'Clerks' star to be featured in film shot in Woolmarket


A short film that examines the existential questions asked by famous movie monsters when they are no longer relevant is one step closer to fruition.

"Monsters Anonymous," a comedy about classic monsters seeking self help and group therapy, will begin filming April 9-10, according to director Jeremy London.

London, who starred in Kevin Smith's "Mallrats," co-wrote the script with Wallace Phelps and Jason Robbins, both of Biloxi.

The film is being financed by a Kickstarter campaign that was launched in January. The online campaign, commonly known as crowd funding, allows people to donate money and directly sponsor a project.

London, who has called Ocean Springs "home" for a couple of years, said he was overwhelmed by the public's response.

"The support has been unbelievable -- Kickstarter should be called 'Dream Maker,'" he said. "I'm blown away by the generosity that still apparently exists in the world."

He said the film wouldn't be possible if wasn't for the generous nature of the Coast.

"After living in a city that thrives on watching you fail, it's wonderful to live in a community of people that lift you up and enjoy watching you succeed."

"Monsters Anonymous" will star Brian O'Halloran as Dracula. O'Halloran is best known for his role as Dante Hicks in Kevin Smith's "Clerks" and "Clerks II." It also features several local actors, including London's wife Juliet Reeves-London as Blair Witch and Robbins as The Devil.

As filming draws near, production meetings and rehearsals have begun. A table reading with the cast was held Tuesday night with all of the stars present, minus O'Halloran, who is in New York.

"It was very surreal having people read aloud a script that I had a part in writing," Phelps said. "But the cast made some choices that I hadn't written and they brought more to it than I could have ever imagined."

Phelps said he and Robbins have been writing scripts together for about six years and that he was bit apprehensive when he found out London was going to read the script for "Monsters Anonymous."

"I've been writing scripts since I was in high school," he said. "I was nervous when Jason told me he gave the script to Jeremy, but he loved it."

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