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Indie Spotlight: The Sins of Dracula

Michael Thurber as Dracula
Michael Thurber as Dracula
Richard Grffin/The Sins of Dracula

Most articles about film like to talk about the major motion pictures, the tentpoles of major corporate studios that everyone flocks to that make $1 billion worldwide. However, sometimes it can be nice to get excited for a smaller production created by passionate people who maybe didn't have the money or backing of a major studio, but still made a good film. In that vein, another "topic article" this Examiner will be writing occasionally will be "Indie Spotlight" a look at a project from the world of independent film that is coming soon possibly to a theater near you.

To begin this new segment, we present a New England film production in the vein of the old Hammer films and Christian Horror/shame films, Richard Griffin's The Sins of Dracula. This film came about thanks to a fundraising drive on GoFundMe.com after that, principal shooting took place, and the production even released a few stills for our pleasure (the reader can view those in the slideshow).

The plot seems very enticing, as per The Sins of Dracula's facebook page:

"As the star of his church choir, there’s nothing that brings Billy more joy than the opportunity to sing for an audience. However, as his desire to perform grows, the stalwart youth finds that waiting until Sunday to get his fix just simply isn’t enough. Going against the advice of his pastor, Billy follows his girlfriend into the world of secular entertainment, joining the local community theatre troupe. There, Billy is introduced to a whole new world, where his fellow thespians dabble in drugs, sexual perversion, and table-top game-play. Yet, for all the newly minted depravities Billy encounters, none could prepare him for the darkest truth of them all: The theatre group is actually a front for a Satanic cult intent on raising Dracula from the grave!

A tongue-in-cheek tale that satirizes the Christian scare films of the 70s and 80s, The Sins of Dracula is a story of sex, sacrilege, and sin. It’s a world where Sondheim is Satan, Broadway means blasphemy, and where taking the stage just might mean curtains…for your eternal soul."

The Sins of Dracula stars Michael Thurber, Jamie Dufault, Sarah Nicklin, Carmine Capobianco, Steven Ó Broin, Jesse Dufault, Elyssa Baldassarri, Sammi R Acampora, Derek Laurendeau, Aaron Peaslee, Tobias Wilson, Jose Gonsalves, Anna Rizzo, Christian Masters, Olivia Larsen and Johnny Sass.

All in all it looks like it's shaping up to be a great project, and any fellow New Englanders will get to see it when The Sins of Dracula has its world premiere October 26th at Cinemaworld of Lincoln, RI.