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'Creeper' screening at Club 66

A great deal of hard work goes into filmmaking.

There's a script to write, actors to hire, expensive equipment, pre-production, production, post-production, it's all very exhausting. These were the things encountered by Ron Huffstutter, writer and director for the independent psychological horror film "Creeper."

Huffstutter, a 2013 graduate of Southern Oregon University's film program, will present a free screening of "Creeper" at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, at Club 66, 1951 Ashland St., Ashland. The film is intended for mature audiences.

"It takes place between three — let's call them mentally unstable — people," Huffstutter says. "One person is a sexual deviant cab driver, another is a war vet and the third is a normal-seeming guy who works in an office. He meets a girl and tries to have a normal relationship while trying to fight his psychotic urges."

It isn't a movie with redeeming characters at the outset.

This is Huffstutter's first film since graduating from SOU. He drew influence from directors such as John Carpenter and Stanley Kubrick.

"It's definitely in the style of (Kubrick's) 'A Clockwork Orange,' " Huffstutter says. "It was influenced by movies that have psycho killers and a lot of twists and turns."

So far, Huffstutter and his producer, Marc Wells, have been involved in this film for the better part of a year and a half.

With very little budget, Huffstutter relied heavily on community help to get the film done. Local composer Arlo Brooks wrote the score while bands 100 Watt Mind and Father Doug contributed songs. Most of the actors volunteered their time, both on-screen and off, and Huffstutter says that Ashland businesses were very generous, opening their doors to him and his film crew.

The next step? Showing the world.

"We're running a Kickstarter campaign to send 'Creeper' to film festivals," Huffstutter says. "I think we have a really great movie and I want people to see it."

The film will screen at the Killer Valley Horror Film Festival this summer alongside other locally produced horror films. Huffstutter is working out details for "Creeper" to screen at a film festival in Chicago, and he hopes to submit the film to 30 festivals around the world.

"It all depends on the Kickstarter," Huffstutter says. "Anything we don't get from that would have to be paid for out of our pocket. The better the campaign does, the more people we can show it to."

See the film's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CreeperPSITheaterFilms for trailers, Kickstarter information and screening updates.