RICHARD HUTTON/Courtesy Niagara This Week
April Mullen is coming back to the place where it all began for Dead Before Dawn 3D.
The actor/director, along with writer Tim Doiron are bringing the award winning comedy horror film to the city for a special outdoor screening at Mitchelson Park (which doubles as the football field for Saint Paul Catholic High School) Aug. 16.
“It’s amazing, I used to cheerlead on that field,” Mullen, a Saint Paul graduate said over the phone from Los Angeles. I wore that cheerleading uniform.”
The film follows a group of college kids who accidentally unleash a curse and have 24 hours to reverse it — sort of a Shaun of the Dead meets the Goonies. It’s on that very field where the curse begins, Mullen said.
“It’s the cursed field,” she added, a smile evident in her voice. “We shot it overnight on a Friday night.”
High school football teams from Saint Paul and Stamford Collegiate were used in the filming.
“One of the characters wears a Saint Paul uniform for the film,” Mullen said.
She added that they receive plenty of help went it came to filling the field with the film’s “Zemons” — a combination of zombies and demons.
“All local people came out to be zemons, and now they have a chance to see themselves on a big blowup screen.”
The Madhatters, who contributed to the movie’s soundtrack with the film’s theme song, will be performing at 7:30 p.m. The screening itself begins at 9 p.m.
“People can bring their blankets and chairs. It should be a really fun time under a full moon,” Mullen said.
Canadian Distribution Company Phase 4 is planning a fall release for the film.
The event will also include a photo-booth with the bloody Winnebago, original props from the film, contests, music, poster signings, and a Q&A with Mullen, Dorion and some of the actors from the film.
The ensemble cast is lead by Devon Bostick (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and includes Martha MacIsaac (Superbad/1600Penn), Brandon Jay McLaren (Graceland), Brittany Allen (All My Children), Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall), Kyle Schmid (Copper), Rossif Sutherland (High Life), Ellen Dubin (Napoleon Dynamite), Tim Doiron and April Mullen (Rock, Paper Scissors: the Way of the Tosser), and the one and only Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future).
Mullen was tight-lipped about just which actors would be on hand, adding that “something special” was in the cards.
In the past year, Dead Before Dawn won the prestigious Perron Crystal Award for Best Live Action 3D Film in Liege, Belgium and closed the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival in Toronto. The film was also recently nominated for five Canadian Comedy Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Writer, Actor and Actress.
“The reception has been phenomenal,” Mullen said. “We just had a screening at the San Diego Comic Con. The film was well received. The genre fans didn’t mind us mixing zombies and demons. It’s super cool. Maybe zemons will be the new trend.”
The film will be opening in the fall across the country. For more information, visit www.deadbeforedawn3d.com
Tickets for the outdoor Red Carpet and screening are $10 and are available at Mullen Garden Market (Corner of Drummond Road and Morrison Street) in Niagara Falls. They will also be available at the door the night of the premier.
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