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Want a film that can actually take you back to that mom and pop video store, calling out to you from that dusty shelf with its promise of hotties in the woods, cheesy lines, and a freaking monster ready to rip their guts out? Are you ready for practical, home grown sfx, a custom made soundtrack, and original monster all made by four individuals on a budget less than $6000? Yes we did everything from scratch including scripting, storyboarding, lighting, fx, sound design, rock songs, costuming, set design, editing, color grading, all with a smaller crew than cast! Well, Gnawbone is for you... you indie loving horrorhound!

While on a camping trip, a boy named Tommy witnesses something take the life of his grandfather. Tommy believes it was a monster, but everyone else thinks the traumatic event created a false memory. A psychiatrist wants the now 21-year-old Tommy to face his fears by going back to the woods where it all started. With the help of old friends, he might finally be able to process the memories and come to terms with that scared little boy. Or are his memories actually the truth? You guessed it... Mayhem ensues!

  • Darrin Means
  • James Thompson
  • Darrin Means
  • Darrin Means
  • Trent Persinger
  • Tony Bartele
    Key Cast
  • Katy O'Brian
    Key Cast
  • Katy Harbridge
    Key Cast
  • Charlie Bruce
    Key Cast
  • Derek Kunzman
    Key Cast
  • Ransom Pugh
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 30 minutes 26 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 21, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    5,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Something Wicked Film Festival
    Forest Park, Georgia
    United States
    August 6, 2017
Director Biography - Darrin Means

DarrIn Means:
Born on January 2, 1973 to Vernon Means and Carolyn Fletcher, Darrin is married to Nora Means and has three daughters, Alexis, Kiah, and Haiden. He was born to create, whether it be drawings, paintings, music, or film. This passion has led Darrin to become a high school visual arts instructor at Southwestern High School in Hanover, Indiana since 1999. He can now add feature film director to his list of creative outlets.

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Director Statement

It has been a bucket list of mine to make a horror film for about five years. I grew up on 70s and 80s horror and cannot think of a better way to use my time. It has comedy, gore, and that certain cheese factor that is so important to this genre. I had a blast making it, so my hope is that you appreciate watching Gnawbone!