Tickets on sale for local screening of 'Monsters' film

Time is running out for folks to get their tickets for the Crescent City screening of "Love in the Time of Monsters."

Los Angeles-based producer Andy Gunn, director Matt Jackson, writer Michael Skvarla, actors Doug Jones and Paul Ella and others will tread the red carpet at Crescent City Cinema for the film's first public screening Sept. 7.

Social hour begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with the director and writer. The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through this weekend, said Jennifer Young, a Lighthouse Repertory Theatre member who helped cast locals as extras. Proceeds will benefit the LRT and Del Norte Search and Rescue.

The creators of "Love in the Time of Monsters" spent all of May 2012 at Patrick Creek Lodge, transforming the local get-away in the woods into Uncle Slavko's Funtime Lodge, a tourist trap that specializes in Bigfoot tours with costumed actors. Two sisters show up to surprise one of the actors, the fiance of one of the sisters, only to find they have been contaminated by a toxic waste and have become zombified. The women stay on at the lodge even though it's under attack to see if they can find a cure.

Filmmakers, who were looking for an "authentic" roadside attraction, took advantage of Del Norte County's redwoods and the rugged country near Patrick Creek Lodge. They also filmed at Trees of Mystery.

Tickets cost $20 and are available at Del Norte Office Supply and the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce. Young said she will also be selling tickets at the Farmers Market on Saturday at the fairgrounds.

There will also be an after-movie party at Tomasini's Enoteca that will feature the local band Disturbing the Peace. There will be a $3 cover charge.

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