Apple Valley filmmaker showcases the High Desert with a creepy twist

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PPLE VALLEY — Apple Valley filmmaker Curtis Fisher’s horror short, Dry Run, is his second film about High Desert rural life – but with a creepy twist.

Fisher says the rural desert gave him the idea for Dry Run.

“The idea was thought up from living out in the desert where it is quiet and dark at night with lonely roads,” said Fisher. “I thought how it would be creepy to start to have strange things happen with no explanation.”

Dry Run is about reporter Jim (Rufino Romero) who arrives at a remote location to report on a story. Soon after arriving, he finds no one home. Mysterious noises are just the beginning of a more sinister danger he has to escape. Mario Medina also stars as the villain. 

Fisher says another determining factor was the budget for the film.

“Anyone who enjoys horror and suspense can appreciate a short film that creates this atmosphere in just under 8 minutes,” said Fisher. “Being that the movie is silent most of the time, helps to create the anxiety and anticipation for what’s next.”

Apple Valley filmmaker showcases the High Desert with a creepy twist

There was no crew so I had to formulate a game plan to complete the film in less than half a day.

Curtis Fisher

Fisher has made over 20 short films and one feature length film. He says he was always a movie buff growing up as a kid, and used to draw and make flipbooks in class.

“I used to create stories at home with tape recorders using homemade sound effects like the shower for rain and any other thing I needed,” said Fisher. “Universal Studios was one of my favorite theme parks. That’s where I learned the art of foleying which is making sound effects with practical things around you.”

The self-taught filmmaker says he specializes in horror because the genre is a lot cheaper to make and he’s a big fan of scary movies.

Fisher’s first High Desert based short Kildren is about a woman who discovers unexpected visitors on her ranch.

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