What could be more thrilling than watching a movie premiere with the actors, director and producers sitting in the same theater? How about watching that movie at The Crescent Theater when one of the stars of the show is the city of Mobile itself?
Last Tuesday, June 12, writer/director, Terron Parsons, premiered his movie, Hayride 2, to an enthusiastic audience of 180 and followed the premiere with an after-party at Sky View Lounge.
Though I’m not generally a horror/slasher film fanatic, I’ve seen a good bit of the genre and Hayride 2 is a fine offering.(Plenty of cover-your-face, grip the arm of your chair and “ugh” moments.) It grabs your attention from the first scene, in this case a few scenes from Hayride rendering it accessible to those who haven’t seen the first movie. And Fleetwood Covington’s musical score is the perfect accompaniment to the film.
Both Hayride films are based on the legend of Pitchfork, a psycho farmer who goes crazy and murders his own family before unleashing his wrath on the community. Some of the best scenes are centered around Captain Morgan’s (Mobilian, Richard Tyson), rendering of the story.
I don’t attend a great deal of movie premieres, but I found it entertaining to look around the audience and wonder who would be left standing at the end of the film. No spoilers here. You have to see it to find out.
For me, one of the main attractions is the setting. The movie was filmed in various locations around Mobile and Baldwin counties. The main setting for Hayride 2 is the old Providence Hospital, which is extremely spooky in itself. It was a great location for the sequel and allowed for wonderful moments of suspense and creepiness.
In a pre-premiere article, Parsons told Al.com’s Tamara Ikenberg,“Working in the inner bowels of an abandoned hospital even spooked a lot of the crew.” He also gives credit to the Mobile Film Office for finding the hospital.Attending the premiere at The Crescent Theater was an added bonus for me, as it is one of the best venues in Mobile. (It’s always a treat to go to The Crescent.)
Parsons and fellow producer Jonathan Kelly are hoping to continue to be able to bring their films to the area. Parsons stated, “I feel very blessed to be able to work in the area I live in and I hope that I am able to keep bringing our movies here. We have two more movies slated to shoot here in the next 12 months, providing that we secure the rest of the financing.”
Thanks to people like Parsons and Kelly, Mobile is buzzing along. (Or is that Pitchfork?) Either way, I feel lucky to live in a community that supports local talent and offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, though that might not include creepy old Providence Hospital.