NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - A young girl in Niagara Falls is making a big impression far beyond her classroom. Now, three students at Gaskill Prep School in Niagara Falls share a unique bond.
Young movie maker Hope Muehlbauer said, "My parents have been showing me horror films since I was two years old."
Not many kids can say that, but then, Hope Muehlbauer is one of a kind. She is 13 years old, and getting ready for her directorial debut. Hope explained, “Well it took two years to write everything and to get all the cast together and it was definitely a long process."
Hope wrote, directed, edited and acted in her first movie called Zombie Kids.
"Killing the zombies and doing all the makeup and special effects, and all the blood and guts and stuff it was really fun,” said Hope.
A lot of fun and a lot of hard work. Hope has been planning this film since she was 11 years old, and her parents couldn’t be more proud.
Her father Tom Muehlbauer said, “Probably your average parent would love to hear their kid say, ‘I want to be a doctor’ or a lawyer when they grow up, but we're not your average parents."
Hope’s teachers had no idea she had such hidden talents. Hope’s teacher Joelle Constantino said, “It's great, there's no other way to say it, that she's doing something so creative outside the school and she takes her education seriously and you know she's gonna go somewhere with this."
The young filmmaker cast two of her friends as actors in her horror flick. One of the actors said, “When I auditioned and got the part I was like ‘Wow! I'm a zombie,’ because I always like doing that.”
Each has their own favorite part of doing this movie: gore, teamwork and friendship.
Hope’s movie Zombie Kids will premiere Saturday night, October 26th, at 6 at the Screening Room Cafe in Amherst. Everyone is invited and $5 will get you a pass, plus the chance to meet Hope and eat some pizza.
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