Out and about today I happened upon another film crew taking in the sights around Detroit. At Woodward and Congress, just up from "the fist" and "the spirit" and just south of Campus Martius Park filming was underway in a little diner for the third installment of The Butterfly Effect.
The Butterfly Effect 3? I know what you are thinking, I didn't know there was a number 2? The original Effect premiered in 2004 and is a supernatural thriller starring That 70's Show actor and Demi Moore husband, Ashton Kutcher. It got decent notices. Meanwhile, Butterfly 2 went straight to DVD. That appears to be the fate of this third installment currently going before the lens here in Detroit but there is a bright spot.
The Butterfly Effect 3 will be released as part of the horror/cult fan favorite series 8 Films to Die For in January. That means a limited theatrical release across the US, including Detroit, and then on to DVD.
You might be willing to write it off "straight to video" as trash, but, if you talk to my good friend Jim Olenski at Thomas Video and DVD in Clawson, the 8 Films to Die For series have had a few gory gems over the last several years. Jim recommended Frontier(s) from the 2006 edition of the series the last time I was in the store. So, if you head to Thomas Video, tell Jim that Rob St. Mary sent you.