It's the perfect fright storm for a Friday the 13th.
Tyler Mane is bringing horror movie “Compound Fracture” to the Scottish Rite Masonic Center theater, 202 S. 20th St., next week. He's coming at the invitation of Omaha's own “Dr. San Guinary's Creature Feature Live!”
The event will benefit the Scottish Rite's Rite Care Children's Language Program, which provides speech therapy to toddlers with developmental problems.
San Guinary, Mane and “Compound Fracture” are probably creepy enough in their own right, but there's an added dimension to this Friday the 13th scarefest.
The cast of “Compound Fracture” includes actors who have played three iconic horror-movie villains. Mane was Michael Myers in director Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of “Halloween.” Derek Mears was Jason Voorhees in a 2009 remake of “Friday the 13th.” Muse Watson was Ben Willis in the 1997 movie “I Know What You Did Last Summer.”
No, they're not playing those classic roles in “Compound Fracture.” But it's still pretty creepy to think of them all in one movie.
“Compound Fracture,” written by Mane and his wife, Renae Geerlings, is a supernatural thriller about a family that comes together after a 20-year absence. Together they will have to overcome a vengeful ghost. Mane plays what he calls “a misunderstood good guy.” Watson plays his father. Mears is a scorned son-in-law.
General admission to the screening is $15. Buy a VIP pass for $20 or $30 and you get a chance at winning the night's top prize — a poster signed by the entire cast. If you win that, your name is entered in a drawing along with winners from 70 other cities where Mane is touring with “Compound Fracture.” The tour's grand prize: You get to be killed in Mane's next movie. Visit drsanguinary.org online to buy an advance ticket and get details on prizes, plus preshow and afterparty events for those VIP pass holders.
Mane and Dr. San Guinary, aka Chris Palmer, will perform skits during breaks within the movie screening. If you don't get to the movie, you can watch the skits on Dr. San Guinary's regular TV show, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. on KPTM's digital channel 42.2.
Tyler Mane, born Daryl Karolat, is a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. At age 19, he began his career in 1986 as a professional wrestler named Skywalker Nitron. He toured with New Japan Pro Wrestling, wrestled for Joint Promotions in England, briefly joined World Championship Wrestling as simply Nitron, and toured Puerto Rico for the World Wrestling Council. Somewhere in there, he says, he wrestled in Omaha.
He was the Universal Wrestling Federation's MGM grand champion in 1994.
“I was getting tired of getting dropped on my head,” Mane said recently in a phone interview. “I needed to find something else to do.”
While touring Mexico as a wrestler for two years, he began appearing in Mexican wrestling films.
“I played an intergalactic vampire who shoots laser beams through his fingers. I had three midget sidekicks dressed up as aliens. I mean, where do you go from there?”
His Mexican film appearances led to a part in a “Smokey and the Bandit” TV movie and a guest role on the series “Party of Five.”
Then, in 2000, he was cast as mutant Sabretooth in “X-Men,” a comic-book megahit movie.
Other film roles followed, including in “How to Make a Monster,” “Joe Dirt,” “The Scorpion King,” “Troy” (as Ajax), “Hercules” (as Antaeus) and Rob Zombie's “The Devil's Rejects.”
Then came the “Halloween” role. When Zombie approached him about playing Michael Myers, he gave a quick answer: “I don't want to wear a hockey mask in a movie.”
Oops. That would be Jason in “Friday the 13th.” But Zombie didn't hold it against him.
To prepare for the role, he watched seven of the eight “Halloween” movies that had been made before 2007. (Michael Myers doesn't appear in the third one.) By the time filming commenced, he was very clear on the character.
At 6-foot-7, he's the tallest actor to play Michael Myers. He's also the only actor to play the role in two consecutive “Halloween” films, reprising it in “Halloween II” in 2009.
What's next? Mane and Geerlings will start raising money this month to make “Penance Lane,” a movie about a special-forces soldier who gets out of prison and must go to that foreboding address to find something for his ex-cellmate. The house harbors a horrific secret.
Action and horror are Mane's thing. You won't catch him whining about typecasting.
“Every day my wife and I woke up during filming of 'Compound Fracture,' we'd smile and say to each other, 'We're making a movie!' No matter how grueling it got, it was fantastic to be doing our own thing.”