The beast comes at midnight will be created locally this spring. According to executive producer Ed McKeever, there will be a red carpet event to launch the film. Filming wrapped up in late 2021, with scenes set in The Love Lodge in Lithia and in the community of Parkside Village at FishHawk Ranch.
“The people there were fantastic,” McKeever said. “They have allowed all of their streets to be used as our own private Hollywood backlot. Some even went out and acted as background actors in the film. Overall it was a good experience. “
Original story printed in April 2021.
While residents of FishHawk may be surprised to hear a werewolf hiding in their quiet residential neighborhood in July, what they shouldn’t be feeling is terrified or worried.
The Hairy Beast is one of the main characters in an old-school monster movie that will be shot at FishHawk and several other locations in Hillsborough County, including Tampa, Ybor City and Gibsonton.
The beast comes at midnight is a Southern Gothic werewolf feature film produced by Ed McKeever, directed by Robert Masciantonio and starring actors Michael Ashley McKeever, Kylissa Katalinich and Charles Bronson lookalike Robert Bronzi as Andras the Hunter.
The story is a modernization of the Boy Who Cried Wolf and revolves around a young podcaster (Michael) who has a penchant for investigating paranormal phenomena, serial killers, and conspiracy theories. He discovers that his town is under attack by a carnivorous beast that hunts during the full moon. No one believes him, except for a popular cheerleader (Katalinich) and a monster hunter (Bronzi).
The concept was born after Ed and his son Michael visited Gibsonton’s Showmen’s Museum, a building that houses eerie and eclectic memorabilia from the colorful carnival and circus of the past.
“My son and I saw an exhibit about a Wolfboy and started to imagine a monster movie set against the backdrop of that place,” Ed said. “We wanted to make a horror movie that we could watch together, so we wanted a fun PG-13 vibe. “
Local residents and aspiring talent will be pleased to know that in-person and online casting calls are planned to complete the casting and will be posted on social media.
“We’re also going to need a ton of extras,” Ed said. “We really want to involve local residents as much as possible. “
The film will be distributed by Briefcase Pictures, a media and content creation company based in Tampa Bay and formed in partnership with Todd Oifer of Oifer Industries, George C. Romero (son of the late George A. Romero of Night of the Living Dead zombie series) from Romero Pictures, LLC and Ed. It also includes New York-based and Massachusetts-based DIGA Studio Heavy metal magazine.
“It’s such an exciting time because there are so many ways to bring content to the world,” Romero said.
Oifer, chief financial officer of Briefcase Pictures and resident of FishHawk, said the company is seeking a public-private partnership to build production studios in the Tampa and Lexington, Ky. Area. He plans to raise $ 30 million from private investors to finance the installation as well as several other films.
“There is so much to do for Tampa,” he said. “We will try to generate as many jobs as possible in the region.”
Well, jobs and maybe a werewolf, who has the unfortunate task of wearing a werewolf costume in our sweltering July heat.
Ed said he hopes that The beast comes at midnight this is just the beginning. “There are a thousand and one stories to tell,” he said.
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