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Their son was obsessed with horror movies. After his death, they're taking up the torch.

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Their son was obsessed with horror movies. After his death, they're taking up the torch.

Nava Silton

The parents of Kyle Cerilli are determined to finish the project that meant so much to him. Cerilli was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when he was just six years old. The progressive disease takes away one’s ability to walk, talk, run, play, laugh, eat and eventually breathe. This disease did not keep Cerilli from pursuing his passion, film. Cerilli was specifically interested in kid-friendly horror movies such as “E.T” and “Goosebumps.” Over the years he worked at a movie theater, created a production company with his friends and attended Rhode Island College for a degree in creative writing and film. The last script that he was working on was called “Slimebuck.” It is about a child who finds an alien in his backyard when his parents aren’t home, a mixture of “E.T” and “Home Alone,” complete with mad scientist and a puppet monster. Cerilli was dedicated to that script, typing with the one finger he had control of and even working on it on the day he died. Cerilli’s parents were determined to see the script through. With the help of one of Cerilli’s friends they produced a 20-minute short film. They hope to see through Cerilli’s dream of having a full length feature film. However, this is more than just a movie, it is about telling Cerilli’s story. Cerilli’s dad, Vin, hopes that building awareness of this movie and of muscular dystrophy will help other families affected by the disease. Dad, Vin, sums it up best when he says "a movie is a movie, but this story is about Kyle getting to have the last word — not muscular dystrophy.” Learn more about “Slimebuck” and the story behind it here.