RTC to star in 2nd filmPublished 11:07am Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Regional Treatment Center will be getting another opportunity for stardom starting next month, when producer/director Peter Hurd begins shooting “The Control Group” inside the Kirkbride building.
The film has also landed an old hand at the horror genre as one of its stars: Brad Dourif, perhaps best known as Grima Wormtongue in “The Two Towers” and the voice of the murderous doll Chucky in the “Child’s Play” films.
“The Control Group” is a horror film conceived by Twin Cities resident Hurd after he saw pictures and footage of the RTC on the Minnesota Film and TV Board website (the board shot the footage last fall). He was immediately struck by the building’s unique, creepy look, as well as its history.
“I’ve never really seen anything else quite like it,” Hurd said, adding, “It’s very cool, and it’s in Minnesota. You don’t really see things like that in Minnesota.”
“The Control Group” will be Hurd’s first professionally-directed film. Shooting will last from Aug. 13 through Sept. 10 and will include some shooting in other buildings on the RTC grounds, as well as in a few homes.
“The basic plot is of a group of teenagers that are kidnapped by government scientists and put in this (building),” he explained. The scientists perform drug testing experiments on the teens but soon realize that the abandoned insane asylum they’re in is haunted by the ghosts of the building’s now-bloodthirsty inmates. The teens and the scientists must team up to escape.
“(The plot) was definitely formed by the building,” said Hurd, who explained that he and his screenwriter thought of several plots that could be done well in the Kirkbride. “Eventually we just basically ended up combining all of them.”
The result, he said, is a fun mash-up of all kinds of horror subgenres.
“It’s going to be a very big film, I think,” Hurd said. “We’re already in talks with major distributors.”
Though Hurd is new to the film scene, he said he’s made some Hollywood contacts that are very excited about the movie.
“You get one person, and they bring their friends on and it just gets bigger and bigger,” he said.
There’s also the presence of Dourif, who has been acting since the mid-1970s and has appeared in many films and TV shows, including “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Alien: Resurrection” and “Deadwood.”
“I’m really excited to have him,” said Hurd.
The film is still looking for a few actors to play small roles, as well as extras. For more information about how to get involved in the cast, crew, or as an extra, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.thecontrolgroupmovie.com (the film also has a Facebook page).
As he gears up for filming, Hurd is bursting with ideas over which Kirkbride rooms he wants to shoot. The tunnels were an easy choice, and he also likes the gym because its projection room allows for some nice overhead shots.
“There’s a lot of areas in there that we definitely have to include in the movie,” he said.Tags: Regional Treatment Center