EAST GRAND FORKS – An impartial, horror film, “LOON!,” by Crookston natives Kale and Charles Eickhof, opens Friday, Jan. 20, on the River Cinema for a two-week run.
Described as a tongue-in-cheek thriller about “killer loons” in Minnesota lake nation, the 85-minute movie is “a pure horror film made by lake individuals for lake individuals,” in keeping with a press launch.
The Eickhof cousins wrote, filmed and produced the film, which options an all-local forged. Kale Eickhof, a videographer, directed the movie which was shot totally in northwestern Minnesota, largely at Union Lake close to Erskine. Different areas embody Crookston, East Grand Forks and Bemidji.
Filming took about 16 days in the summertime of 2020, stated Charles Eickhof, who stars within the movie, together with Mario Schisano and Anna Huck, each of Crookston. About 30 different space residents, together with recruited household and buddies, had been additionally forged members.
The post-production elements of the venture, notably particular results enhancement, licensing the unique musical rating, and “including finer particulars,” took significantly extra time than the precise filming, he stated. A lot of the modifying work occurred in a storage on the household’s residence at Union Lake.
In submit manufacturing, computer-generated imagery (CGI) made the scenes of loons attacking lake residents come alive. This work was achieved by freelancers in Los Angeles and elsewhere around the globe, Charles stated.
The loon, an iconic image of tranquil Minnesota lake nation, turns into an agent of terror within the Eickhofs’ new horror movie “LOON!”
The story is ready in a lake surroundings that appears peaceable till loons start to terrorize residents with a collection of weird and violent assaults, in keeping with a information launch. “Quickly they notice that nothing is because it appears and that the reply could also be extra horrifying than they may have ever imagined.”
It’s a stark distinction to the picture of the loon, the Minnesota state chook, which has grow to be an iconic image of the tranquil surroundings that typifies the outside within the North Star State.
In creating the movie, Charles and Kale had been influenced by Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 pure horror-thriller movie, “The Birds,” Charles stated.
The Eickhofs’ first movie, “performed like a film,” he stated. “It has a whole lot of the weather wanted to qualify as having an excellent story, with the completely different steps concerned, the climax and a decision.”
Charles, 24, works for Eickhof Columbaria in Crookston. Kale, 33, who lived in Grand Forks and attended Sacred Coronary heart Faculty, is an expert videographer in Los Angeles.
The cousins have been going to Union Lake all their lives. Their household has owned residential property there for generations.
Sitting round at their lake place throughout the pandemic lockdown, the thought for the movie grew out of a dialog about films, together with “Titanic,” with Kale’s mom, Joyce Hagen.
“She talked about the identify ‘loon-panic’ and loons are form of an ongoing theme on the lake,” Charles recalled. “We thought wow, what if we made a film about loons, and it actually simply snowballed from there.”
Kale Eickhof, a Crookston native, is proven filming a scene for the movie “LOON!” in the summertime of 2020.
The movie “began off as a pandemic venture,” Kale stated in a information launch. “We figured we might both watch films or write a film. So we wrote.”
Lovers of impartial movies, specifically, will benefit from the movie, “simply due to the low-budget nature and the sweat-equity form of endurance that it takes to create one. … It’s received form of a horror-comedy aspect to it,” Charles stated. “It’s form of quirky and enjoyable generally; I feel it’s one thing that anybody can like.”
“LOON!” was just lately proven on the Grand Theater in Crookston.
The Eickhofs plan to attend the Friday, Jan. 20, screening at River Cinema, however there is no such thing as a formal occasion.
Plans are within the works to indicate the film in early February at different areas, together with Fargo, Minneapolis, St. Paul and Duluth, Charles stated.
He and Kale are exploring choices for “LOON!” to achieve extra audiences via streaming and video-on-demand platforms.