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Apparently, the answer is yes. Producer – and Oklahoma City native – Gray Frederickson, director Harry Basil and actor Armand Assante are here shooting "Soul’s Midnight," a feature film scripted by the Texas-based brother team of Brian and Jason Cleveland.

"The original concept was about a guy who bought a vampire-killing kit off eBay," says Jason with a laugh, as he waits for shooting to begin. "That was the initial conversation, and how the movie got started. Then we went back to Dallas and finished the screenplay. It went through several different drafts and transitions, and here we are."

"The real gist of this story is that vampires lure a pregnant couple to a small Texas town to steal their baby for a ritual sacrifice called Soul’s Midnight," explains Brian Cleveland. "We’ve really dug deep into vampire legend and folklore, and we’ve looked into the idea of St. George, the church martyr, battling the dragon back during the Third Century.

Although their model for the film’s vampire-infested hotel is a real-life structure in Mineral Wells, Texas, it’s being represented in the movie by a couple of Oklahoma buildings – the Masonic Temple in Guthrie and, on this night, a mansion owned by a couple of Coca-Cola heirs.

"This house, inside, is equally impressive," he adds. "It’s 25,000 square feet, not counting the basement and the 2,000 square-foot apartment over the garage. And inside is just incredible craftmanship, ornate ceilings and all that. Inside, it matches the Masonic Temple."

Frederickson moved back to his native Oklahoma a few years ago, following an impressive career as a Hollywood producer. In these parts, he’s best-known for producing the Tulsa-lensed "Outsiders" for director Francis Ford Coppola in 1983, and returning to Tulsa in ’89 to produce the "Weird" Al Yankovic comedy "UHF." He also served as a producer on a number of other Coppola pictures, including "Apocalypse Now" and the first two "Godfather" pictures.

"Our company’s a public company, on NASDAQ, and since we are beholden to all of the shareholders, our business plan has to be sound," he says. "We can’t go off and say, ‘Well, let’s make a $5 million-movie or a $20 million-dollar movie.’ I’ve seen that take down a lot of companies."

"You make somebody laugh, and then you scare the (expletive) out of ’em," he notes with a grin. "Like in ‘Jaws,’ where Roy Scheider’s shoveling the blood and he says, ‘You come down here and shovel this (expletive).’ Everyone laughs, and then the shark comes up and scares the hell out of you."

"I like what Gray’s doing," says the actor in cultured tones, sitting behind a desk in his dressing room. "He has enormous background in this industry, he’s very respected and he has superb taste in scripts. I came on this one fast, and I came on basically because of Gray. I was very impressed with what Gray’s trying to do here.

Obviously a thoughtful man, Assante says he was able to do some studying of vampire pictures, and he found them to have "enormous themes to grapple with." He believes that a motivating force for his vampiric character in "Soul’s Midnight" is the idea of redemption.

"I’ve always found whatever character you play, you find the most human traits," he notes. "The brilliance of Shakespeare’s villains is that they have as much humanity as the heroes, you know? And I think people want to see the human side of every villain."