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Inspired by a true story

In­de­pend­ent psy­cho­lo­gic­al thrill­er filmed in Port Rich­mond.

Writer and dir­ect­or Dav­id Boor­boor gives dir­ec­tion be­fore call­ing ac­tion on set. PHOTO COUR­TESY OF MARK EL­SON

An in­de­pend­ent psy­cho­lo­gic­al thrill­er in­spired by the true story of 1980’s Phil­adelphia seri­al killer Har­ris­on “Marty” Gra­ham was filmed at a loc­a­tion in Port Rich­mond earli­er this month.

The movie, titled “A Place in Hell,” is writ­ten and dir­ec­ted by Dav­id Boor­boor and stars Lewis Smith of Django Un­chained, Noree Vic­tor­ia of The Rickey Smi­ley TV Show and Phil­adelphia nat­ive Atif Lan­i­er of In­vin­cible.

Most of the movie was shot at Creamy Acres Fright Farm in Mul­lica Hill, N.J., but a few scenes were filmed at Stan­zak’s Cafe and the res­id­ence up­stairs at 2700 E. Cam­bria St. in Port Rich­mond.

In the movie, a post-gradu­ate stu­dent and her col­lege room­mate team up to make a movie for film school while a de­tect­ive searches for an­swers to a closed case.

The plot cli­maxes on a deser­ted fright farm in South­ern New Jer­sey, as­so­ci­ate pro­du­cer Mark El­son said in a phone in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 29.

Gra­ham, a men­tally dis­abled drug ad­dict, was con­victed of first-de­gree murder in April 1988 in the stranglings of sev­en wo­men whose corpses were found the pre­vi­ous Au­gust in his North Phil­adelphia apart­ment, ac­cord­ing to a 1988 Daily News art­icle.

The scene filmed in Port Rich­mond is a flash­back to when de­tect­ives dis­covered the bod­ies, El­son said.

Gra­ham is now 54 years old and is cur­rently serving out his sen­tence of life in pris­on at the State Cor­rec­tion­al In­sti­tu­tion at Coal Town­ship, ac­cord­ing to the state in­mate loc­at­or web­site.

The film is slated to premiere in Novem­ber 2014 in New York City, El­son said.

You can reach at aeaves@bsmphilly.com.

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