Iconic Michigan Filmmaker Premieres New Horror Movie in Troy

Douglas Schulze was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He is an award-winning independent filmmaker with over three decades of experience in feature filmmaking. He is also the co-Founder and President of a renowned and accredited Midwest Film and Digital Media School based in Troy, Michigan.

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Troy, MI —February 3, 2024

Last fall, The Lasco Press brought you news of a movie filmed in Michigan that held its red-carpet premiere in Flint. “That’s Funny,” a comedy filmed by Flint native Alex Grossman, was shot in Vehicle City and other Michigan locations.

Now, a movie of a different genre, horror, also shot in Michigan, is holding its Premiere in Royal Oak.

Red Carpet

Emagine Entertainment will be hosting the North American Red Carpet Movie Premiere of Dark Planet Releasing’s highly anticipated horror movie Thorns, at their Royal Oak, MI theatre on Saturday, February 17, 2024. The premiere will feature red carpet arrivals by key cast and crew, including horror film legend Doug Bradley, and Michigan natives, Writer and Director Doug Schulze, and Editor and Co-Producer Julie Schulze.

There will also be a live Q&A prior to the film hosted by Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment. Emagine Royal Oak is located at 200 N. Main Street in Royal Oak, Michigan. Tickets are on sale now and available at www.Emagine-Entertainment.com.

Doug Bradley and Douglas Schulze / Photo Courtesy of Emagine Entertainment

Thorns has played to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences at film festivals worldwide, including the Sitges Brigadoon Festival, Fright Fest in London, and Monsters of Film, and was the closing night film at the New York City Horror Film Festival. Thorns features horror icon Doug Bradley, who is well-known for his role as the lead Cenobite “Pinhead” in the Hellraiser franchise films and winner of the 2023 New York City Horror Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In Thorns, Archbishop Jenkins (played by Doug Bradley) mentors an ex-priest working for NASA who is sent to investigate a remote observatory that went silent after receiving a mysterious radio signal from deep space. Upon arrival, he discovers the signal opened a portal unleashing a thorned monster. The former priest must now summon his lost faith to stop the signal from spreading hell on earth.

“At its core, Thorns is an homage to 80’s era monster movies, from our use of practical effects to a synth-fueled music score and lots of easter eggs. Hellraiser, The Thing, and Alien are all great films with even greater practical makeup effects. For me, the best horror cinema steers away from the computer realm when pursuing all things visceral. Thorns is meant as a visceral experience,” said Doug Schulze, Thorns Writer, and Director.

As the horror genre continues to stimulate and excite, fans will be able to see Doug Bradley at select Emagine Theatres for a limited engagement beginning February 23 before the release expands later in 2024. The film will be shown at Emagine Royal Oak, Emagine Canton, Emagine Novi, and Emagine Rochester Hills during its first run.

Michigan Film Making

Thorns, which was shot entirely in Michigan at the Motion Pictures Institute in Troy and in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, was created by Michigan-based independent filmmakers Doug and Julie Schulze. “Emagine Entertainment is delighted to extend its support to independent filmmakers by offering them a platform to showcase their films. We take pride in providing a remarkable experience for both filmmakers and their guests, allowing them to witness their creations on the big screen, just as they were intended to be seen,” expressed Anthony LaVerde, CEO of Emagine Entertainment. “It is truly an honor for Emagine to host the Red Carpet premiere and Q&A session for the film Thorns, with esteemed guests Doug Schulze and Doug Bradley in attendance. This event promises to be an exhilarating experience for all attendees.”

The Red Carpet event begins at 6:30 on Saturday, February 17. At 7:00 pm, Doug Bradley and Doug Schulze will answer questions from the audience during a live Q&A. The film will begin immediately after the Q&A at approximately 7:45 pm. Tickets for the Red-Carpet Premiere and Q&A are $13.25 and available now at www.emagine-entertainment.com.

Thorns

One of the most celebrated and compelling horror icons returns to the big screen as Doug Bradley, who received the 2023 New York City Horror Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In Thorns, Bradley, known for his role as Pinhead in the Hellraiser franchise, mentors an ex-priest working for NASA and is sent to investigate a remote observatory that went silent after receiving a mysterious radio signal from deep space. Upon arrival, he discovers the signal opened a portal unleashing a thorned monster. The former priest must now summon his lost faith to stop the signal from spreading hell on earth. RATED R

Written and directed by Douglas Schulze, the film stars Doug Bradley, Cassandra Schomer, Jon Bennett, and Bo Schumaker.

About Emagine Entertainment

Emagine Entertainment’s affiliates own and operate luxury theaters in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Emagine operates theaters with a combined 30,068 seats and 342 screens. Emagine led the way in bringing luxury theaters to the metropolitan Detroit market. Emagine enjoys the honor and distinction of being named “Best Movie Theater” for several years running by the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit News, and WDIV television. Emagine has been named “Best Theater to See a First-Run Movie” by Hour Detroit Magazine consecutively for the past 9 years.

Emagine is a recognized innovator in the theatrical exhibition industry, having been the first theater chain in the world to convert to 100% digital projection. In 1997, Cinema Hollywood (now Emagine Birch Run) was the first theater in Michigan to open with all-stadium seating. Emagine was the first to introduce 4K projection to the Detroit market, and it boasted 3 of the first 100 Dolby Atmos® immersive sound systems deployed worldwide. On December 15, 2017, Emagine began operating the largest movie screen in the State of Michigan with the opening of its Super EMAX auditorium (featuring laser projection technology) at its megaplex in Novi, Michigan; and on December 19, 2019, Emagine opened the largest CinemaScope screen in the Midwest at its Emagine Canton/Westland location.

Paul Glantz, Chairman of Emagine Entertainment, has been interviewed on CNN concerning his views and opinions on the operation of luxury theaters. On February 28, 2018, Emagine Entertainment, Inc., and 7-time BET Award-winning and Grammy® nominated superstar Big Sean (Sean Anderson) announced their joint venture agreement to develop, Sean Anderson Theatre, powered by Emagine, a world-class cinematic and live music entertainment center, in Detroit (and potentially at other sites around the U.S.). The new partnership is actively scouting prospective sites in Detroit.

Doug Schulze

Douglas Schulze was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He is an award-winning independent filmmaker with over three decades of experience in feature filmmaking. He is also the co-founder and President of a renowned and accredited Midwest Film and Digital Media School based in Troy, Michigan.

As a filmmaker, Doug has directed some of the cinema’s great screen legends, including David (Kill Bill), Carradine, and Richard (Halloween) Lynch in Dark Fields, a film that aired on Showtime Networks. Fresh out of film school Douglas directed screen icon John (Nightmare on Elm Street) Saxon and David (Dawn of the Dead) Emge in Hellmaster.

Schulze has also directed Sid (Devil’s Rejects) Haig in Mimesis a top rental film for Anchor Bay (Lionsgate currently owns the rights) and Lance (Aliens) Henriksen in the sequel. Schulze is no stranger to directing strong female leads, having worked with Dee (ET) Wallace, Veronica (Alien) Cartwright, and the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer Kristy Swanson.

Schulze’s films have aired on major cable and streaming platforms, including HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, the Movie Channel, Shudder, and more. Schulze’s films have been invited and awarded at notable film festivals, including Fantasia, Sitges, London Frightfest, Cinequest, Hollywood Film Fest, and New York City Horror Film Festival, just to name a few.

Doug is married to Julie, a Michigan native and Michigan State University graduate. She is the Editor and co-producer of Thorns. Julie currently teaches media studies at Cranbrook’s Brookside School.