By Connie Osborne Thursday 19 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 01:25
A NIGHTMARE became a reality for one former Bromsgrove School pupil after her recent horror film took the States by storm.
Michelle Hands' short film Youth of Today has already attracted attention in America and is expected to be a hit at one of the most prestigious horror festivals this autumn.
The Barnt Green resident, who has acted in a number of independent films, said she created the ten-minute movie after a vision of a scarecrow in a field.
"About two years ago I started to get interested in what was behind the camera.
"I was driving one night down a country lane and I had a vision of a scarecrow in a field.
"I have always been interested in horror movies and someone said to me I should think about doing a film."
After contacting a friend who was a script writer, she got in touch with Eileen Dietz, who is famous for being the face of the demon in the 1973 classic The Exorcist, and began filming in a stately home in Northampton.
"I told her it was my first film and I had no budget but she thought the script was brilliant and wanted to come over.
"She is someone in one of the best horror films of all time, it was just absolutely brilliant to have her on board."
Mrs Dietz has since won a best actress award for the film at the Macabre Faire Film Festival in New York, while Michelle hopes to take on the British film circuit.
It follows the tag line of 'always respect your elders' and shows three teenagers who are up to no good in the countryside when they come across an old lady whose car has broken down. The trio help her back to her home and realise she is wealthy and try to steal some of her belongings.
"But all isn't as it seems.
"She's a little old lady, so you won't expect it," Michelle said.
She added: "There's gore and it will keep people on the edge of your seats.".
Visit www.underdogfilms.co.uk for more information or to watch the film from mid-November.
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