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HONEYSPIDER_CAPTURE_02.jpgIt is a rare occasion that you can watch a movie in the same building that was used as the actual setting for scenes in the movie but you will have that opportunity this weekend with Honeyspider.

Honeyspider was written with the Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, North Carolina in mind by Kenny Caperton who satisfied his teenage desire to see the latest movies there.  It is a story about a young woman who works at a local theater whose birthday is on Halloween. A friend encourages her to attend a party after her shift at the picture show not knowing what they are about to encounter.

Working with Josh and Kenny is unexplainable. They are the most understanding people. Being able to see the passion/love that they have for filmmaking in person is absolutely amazing. They are willing to cut loose and have fun when needed but they also know when it's time to be serious. They are willing to work with you and do whatever makes you comfortable. They are two of the most amazing people I have ever met. For me it was kind of challenging at first I wasn't able to channel my inner Jackie, because she was a complete opposite person of who I really am but I ended up getting used to it. - Mariah Brown - Jackie Blue in Honeyspider

The Gem Theatre, a setting in the movie, is indeed a gem.  Originally opened in 1936 by the Cannon Mills Company.  It's seating capacity at that time was 1,200 people.  In 1942 a fire in the rear section of theater.  Because of the war effort there was no money to repair the damage.  In 1948 The Cannon Mills Company rebuilt it.  During the 40s and 50s it played host to stage shows such as Jimmy Dickens and Grand Ole Opry, Fred Kirby, Tex Ritter, and Roy Rogers with Trigger.  The Gem Theatre is one of the oldest single screen theaters left in the country and has continued to be open to the public since it was rebuilt.

Another thing that was on Kenny's mind during the creation of this movie is what will the title be?  A long time fan of the Smashing Pumpkins he thought of an early B-Side song by them called 'Honeyspider'.  Now he had a title.  " I've always loved that title and when trying to come up with a name for my script about 1/3 into writing it, I looked through a huge list of Smashing Pumpkins song titles and that one really stuck out and I thought it would be great title for a horror film. So after choosing that title it influenced the script. And while we were in post-production searching for music to use in the film, of course that song was at the top of my list. I tracked down Billy's management and told them about the movie, my love for Smashing Pumpkins, etc and I guess he saw something in the project and gave us the rights to use the song."

One other thing Kenny needed was a director which he found in Josh Hasty, a director he has been working with since Judith: The Night She Stayed Home, a short film they made together nearly 5 years ago.  They've made two movies and a commercial together to date.  Though there is is a great distance between them.  Kenny is from North Carolina and Josh from Ohio.  There is no divide in what they like about making movies, especially horror movies.  One compliments the other.






How did the two of you come together to make this movie in two different regions of the country?  Old friends? Previous collaborators?

Kenny Caperton  Back in late 2008 or early 2009, Josh found out online that I was building a life-size replica of The Myers House from Halloween as my home here in North Carolina. I had a website up about it (www.myershousenc.com) and said that I was making a Halloween tribute short film called Judith. I wrote an original story that centered around the Judith character from John Carpenter's Halloween and all of the crazy stuff that took place in now what was my house (The Myers House). Josh emailed me and said ..."I didn't know that you were a filmmaker." ...and I said ..."I'm not. I'm looking for someone to help me make this short film." ....and he said ..."I'll do it." and sent me some links to his video work and I immediately loved everything about it and said ..."ok, let's do it." And we've been working on stuff off and on every since then.
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Josh Hasty & Kenny Caperton


What was the first horror movie you remember seeing and when did you first see Night of the Living Dead?

Kenny Caperton   My first true horror movie I remember seeing was the original Halloween late at night on cable TV and I remember first seeing Night of the Living Dead when I was around 13 or 14 years old at my friend Kevin's house close to Halloween. I remember his crazy father was drunk and had just played us Led Zeppelin's "Stairway To Heaven" backwards on his record player and the lyrics say "My Sweet Satan." After that we were all going to walk to an old cemetery near our neighborhood and while I was waiting for them to get ready Night of the Living Dead was playing on TV. I remember sitting in his living room all alone in the dark being amazed by the beautiful B&W glow coming from the television as zombies ate people.

Josh Hasty  I actually have to say that my first horror movie was also John Carpenter's Halloween. My parents got divorced when I was very young and for as long as I can remember, my dad would rent the Halloween series, classic Friday the 13th movies and  Nightmare on Elm Street on VHS every weekend he had us. I was petrified for most of my childhood. 

As I got a little older I created a coping mechanism where I'd try to learn how they did this or that and find errors in the films, to help separate them from reality. This eventually turned into a passion for filmmaking and led to me wanting to create them. Once I transcended that line, I sought out films specifically for inspiration. 

A few particulars aside from the ones I grew up on were, Living Dead Girl, The Exorcist, The Shining, Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind and what I consider to be the greatest horror story ever told on film, Rosemary's Baby. In my later teens and early twenties I started finding passion in the films that have horror in the subtext. Real life horror that sticks with you. Like 21 Grams, Midnight Express and A Clockwork Orange, for example. I think there's a lot to be learned from both types of films when it comes to the dark realms of storytelling. There's definitely influence in the direction of Honeyspider from all the above mentioned films.

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You mention one movie that I loved that I don't hear many people talk about. Midnight Express.  That is a real life horror story. How did you come to get consent to use "Honeyspider" from Billy Corgan? 

Kenny Caperton  That's a fairly long story ...so here's the brief version - I'm an insane Smashing Pumpkins fans. I've seen Billy live about 35 times over the past 20 years. "Honeyspider" is a very early b-side song by The Pumpkins. 

I've always loved that title and when trying to come up with a name for my script about 1/3 into writing it, I looked through a huge list of Smashing Pumplins song titles and that one really stuck out and I thought it would be great title for a horror film. So after choosing that title it influenced the script. And while we were in post-production searching for music to use in the film, of course that song was at the top of my list. I tracked down Billy's management and told them about the movie, my love for Smashing Pumpkins, etc and I guess he saw something in the project and gave us the rights to use the song. Insanely amazing!


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I'm impressed that you used the Gem Theatre in the movie as well as for the premiere.  Did you go to a theater like this when you were a boy?  Do you still have a love for these old theatres?

Kenny Caperton  I have an insane love for old school movie theaters and The Gem Theatre is the perfect representation of everything that I love about them. I went to the Gem as a teenager in high school. I wrote this script with The Gem in mind, not knowing if we would be able to film there.


I see you have a part in the movie Kenny and Josh is the voice of the disc jockey.  Who are some of the other principal actors?




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Honeyspider Premiere 
and 
Night of the Living Dead' Double Feature

The Gem Theatre
111 W 1st St, Kannapolis, North Carolina
Screening starts at 9:00PM 
Tickets are $5 for both movies.

Join us for the premiere screening of Honeyspider on Saturday, October 18th at the historic Gem Theatre in Kannapolis, North Carolina. We are doing a HORROR NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE of Honeyspider and George A Romero's zombie classic Night of the Living Dead from 1968! 

There will be free posters, raffles, giveaways, tricks, treats and more! This is sure to be a very unique experience, because a large potion of Honeyspider was actually filmed at this theater. Meet the cast and crew and celebrate the Halloween season with a bucket of popcorn and 2 killer horror movies on the big-screen! 



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