The independent, horror-comedy movie that was filmed in The Capital's old office and features a killer clown vampire is getting buzz from international markets.
"The Night Watchmen," which is set in Baltimore, revolves around four inept security guards and a tabloid journalist fighting an army of vampires and clownpires, or clown vampires. Since the film's trailer release at the Cannes Film Festival this month, the movie is getting interest from all of the world, specifically in Brazil and Russia, said Cheryl Staurulakis, one of the film's producers.
The film is two weeks away from completion, she said. In the next two to three months, the producers hope to sell the movie to a distributor.
Filming for the movie, which began in February 2015 and lasted about a month, took place throughout the former Capital building off West Street in Annapolis, from the newsroom to the mail room. The crew used the equipment and furniture left behind, such as reporters' desks, which producers said saved them thousands of dollars.
In September 2014, The Capital moved its office to Bestgate Road.
From the beginning, the producers of "The Night Watchmen" were interested in selling it to an international market since the horror genre translates well, Staurulakis said.
"You don't need a lot of dialogue," she said.
There's also interest in the U.S., she added, as Deadline and Entertainment Weekly have recently written about the movie.
In the new two-minute trailer, a coffin, containing the clown vampire, is mysteriously delivered to the tabloid at night. The clown-pire converts other employees, leaving the four security guards and the reporter to fight back.
The preview features a lot of blood, brief nudity and one-liners such as: "Let's go kill some dead people." (Click here to see the trailer, but be warned, it's not safe for work.)
The cast and crew have worked on projects such as "The Wire," "Veep," "Face/Off," "The Blair Witch Project," "House of Cards" and "Better Living Through Chemistry."
Annapolis resident Ken Arnold is one of the writers and lead actors, and producers hope to screen the movie in Annapolis around Halloween. The film has a budget of less than $1 million.
The movie stands out from recent horror movies due to its comedy and special effects, Staurulakis said.
"It's not a film that's going to make you sleep with the lights on for the next few weeks, it's going to make you laugh," she said.