Ashland filmmaker debuts his latest campy thrillerBy BEA LEWIS
Union Leader Correspondent April 05. 2018 9:23PM
PLYMOUTH — “The Beaumonts,” the latest offering of independent filmmaker Jamie Sharps premiered Tuesday before a packed house at the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center.
The vampire-themed campy thriller pays gleeful homage to the classic horror films that has inspired so much of Sharps’ work.
“This is better than a wedding to have all your family, friends and the entire community right in your face,” Sharps told the capacity crowd moments before the film got its first public play.
A 2002 graduate of New York Film Academy, Sharps, of Ashland, was drawn to the magic of visual storytelling as a kid when he began experimenting with his parents’ video camera and pressed his youngest sister, Kelly, and other friends into acting out small skits that were recorded for posterity.
He shot his first film “Half Dead” in 2005, and went on to make “Tucker's Crossing” in 2007 that was named best horror film at the Somewhere North of Boston (SNOB) Film Festival.
In 2009, Sharps filmed “The Big Foot Diaries,” a mockumentary based on the premises that in the wake of a rash of Sasquatch sightings in the White Mountains, a five-man team of locals sets out bent on capturing video footage, hair samples and footprints left by the elusive beast.
He credits the opportunity to spend three years working with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ernest Thompson with helping to hone his craft and a cadre of talented friends willing to accept payment in pizza for their work.
As part of Tuesday’s premiere, Sharps invited all 16 members of the cast of “The Beaumonts” on stage, introducing them and allowing them to share in the glow of the footlights.
His latest film depicts the travails of Joe Macdonald, (Matthew Dean Fletcher) who was working as a maintenance man at a nursing home until a family of vampires moves into town and begins feeding on the locals. Joe is unaware his new coworker Carmilla Beaumont (Sheri Lee) is a vampire, and that taking her out on a date could end up being fatal. He narrowly survives parking on a remote lovers’ lane and teams up with Abe, (Alan Gilman) a vampire hunter committed to wiping out the evil brood sired by Count Vance Beaumont (James Parry).
New Hampshire residents will recognize some of the locations in the film, including the pub at the Corner House Inn in Center Sandwich. Other historical sites in the Lakes Region seen in the film include the statute of Niobe, and the Great Wall, on the Porter property on Little Pond Road in Sandwich, and Ordination Rock in neighboring Tamworth.
Sharps previously used Circus Rocks Films as a broker and sold the rights to “Zombie Boy” and the “Bigfoot Diaries” to MVD Visual, a Pennsylvania company that has marketed them nationally.
Both movies are now available on DVD and can be purchased on Amazon.com, Tower.com as well as major retailers including Walmart, Target and Best Buy.