeless.
“Our movie is like ‘Creep Show’… or ‘Tales from The Crypt,’” said co-producer Greg Ansin, 36, of the film, which includes five horror tales in the tradition of these vintage shows.
In the same vein, so to speak, the stories are introduced by a host character – an affable ghoul known as The Projectionist, played by Boston actor Luis Negron.
Also in the film are actors Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca.
The screening will benefit Hearth, a non-profit organization that assists homeless elders through housing, outreach and advocacy.
There will also be a costume contest for audience members, with prizes.
“Drive-In Horror Show” marks the first dramatic feature by Ansin and Neel, who have worked together in the past on documentaries and other projects.
The film cost about $100,000 to make.
Ansin noted, “We shot it on film, not digital. It looks so much better than digital video. It is just a personal thing. In Hollywood, films are still shot on film. Also, we were inspired by a friend who made a vampire movie, on film.”
Asked why a horror film, Ansin said his collaborator, Neel, is devoted to horror movies, but added that there is a practical side to the poetry of filmmaking. “Horror has the lowest bar of acceptance to get into the market.”
Asked about their goals for the film, Ansin said, “We basically plan to go direct to DVD. It is our calling card.”
So it is in the age of Do It Yourself, where technology has helped make independent production more within reach.
Ansin said, “We didn’t want to wait seven years. It takes a long time to get something developed in Hollywood.”
On Halloween, horror buffs can see – and scream – for themselves.
If you go
Screening of ‘Drive-In Horror Show’ is not rated, but no one under 18 is admitted without adult. Film includes some scenes of graphic violence.
Where Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont
When Saturday, Oct. 31, with screenings at midnight and 1 p.m.
Includes costume contest and prizes.
Cost $20 donation. Benefits Hearth programs for elder homeless.
For more information call 617-484-9751 or visit www.studiocinema.com or www.driveinhorrorshow.com.
Margaret Smith is Arts and Calendar editor at GateHouse Media New England's Northwest Unit. E-mail her at email@example.com.