Watch a locally made movie – Herald Democrat


By Jerrie Whiteley Democrat Herald

A few times over the past year I’ve written about a horror movie that was made locally during the pandemic. This movie was directed by Sherman High School graduate Mark Scheibmeir and his girlfriend. While on vacation last week I took the time to watch “The Summoned” and I have to say it was really good.

Now let me start by saying that I’m not really a fan of horror movies in general. I love the “Scream” franchise and the “Halloween” movies to some degree. But in general, I don’t watch horror movies.

Generally, I like my horror films to contain a bit of humor to help me recover from my scares. I wouldn’t really say “The Summoned” falls into that category.

But it was full of suspense and there were some nice twists at the end. It kept me guessing the whole way and had beautiful views of Lake Texoma.

Just to be clear, Mark Scheibmeir and I have never met. I interviewed him several times on the phone and had a professional relationship with several members of his family. So my opinion is not based on a lifelong friendship. It is based on the merits of the film and I would rate this film as one that is absolutely worth the rental price. So if you were wondering, I’d say go ahead and make this your next Friday night movie pick, you won’t be disappointed.

Besides finally being able to watch this movie, I spent most of my vacation cleaning my house because a friend offered to come visit. During the pandemic and since then very few people have entered my house who were not family and dog and I have become a bit lax in keeping things tidy. So when a friend told me she was coming to visit, I looked around and knew I had to keep busy.

Now let me say, my friend is the kind of person and we have the kind of friendship, where she wouldn’t judge me on whether my house was clean or not. But it made me want to clean it up even more for her.

So I put on some music and dug into the stuff that seemed to be piling up over the last few years. Once my friend arrived, we both immediately forgot about home and did what great friends do – we laughed and laughed and shared and laughed until my sides hurt.

We also ate the best Mexican food at La Mesa in Sherman, a place we frequented often when she lived here too.

So, I hope you all have free time too and have good friends to share it with.


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