Tenants from hell inspire Santa Cruz filmmaker\’s new movie

William Scherer’s House on Rodeo Gulch is now available on VOD

A new trailer for the Hitchcockian thriller The House on Rodeo Gulch has been released.

The film, from Santa Cruz-based filmmaker William Scherer, is inspired by the writer-director’s own encounter experience with some “tenants from hell”.

Uprooted from her childhood home in Texas by her father’s new job, seventeen-year-old Shani Peterson (Megan Jay Simrell) moves to California with her new step-mom, Denise (Chanel Ryan). Their new home, located deep in the redwoods of Central California is a dream come true… until it’s not. With an over friendly Reverend and his alcoholic assistant as their only neighbors, Shani and Denise must unearth the haunting mysteries of the house and its history, before they lose their home, or lives.
“While in my late twenties I bought a small three-unit apartment building that had one of the units vacant” says Scherer. “I put in a nice new cream-colored carpet in the living room and rented it out to a young couple.
“A week later I visited them to find out the boyfriend had driven his Harley Davidson motorcycle into the living room and had taken the engine apart as oil, parts and dirt was all over my new carpet. Furious, I had no grounds to have them arrested, only give them a “thirty day notice to leave”. After thirty days they still hadn’t left and thus became “the tenants from hell”.  I thought afterwards, if only I had put something in the walls/ceilings that would have scared them into leaving on their own.”

The film, which is now available on Vimeo for rent, is the feature directorial debut for the former actor.

Video Link: http://player.vimeo.com/video/230243203

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