One for the Road

“One for the Road,” based on the short story by Stephen King, will begin production in September.

To aid in the production of the film, the film’s director, Joshua Brucker, has started a crowdfunding platform through Indiegogo in order to raise funds, said a press release.

The film, which stars veteran horror and science fiction actor Lance Henriksen, also stars Don Scribner, Matt Roy and Daniel Bielinski.

Since beginning the campaign, a change has been made to the cast.

Cheyenne King will now play the role of Anna in the film, as opposed to Danielle Harris, who was originally cast for the role.

“It’s truly an honor to work with such talented actors,” Brucker said. “I’ve gotten to know many of them personally over the past few months and I’m quite confident in their abilities. Lance Henriksen is a legend in the business and I’m incredibly excited to watch his character come to life. All actors involved will complement the story quite well.”

One for the Road was first introduced to readers in 1977, then republished in 1978 in Stephen King’s first short story collection Night Shift. The story follows two reluctant men who agree to help a desperate and stranded traveler who unknowingly stumbles across the danger that lurks in Salem’s Lot. It also gives the reader a brief glimpse into the world of Jerusalem’s Lot, the setting of King’s second published novel, years after vampires infested the town.

“It’s a small, contained tale but filled with tremendous lore and mystery,” Brucker said of the story. “I’ve been a fan of King my entire life and Night Shift was the first book I purchased that was penned by him. The story stuck with me since childhood and I’m happy to have the opportunity to bring the story to life in a way that hasn’t been done before.”

The cast and crew are set and production begins locally in International Falls and Ranier, once the crowdfunding campaign is successful, which currently has a flexible goal of $35,000. Per the site, the flexibility of the goal means that the campaign will receive all funds raised even if the goal isn’t reached.

Contributors of the Indiegogo campaign can expect perks such as access to view the film before the festival run, official posters, production stills, crew t-shirts, official film props, social media shout-outs, digital downloads of the soundtrack, as well as the opportunity to have their image featured on a missing poster in the film.

The perks are separated by the amount donated, with titles relating to alcoholic beverages, including $5 donations referred to as “The Beer,” $25 “The Glass of Wine,” and $50 “The Shot of Bourbon,” among other amounts and titles.

The campaign launched July 19 and is expected to run until Aug. 19 or later.

“Filmmaking has always been a passion of mine,” said Brucker. “I’ve been a huge fan of horror my entire life and I aim to bring to the audience a film that stands out among the rest, doing King’s story justice and frightening viewers in the same way horror of the 1980s and ‘90s frightened me. I want to give them something they can really sink their teeth into.”

Of the crew assisting with the film, International Falls natives include Rachel Malasig, producer of the film; Bill Stenberg, composer; Rick Holen, special effects supervisor; Anne Holen, costumer; Eric Johnson, vampire teeth creator; Maria Nordlund, production assistant; Mason Wilson, promotional artist and production assistant; Jennifer Beck, hair and makeup and production assistant; and Cody Boso, who is assisting with prop work.

Confirmed various shots in the film will be shot at Loony’s Brew in Ranier, owned by brothers Matt and Paul Kavan.

To learn more about the film or cast and crew, visit

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