The last time Mount Dora made it to the big screen was 1981. The campy film “Honky Tonk Freeway” featured a water-skiing elephant and a downtown painted pink.
December 3 brings the premiere of the next film shot on location in Mount Dora, “Crocodylus.” The horror flick takes its name from the genus of large reptiles commonly known as crocodiles.
The public premiere is at the Mount Dora Community Building. Seventy percent of the night's sales will go to Friends of the Community Building and thirty percent will benefit Friends of the Donnelly House, according to Mayor Nick Girone.
The film’s producer Michael McLaren fell in love with Mount Dora and had the idea to write a fictional screenplay about a deadly, giant crocodile. Lake Dora is known for its share of large alligators, but this is something much more ominous. Shooting began in November of last year and wrapped earlier in 2017.
Mount Dora Community Building is located at Baker Street and East 6th Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with the film’s actors and director Myles Erfurth in the building’s lobby. Tickets are $10.