ROSCOE, NY – 17-year-old Zelda Adams sat on a red velvet couch in her living room and opened her mouth to describe the plot of the next family movie. Before she could begin, a bloodied, chewed-up cartilage-cut hand came menacingly from behind the wall and then waved happily at her.
“It’s part of the period,” she said without missing out. “Happening during the Great Depression.”
Her father, 55-year-old John Adams, brought the limb, along with an ugly severed arm, and set it down next to a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies. The accessories seemed ready to take it for a treat, but in addition to the bloody props, the family’s rustic hillside, full of colorful landscape paintings and portraits, felt downright comfortable.
The family of four – Zelda’s sister, Lulu, 23, and their mother, Toby Poser, 52, are other members. Wonder Wheel Productions, a production company based in their home in the western town of Catskills Roscoe, NY
They write, produce, shoot, edit, costume design and act in all of their films, spinning from behind the camera to the front. They made six small independent films and the last two, “Deeper as you dig“And” Hellbender, “turned sharply into horror. Creatively and professionally, they seem to have found their niche.