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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fort Thomas Home Lands Role in Hollywood Thriller

The Brofft's former house on Elsmar Avenue (FTM file)

Hollywood film crews have become a somewhat regular sight in Northern Kentucky this year. Robert Redford, Casey Affleck and Danny Glover spent some time in Newport. John Travolta filmed his latest in the area and local actors like Nathaniel Sizemore picked up roles. This Sunday, the latest Hollywood movie to come to the area will be even closer to home, as "Haunt", produced by Eli Roth (Hostel, Inglorious Basterds) and written and directed by up and coming duo Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, will be filming in Fort Thomas. The V.A. hospital will have a starring role as a college campus and a house on Elsmar Avenue will play a major part in the finale.

 Chance and Randi Brofft were in the middle of selling their home on Elsmar, so they were expecting to have plenty of phone enquiries and requests to have a look around but one they got was very different than the others. Chance explains, “My wife called me and said, “I just had the weirdest call ever.” We had put pictures of our house on Facebook to advertise that we were selling, someone had seen the picture and sent it on to a location scout for this movie and he wanted to have a look at it. They were already using the V.A. hospital to stand in for a college campus but they were looking to shoot a house as well.”

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The one major feature the filmmakers were looking for was a house with a white picket fence and Chance and Randa’s house is one of only a few in Fort Thomas which has one. “The scout had picture comparisons of different houses that were what they were looking for and one of them was exactly like our house.” The scout passed pictures on to the producers and they arranged for them to come and have a look.

When they arrived Chance and Randa weren’t really sure who the people were, “It was very informal, they kind of walked around for twenty minutes and did their thing, took some pictures. We didn’t know at the time who they were. Eli Roth has made big movies like Hostel and starred in Inglorious Basterds, the Tarantino movie, so we had this big time producer, director and actor in our house and we didn’t put it together until after they left. They were all extremely nice individuals.” The producers liked what they saw and asked to use the house in the movie.

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In the middle of all the excitement, Chance and Randa sold their home. Fortunately the new owners were aware from the beginning about their new home’s starring role and were only too happy to keep it in the picture. Although the Brofft’s won’t be around to see it being used in the film, Randa has kept in touch with the new owners, who are in the process of moving in, and the location scout, so they’ve been kept informed about the process.

The scenes featuring the Brofft’s former house are due to be filmed this Sunday. The house will be used for exterior shots of the heroine’s mother’s home, both in the final scenes of the movie and in flashbacks. Without delving in too deeply and spoiling the plot of the movie, it seems like it will play a pretty important part.

“Haunt” itself has been filming all over Northern Kentucky for the last couple of weeks. It’s written and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, who are considered to be up and coming filmmakers. Their last project was as writers of the yet to be released “A Quiet Place”, which stars John Krasinksi (The Office) and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, Edge of Tomorrow). “A Quiet Place” also marks Krasinski’s directorial debut.

“Haunt” is a supernatural thriller. According to “The story begins on Halloween, as a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some nightmares are real.” Stars include Katie Stevens, who stars in “Faking It” and appeared on the 2009 season of “American Idol”, Will Brittain of “Kong: Skull Island” and Lauryn Alise McClain of the band McClain.

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