February 26, 2024

‘Down and Out in Vampire Hills’ To Premiere at the Culver City Film Festival

Craig Railsback’s Down and Out in Vampire Hills Will Premiere at the Culver City Film Festival on Saturday, December 3 at 4:00 PM

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The Horror Comedy Stars Dawna Lee Heising and Ken May and the Original Score by Dr. Renah Wolzinger and Keith Wolzinger Is in Consideration for a Grammy Award 

Craig Railsback’s horror/comedy Down and Out in Vampire Hills will have its Grand Premiere at the prestigious Culver City Film Festival on Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 4:00 PM PST. The screenings for the Culver City Film Festival are held at Cinemark 18 and XD and the address is:  6081 Center Drive, Culver City, California 90045.  We are honored and grateful to have our film premiere at this great Festival and thank you to Festival Producers Jon Gursha and Peter Greene. Tickets are available on the Culver City Film Festival website at: https://www.culvercityfilmfestival.com/

Down and Out in Vampire Hills is a horror comedy short film, written by Dr. Heather Joseph-Witham (Vampires in the Big Easy), and directed and edited by Craig Railsback (Rush: The Director’s Cut, Dark Classics). The original soundtrack is composed by Dr. Renah Wolzinger (Eye on Entertainment, Vampires in the Big Easy) of Renzone Music Studios and Keith Wolzinger. Renah is a Voting Member of the Grammy Recording Academy and composed and recorded an original theme song for the film called “Dancing in the Moonlight.” The soundtrack for Down and Out in Vampire Hills is now being streamed on more than 200 channels, including those listed at this link: https://hearnow.com/settings/fralb02879289#nt_base_menu

The film is produced by Dawna Lee Heising, Heather Joseph-Witham, Renah Wolzinger, Craig Railsback, Sean Glumace, and Joseph Williamson. The cinematographers are Craig Railsback and Vito Trabucco, and the assistant director is Liam Railsback. Keith Wolzinger is the assistant editor for music. Sound is by Jim Dunlap and Liam Railsback. Set photographers are Sean Glumace and Dan Kennedy. Aldrich Chico is the makeup special effects artist. The poster is by Gaz Jackson, and the publicity special advisor is James Neal Broadus. Please check out the Down and Out in Vampire Hills trailer:

The Story

Vampires are at the top of the food chain. They are glamorous, seductive, elegant, and magnetic. They can also be old, out of touch and a tad eccentric. What does a vampire have to do to survive in the 21st century? Seriously, do vampires have to get jobs? How else to pay the rent? Houselessness and bloodsucking collide in this tale and the question that is asked is: Are vampires predators or prey? Even vampires can be down and out in a time when no one knows who is eating whom. On the other hand, if a vampire has a pair of cute boots, she may be able to handle anything.

Down and Out in Vampire Hills stars Dawna Lee Heising (Bad President, PTSD: A Soldier’s Revenge, Garden Party Massacre) as Vampire Queen Penelope; Ken May (The Mercenaries, Arachnado) as Harold the Intellectual; Lejon Stewart (Pirates of the Caribbean, Teacher’s Day), and Bill Houskeeper (A Soldier’s Secret, Sunshine Girl). The film also features Deborah Dutch, Vito Trabucco, Heather Joseph-Witham, Walter Hochbrueckner, Vera R. Taylor, Kelly Bourquin, Scott Bourquin, Joanna Fang, Jim Dunlap, Renah Wolzinger, and Cooper the Puggle.

The production companies include Eye on Excellence Productions, Railsback Productions, and Renzone Music Studios. Down and Out in Vampire Hills was shot in various locations in beautiful Huntington Beach, including on Main Street and on the Huntington Beach pier.


I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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