'Chill,' people


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As we all know, Pittsburgh has a nice little thing going when it comes to horror movies and their makers. Apparently, we breed to bleed.

In the footsteps of George Romero comes the latest native son to earn a spotlight. Shaun Kurtz, graduate of Serra Catholic High School in McKeesport and then Carnegie Mellon University (in 1987), is producer of the aptly named movie "Chill," which just won the Gold Remi Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fantasy and Horror.

Thomas Calabro, star of "Chill"

Kurtz, who also acted in the film, picked up the honor at the 40th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. "Chill," described as a "retro horror psychological thriller," earned a second award for Best Special Make-up Effects.

The producer, who now lives in LA, says he's "proud to be another successful entertainment professional from Pittsburgh."

And we're proud he's proud.

"Chill," inspired by an H.P. Lovecraft short story," stars Thomas Calabro ("Melrose Place"), Ashley Laurence ("Hellraiser") and James Russo ("The Ninth Gate," "Donnie Brasco"). It's written and directed by veteran filmmaker Serge Rodnunsky.

And the plot? Let's just say someone dies but cheats Death by harvesting flesh and dabbling in the occult.

Harvesting flesh? Hey, I like it sight unseen!

A DVD release is pending. Keep your eyes peeled at the movie's Web site.


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