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Happy (Gory) President's Day from 'President's Day 2'

A year ago, local director/editor/cowriter/coproducer Chris LaMartina and his cowriter/coproducer, Jimmy George, hosted the premiere of their no-budget horror farce "President's Day." The movie's very premise - "Abraham Lincoln killing people" - sent them and their friends into violent convulsions, mostly of laughter.

Actually, the killer in "President's Day" wasn't Lincoln or even Lincoln's ghost, despite the filmmakers' canny use of the Skeptics' "The Ghost of Abraham Lincoln" as their closing title song. He was a mysterious maniac who for some reason was killing off all the candidates running for student council president in fictional Lincoln High.

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In an interview, LaMartina told me, "The thought of our lead character dressed in a George Washington outfit (perhaps in the school play) did make our idea book before we wrote a first draft." They were planning on a final confrontation between Lincoln and Washington, "but scrapped it as we realized it was more trouble than it was worth. Maybe that can be in the sequel... 'President's Day 2: the Evisceration Proclamation.'"

Well, they haven't done a sequel, but they have done an "Evisceration Proclamation" trailer -- or, rather a trailer for "Evisceration Proclaimation" (is the bad spelling intentional, like "Biutiful?").

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Which presidential surrogate do you think shows more experience with an axe? The one who represents the rail-splitter? Or the one standing in for the fellow who refused to chop a cherry tree?

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