- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) - A cowriter of the upcoming horror film, “The Gallows,” is returning for a special screening in his hometown of Beatrice, where the movie takes place.

Chris Lofing, a 2009 Beatrice High School graduate, co-wrote the movie that’s set to premiere in theaters Friday. He and his business partner, Travis Cluff, will travel to Beatrice for a special red-carpet showing on July 24 at the Holly Theatre, the Beatrice Daily Sun reported (https://bit.ly/1J3KE0S ).

“It’s all pretty overwhelming,” Lofing said of his first major film. “It’s like I don’t know if I’ve found the right words yet, so we use the same ones over and over.”

“The Gallows” takes place in a fictional Beatrice high school. A tragic accident during a 1993 school play leads to a student’s hanging, and a new performance is held 20 years later. On the eve of the play’s revival, several students find themselves trapped in the auditorium, haunted by the student’s ghost.

In the early days of filming, Lofing shot scenes for the movie in Beatrice, though those portions didn’t make the final cut. He said that discussions were held about whether to keep Beatrice as the setting for the film, and that the producers ultimately decided it should be.

“It’s a good, wholesome town. … What bad could ever go on in such a nice place?” Cluff said. “It was cool to have Chris have that homage to his hometown.”

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, https://www.beatricedailysun.com


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