Have you ever gotten so mad at your computer that you curse the creature living inside of it?
Well that ghost in the machine makes an appearance in the new locally made short comedy “Gave Up the Ghost,” premiering at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Screening Room Cinema Cafe (3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst).
“Gave Up the Ghost,” directed by Gregory Lamberson (“Slime City Massacre”) and written by novelist Jeff Strand (“Pressure,” “Dwelling”) is part of the upcoming horror anthology “Creepers,” produced by the Louisiana-based company Reel Progress.
The 20-minute short – shot in Lamberson’s home complete with a green screen for special effects – is about a frustrated author whose story is lost in a computer crash, an unorthodox repairman and the, um, spirit of the computer. It stars Drew Bialy, John Renna, Paul McGinnis, Sam Qualiana, Jessica Zwolak and Alexander S. McBryde.
There will be a Q&A with cast and crew after the short in which they will talk about “Gave Up the Ghost,” as well as the upcoming feature-length horror comedy “Killer Rack,” which many of them will be involved in making around Buffalo later this summer.
The screening is free, but donations toward the filming of “Killer Rack” are welcome.
– Toni Ruberto