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Black Canyon City brings horror movie to town
MARC BUCKHOUT ~ MANAGING EDITOR ~ 2/16/2011

One brother is from London. The other is from California.
Last week Owen and Olly Marshall were reunited in of all places Black City.
Olly, 31, and Owen, 28, are putting together a horror movie called “Left Hand Billy’s Second Solution.”
Owen said the flick is a short 15-minute film that he describes as a Voodoo themed
horror romance.
“We’re trying to do something a little different and I think it is going to succeed,” he said.
Owen explained that one of the brother’s friends, Gabriele Zuccarini had an idea for a film based on the lyrics in a song by his favorite band, Deadbolt.
“They kind of sound like the Beach Boys on acid,” Owen said. “I guess you’d
call it Psychobilly.”
Deciding they wanted to put together the movie Olly went about tracking down the band about performing some music for the film. The San Diego based band suggested Sedona might be a good venue for the film.
“So we came out here last November to visit Phoenix,” Owen said.
On their way back from Sedona the siblings along with other parts of the crew were drawn off I-17 to have a meal at Bad Ass BBQ Steakhouse.
“We had to see if it actually was bad ass barbeque,” he said.
Not only did the group enjoy the food they decided they’d found their scene for the film.
“We saw the gift shop and the director was sold that it was the place to shoot the
film,” Owen said.
As Owen explains it, the story revolves around Pete who falls in love with Lilian, a party girl.
“Pete isn’t outgoing at all,” Owen said. “He keeps to himself, but he really wants this woman. At a party he meets Billy. He’s a voodoo priest who offers him a solution.”
Pete purchases the solution from Billy and is able to slip it to Lilian. While she falls in love with Pete it doesn’t exactly work as Pete had envisioned.
Instead of living happily ever after Lilian follows Pete around in a trance, like a zombie.
“He finds that he can’t get rid of her,” Owen said. “He even takes her and dumps her in the desert and she always finds her way back to him.”
A desperate Pete, holed up in a motel room, which is really an empty gift shop in Black Canyon City, calls Billy asking for a way to undo the spell and be rid of Lilian.
“Well, without giving anything away lets just say the second solution comes with a price and it doesn’t end well,” Owen said.
Owen said the four-day shoot, which was scheduled to conclude Thursday, would have the crew incorporating shots of Arizona desert.
“It’s beautiful,” he said. “When I came here in November it was the first time I’d seen a real cactus. It’s just amazing.”
There was one problem when the brothers drove into town the first week of February to prepare for shooting.
“We drove in an RV from Los Angeles and it was ridiculously cold,” he said. “The story line talks in some detail about the intense desert heat. We were wondering if we were going to have to do some rewriting, but thankfully it has warmed up a bit.”
Having done a number of small pieces previously the brothers are hoping the response they get from this effort, which they plan to enter in various film festivals, might get them noticed.
“Our goal is to be producing major motion pictures at some point soon,” he said. “We drove it to town in an RV from Los Angeles and it was ridiculously cold,” he said. “The story line talk is some detail about the intense desert heat. We were wondering if we were going to have to do some rewriting, but thankfully it has warmed up a bit.”
Having done a number of small pieces previously the brothers are hoping the response they get from this effort, which they plan to enter in various film festivals, might get them noticed.
“Our goal is to be producing major motion pictures at some point soon,” he said.