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Indie Horror Film Descends On The Jersey Shore

Lights!  Camera!  Bloody shovel?!  A new independent horror movie is being filmed at the Jersey Shore.  It’s called Gravedigger and features a bevy of talent both in front and behind the lens.

Movie poster for "Gravedigger"
Movie poster for “Gravedigger” (Facebook)

The movie was primarily shot in Point Pleasant Beach and will wrap next month in Asbury Park after some additional shooting.  According to an early press release, the summary tells us its sure to be a nail-biter.

Gravedigger tells the story of Steve Borden who is a brilliant, young criminal defense attorney. As junior partner in a local, high end law firm, he makes his living defending the indefensible. When a case gone horribly wrong haunts  him, Borden’s conscience begins to send him into a guilt-ridden spiral. Police Chief George Orkin is the town’s top cop. With more bodies turning up buried, District Attorney Mike Ruble suspects Orkin’s ties to crime boss Charles  Muzzatti may be the answer to the case. Now, Orkin must deal with his own eroding sense of integrity to keep both sides of the law off his back. As paranoia rises and Borden, Orkin, Ruble & Muzzatti try to pin the murders on each other,  could another, more sinister force be hunting them? Codes, morals and misguided views of justice collide when the law, the mob and the Gravedigger face off in a bloody battle that will darken the survivor’s souls forever. But will  burying the guilty, bury the Gravedigger’s own guilt?

Over the last 11 years or so, there have been a number of productions based at the shore.  Some major and minor film and TV projects.  But what’s the appeal?  Gravedigger director and Long Branch native Doug Bollinger tells us “the color of the backdrop is perfect.  There’s everything here in one place for all occasions’.  I think there’s a lot of people checking out Red Bank and Asbury Park because of their art culture.  There are also a lot of professionals from New York who are migrating down here.  So it seems like a good place for a good story.”

Bollinger says “we used several locations in Point Beach and had full cooperation from the community.  Everyone wanted to lend a hand in the making of the production.”

Gravedigger cast members (L-R) Brandon Ruckdashel, Steve Mack, Joe Pepitone, Billy Pepitone, Doug Bollinger, Keith Collins, Cindy Fox and Matthew-Lee Erlbach.
Gravedigger cast members (L-R) Brandon Ruckdashel, Steve Mack, Joe Pepitone, Billy Pepitone, Doug Bollinger, Keith Collins, Cindy Fox and Matthew-Lee Erlbach (Facebook)

Upon completion, the producers plan to submit it to local and national film festivals as well as horror fests.  They will then be seeking some kind of distribution – either direct to DVD or in a Netflix streaming capacity.

The film is Produced by Keith Collins.  Executive Producers John Stoerback, Michael Levine & Jeff Quinlan. Written by Joseph & Billy Pepitone.  The film stars Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (“Guns N Roses”), Jim Leyritz (Former “NY Yankee”), Brian McRae (Former “NY Met”,”KC Royals”), Annette Dziamba (“The Apprentice”), Gregg Valentino (TLC’s “The  Man Whose Arms Exploded”), Billy Sample (Former “NY Yankee”), Gervase Peterson (“Survivor, Season One”), Brandon Ruckdashel (“Co-ed Confidential”), Emilio Masella (Oxygen’s “Love Games”), Gary Garver (“formerly from the Howard Stern  Show”), Mark Pinkhasovich ( NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”), Keith Collins (“Stuck in the Middle”, “The Meat Puppet”), April Hunter (“WCW”, “TNA”), John Stoerback (“The Next Vigilante”), Theresa Galeani (“Cross the Line”, “I am Legend”), Asbury Park’s Joe Sernio (“All My Children”). Cindy Fox (“The Naked Cowgirl”), Adam (“Speed bag Scissorhands”) Salomon.

For more information, visit Facebook.com/GravediggerTheMovie

You can also check out the cast and crew list on the IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2631554

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