With regard to Kentucky's growing reputation as a desirable destination for filmmaking, 2023 seems to have been a little quieter than 2022. Last year, big stars like Orlando Bloom and Ethan Hawke were involved in major projects that were shooting in the Commonwealth. Both Tom Hardy and Robert DeNiro also did some work in Kentucky over the last 12 months.

I'm guessing the dual WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes may have had something to do with the lower frequency show biz types booking flights to the Bluegrass State. Who knows?

New Thriller Being Filmed in and Around Kentucky Cave Country

What we do know is that we are back in action, and right now, it's Kentucky cave country. And folks in Edmonson and surrounding counties are obviously very excited about the prospects of their own backyard appearing on the silver screen:

Here's what we know about Horntak:

By the way, I love what director Maxwell Morro said about his reasons for liking Kentucky as a prime location for making movies. It sort of echoes what I've been saying for years.

The Horntak Producer's Screen Credits Go Back 60 Years

The Southern Kentucky Film Commission has become quite a boon to the economy of south central Kentucky. Branscombe Richmond is the producer helming this latest project, but Horntak is not his first project here in the Commonwealth. Here he is in Horse Cave KY with Mayor Randal Curry back in 2017:

And just last May, he wrapped the family film Kangaroo Kids.

In fact, Branscombe Richmond has a VERY long list of credits; his first was an uncredited role in a 1963 episode of Donovan's Reef. Based on that list, there's no doubt you've seen this man, even if you don't remember it.

Southern KY Film Industry a Huge Economic Boost

So here we are in the middle of Spooky Season, and the folks in south central Kentucky are enjoying the added treat of a psychological cult thriller being filmed in their midst. Those are Halloween decorations you could NEVER plan. Here's a sneak peek from on set just a few days ago:

I'm not surprised Richmond has been "camping out" in Kentucky the last few years; the potential tax credits are super enticing. The credit for Horntak is over $100,000, but you can see that other films' credits are far more lucrative.

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

To learn how the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development determines these tax credits, visit the agency's Kentucky Entertainment Incentive (KEI) page:

This will only continue to fuel the film industry's interest in making movies in Kentucky, and I am here for it. I can't wait to see what's next.

[SOURCE: WBKO-Bowling Green]

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