“Elm Street II” director to screen his movie at WCU for Halloween

CULLOWHEE – Western Carolina University has a Halloween night treat for horror movie fans, with a special showing of “Nightmare on Elm Street II” featuring commentary by the film’s director, who recently joined the faculty at Western.

The free showing is set for 7 p.m. Sunday in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center.

Jack Sholder, a motion picture director, writer and editor, came to Western in September as professor of digital motion pictures and video, and producer/director in the studios of the Center for Applied Technology.

Director of “The Hidden,” “Renegades” and HBO’s “By Dawn’s Early Light,” Sholder recently directed “12 Days of Terror,” a television movie about a series of shark attacks in New Jersey in 1916. He won an Emmy Award for his editing work on “3-2-1 Contact,” and his “The Hidden” has been called one of the 10 most underrated movies of the 1980s by Premiere magazine. He was an editor on 1970’s “King – From Montgomery to Memphis,” nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary.

During his career, Sholder has worked with such acclaimed actors as Kiefer Sutherland, James Earl Jones, Martin Landau, Courteney Cox, Rip Torn, Rebecca de Mornay and Jack Palance. He has won awards at several national and international film festivals.