Lights, Camera, Action in Mystic

Zombies are set to take over southeastern Connecticut this summer.

For three weeks in June, the closed Ramada Inn on Route 27 will be transformed into a Nevada casino. It's part of a Rocky Hill-based horror production company's plans to film a feature-length zombie movie, according to  The Day of New London.

Producer Andrew Gernhard, a 34-year-old Norwich Free Academy graduate, tells the paper that his company, Synthetic Cinema International, is turning Steve Niles' graphic novel "Remains" into a movie for Chiller, a 24-hour cable network owned by NBC Universal that features horror films and shows. He said the film will premiere on Chiller this fall after a limited theatrical release.

Locally, Thames Valley Communications currently offers Chiller, and Metrocast will broadcast the network starting April 1.

This won't be Mystic's first glimpse of the bright hollywood lights, other movies filmed in Mystic include the 1988 Julia Roberts' film "Mystic Pizza" and Steven Spielberg's "Amistad," released in 1997.

The new movie is based on the novel "Remains" which tells the story of a blackjack dealer and an exotic dancer who are trapped in a post-apocalyptic Reno casino by zombies.

Gernhard is scheduled to present an overview of the filming to the Board of Selectmen when it meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the police station, the paper reported.

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