Horror sequel returns to Marietta

Photo Provided Brooklyn Ewing and Jerry Larew Jr. at the 2017 Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus with their award.

MARIETTA — Undo’s on the Pike restaurant in Marietta is hosting dinner and a movie night featuring the new award-winning hometown-horror sequel “She Was So Pretty 2: Be Good for Goodness Sake” on Dec. 29.

“She Was So Pretty 2” is the followup to Parkersburg native Brooklyn Ewing’s “She Was So Pretty,” released in 2016. The sequel follows serial killer Alfie, played by Jerry Larew Jr., as he teams up with shady cop Detective Baldwin, played by Corey Rutter, for a series of home invasions during the Christmas season, said Ewing.

Ewing is the director and one of the writers, while other writers are Jerry Larew Jr. and Joshua Hawes. Executive producers are Steven Boker, Landon Edwards and Cody Reynolds.

The film is Not Rated (NR) and is not suited for children under the age of 18, Ewing said, because it contains violence and adult language.

The original film toured across the United States and played in over 30 film festivals, drive-ins and conventions, including genre fest, Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Ewing brought home the award for Best Director at Nightmares Film Festival in 2016, and then premiered the sequel there in 2017, bringing home the award for Best Cinematography Feature, Ewing said.

Ewing and Larew spent a year raising funds for the sequel and filled the movie with local scenery and Christmas spirit, she said. The film was shot in Parkersburg and Marietta.

The duo have been on the road for two months traveling with the film and promoting Dirt Candy Productions.

Both of them grew up loving horror films and never dreamed they would be able to make one, let alone, a sequel, Ewing said.

Reviews for the film are starting to roll in.

Lacy Lou from PopHorror.com says, “The dynamic duo of Alfie and Baldwin are so devilishly demented together and have great on-screen chemistry. Jerry Larew Jr. hits the nail on the head as the creeptastic Alfie. His stare alone still makes me cringe in my seat.”

Adam Barney of The Film Coterie says, “She Was So Pretty: Be Good for Goodness Sake is even better than the first installment. It gift wraps and delivers everything we wanted in a holiday horror sequel. It has one of the best new characters in horror in Alfie and you’re gonna be mad at yourself if you didn’t get in early on this franchise.”

The screening at Undo’s on the Pike, 700 Pike St. in Marietta, is part of She Was So Pretty 2’s screening tour throughout the U.S. and internationally. Dinner kicks off at 6 p.m. and will show film trailers for upcoming indie features and short films.

At 7 p.m. those attending can see two award-winning short films, “Compulsion” and “Lunch Ladies,” and the main film starts at 8 p.m. in the Marie Antoinette Ballroom at Undo’s, Ewing said.

“We saw the short films at Nightmares Film Festival, and asked if they would like to screen with us,” Ewing said.

Afterward there will be a question and answer session with the cast and crew.

Admission is $5 (dinner is not included in the admission price) and the movie screening is open to the public.

For additional information, contact Brooklyn Ewing at dirtcandyphotography@gmail.com.


Movie Notes

* Screening date: Friday, Dec. 29

* Screening time: dinner at 6 p.m., shorts at 7 p.m., feature at 8 p.m.

* Screening location: Undo’s restaurant, 700 Pike St. in Marietta

* Admission: $5 (dinner is not included in admission price)

* This event is open to the public.