HESPERIA Hollywood's set more than a few thrillers in the Victor Valley, and Daniel Riser's may be among the darkest.


"It's a story about a young man who rescues his younger brother from an abusive home," said Riser, the director and writer of "Hysperia."


But their happiness is short-lived, as his brother is kidnapped soon after, sending the main character on a journey into a fictional city with a familiar sounding name.


The story's dark nature will be controversial with some viewers, Riser predicts.


"I'm pretty confident that some people will hate us," he said.


That nature and the sinister city where the film takes place led the screenwriters to name it "Hysperia" rather than "Hesperia."


"But I adore the name," Riser said. "And we wanted to make a connection to the word 'hysteria.'"


The film stars Hesperia native Dallas Steinbeck.


"We're on the tail end of (production)," Riser said. "We just have to edit some scenes that we recently shot."


"Hysperia" has been assembled quickly, with work starting on the script back in September 2010.


"The film that it is now, compared to the film we set out to make, is completely different," according to Riser.


The movie has been produced on a shoestring budget of around $17,000, and will likely cost a total of $23,000 to $24,000 when all is said and done.


Although the filmmakers intend to shop it around to film festivals and release it online in 2012, they have larger ambitions for the film, intending to use "Hysperia" as a springboard for bigger and better things.


"We actually want (to open) our own studio," Riser said. "Our goal is to build a studio in the High Desert to bring jobs (here). ... We're already working on our second film."


Riser, who was raised in Los Angeles and San Diego prior to his parents moving to Hesperia, is a big fan of the Victor Valley.


"This reminds me of Hollywood 1915," he said. "There's so much undeveloped land here and opportunity for (growth)."


A full-length trailer for "Hysperia" will be released on YouTube on Jan. 20, along with the next stage of the project's fundraising campaign and the announcement of the film's planned release date.


"Being out here opened more doors for me than living in Hollywood," Riser said. "There's something in the mountain spring water up here."


For more information on "Hysperia," visit Facebook.com/Hysperia.


Beau Yarbrough may be reached at (760) 956-7108 or at beau@HesperiaStar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.