The Monroe native will present his latest horror film at the RRCA

Nate Thompson's reflection is captured in the glass as he looks at the movie poster promoting the premiere of his latest horror flick,

John Carpenter, Wes Craven, George A. Romero and James Wan are some of the greatest horror filmmakers of all time, and Nate Thompson is fighting for a place at the table.

The 26-year-old owns and operates Nate Thompson Video and Novaland Films. His works include “The Cult Leader”, “Cult Affairs” and “What Lives in the Dark”.

Next month, Thompson is releasing his new horror film, “The Dead Record,” which is set to premiere at 7 p.m. on April 2 at the River Raisin Center for the Arts, 114 S. Monroe St.

“It’s an old-school horror movie” is how he describes the suspenseful film.

In the short, which is less than 20 minutes long, Thompson has a starring role with her seven-year-old daughter, Novalyn.

“She loves that I do horror movies. We bond over it,” he said. “

Novalyn’s younger sister, Willow, 2, and nine-month-old brother, Holden, are too young to weigh in on dad’s profession, but their mother, Ashelle Pellar, is one of his biggest fans.

The birth of her first daughter is when Thompson first became interested in photography. His parents gave him a camera as a Christmas present just before he was born and over the years he honed his craft and moved from photography to filmmaking.

Her interest in filmmaking piqued when the COVID pandemic hit and her first project, an ongoing work in progress, “Small Town Michigan: The Monroe Story” cemented her interest in filmmaking as a profession.

Of the core film genres, it was horror and its sense of suspense and mystery coupled with fear that appealed to Thompson most and he created three shorts, each under 30 minutes in length.

The Mason High School graduate is making a name for himself around the world with thousands of online followers, but it’s his connection to his family that makes him work in Monroe, especially the love he shared for his uncle Cliff, who died when Thompson was only three years old. .

As the only boy in the family at the time, Thompson inherited many possessions from his uncle, including a guitar, video games, and a horror movie collection.

“I think it shaped me into the kinds of things that I was interested in growing up in Monroe,” he said. “My family is here. Walking downtown and looking at some of the old buildings brings back so many wonderful memories. Working in Monroe is sentimental for me.

Although Thompson has a keen eye for photography, he excels in cinematography, which is more about the art and science of making a film than recording an event. People love to be scared, and Thompson enjoys providing horror fans with uncertainty and suspense for audiences of all ages.

“When you watch a horror movie, it’s in a controlled environment, so you’re not in real danger, but it’s an adrenaline rush where you hit that peak and feel the most fear. Then you get that sigh of relief when it’s over,” he said. “I used to think horror movies appealed to a 20 to 35 age bracket, but there’s really a great variety. I just asked a lady to buy tickets for her and her grandson to come to the premiere.

The independent filmmaker knows that not all horror films are made in Hollywood and has a million dollar budget. He therefore markets his short films, as well as his work for Insane Wrestling Revolution, on YouTube where he has developed a number of fans.

Now, the Monroe native is ready to take his work from the computer screen to the big screen as he debuts “The Dead Record” in downtown Monroe.

According to Mike Trapp, executive director of the RRCA, it’s been a while since the theater has premiered a film. In his 15 years of experience, he does not recall presenting a film as the venue is designed for live performances.

“Nate approached me with the idea that he’d like to premiere his movie in Monroe, so we got together and found an open date,” Trapp said. “As a classic theater we are a great venue for filmmakers to premiere their work and if it fits our schedule I would be happy to support it.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 per person and $15 each for signed Collector’s Edition tickets limited to 100. Entertainment and food are included in the ticket price.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.natethompsonvideo.com/tickets?fbclid=IwAR2Bxz7uZdEHcZYM83oJHWbqK_E7J8yv6gBNivhY2ZPFLafcQwJBJTQMicM or at the door.

Lisa Vidaurri-Bowling contributes to The Monroe News.

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