July 24, 2016

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Horror movie being filmed in Medina County

CHATHAM TWP. — It’s the worst nightmare for anyone who has ever been lost in the woods at dusk.

One second it’s a peaceful walk down a dirt path and the next there’s a monster looming with an ax and a passion for killing.

Actress Julianne Consoli poses in the woods during a shoot for "Kandyland" in Chatham Township last week. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY JENNIFER PIGNOLET)

That scene took place in the woods behind a family farm in Chatham Township on Thursday — several times, actually, because it just makes good sense to do it more than once.

And after each pretend strike of the ax across her face, actress Julianne Consoli rose to her feet, dusted herself off and readied herself to do it again.

Filmmakers from various parts of Northeast Ohio and actors from across the country were in Chatham filming “Kandyland” on Thursday and likely will shoot in other parts of the county in the next few weeks.

Production assistant and location manager Janine Sarnowski, of Seville, said the filming is a profile boost for the county.

“We need more movies in Medina County,” Sarnowski said. “Cleveland doesn’t have to get ’em all.”

Hollywood producers are currently shooting “The Avengers” in downtown Cleveland, and others have been filmed in the area over the last few months.

“Kandyland,” a project written and directed by Eddie Lengyel, of Maple Heights, and co-directed and produced by Don Kilrain, of Elyria, features a lot of blood and violence, Kilrain said.

The premise of the movie involves an abused boy who becomes a monster in the woods terrorizing a group of models who decide to go camping.

Kilrain also plays the monster, a creature whose face is not revealed until a climactic scene in the movie.

Aside from being “fun to do,” Sarnowski said horror movies are easily doable in Medina County because “there’s so many people to pull from around here.”

Sarnowski said she has worked on at least 14 other movies and met many of the people on the “Kandyland” set on other movies.

Actor Ari Lehman, who is in “Kandyland,” played the part of the young Jason in the classic 1980 horror movie “Friday the 13th” in which Kevin Bacon was a victim.

Sarnowski said the movie should finish filming at the end of the month. After production is completed, the goal will be distribution.

“They’re hoping to get it picked up,” she said. “They’ve got people interested now.”

Contact Jennifer Pignolet at (330) 721-4063 or jpignolet@medina-gazette.com.