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Director Brian Trenchard-Smith to host post-screening Q&A on Oct. 11 and 12 in St. Helens

COURTESY IMAGE: PARAMOUNT PICTURES - A scene from the film Night of the Demons 2. The film will be screened on Oct. 11 and 12, and attendees can meet the films director, Brian Trenchard-Smith.Not everyone can say they have helped direct 42 films, 43 TV shows, produced nearly a dozen films, written a book about nearly a decade of experience in the film industry, and been cited as the favored "obscure director" of famed actor and director Quentin Tarantino.

But Brian Trenchard-Smith can.

Trenchard-Smith, a prolific English-Australian director and producer who now lives in Columbia County, will be hosting a special horror film screening of his 1994 film "Night of the Demons 2" in mid-October.

Showings will be held at 9 p.m. on October 11 and 12 at the ShoeBox Theater, 231 S. 1st Street, St. Helens. Tickets are $15.

After the screenings, Trenchard-Smith will host a question-and-answer session for anyone who wants to know more about the movie, which he directed, or the film and television industry in general.

"Night of the Demons 2" was produced before the use of computer-generated graphics, so some viewers may be interested in how various scenes and special effects were created, Trenchard-Smith said.

The movie follows the story of a group of high school teens who host a Halloween Party in a haunted mansion. The demon who inhabits the house is named Angela, a character who was introduced in the 1988 original "Night of the Demons" film directed by Kevin Tenney. While Angela is hell-bent on taking the teens down with her, a nun, Sister Gloria from the teens' Catholic school, is determined to save them all.

COURTESY OF PARAMOUNT PICTURES - Night of the Demons 2Trenchard-Smith describes the film as a horror-comedy, one filled with unpleasant deaths and some gore, but he assures audiences that the demons in the film suffer the most.

"A lot of my films offer the public laughs and gasps in the action genre, or in kids' films or in the horror genre," Trenchard-Smith said. "I can't think of a better film really to play that gives the audience those laughs and gasps."

Trenchard-Smith said the film is full of jokes and unique characters that add to the experience.

"I think it will make people laugh and gasp today as much as it did in 1994," he said.

The film is rated R.

More about the director

Trenchard-Smith is a highly prolific film director who grew up in England as the son of a Royal Air Force officer. As a young adult he got his start working in the TV news industry in Australia, but eventually worked his way into the media business in the United States, creating promos for upcoming films and television shows. He also formed his own production company and eventually became involved in directing films from cult classics and historical docu-series to action movies. He has worked in Australia, the U.S. and Hong Kong and has shot scenes for productions around the world.

A short-list of his credits include "BMX Bandits," starring a young Nicole Kidman; "The Man from Hong Kong;" "Drive Hard;" "Dead End Drive-In;" "Leprechaun 3;" "Night of the Demons 2;" and "The Siege of Firebase Gloria."

The director-producer has 42 feature length films, 43 television shows, and about 100 film trailers with his credits. This week, he was also in Los Angles pitching a new movie he hopes to film in Oregon.

Trenchard-Smith currently lives in the Chapman area of Scappoose with his wife, Margaret, who is an active member of the ShoeString Community Players and other community arts groups.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Shoestring Community Players.

Trenchard-Smith's filmography

Want to check out some perfect-for-October horror flicks directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith? Here's a list:

  • Night of the Demons 2: Teens in a haunted house try to escape from a demon named Angela
  • Dead End Drive-in: A teen couple gets trapped in a prison-style drive-in full of drugs, drinks, junk food and violent movies
  • Out of the Body: A supernatural thriller where astral travel is the only hope of catching a killer on the loose
  • Leaprechaun 3: A rampaging Leprechaun killer slashes his way through the streets of Las Vegas

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