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Springfield Special Effects Team Create Horror Elements for "You're Next"

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- "You're Next" - it's the title of a horror-thriller film which premieres in theaters Thursday. It was shot in Columbia, Missouri, but that's not the only Missouri connection.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- "You're Next" - it's the title of a horror-thriller film which premieres in theaters Thursday.
It was shot in Columbia, Missouri, but that's not the only Missouri connection.

All the special effects in the film - the blood, shattered windows, even the machete the "bad guys" use... are all done by a crew right here in Ozarks.

"I'm just the one who interprets the scripts and makes it look gory," says Mike Strain, the owner of Studio 2060 in Springfield.

"This is a machete that was actually used in the movie. It's all fake blood,"  says Brooke Thompson who works with Strain at Studio 2060.

This garage in Springfield contains things unlike any other garage...

"This is probably the least horrifying thing we made for the movie," Strain says of a fake turkey.

From a prop turkey to body dummies, these items are held in this soon-to-be-studio for effects man FX Mike.

"I've been all over the world, filmed all over, it's just nice to come home," Strain says.

A Springfield native, Strain has been doing special effects for almost 30 years

"I just fell in love with the monsters so I knew I just always wanted to make monsters when I grew up."

Now,  Mike's biggest project is set to hit the big screen this week, titled  "You're Next."

"It doesn't really bother me. I know it's all fake, I know how it's all done," Strain says.

But Mike wasn't the only Ozarks native behind the scenes of the feature film.

"Time ran short so that's when, luckily, my crew came into help," says sculpter Marc Spess.

"Sculpting dead bodies?", a reporter asks.  "Well, partially dead... depends on the character," Spess jokes.

"Full sized realistic brains, and head and stuff like that. I would sculpt them and he'd mold them and cast them in silicon and put fake blood on them," Spess explains.

Also  by Mike's side, his assistants.  One is his son, Madison, a freshman at Greenwood High School.

"It's kinda feels like my secret identity. I don't like to talk about it much at school, it's just interesting," Madison says.

"Say if he had a wound... I would have to match it to what a real wound would look like," Thompson says of her role.

And even though Strain creates fake scenes,  he says it's more fun for him to live in reality.

"It's been one of top 10 goals of doing movie special effects - to have a movie come out to theaters."

This film has been three years in the making and hits theaters nationwide this Thursday.

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