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A Horror Movie Set In Galesburg?

By Eleanor Sevigny

Published October 5, 2023 in The Burg


On Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m. The Orpheum Theatre (57 South Kellogg Street) is hosting a free Scary Double Feature of Next of Kin and Strange Behavior in collaboration with Severin Films and I Like It Spooky Horror Podcast. This double feature is sponsored by the Flacco-Nesselroad family and is part of The Orpheum Theatre’s After Dark Fright Film Fest. Galesburg native and one of the hosts of the I Like It Spooky Horror Podcast, Brian Godsil, took time to talk about the upcoming event.

I Like It Spooky Horror Podcast has 60 episodes including their bonus episodes. Godsil with his co hosts has created these episodes over the last two years.

Godsil started the I Like It Spooky Horror Podcast because “you can do it pretty much for free. All you need is a computer, headphones, and microphone. It’s an easy way to share your passion and make new friends.”

As Godsil connected with people he started going to events. At one of the events “Severin Films had a table. I looked at the movies and told Matt Harding I’ve seen these. Can you recommend one for me to watch for my podcast? We became friends. When I watched Strange Behavior I realized it was about Galesburg. I wanted to show Strange Behavior in Galesburg. I asked Severin Films if it could be shown. We worked together with The Orpheum Theatre and the Flacco-Nesselroad family to show it. "Dead Kids" is courtesy of Antony l. Ginnane Copyright 1981 Banon Glen Pty Ltd. Severin Films threw in Strange Behavior since they own the copyright.”

Strange Behavior originally titled Dead Kids is a “throwback to the 1960s and 1970s slasher suspense films. It’s campy. It has everything you want in a horror movie. Strange Behavior was filmed in New Zealand with an all American cast. The sheriff of Galesburg’s son has a friend that goes to Galesburg University (Knox College). The son wants to make some extra money. His friend tells him they’re doing experiments at the college for $50 a day. Weird stuff starts happening and people start going missing. The writer, Micahel Laughlin from Minonk, Illinois either came to Galesburg with his father for business (his father was a farmer) or he had family here. Laughlin loved the town and wrote this as a love letter to Galesburg in the form of a horror movie.”

This will be the first time Strange Behavior is shown on a theatre screen in Galesburg.

Next of Kin is “set in a retirement home. It was also filmed in New Zealand.”

This will be the first time Godsil sees Next of Kin.

Godsil would like the Galesburg community to know “thank you. I walked around downtown passing out flyers for businesses to put up. Everyone has been great. Thank you for the support. I would love to bring more non mainstream movies to the area. Please spread the word about the event and let people know if you enjoy it.”

You can encourage future events and support The Orpheum Theatre, I Like It Spooky Horror Podcast, and Severin Films by “donating to The Orpheum; buying concessions to enjoy during the film; going to other Orpheum events; booking The Orpheum for a movie screening; following I Like It Spooky on social media; listening to the I Like It Spooky Horror Podcast; buying I Like It Spooky t-shirts at the double feature; purchasing Severin films merchandise at the the double feature; and attending the pre screening party at Reserve Artisan Ales, 185 South Kellogg Street (October 14 from 3 to 7 p.m.) .”





After Dark Fright Film Fest Friday, Oct. 6 After Dark Fright Film Festival: The Mummy, 8 p.m., The Orpheum, 57 S. Kellogg St. Friday, Oct. 13 After Dark Fright Film Festival: Suspiria, 8 p.m., The Orpheum, 57 S. Kellogg St. Saturday, Oct. 14 Pre-show Party for Orpheum Double Feature, 3-7 p.m., Reserve Artisan Ales, 185 S. Kellogg St. Saturday, Oct. 14 Scary Movie Double Feature: Next of Kin and Strange Behavior, 7 p.m., The Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St. Friday, Oct. 20 After Dark Fright Film Festival: An American Werewolf in London, 8 p.m., The Orpheum, 57 S. Kellogg St. Friday, Oct. 27 After Dark Fright Film Festival: Candyman, 8 p.m., The Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St. Saturday, Oct. 28 The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 10 p.m., The Orpheum Theatre, 57 S. Kellogg St. For ages 18 and up. $15. Costume contest starts at 10:45 p.m. Movie starts at 12 a.m.

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