Crothersville grads’ horror film premiering Friday


Just in time for Halloween, an independent horror film made by two Crothersville High School graduates is set to premiere.

“Gnawbone” will be shown to the public for the first time at 6:15 and 8 p.m. Friday at Ohio Theatre in downtown Madison.

Co-written and directed by Darrin Means and James Thompson, the 1½-hour-long film tells the story of a little boy who witnesses something terrible kill his grandfather, but no one believes him. Instead, people think he has created a false memory of a monster. Years later, the boy, now a grown man, goes back to the woods and, with the help of friends, tries to figure out what really happened.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and a question-and-answer session with the directors and some of the cast members will be at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8, and the theater holds 300 people.

A meet-and-greet and photos with the cast and crew will be after each showing.

With the film set in the 1980s, people are encouraged but not required to attend the premiere in an ’80s or Halloween costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

“We’re encouraging people to make it festive,” Means said, noting that members of the cast and crew plan to dress up, too.

T-shirts, signed photos, keychains, stickers and other “Gnawbone” merchandise will be available for purchase. Also, people will be able to have their picture taken with a bust of the main character, Gnawbone.

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