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Hollywood Director Comes Home for Local High School Reunion

Updated: 08/16/2014 11:29 PM
Created: 08/16/2014 11:00 PM KAALtv.com
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 News) -- On Saturday night, inside the Flame Theatre in Wells, Minnesota, the sounds of suspense and fear, followed by tense feelings of trepidation, filled one of its many theaters. 

"Mr. Jones" is the name of that thriller film that made some viewers jump in their seats. It's own maker featured the movie in his own hometown. Hollywood filmmaker, director, and writer, Karl Mueller, is back in Wells for a high school reunion at United South Central School. 

"It's nice to come back to Wells just for the slower pace and less density. The traffic alone is like a breath of fresh air," he said. 

When Mueller is not taking away the breath of an audience and replacing it with horrified gasps, he will come home from time to time.  

"He comes back to Wells, and everybody knows him, everybody interacts with him," said Dan Hart, Co-Chair of the Reunion committee. 

Wells is a small town with familiar faces. It's secluded setting influenced his eerie style. 

"Like, the cornfields out in the country, where you'd hear little stories about a scary cult doing stuff out in Pihl's Park, something like that," said Mueller. 

The park he's talking about is on the outskirts of town, and that scary cult imagery will surface into a movie he's writing for called "The Devil's Hand," featuring stars Jennifer Carpenter and Rufus Sewell. 

"You're scared more when you're a kid, when you're making a scary movie, you have to get back in touch with that era of your life, " explained Mueller. 

From working the spotlight behind the red curtain in high school to the big screen, Karl Mueller is a product of surprise.

Hollywood filmmaker, director, and writer, Karl Mueller, is back in Wells for a high school reunion at United South Central School.