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Muskegon-shot horror film ‘Offspring’ to premiere at the Harbor Theater

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 11, 2009

 by Eric Gaertner | The Muskegon Chronicle

While kids are walking around town this Halloween in search of candy, cannibals will be crawling across the big screen here as the area’s first feature film makes its U.S. premiere.

“Offspring,” a movie shot in and around Muskegon last year, is scheduled to make its American debut Oct. 31 at the Harbor Theater, 1937 Lakeshore. The R-rated horror thriller film is making its U.S. premiere as part of a new local event, MODERNCINE Scarefest 2009, being put on by the production company that made the movie.

Andrew van den Houten, the film’s director, said the event is “going to be awesome.”

“You can’t go wrong on Halloween,” van den Houten said in a phone interview from Los Angeles. “What better place to have it than Muskegon, the place we headquartered when we shot it.”

“Offspring” tells the story of a feral band of cannibals feeding on the citizenry of rural Maine. For the film, the Muskegon area serves as a double for coastal New England by using the Lake Michigan shore and the forested dunes of the West Michigan area. The movie is adapted from a novel by Jack Ketchum.

A company called Mindscape has signed on to distribute “Offspring” on DVD, with the release in October. Van den Houten said DVDs will be available for purchase at the premiere event. “Offspring” is set to make its international premiere at Fantaspoa, which runs through July 19 in Brazil. The movie is scheduled for international screenings at four other international film festivals.Goremaster Makeup Effects Manual

The movie shot in and around Muskegon comes at a time when there has been a surge of filmmakers coming to Michigan to take advantage of the state’s new financial incentives. As part of the growing interest in the industry, van den Houten and Moses Gross, owner of the WaterMark Center in Muskegon, are pursuing development of a $54 million studios project to join the WaterMark condos at the former Shaw-Walker office furniture manufacturing complex in downtown Muskegon.

Van den Houten said Gross is still raising money for the proposed studios project.


Offspring“I’m ready to help get it off the ground when he gets the finances in place,” van den Houten said. “I know he’s feeling good about it.”

For MODERNCINE Scarefest 2009, details are still being finalized, such as times and ticket information. However, Sarah Rooks, head of marketing for WaterMark Studios, said the event is “a go.”

Tentative plans call for MODERNCINE’s other three feature films — “Head Space,” “The Girl Next Door” and “Home Movie” — to also be shown as part of the event, leading up to the U.S. premiere of “Offspring.”

Make Up /Special Effects Crew:

Ellen Arden … key makeup artist
Kevin Martinez … assistant special makeup effects
Laura Menear … wig designer  
Anthony Pepe … special makeup effects artist
Heather Dawn Spataro … assistant makeup artist



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