Sci-fi, horror movie “Blood Moon” premieres on Aug. 7 in Maynard


FRAMINGHAM — While growing up in Framingham, Ethan Charles and Caleb Spilios bonded over a shared love of sci-fi and horror films.

Now 21, they’re premiering their own movie, “Blood Moon,” at noon Sunday at Maynard’s Fine Arts Theater Place.

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In the movie, an otherwise normal Oct. 30 night turns harrowing as the sky morphs to red and all must fight to survive.

“Blood Moon” follows the character Will — played by Caleb Easton — and his friends’ journey toward survival.

Caleb Spilios, left, and Ethan Charles, pictured in the in the Maynard Fine Arts Theatre, Aug.  5, 2022. Their new movie,

The plot is a continuation of the duo’s first film, and start of the saga, “Drowning in Pennsylvania.”

“Blood Moon” was originally a short film Spilios wrote in 2015 and shot over the span of a weekend in 2017. He and Charles decided to scrap that and turn the 30-page script into a 95-page script and nearly 90-minute film .

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Spilios wants the audience to grasp the character’s feelings of hopelessness and fear.

“The film is about this crazy, sci-fi event but I think what grounds it is taking that crazy, overwhelming feeling (teens feel) and exaggerating it to a point where it’s kind of alien,” he said.

Caleb Spilios, left, and Ethan Charles, pictured at the Maynard Fine Arts Theatre, Aug.  5, 2022. Their new movie,

The way people communicate and work together to overcome obstacles is another theme that underlies the film, Spilios said.

“The friend dynamic is a very fun part of the movie,” said Charles.

Three years in the making

This is their second film premiering at the Fine Arts Theater — in 2019, the duo released “Drowning in Pennsylvania.”

“Blood Moon” was selected to be screened at the 2021 Boston Sci-Film Festival and the HP Lovecraft Film Festival in Portland, Oregon.

While growing up in Framingham, Caleb Spilios, left, and Ethan Charles bonded over a shared love of sci-fi and horror films.  Now 21, they're premiering their own, “Blood Moon,” on Sunday at Maynard's Fine Arts Theater Place.

“Blood Moon” was three years in the making — the same amount of time it took Spilios to write the script.

“It was hard, from start to finish… 48 hours before we were supposed to start production we almost all quit. We weren’t sure we were going to be able to get our budget or any of the cameras in time,” said Charles.

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