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‘Psychotic State’ is personal for director Derek Young
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Courtesy Photo: Franklin County native Derek Young stars in his latest film, “Psychotic State.” The movie premiere is set for Saturday at Hollywood Cinema in Martinsville.

Friday, February 28, 2014

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The premiere of Derek Young's latest horror film, "Psychotic State," will be held Saturday, March 1 at Hollywood Cinema in Martinsville at 5 p.m.

A private party will be held afterward at Hugo's Sports Bar in Martinsville. The movie ticket stub will grant viewers entrance to the party.

Young, a Franklin County native, has written and directed three movies, but this one is personal, he said. Making this film allowed Young to face his "personal demons," as it delves into the consequences of bullying.

"Psychotic State" tells the story of David Coleman, a bipolar 26-year-old man who has been bullied and abused by everyone around him, including his adoptive father, Young said. When David gets fired from his job after a run-in with a couple bullies, he loses his medical insurance and can no longer afford his medication.

Spiraling into a psychotic state, David decides to take revenge upon his abusers, leading to a bloody killing spree.

"This production has been an amazing experience for me. I feel blessed to be working with such talented people," Young said. "My co-writer, Eric (Morse) has been a great source of inspiration and creativity on this project, much like my mentor, the late David Hess."

Morse, who has written several books under the name William Pattison, said the film is very personal for him as well.

"Working on this film has brought up a lot of demons for me," he said. "When I was young, I was bullied constantly by my peers. It was incessant and I have to admit that it hasn't changed that much in my adult years."

"Even though 'Psychotic State' is written as a gory slasher flick, I hope people can see the anti-bullying message that this morality tale presents," Young said. "Even a person who is good at heart can be pushed into doing horrid things if society takes things too far."

Actor Jeremy Ambler, who plays a zombie in AMC's "The Walking Dead," will be on hand at the after-party, as well as several cast and crew members, Young said.

For more information, visit www.i-m.co/psychoticstate/index/ or facebook.com/psychoticstatethemovie.

 
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