APACHE JUNCTION — A Hollywood film crew has been using spots around Pinal County over the last week to shoot an independent horror movie.
Crews for “The Unhealer” have been moving around Apache Junction, shooting scenes for the film that tells the tale of a teenage boy who obtains supernatural powers and unleashes revenge on his bullies.
Cristi Harris, one of the film’s producers, said there are many different levels to the film. It has a mystical aspect to it, she said, while also being a traditional horror film.
Production moved to Apache Junction High School last week to shoot some interior scenes and will later move to Queen Creek for some filming. Harris said the natural beauty surrounding Apache Junction was alluring and the crew ended up shooting more in the city than originally planned.
The film’s cast includes stars of the science-fiction genre. Lance Henriksen, known for his roles in “Aliens” and “The Terminator,” plays a faith healer who has a hand in giving the teenage boy his strange powers.
Natasha Henstridge, known for playing an alien creature in the “Species” franchise, portrays the boy’s mother. The film is being directed by Martin Guigui, who most recently directed “9/11,” a 2017 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Charlie Sheen.
Local actors have also been hired to work on the film, according to Harris, and the production team has also brought in interns from the state universities to get hands-on experience in the film business.
The city of Apache Junction has been quite accommodating to the film crew, Harris added, and their presence around town has surely been a benefit to the local economy.
Harris said she’s not sure when the film may be released, but producers hope the feature could be out by the end of this year.