By Ron Giofu
Ever since he was a student at General Amherst High School, Gavin Michael Booth has been talking about making movies.
Now 36, his latest film effort has not only hit the big screen but has found a major studio in the United States to back it as well.
Booth’s latest movie, “The Scarehouse,” has premiered at Lakeshore Cinemas a little over one year after it was originally filmed and the Amherstburg native said he wants to let the home area audience get a look at the film first. Booth, the writer and director of the movie, describes the movie as a horror with two girls opening a haunted house with a plot to get even with a group of former friends.
“It’s being released in the U.S. through Universal studios,” said Booth.
The movie is being released to the video-on-demand (VOD) and home theatre market in the United States and Booth believes the reason Universal Studios is behind it is because it was filmed with a very small budget. Toronto-based movie distributor D Films helped the production get Telefilm funding and that led to Universal Studios getting involved.
The movie’s budget was so small that it included Booth’s mother and step-father helping with the catering, he noted. The movie was filmed in Windsor.
“It’s still a family and friends affair in many respects,” said Booth.
Booth called his days making smaller films and music videos his “film school” but his love for making movies goes back farther than that. He recalled the support of former General Amherst teacher Keith Harrick, who Booth said “believed in me and gave me a push.” Harrick always tried to inspire students with passion and talent, Booth added.
“He’d do anything for me,” said Booth. “I always refer to him as my Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society.”
After graduating high school, he opened a business shooting wedding videos and television commercials before branching out into larger projects. Even larger projects than “The Scarehouse” are what he is aiming for now as he tries to further his film making career.
Booth moved to Toronto in February 2013 but is still in this area often as he films a lot of his projects in the Windsor-Essex County area.
“I see less of Toronto than I do Amherstburg,” he remarked.
For more information on the film, visit www.scarehousemovie.com.