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‘Going for a ride’: Killer role in slasher movie fulfills Las Cruces actor’s childhood dream

Jack Lutz as the Coyote Killer in “The Dead of Night.” (Courtesy of Buffalo 8 Productions)

Growing up, Jack Lutz was drawn to slasher movies, because the films are like roller coasters.

“You know you’re going for a ride, and you know what’s coming next,” he says. “There’s going to be a peak, and fear is going to reach its apex. When you get there, the fear sets in. But it’s the twists and turns that catch you off guard. It’s the stuff you never saw coming that makes an impact.”

That’s why the Las Cruces-based actor was drawn to “The Dead of Night.”

The horror movie was filmed in New Mexico, and recently the trailer was released online.

It’s garnering a lot of buzz in the horror film circuit, and Lutz is excited for it.

Lutz plays a killer and had to pack on at least 20 pounds of muscle for the role, as well as wear a coyote head over his face.

“It was hard to navigate during the shoot,” he says.

The film was a childhood dream realized.

“Being part of a horror film was something I wanted to do since I was a kid,” he says.

The film is currently part of the film festival circuit and the trailer is online on YouTube.

Read more about Lutz’s journey here:

Inside this week’s issue, New Mexico natives Vicente Telles and Brandon Maldonado talk about their recent collaboration, “Tierra y Guerra,” which is on display at Pop Gallery in Santa Fe. The two artists got out of their comfort zone in creating the seven-panel altar piece.

Read more here:

The movies reviewed this week can be viewed online.

The first is “The Truth,” which stars Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve, and Ethan Hawke. The film is streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Read the review here:

Netflix has been churning out some hits. The latest is Charlize Theron’s “The Old Guard.” The film makes its debut on Netflix on Friday, July 10. The review is here:

Summer is in full effect, though restrictions with social distancing remain. For months, we’ve previewed content that can be viewed online or events that can be attended with proper health protocols.

Thank you for continuing to turn to Venue and the Albuquerque Journal. It’s a different world that we’re navigating together.

Adrian Gomez
Venue editor

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