Horror icon Michael Berryman on set with Producer Chad Verdi

After ten years and six drafts, writer-director Tom DeNucci’s original screenplay, “Self Storage,” has come to fruition. DeNucci writes, directs and stars in the feature-length film, which he describes as “Silence of the Lambs meets American Pie.” Having just wrapped principal photography at a Rhode Island self-storage facility last week, DeNucci is now in the editing room. The project, which was rushed through development, has a tentative release date of February 2013.

DeNucci plays Jake, an overnight security guard who hosts a party at a self-storage facility. Everything is going as planned until the kids discover they’re not the only ones hanging out there. The tagline reads, “Barbed wire fences are meant to keep people out. But these fences keep people IN.”  What we know so far is that the story involves killers who collect body parts for resale on the black market. These rowdy self-storage party-goers are the perfect victims.

Ninety percent of the film was shot at the Self Storage Center in East Greenwich, R.I., with some additional scenes shot in Cranston and Warwick. Originally from Cranston himself, DeNucci has acted alongside some big names. He had a role in Showtime’s The Brotherhood and recently played Michael Madsen’s son in Infected, another Chad Verdi vehicle. However, with Self Storage, not only is the twenty-eight year old acting alongside big names like Academy Award nominee Eric Roberts and horror legend Michael Berryman, he’s also directing them.

Eric Roberts, Julia Roberts’ older brother, has been in over 120 films, including Runaway Train, in which he was up for an Oscar. It’s exciting to see such a big name in a movie about self-storage, our favorite topic ever.

If you don’t know Michael Berryman by name, you would definitely recognize him.  Among countless other films, Berryman starred in Milos Forman’s One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest and was a lead in Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes. With a rare medical condition that leaves him without sweat glands, hair, or fingernails, Berryman’s distinctive look has made him a celebrated figure in horror.

Look for Self Storage in theaters this spring!

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