Travis Bowen, the Warren man behind the Dark X-Mas horror/sci-fi conventions, is planning what is likely to be his biggest project.
He is directing “The Girl,” a horror film starring Corey Haim, best known for his work in the 1987 vampire film “The Lost Boys,” and Lindsay Felton (of Nickelodeon’s “Caitlin’s Way,” which ran from 2000 to 2002).
Bowen’s company, Eerie Frequency Entertainment, is funding the film, along with Sound Video Productions of Akron and Entertainment At Its Best, a West Virginia-based management firm. The budget is close to $20,000.
The film will be shot in the Mahoning Valley, mostly in Liberty and Warren.
“We’ll be starting to film on June 8th to the 10th, then a few weeks in July, and we’ll be shooting the majority at the end of September,” said Bowen.
The script was written by Valley resident Joe Mohn and edited by Bowen. Sound Video will run the cameras and Bill Bankey will be the head of makeup/special effects.
“The first actor I cast was Corey Haim for the lead male character,” Said Bowen. “I’ve always been a fan of ‘The Lost Boys’ and he was just coming off of two seasons on ‘The Two Coreys’ [on A&E] with him and Corey Feldman. We had been talking for awhile because he wanted to appear at my Dark Xmas show, so we just worked out the details.”
The female lead is 24-year-old Felton, who was recently on the Fox reality show “Scream Queens.”
“She also used to play on a TV sitcom back in the ’90’s with Ed Asner and Haley Joel Osment that I used to watch called ‘Thunder Alley.’ I knew if I could get her in this movie as a leading character she could really shine again. On ‘Scream Queens,’ she was compared to a Jamie Lee Curtis, and for a horror movie, you can’t get much better than that.”
Bowen said it wasn’t easy to track Felton down. After getting nowhere with her ex-managers, he finally came upon a valid e-mail address and contacted her. She was very interested in the role, he said.
Lisa Neeld, a Playboy cover model from Cortland, plays the main villain.
Also appearing in the film will be C.J. Graham, Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette and Ron Millkie, who appeared in many of the “Friday the 13th” movies. Bowen said his film has a lot in common with the slasher series.
“The movie is really like a ‘Friday The 13th’ movie, but with the killer being an attractive woman instead of a big guy in a hockey mask,” he said. “It’s her story in the beginning of the movie and then it becomes about a group of friends on a vacation being stalked and hunted by her. The story ends with a good twist at the end and the movie sets itself up for a sequel.”
Auditions for speaking roles will be held from 4-7 p.m. June 13 at LeModeln Agency, 7536 Market St., Boardman. Call (330) 758-4417 for more information.
A promotional trailer for “The Girl” will be premiered at this year’s Dark X-Mas convention, which will be Sept. 18-20 at Eastwood Expo Center in Niles.