Convicted serial killer Bobby Campbell has a lot to worry about. After a series of threatening letters, Campbell has come to believe that his life is in danger, and that even the isolation of solitary confinement will not protect him. As a last ditch effort to plead his case and clear his name, Campbell agrees to do a live TV interview with tabloid journalist Kenneth Stark. Flanked by his assistant Mary Zimmermann, Stark asks the tough questions and provokes Campbell into a frenzy. Things go from bad to worse as the conversation heats up, and Campbell soon realizes that there is more to the threats than he ever imagined!
"The Killer Among Us" is a half hour short film inspired by the episodic thrillers of yesteryear like "The Twilight Zone", "Tales From The Darkside", and "Tales From The Crypt", and is a joint collaboration between Haunted Pamlico, Rebel Roots Productions, and Capricorn Rising. The film will be shot summer 2020, with a fall festival release, and a limited DVD Release. The entire shoot will take place in eastern North Carolina, featuring regional actors and crew.
The script was originally written as a one-act play by J.B. Beverley almost a decade ago for a theatre group, but the company closed, and the project was shelved. Beverley then reformatted the story into a screenplay, and originally teamed up with longtime friend George C. Romero (son of legendary filmmaker George A. Romero) to co-produce, but due to a contractual conflict, Romero had to back out of the project, and Beverley is now bringing the film to life with the help of both Haunted Pamlico, and another longtime friend Jessie Seitz of Capricorn Rising.
"This is a no frills thriller made by a group of people who love real horror." said J.B. from his North Carolina home.
A lifelong fan of classic thriller TV, Beverley wrote "The Killer Among Us" in a style that is all but vanishing from American culture.
"I wanted to bring back that old school formula -- where these characters could be real people, or maybe even you! Everything in horror today is quick kills and jump-scares. You don't get to relate to the people you see in these movies anymore, so I wanted to craft a story that offers characters viewers can identify with on some level."
Beverley also noted the importance of keeping the film in North Carolina.
"I want to do it here, and I want to do it in a way that helps not only the local film community, but the state of North Carolina as a whole. This area is full of such beauty and talent, and I'd rather do it here where we we have total control, and everyone involved can reap the benefit."
George C. Romero had this to say of his old friend: “I absolutely know that J.B. is about to make a Hell of a good film and I’m proud of the strides he has and continues to take toward his goals in the world of indie filmmaking."
When asked what his goal with the film is, J.B. said "The goal is simple -- make a movie that would have made Rod Serling and the Crypt Keeper proud."
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Written & Directed By:
as Bobby Campbell
as Kenneth Stark
as Mary Zimmermann
as Deputy Wilson
As Deputy Jones
as Warden Foster
as the Administrative Officer
as Sgt. Brantley
North Carolina, USA
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