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2013-10-09 / Local News

Kenmore pair creates psychological thriller based on historical person

by DARLENE M. DONOHUE
Editor

Siblings Elizabeth and Andrew Nixon of Kenmore have decided to create a film that features bloodthirsty creatures of the night.

The year was 1611, Katarina has been thrown into a dungeon in Hungary without reason. She discovers that another young woman, Anika, has already been trapped there for weeks.

The stagnant dungeon air is soon disturbed as a looming sense of sinister forces plague them and distant memories of the horrific legend of Countess Elizabeth Bathory torment them. Their only hope is to trust in each other and trust in God.

“I read an old theory that the myth of the vampire came about to explain a blood disorder that members of royalty inherited genetically in Eastern Europe. They exhibited many of the symptoms we now associate with vampires like paleness and sensitivity to light, and their consumption of blood may have been an archaic attempt to relieve their symptoms,” Elizabeth Nixon said of the siblings’ latest film, ‘Elizabeth Bathory.’ “Countess Elizabeth Bathory was mentioned as a possible sufferer. Whether this theory is accurate or not, I thought it would make an interesting premise for a movie — a true biological vampire.”

The countess was a historical figure convicted of abducting and murdering young women. While she was reportedly known for her cruelty, legend has it that she also did so to obtain their blood.

The Nixons, who released the movie “Plumb” last year, will present their sophomore film, “Elizabeth Bathory,” at 7 p.m. Saturday,

Oct. 19, at the Market Arcade Film and Arts Center.

“We hope that ‘Elizabeth Bathory’ will stir fear on a psychological, creepy level as opposed to using gore or startle tactics to scare the audience. But more than that, our goal is to have it recognized not only as a psychological horror, but also a compelling, complex story for everyone,” she said. “It explores theme seeds like abandonment, faith or lack of it, the meaning of virginity, and trust.”

The movie, staring Tilke Hill and Kathleen Denecke, both of Hamburg, was filmed in the basement of a South Buffalo home, the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Center and Burnwood Studios on Niagara Street.

Tickets to the premiere can be purchased through a link on the film’s website, www.Elizabeth BathoryMovie.com.

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