Kurt Edward Larson is micro-budget indie filmmaker. For the past 3 years, He has dedicated his life, savings, and sanity to make a movie which is his tribute to horror hosts. The film is inspired by Kurt’s interest in Son of Svengoolie, who he grew up watching in Chicago.
His ‘Son of Ghostman’ is, brace yourself, a romantic comedy which Kurt describes as having “a sweet nostalgic John Hughes-esque vibe.” but we won’t hold that against him.
Here is the Synopsis from www.sonofghostman.com
“Denny McNamara has been recently dumped, he’s unemployed, and his older brother Harold is threatening to sell the house Denny rents. By all accounts, he’s a loser.
Motivated by his childhood hero, a local celebrity Horror Host named Ghostman, Denny decides to throw on some makeup and become the Son of Ghostman. Thing is, Denny isn’t exactly suited for the role, but his car-crash inducing videos go viral, and he must decide what and where his future lies.
Complicating matters is the arrival of neighborhood sweetheart, Claire, and her nephew, Zack. Unbeknownst to Claire, Zack quickly becomes a key part of the Son of Ghostman production team, something she surely wouldn’t allow having promised his Mother he’d attend college.
In the midst of it all, the current local Horror Host, a leather-pants wearing, sexy vampire named Count Dracool, is close to having his show picked up by the national cable outlet, Weird & Wild. But when the execs of Weird & Wild see the social networking statistics of Son of Ghostman, they start to question which Horror Host should go national, inciting Count Dracool to try and uncover the secret identity of Son of Ghostman.
Denny must find a way to thwart his high school nemesis, help navigate the college-bound Zack down a path of happiness, win Claire’s affection, and ultimately, figure out his own life.”
Son of Ghostman looks like a heartwarming film, in the vein of Jack The Bear (1993). The Human element of the horror host is the most important and is often overlooked in Documentaries. It is sometimes hard to understand the appeal of a personality that you did not grow up with. In a drama, you can create a character that is an amalgam that almost all viewers can relate to and perhaps even compare to their own host