CHS Grads To Make Horror Film ‘Gnawbone’ Here

Darrin Means

Darrin Means

James Thompson

James Thompson

A pair of Crothersville High Schoool graduates are teaming up to produce an “old school horror film screamfest” movie to be shot in Jackson Scott and Jefferson Counties.

Darrin Means and James Thompson, who graduated from CHS in 1991, will be producing ‘Gnawbone’.

Gnawbone is an independent horror film that will use a mixture of 80’s horror stylings and current film making techniques to make an old school scream fest, Means said. “We have assembled a very talented cast for the film, all of which have numerous credits in indie films,” said Means.

The Director of Photography, Joe Sailer, has built an impressive resume including work for the NFL network, Fox Sports 1, Discovery Channel, and NBC’s ‘Parks and Rec.’

The Art Director, Trent Persinger, is an accomplished storyboard artist and now editor.

Thompson and Means have both worked numerous years in the creative arts industry (musician and art educator).

Thompson, Means and Persinger have written the screenplay.

Means said, “Gnawbone is the story about a boy, Tommy, who witnesses something (Gnawbone monster) that takes the life of his Grandfather. Thinking that the traumatic event created a false memory (most think it was an animal/bear attack), a psychologist wants the now 21-year old young man to face his fears by trekking into the woods. With the help of friends, he might be able to process these memories and come to terms with that scared little boy. Or is that memory actually the truth. You guessed it…mayhem ensues!”

“We are wanting to get the film into as many festivals as possible and hope to have a production company pick it up and help release it to a wider audience on DVD & the Internet,” Means explained.

The pair is funding the independent film through individual contributions to make the project happen.

“We are currently fundraising for the film at,” said Means. “It is a safe way for locals residents, friends and classmates to contribute and be a part of the creative process and make this project happen.”

Unlike the multi-million dollar Hollywood films, the production of ‘Gnawbone’ will cost $7,000.

It’s all crowd funded and contributors get their name in the credits at the end of the movie. “But we need to have our funding in place no later than Oct. 11,” said Means.

“Contributors will also get cool incentives for donating,” he said. Contributions from $1 to $5,000 can garner the contributors a variety of “Gnawbone” related promotional items and memorabilia such as t-shirts, hats, posters, signed scripts, and even appear as an extra in the film.

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Shooting for the film will begin on Oct. 11 with the horror film wrapping up (appropriately) just before Halloween. Means said the expected release date is sometime in the Spring of 2015.