The Drama Zone: Nightmare at Shady Acres is a shorter version of Mystery at Shady Acres that pays homage to The Twilight Zone. It reuses footage from the play and re-edits it for a new, spookier atmosphere.

Film Details Edit

  • Release Date: March 1, 2008 (DVD); October 24, 2012 (Re-Release)
  • Running Time: 18 min.
  • MPAA Rating: n/a
  • Director: Teresa Bermudez
  • Writer: Michelle R. Davis/ Teresa Bermudez
  • Producer: Paula Whitley

Plot Summary Edit

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The film opens with Dan Soarling introducing the audience to The Drama Zone, as well as Shady Acres, a remote hotel in the New England countryside. Here, Miss Henrietta Clifford and her staff are busily preparing the hotel for the arrival of the Fairfaxs, a wealthy British couple. During this, Basil checks a mysterious man, Mr. X, into the hotel. Soon after, the Brighthams arrive to check in.

As clean-up finishes around the hotel, Audrey Rochester shows up and checks into the hotel, only to be confronted by a sneezing Basil. As the flowers that caused Basil to sneeze are moved to the Fairfaxs' room, Edward and Blanche Fairfax arrive and are guided to their room.

As Edward returns to the lobby talking to Henrietta, he runs into Audrey Rochester, who was once a lover of his. She states that he eventually left her because she didn't have any money, but she calls it all water under the bridge, as she shows that she has hooked up with another hotel guest, Stanley Larson.

That night, Edward and Blanche return to the hotel from a night out in town, but Blanche rests on the lobby sofa for some rest. Greta Whyte brings some tea out to Blanche, who takes it and sips it. However, as the clock strikes eleven, Blanche dies from the poisoned tea. Soon, she is discovered both by Basil and Edward. Dan Soarling closes the film with how a place meant for solitude has become a place for despair.

Production History Edit

In early 2008, work had just started for the DVD release of Mystery at Shady Acres, but there was one major problem: there weren't enough bonus features to accompany the film. All that was planned were a photo gallery and a trailer for the then-upcoming film Johnny Thunder and the Secret of Marco Polo. Something else needed to be added.

At this time, the director of Mystery at Shady Acres, Teresa Bermudez, wanted to create a short re-edit of the first two scenes of the play as a homage of The Twilight Zone. Using just footage from the play, as well as a new narrator character, the film was assembled using black-and-white filters with film grain added to enhance the effect.

The film was finally released on March 1, 2008 as part of the DVD for Mystery at Shady Acres. It was upgraded and released again for online viewing on October 24, 2012.

Audience Reception Edit

While it was mildly received in its DVD release, the film received no attention in its online release.

Characters Edit

Credits Edit

Locations Edit

Tropes Edit

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The Drama Zone: Nightmare at Shady Acres contains examples of the following tropes.
  • Alternate Continuity: This film is basically this to Mystery at Shady Acres.
  • Alternate Timeline: According to the official canon, this film is basically an alternative take on the events of Mystery at Shady Acres, as this film's events happened in Dimension 525.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: The film ends with the implication that anyone could have been Blanche's killer, making the film less about solving a mystery and more about a looming sense of dread.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Blanche's diamond necklace allows her to flaunt her riches to everyone else.
  • Idle Rich: The characters of Edward and Blanche Fairfax.
  • Instant Sedation: This happens to Blanche right before her diamond necklace is stolen, though it does take about ten seconds for the poison to take full effect.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: Blanche's diamond necklace is this.
  • Mysterious Stranger: The character of Mr. X.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Dan Soarling's name is an obvious nod to Rod Serling, who hosted The Twilight Zone.
  • Pastiche: This film was edited to be in the style of The Twilight Zone. The re-edit makes these comparisons more obvious.
  • Re-Cut: This film is essentially a condensed version of the first two scenes of Mystery at Shady Acres, with some changes made to change the context of certain shots.
  • Scullery Maid: The film has three of these.
  • Shout-Out: This entire film is basically a homage to The Twilight Zone, albeit with a slightly goofier tone. Also, the large portrait hanging over the fireplace is that of former Cornerstone Thespian Society director Judy Barringer.
  • Universal Poison: This is how Blanche Fairfax dies in the film.

Trivia Edit

  • According to the official canon, this film takes place in Dimension 525, the alternate dimension that also contains the events of DINO ATTACK: Saga of a Conflict and Com 50: Peril in Iran. The reason for this is that the events in this film directly contradict what happens in Mystery at Shady Acres.
  • In addition to only featuring the first two scenes of the play, these two scenes were also heavily cut down for this film. Because of that, Stew LaRoach does not appear in this film.
  • Dan Soarling is named after Rod Serling, the host of the TV series The Twilight Zone.

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