William Scherer’s The House on Rodeo Gulch has just unveiled a new trailer. Now on VOD, the “Hitchcockian thriller”, set in Santa Cruz, follows seventeen-year-old Shani Peterson (Megan Jay Simrell), uprooted from her Texas home by her father and her new stepmother, 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.
Scherer who both wrote and directed the film had this to say:
House on Rodeo Gulch was created from a true story. While in my late twenties I bought a small three-unit apartment building that had one of the units vacant. 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.
Later, I read about a prominent Reverend that had taken advantage of God and his congregation– He was in the process of losing his jet and a couple of his homes. The IRS was standing by–
I love strong women who find their strength through adversity. I also love Alfred Hitchcock and psychological thrillers that requires the audience to think. Throw in a bit of humor and you have-House on Rodeo Gulch.
Take a trip to The House on Rodeo Gulch – now on VOD.