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Just in time for winter semester, MURDER UNIVERSITY is
getting set to open its doors. The latest movie by Rhode Island-based director
Richard Griffin (pictured) begins shooting next month, and marks his first
collaboration with award-winning playwright Leonard Schwartz; read on for the
details and the first poster.
MURDER UNIVERSITY’s storyline, according to the official
synopsis, “revolves around a series of brutal, cultlike murders taking place at
a small New England college. Josh Greene [Jamie Dufault], a shy freshman, is
the lone survivor of a series of murders that are reminiscent of a similar
string of killings some 20 years prior. As he seeks to uncover the secret
behind the attacks, he is joined by Detective Forrester [Michael Thurber], who
was instrumental in halting the bloodshed before, and his daughter Meg
[Samantha Acampora], who had barely escaped being a victim previously.”
Sounds like good, vintage slasher stuff, and Griffin aims to
put a fresh spin on the material. “This film promises to be pure
entertainment,” he says. “The script is filled with scares, gore, laughs, some
great characters and a very surprising twist on the slasher-film subgenre.
Plus, the cast we’ve assembled is simply the best. I think that MURDER UNIVERSITY
is really going to entertain horror fans who are sick to death of CGI gore,
remakes and sequels. This one is fresh blood, straight from the vein!”
The ensemble also includes Sean Sullivan, Lee Rush, Rich
Tretheway, Nat Sylva and John Joseph Gomes. Schwartz has had his plays staged
in both Rhode Island and New York City, but this is his first time scripting a
feature. “We agreed to do this because of our shared, prolific work ethic,”
Griffin says. “And our shared, warped sense of humor.” Shooting begins January
21, with Ted Marr and Kristin Kayala producing under the Scorpio Film Releasing banner.
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