STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - From Stroudsburg to Hollywood. A Monroe County native turned horror filmmaker is getting ready to have his newest movie hit the big screen.
In the late 1980s, Bruce Smith worked as an usher, then a manager, at the Stroud Mall movie theater.
"I sold soda and slung tickets, that's what I did," smiles B. Harrison Smith.
But, he didn't want to just work around movies. He dreamed of one day making them. In his downtime, a young Bruce tinkered with his silent film camera and made home movies.
He laughs, "it was getting my friends to dress up. My brother, I used to put in a dress and make him run around."
Fastforward many years to 2011. Bruce got his big break with a horror flick he wrote and produced about his own life. It's called 'The Fields'.
"The film went on to be quite successful and critically acclaimed. It won a number of best pictures," he explains.
The horror community now knows Bruce as B. Harrison Smith.
He's worked on many movies with many stars including Dee Wallace, who starred in 'ET' , Kane Hodder, who played Jason in several 'Friday The 13th' movies, and Billy Zane from 'Titanic'.
"It's still for me, it's like i'm a kid. I get to work with them now, and I grew up watching their movies," Smith adds.
Now, his latest and biggest film to take center stage is called 'Death House'. Two secret agents touring a prison get trapped inside and depserately try to escape from humainty's worst criminals.
Smith says, "it's straight up horror. It's not horror spoof, it's not comedy, it's not sattire."
Today, Bruce lives in Lancaster but makes frequent trips to Los Angeles. Despite his success, he remains humble and thankful. He adds, "i've worked at this and i've carved this out."
Hollywood dreams with a real-life Hollywood ending.
'Death House' oficially hits theaters next Friday, February 23rd.
The following day, B. Harrison Smith and some of the starring actors will be at the Stroud Mall to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. This starts before the movie premiere at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 24th.