SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Local filmmaker Spencer Sherry will premiere THE MONKEY Short Film, based on Stephen King's short story "The Monkey," this weekend in Saratoga Springs.
A young filmmaker, Sherry was 25 years old when he wrote a screenplay based on the short story from novel Skeleton Crew. Now 28, Sherry is honored to be sharing this first-ever film adaptation on Saturday, May 6 in collaboration with Saratoga Arts.
The horror film's plot: "After a near-fatal accident, soon-to-be father Pete Shelburn begins to suspect that his past has come back to haunt him. With his own father at death's door and his brother refusing to make amends with him, he's forced to save his family by confronting a nightmare from his childhood: a cursed cymbal-clapping toy monkey."
Some familiar Capital Region and Saratoga County sights, including a scene at King's Tavern in Saratoga Springs, are featured in the 60-minute film.
This short film is part of the Dollar Baby Program, King's philanthropic initiative started in the 1970s to help film students and aspiring filmmakers get a start in the industry. Once approved by the author, recipients receive the rights to make a film based on King's chosen list of short stories at the cost of just $1.
THE MONKEY Short Film is an independent short film; and stipulated non-commercial, not-for-profit project. Money raised goes to the movie’s creation, production, promotion. Funding was made possible via public fundraisers and private donations.
The film will also be shown in Oneonta on Saturday, May 13 at The Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center.
Watch the official trailer for THE MONKEY Short Film here.
More information about THE MONKEY Short Film is available at linktr.ee/themonkeyshort.