A spine-chilling serial killer is stalking the Cambria County mountains, two strong-willed females in his sights.
The blade rises and falls, again and again. Blood-curdling screams.
Three feature filmmakers can picture it all, and are assembling a crew to shoot the 90-minute indy film “Moreau” in the county in October.
The movie is being assembled by Christopher James Cramer of Los Angeles, a 2004 Northern Cambria High School grad; Nicholas John Lansberry of Patton; and Joanna Haffner of New York City.
Cramer readily admits they’ll be making a B-movie, yet paradoxically one with quality.
“This isn’t one of those things where we just buy Halloween blood and throw it on people,” Cramer said Friday from northern Cambria County. “We aren’t skimping on effects. We’re going for high production values.”
The website poke-the-bear.com outlines the plot: “In his experience, he (Moreau) has found that the animals the world provides are not the challenge they used to be. His pursuit for this challenge has brought him to the point where he is today, hunting the only creature that parallels his abilities: Human kind.”
The filmmaker called in plenty of favors to get the movie made.
“A lot of Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, L.A. and New York people are coming in to get this film off the ground,” Cramer said. “Almost everything is being donated for free, thousands upon thousands are being donated to it.”
He wants to put as many local people to work on his suspense thriller as possible.
“Growing up here, I’ve always wanted to show people you can do things here,” Cramer said. “There’s a lot of talent there, it just needs to be worked.”
Lansberry shares that dream.
“We’d be able to show the kids, show the people who have those creative talents in the area that, yes, they can do it,” he said in an Internet video.
“You have the willpower. You have the resources.”
Cramer believes a multimillion-dollar budget is not needed to create art. Locations in Ebensburg, Patton and near Johnstown already have been scouted.
Post-production will be completed by spring, and the film should be available locally on DVD and on iTunes. Cramer said the movie executives will take the film around, trying to get it into the theaters.
“This has been a project that I’ve been working on with them for two years,” Cramer said. “The more we talked about it, the more we liked it. It’s to the point where we can now do the project and do it well.”
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