MUSKEGON — “Ruin Me,” a locally shot horror film featuring Muskegon professional actor Tom Harryman (pictured in character), will be screened at 6 o’clock Halloween night, Oct. 31, in Overbrook Theater at Muskegon Community College, 221 S. Quarterline.
Admission is free. Because of the mature content of “Ruin Me,” the screening is open to anyone 18 or older.
Doors will close at 6:05 p.m., so attendees are encouraged to arrive early. A Halloween Costume Contest will be held, with prizes being awarded for first, second and third places. Free popcorn will be served.
A post-show discussion will be led by Harryman, who is an MCC theatre instructor and chair of the college’s Arts & Humanities Department; and MCC English and film instructor Mary Tyler.
“Ruin Me” is a 2017 film release directed by Preston DeFrancis, and co-written by DeFrancis and Trysta A. Bissett.
It was shot in fall 2015, primarily in the Muskegon neighborhoods of Bluffton/Beachwood, Idlewild, and Kruse Park. The location shooting lasted a month.
The cast and production team came to Muskegon from across the country. In addition to Harryman, “Ruin Me” also includes other local actors and production personnel, among them Rocky Rector, Tim Taylor, Jerry Maxwell, and MCC alumni Shelinda Knight Davenport and Arianna Jacobs.
“Ruin Me” has won awards worldwide while playing at a variety of horror film festivals.
It tells the story of Alexandra (played by Marcienne Dwyer) who reluctantly tags along for “Slasher Sleepout,” an extreme event that is part camping trip, part haunted house and part escape room. But when the fun turns deadly, Alex has to play the game if she wants to make it out alive.
The film also stars Matt Dellapina, Chris Hill, Eva Hamilton and John Odom.
“Ruin Me” is the last of five films being shown as part of the 2018 Muskegon Area Arts and Humanities Festival, a.k.a ahFest.
Running throughout October on Wednesday nights, the films have been presented by The Muskegon Writers’ Center Film Series.
All the movies all have been associated with the ahFest ’18 theme, “Truth.” Previous screenings were held in the auditorium of the downtown Muskegon Museum of Art, and included “Doubt,” “The Shape of Water,” “The Drop” and “Moonlight.”
For more information on the Oct. 31 screening, call Tyler, (231) 777-0327. For additional information on “Ruin Me,” visit the website site https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4807272/.