Bow Tie Cinemas will feature the premiere screening of Where Demons Dwell: The Girl in the Cornfield 2 at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, before its widespread release the following Friday the 13th on Amazon Prime.
The film was written, produced, and directed by area resident Ryan Callaway, his fourth full-length movie to date. Callaway released the first film, The Girl in the Cornfield, on May 13, 2016, followed by an Amazon Prime release on Oct. 10. More than 400,000 minutes were watched on Amazon Prime in October alone. In that film, two women and a girl face the horrors of an evil entity, known as the Woman in White. In the upcoming sequel, the girl, “Tiffany,” from the first movie is on the hunt for answers when she crosses paths with a young woman, Adelaide, whose family seems to be target of the same entity. Tiffany’s goal is to prevent history from repeating itself.
“Prior to the release of the original film, I was taken aback by the response and attention it received,” Callaway said. “The original trailer was viewed over 100,000 times and all sorts of movie websites covered it. This is not bad for a project that cost me less than $10,000 out of pocket.”
The film’s successful response and a fan asking Callaway about a potential sequel sparked his interest in doing a sequel. Callaway explained that the world the original movie takes place in wasn’t fleshed out as fully as it could’ve been, and there was a lot to work with.
“So, I started playing around with ideas and eventually wrote a screenplay that I was extremely proud of,” he said. “Thanks to having a terrific cast on hand and a little more money to work with, I’m confident this movie is an overall better and scarier installment.”
Included in the cast are area actors, such as Hiram Ortez, 44, of Brick Township and Madeline Lupi, 12, of Stockholm, N.J.
Ortez plays Jack Russo, the father of two girls who are being haunted by the Woman in White.
“Jack adores his daughters,” Ortez said. “It is the most redeeming quality of his persona. It is his devotion to his daughters that drives some of his actions. I could identify with Jack because I am a dad, and any parent out there understands the drive to protect their children.”
Lupi plays Tiffany, a central character that also starred in the first movie. Lupi describes Tiffany as “a very brave girl who has been through a lot in her life. Being only 12, she has had encountered demonic spirits, and has witnessed brutal murders.”
Playing a role that encompassed a broad range of emotions was preferable than just a smiling kid role, Lupi said. She likes a challenge, and Tiffany’s character offers that. Tiffany’s strength and sense of responsibility appeal to her, because she helps another family facing the torment that her own family suffered (in the first movie) while trying to find answers.
Bow Tie Cinemas is located at 36 White St. in Red Bank.
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