Vancouver director Nick Hagen wants to make sure Clark County residents can see his new horror film, “Black Eyed Kids,” before Earth is destroyed.
So he’s planned the premiere at Kiggins Theatre on Dec. 20, a full day before the supposed apocalypse predicted by the Mayans, he said.
“When I was looking at dates to release it, I figured we’d better get it out before the world ends,” Hagen said with a laugh.
Hagen’s eerie horror series “Haunted Sunshine Girl” continues to be a hit on YouTube, with more than 10 million video views and 20,000 subscribers. The movie, a spinoff of that series, has been in the works for about a year.
It takes the characters from “Sunshine” on an adventure, as they investigate the origins of the occult legend of the black-eyed kids.
What: World premiere of the new film, "Black Eyed Kids," by local director Nick Hagen, with actors from the "Haunted Sunshine Girl" Web series.
Where: Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St.
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; doors open at 7 p.m.
The story in the film is fictional, but reports of black-eyed kids sightings, especially in and around Portland, are very real, Hagen said.
“Black-eyed kids is an urban legend that’s been floating around on the Internet for years now,” Hagen said. “I always thought it was fascinating.”
In most reports, a small group of kids with all-black eyes approaches an adult who’s alone in a car or a house. The kids, usually two boys between the ages of 10 and 13, ask for a ride home or to be let in to the house to use the bathroom or telephone. The adult feels a sense of overwhelming fear before realizing that there’s something drastically wrong with the children’s eyes.
It’s been a fun legend to play with, said Mercedes Rose, who co-produced the film with Hagen through their company, Coat Tale Productions LLC.
“We’re the first (film group) to do anything with this black-eyed kids legend,” said Rose, who also acts in the production. “We’re super-excited for people to see it. It’s so creepy.”