Already Arrived at a Theater Near You

For the first two years or so of undergraduate college at the Savannah College of Art and Design, I was employed by a work-study program called “Book Buddies.” (Yes, “Book Buddies.” Alliteration is cute.) The idea behind the program was to pair up college students with elementary school children struggling with reading and reading comprehension. Former United States Secretary of State and four-star general Colin Powell even stopped by when he was running for president to talk about what a great thing this program was. (Funding was cut shortly after. Coincidence? Probably.) All of which brings us to… I was walking to work at Garrison Elementary (which has since become a “school for the arts?) one morning when I was almost hit by a car. (This, in itself, isn’t much of a story. In fact, the only reason I have that much of a build up is that the story is so short that I have to include context to make it worth telling.)  Later that same day, I found out that it was Robert Redford’s car (who was in Savannah at the time directing “The Legend of Bagger Vance”) through a friend who also worked for “Book Buddies.” They had found the hubcap on their way to work and were debating whether or not they could get Robert Redford to autograph it so that they could sell it on Ebay. The point of all of this being… you too may have almost been run over by Robert Redford. Nope. That’s not it. The point being, is that a lot of us have had a brush with fame. (Mine involved a vehicle.)

All of that aside, here are some movies filmed in Kentucky

To tie in my opening ramble to actual content, we’ll start with a Robert Redford movie. Scenes in “The Old Man & the Gun,” a semi-biographical tale of a charming bank robber and escape artist, were filmed in Newport, KY. (Luckily, they were filmed before I moved here. Sure, it’s been 20 years but why chance it?)

A Cincinnati boy falls in love with a Kentucky girl in “Fresh Horses.” Scenes were filmed in Campbell, Kenton, Boone (possibly in Union on US 42 according to an anonymous internet denizen) and Gallatin Counties. I can’t say I’m a huge Molly Ringwald fan, although I have seen “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink” more than a few times, but “Fresh Horses” doesn’t sound familiar at all. The title makes me think of the song “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazzarus. Which makes me think of “Silence of the Lambs,” the movie that made that song famous. And then the parody of that scene featuring that song in “Clerks 2” and “Jay & Silent Bob Reboot.” Because that’s the sort of “fun” association game my brain likes to play on me.

The Clovehitch Killer,” filmed in Louisville, KY,  is the story of a teenage boy who suspects his father’s hobbies might include serial killing. See below. This is the face of someone who thinks they might be alone in the woods with a serial killer. I haven’t seen the movie but, as a former Boy Scout myself, I know he can at least whittle a quick shiv out of a tree branch to defend himself. A Scout is always prepared

BCPL has “The Art of Self-Defense,” filmed in Louisville, KY, labeled as a comedy and the promo poster definitely says “sinister dark comedy.” The description of the movie via wikipedia, however,  makes the movie sound more like a revenge thriller, with Jesse Eisenberg typecast as the awkward guy who decides to learn martial arts to defend himself from street thugs, not knowing that the martial arts instructor has been masquerading as a thug to promote their business. (Which should have been obvious. I mean, when doesn’t that happen?)

Here’s one you might have missed: “Zombie Planet.” Filmed in Lexington, KY, “Zombie Planet” is the story of some sort of drug turning people into zombies and the post-apocalyptic shenanigans that typically follow that sort of thing. And by “post-apocalyptic shenanigans,” I mean lots of scenes that look like they are filmed at night with inadequate lighting.

Other movies filmed in Kentucky: 

Devil’s Revenge – Louisville, KY

Elizabethtown – Elizabethtown, KY

Fire Down Below  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

Goldfinger – Louisville, KY

Haunt – Covington, KY

Next of Kin – Perry and Letcher County

Rain Man – Campbell County

Rust Creek – Louisville, KY

Seabiscuit – Lexington, KY

Secretariat – Louisville, KY and Lexington, KY

The Ides of March – Cincinnati, OH (It’s practically in Kentucky.)

The Strangers: Prey at Night – Covington, KY

U.S. Marshals – Benton, KY

More to come (should Robert Redford read this and decide to come out of retirement in order to film a movie in Boone County) as this story continues. 

Kevin Wadlow is 100% a real human being and definitely not a murder of crows wearing a person suit. He is an avid reader of horror, tabletop gamer, and drinker of coffee who enjoys drawing things of strangeness along the way. When the zombie apocalypse comes, he will probably be eaten first after saying something about how he fully expected to go out like this.


10 Film Soundtracks for Your Workday/Study Session

When the lyrics are too catchy and the bass drops are too distracting, try film scores to get you in a zone. Whether you’re working from home or studying for an exam, the following film soundtracks will keep you motivated and focused all day long:

Score by: Patrick Doyle
Ambiance: Enchanting
Must-Hear Track: A Golden Childhood

The Dark Knight
Score by: Hans Zimmer
Ambiance: Melancholic
Must-Hear Track: Like a Dog Chasing Cars

Pride and Prejudice
Score by: Various Artists
Ambiance: Classical
Must-Hear Track: Arrival to Netherfield

Score by: Patrick Doyle
Ambiance:  Lively
Must-Hear Track: Fate and Destiny

The Chronicles of Narnia
Score by: Harry Greg-Williams
Ambiance: Heroic
Must-Hear Track: Father Christmas

TRON: Legacy
Score by: Daft Punk
Ambiance: Futuristic
Must-Hear Track: The Son of Flynn

The Social Network
Score by: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Ambiance: Calculated
Must-Hear Track: Hand Covers Bruise

Sherlock Holmes
Score by: Hans Zimmer
Ambiance: Adventurous
Must-Hear Track: The Mycroft Suite

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Score by: Howard Shore
Ambiance: Epic
Must-Hear Track: The Shire

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Score by: John Williams
Ambiance: Magical
Must-Hear Track: Hedwig’s Theme

Pop down to the comments below and let us know your soundtrack suggestions!
Stay focused & happy listening!


Written by Emily Sexton,
Public Relations Specialist

5 Chilling Stories to Beat the Heat

For those times when the summer heat is too much to bear, try immersing yourself in a few dark and frozen stories. From polar shipwrecks to isolating snowstorms, these tales will cool you right down but BEWARE! While these books may take place in the ice and snow, they are anything but chill…

Terror by Dan Simmons

Book: The Terror by Dan Simmons
Audiobook: The Terror by Dan Simmons, narrated by Tom Sellwood
TV Show: The Terror, starring Jared Harris, Tobias Menzies, Ciaran Hinds

In search of the elusive Northwest Passage, the HMS Terror, along with one other ship, journeyed to the Arctic Circle but then oddly disappeared without a trace. The 1845 Franklin Expedition had long been one of history’s strangest mysteries until the shipwrecks were found in 2014 and 2016.

In the meantime, author Dan Simmons filled in the unknown story with a fictional tale of isolation and horror. While the ships were most likely frozen in the ice leading to the crew’s exposure, starvation, and the expedition’s ultimate demise, Simmons added the idea of something monstrous lurking on the surrounding ice. Delving into the struggles of the crew as rations dwindle, illness takes hold and something supernatural stalks them, the story begs the question, what happens when exploration leads you to the end of the world only to find an ice-cold terror?

In addition to the book, a television series has also been made. While the show doesn’t provide the amount of detail and backstory as the book, it is well done. It’s also worth mentioning that the audiobook is also available and has a fantastic narrator but buckle in. It is 28 hours long!

Book: Mousetrap by Agatha Christie

The Queen of Mystery, Agatha Christie, wrote over 60 crime novels, 14 short stories and is well known for her distinctive detective characters such as Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. But while readers may love her books, did you know she wrote the longest running play in history? Mousetrap has been on stage for 68 years and tells the story of a group isolated in a cabin during a raging snowstorm. As the snow falls so does suspicion when it becomes horrifyingly clear that there is a murderer among them!

It’s a classic Agatha Christie whodunit mystery but with an icy twist. Read the play but be sure to keep the ending to yourself!

Book: The Shining by Stephen King
Movie: The Shining, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

Heeeeere’s Johnny! If you’ve never read or watched the Shining, now’s your chance to put all of those pop culture references into context. As you probably know, the King of Horror, Stephen King, has a massive collection of haunting and gruesome tales with the Shining being one of his most well-known works. This story’s popularity is partly due to the cult following of the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film adaptation starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. Taking place in a massive mountainside hotel during the off-season, Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy and their young son Danny are taking care of the hotel during the harsh winter. But as the snow piles up, the family is cut off from the world and the hotel begins to… have effects on its guests.

“Wendy. Darling. Light of my life,” if you give this weird and haunting story a try, you’ll never look at a tricycle the same way again.

TV Show: Fortitude, starring Richard Dormer, Dennis Quaid, Stanley Tucci

Brace yourself for the cold and brutal world that is Fortitude. Now with two seasons, this television show takes place in a small Arctic town where unexplainable things begin to happen to its residents. The grim tale holds nothing back as the sheriff of the snowy town contends with polar bear attacks, infectious insects, hidden ancient histories, and murder, while the plot teeters somewhere between science fiction and supernatural.

While this show is not for the faint of heart, it is a chilling, edge of your seat horror-mystery that is highly binge-watch worthy!

Book: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

You might be thinking, “Another polar maritime shipwreck story?” but don’t fret! This tale stands all on its own because it’s REAL, making it even more chilling! Endurance is the true and amazing story of a 1914 Antarctic expedition gone awry. The book gives a historical account of the victories and hardships of the twenty-seven man crew lost on desolate Antarctica. After the ice encloses and sinks their ship the crew faces horrendous conditions and constant struggles as they try to find their way back to civilization. From violent sea leopard attacks, death-defying rock climbs and temperatures below 30 degrees, this nearly two-year tale of survival is truly astonishing!

We would love to hear some your chilling story suggestions! Be sure to comment below to share.

List created by Emily Sexton
Public Relations Specialist