PR: Locally-Produced Thriller Mortal Remains to Screen at Oaks Theater on Friday The 13th!

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Image 1: Mortal Remains Co Directors Mark Ricche (left) and Christian Stavrakis (right);
Image 2: Mortal Remains Marquee. [Click images for larger view]

OAKMONT, PA ( — The facts behind the gruesome legend of horror filmmaker Karl Atticus will finally be revealed at the official release of “Mortal Remains”, an award-winning independent film which will be screened at the Oaks Theater in Oakmont PA on Friday, October 13th at 8:00 p.m.  Co-directors Christian Stavrakis and Mark Ricche will be in attendance, as will various members of the film’s cast and crew. A Q&A panel will follow the screening.

“Mortal Remains” is a “shockumentary” which examines the life of Karl Atticus, a notorious figure from the Vietnam era whose works have been purged from film history… with good reason, according to some. Interviews with historians and horror aficionados – including Eduardo Sanchez, co-director of The Blair Witch Project – suggest that Atticus’s legacy may have been far more sinister than even his detractors suspect. Shot under-the-radar in the Pittsburgh area over a three-year period, Mortal Remains is the debut feature of Cryptic Pictures, an independent production and distribution company.

Since its completion in 2013, “Mortal Remains” has been screened theatrically around the country, including the Three Rivers Film Festival (Pittsburgh), the American Film Institute (Maryland), Dick Clark Studios (Los Angeles) and the Film Anthology Archives (NYC). During that time it has garnered numerous awards and honoraria.

This public screening – in conjunction with the film’s official release on DVD and VOD – marks the culmination of a 13-year effort by Stavrakis and Ricche, life-long fans of the cinema who were determined to make a feature film since first meeting in high school in the 1980s. The release of “Mortal Remains” is a triumph for the two men, who unwittingly made their feature during a period in which the traditional “Hollywood system” collapsed with the onset of the digital age. The filmmakers share the details of this bizarre journey in CryptiCast, a 10-episode podcast aimed at helping independent filmmakers achieve their goals in an environment of constant change.

MORTAL REMAINS – A film by Mark Ricche and Christian Stavrakis featuring Eduardo Sanchez, John Amplas, Michael G. Gornick, Chuck Craig, Nick Tallo, J. B. Destiny,  Josh Brokaw and David Burian.  Original music composed by Michael V. Coote and Kevin MacLeod. USA, English. ©2017 Cryptic Pictures LLC.

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