The co-creator of the movie “The Gallows” was treated to a red carpet premier in Beatrice this weekend with his colleagues and cast members at the Holly Theatre in Beatrice.
Chris Lofing credits those he met along the way for his success.
“They were so crucial. We’ve made so many great relationships; met so many amazing people. We’ve shaken hands with the top dogs at Warner Brother’s studios. I mean, it’s incredible. It’s incredible,” Lofing tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE.
Creative partner, Travis Cluff, praises the work of Lofing.
“His talent is amazing and his abilities and vision and passion for film making is incredible,” Cluff says. “Beatrice is lucky to have him come from there and Beatrice did a good job bringing him up.”
The Gallows’ is a low-budget horror film. Made with a budget of $100,000, it earned $10 million on its opening weekend, placing it fifth among movies released that weekend.
Lofing admits that big an opening weekend caught him by surprise.
“We had tracking numbers that they presented to us, sort of like a week in advance I think, and it was right in line with the tracking,” according to Lofing. “And with the giant movies out this summer, Minions, Jurassic World, I mean so many huge franchise movies, it was crazy just to even get as far as we did. And we are super thankful.”
“It’s beyond our wildest dreams,” Cluff says. “You never think that you’re going to have a movie, especially an independent, low budget, ultra-low budget movie that’s going to get a worldwide theatrical release. And when it does and when it hangs in the top five, with such big names, it’s amazing.”
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this story.