Thriller Set in Kalamazoo Premiering at KP Cinemas and on Streaming Services

KALAMAZOO, MI – This week, downtown’s newest movie theater, KP Cinemas, is featuring a thrilling film with strong ties to the Kalamazoo area. The movie, “He Went That Way,” will be shown at the theater through Friday, Jan. 12, before becoming available on streaming services.

The film, co-produced by Hugh Broder, a Kalamazoo College graduate, is based on the book “Luke Karamazov” written by Kalamazoo College Professor Emeritus Conrad Hilberry. The story revolves around a chapter on Kalamazoo-born serial killer Larry Ranes’ four-day road trip with celebrity animal trainer Dave Pitts.

Ranes, who was convicted of the first-degree murder of Gary Smock and is known for his crimes in the 1960s, served life in prison. The film delves into the chilling encounter between Ranes and Pitts, shedding light on why Ranes chose not to harm Pitts, despite his violent past.

Starring Jacob Elordi as a character based on Ranes, the film tells the gripping tale of Pitts’ real-life experience with the notorious serial killer. The movie also features Zachary Quinto as a character inspired by Pitts.

Despite facing numerous challenges and limited resources, the producers dedicated 19 years to bring this independent film to the big screen. Kalamazoo College Provost Danette Ifert Johnson expressed pride in Broder’s achievement, showcasing curiosity, creativity, and a willingness to embrace diverse perspectives – all of which are highly valued at the college.

The film’s limited release in theaters across the country marks a significant moment for the Kalamazoo community. It sheds a light on a dark chapter in the city’s history and the resilience of those impacted by these events.

The movie’s exploration of the encounter between Ranes and Pitts, along with its long journey to fruition, adds depth to the narrative and offers audiences a thought-provoking look at a little-known story in the Kalamazoo area.

In conclusion, “He Went That Way” is a testament to the dedication and passion of its creators, shedding light on a haunting encounter and providing an opportunity for audiences to engage with a lesser-known aspect of Kalamazoo’s history.