Ghostly local film brings family-friendly thrills, chills

By on October 25, 2017

John Miller (Jeff Ronan) paddles to Buffalo City in Lost in Buffalo City, a spooky short film shot on the Outer Banks.

With the unseasonably warm weather on the Outer Banks this fall, streaming a ghostly movie on demand may help make it easier to get into the Halloween spirit.

Lost in Buffalo City, an award-winning featurette thriller filmed entirely in Dare County, is a family-friendly short film (no gore or language, just good old-fashioned scares) that will get everyone in the mood for Halloween. The short film is now available for digital rental and purchase at Lost In Buffalo City  and free to watch for Amazon Prime members.

“It’s definitely the season to curl up on the couch with friends and family and watch a scary movie or two. So we’ve made Lost in Buffalo City as accessible to audiences as possible with easy streaming and downloading to any device,” said Raymond Wallace, the film’s director.

“We’re also super excited about and invite locals to come catch a theatrical screening of the film at the second annual Halloween International Film Festival in Kill Devil Hills, Friday, Oct. 27,” Wallace added.

The film tells the story of John Miller, a young reporter who investigates a series of strange apparitions and deadly encounters surrounding a long-forgotten ghost town in the dark coastal swamps of North Carolina. His investigation uncovers something evil lurking in the ruins of Buffalo City — sinister forces that may wind up costing him his life.

“I like to think that audiences will enjoy seeing a spookier side to the Outer Banks area that we all know and love,” Wallace said. Lost in Buffalo City was filmed on location in Kill Devil Hills, the Outer Banks History Center in Manteo, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Mike Keller’s LTD, and at the ruins of Buffalo City within the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Profits from the film will help fund future projects to be produced and filmed on the Outer Banks.

Since the film’s premiere in May, Lost in Buffalo City has received numerous awards, including “Best Horror/Thriller/Sci-Fi” from the 2017 Asheville Film Festival; “Best Horror Film” from the 2017 Jerome Indie Film and Music Festival, Jerome, Ariz., and “Best Cinematography” and “Best Actor” from the 2017 Independent Horror Movie Awards. In addition, the film was the 2017 winner of the “Board of Directors Award” from the 2017 North Carolina Film Award.

Lost in Buffalo City has been featured at 10 film festivals, with more to come, including the Halloween International Film Festival in Kill Devil Hills. A complete list of festival schedules and showings may be found at Lost in Buffalo City.

Lost In Buffalo City is available for rent or purchase on and by visiting Lost in Buffalo City .

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