TUPELO – A pair of homegrown movies will hit the big screen for a B-movie double feature on Wednesday.
In one, a monster harasses the good people of Guntown.
In the other, a bunch of zombies take over Gloster Creek Village.
“My movie is intentionally bad. It’s supposed to be so bad, it’s good,” said Daniel Lee, who co-wrote and directed “It Came From Beyond Beyond.” “Hopefully, people will realize that I’m not truly a hack.”
“Beyond Beyond” is a follow-up to “Ocho,” where an experiment goes awry, causing a giant spider to terrorize Guntown.
This time, there are a problems with a teleportation device.
“The creature is different sizes,” Lee said, laughing, “because it’s played by different people.”
For “A Zombie Movie,” Glenn Payne gathered a bunch of actors, including members of Tupelo Community Theatre’s West of Shake Rag Improv Troupe, and set them loose on Gloster Creek Village.
“There was no script. Basically, it was all improv. We had a couple of plot points, and that was it,” said Lee, who appears in the film. “I wasn’t sure how he was going to pull it off. He showed us an early cut of it. It was very funny, a lot funnier than I expected.“
Lee and Payne share a passion for making independent movies, and they both have Blue Springs addresses.
“Must be something in the water,” Lee said.
During Wednesday’s screening at the Malco at Tupelo Commons, the directors and most of the actors will be on hand to take questions from the audience.
“… And be held accountable for what we’ve wrought upon humanity,” Lee said.
He’s being modest. Let Lee tell you how he really feels:
“It will be the most amazing, incredible, astounding, fantastic experience you can possibly have at the movie theater for $5. You get to see two movies and support local artists. What else are you going to do on a Wednesday night?”
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