Dead As Dutch

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A dysfunctional student film crew stumbles upon the long, lost buried treasure of legendary gangster Dutch Schultz, but can't escape the decades-old curse their discovery unleashes in this comedy of terrors. More

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Words: 72,150
Language: English
ISBN: 9780615607870
About Rich Docherty

"Dead As Dutch" is Rich Docherty’s debut novel, but he’s no novice when it comes to arranging words on a blank page. He has written numerous screenplays and plays that clutter his shelves and clog his desk drawers. Occasionally, however, one of his scripts is dusted off and made into a movie, such as the indie film comedy he co-produced, "Dumping Lisa". He continues to write at his bungalow in a New York City suburb where he ponders the mysteries of the fairway metal, whistles in graveyards, and never spits into the wind. Rich hopes beyond hope that he will see the Cleveland Browns in the Super Bowl at least once during his lifetime and, following the sage advice of Groucho, always examines the dice.

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Review by: Susan Ashcraft on April 29, 2012 :
Stan Heberling, director/writer/cameraman, has 48 hours to complete the filming of his thesis movie entitled Letter 13. Perceived as a know-it-all with delusions of grandeur at Eisenhower College, he has had a near impossible time getting the people he needs to complete his movie. Bryce Fowler, whiner extraordinaire, and Keisha Crenshaw, a true performer, are hired to costar. Unable to book a student with even basic camera skills, Stan had to beg his 15 year old sister to give up her weekend to help him with his film. After a late night visit from Stan that promises to go on indefinitely, Irv agrees to be soundman for the movie. Now though, Irving Liberty Bell, soundman guru of Eisenhower College, wonders just what he's gotten himself into.
After a series of humorous misfortunes, Letter 13 takes off in a new direction. After Bryce stumbles upon a chest partially buried in the side of a hill, the movie goes from alien flick to buried treasure film.
The direction however is not the one the film crew has been hoping for. Wandering aimlessly in the woods at night, a creepy old shack with stay out signs and rotting furniture in the walk up to the front door, Munyon, Dutch Schultz and vengeful zombies are just a few of the new problems that befall the cast and crew of the Letter 13 movie.
Go along for the ride as this crazy group of characters tries to get this short film, with an ever changing story line, shot in one weekend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Susan Ashcraft on April 29, 2012 :
Stan Heberling, director/writer/cameraman, has 48 hours to complete the filming of his thesis movie entitled Letter 13. Perceived as a know-it-all with delusions of grandeur at Eisenhower College, he has had a near impossible time getting the people he needs to complete his movie. Bryce Fowler, whiner extraordinaire, and Keisha Crenshaw, a true performer, are hired to costar. Unable to book a student with even basic camera skills, Stan had to beg his 15 year old sister to give up her weekend to help him with his film. After a late night visit from Stan that promises to go on indefinitely, Irv agrees to be sound-man for the movie. Now though, Irving Liberty Bell, sound-man guru of Eisenhower College, wonders just what he's gotten himself into.

After a series of humorous misfortunes, Letter 13 takes off in a new direction. After Bryce stumbles upon a chest partially buried in the side of a hill, the movie goes from alien flick to buried treasure film.

The direction however is not the one the film crew has been hoping for. Wandering aimlessly in the woods at night, a creepy old shack with stay out signs and rotting furniture in the walk up to the front door, Munyon, Dutch Schultz and vengeful zombies are just a few of the new problems that befall the cast and crew of the Letter 13 movie.

Go along for the ride as this crazy group of characters tries to get this short film, with an ever changing story line, shot in one weekend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Damla K on March 16, 2012 :
Director Stan Heberling’s well laid plans to complete his Senior Film Project in one short weekend were quickly dissolving into oblivion. After all, he had cast the audacious Keisha, and the self-proclaimed martyr, Bryce, as the lead actors in “Letter 13″. Even traveling to the film location in the Catskill Mountains proved that the film’s goals were in jeopardy. Mishap after mishap befall the young film crew even before they find a strange and mysterious locked chest protruding from the riverbank. Could this be the long lost and cursed treasure of the devilish gangster Dutch Shultz? The course of their predicament disintegrates further when after becoming lost in the woods, Stan and his gang cross paths with a backwoods yokel who seems to like shooting everything that moves. Add to that it seems a batch of hideous zombie gangsters is chasing them. The situation might make one wonder if they will ever make it out of the woods ALIVE! It does seem possible they may become the victims of a cursed treasure.

I found it to be quite interesting the way the author wove each character’s background into the story. It allows you to integrate yourself into their lives as well as their adventure. The interlude’s of ‘character breaks’ serves to not only build solidarity between the reader and the characters, but it also leads to you anticipate the chaos and mayhem that you know (and expect) will follow. Although this book is really geared more towards teens and young adults, I found it to be quite enjoyable. If I were to tell the truth, I would have to say that I even laughed at some of the comical drama between Stan and the other characters. I believe Rich Docherty has richly combined humor, horror, and fantasy in his debut novel “Dead as Dutch”.

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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