SpectreVision, the busy genre-focused production company from Elijah Wood and directors Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, has announced its next horror film project: director Jorge Michel Grau's "Curse the Darkness" will begin shooting in late October in Louisiana. SpectreVision calls it an "anthropological horror film." Here's the synopsis:
The film builds "
on the real-world history of chemically-induced slavery widely practiced by plantation owners around the Haitian Revolution of 1803. Set against the modern day backdrop of undocumented workers laboring in the Louisiana sugarcane fields, the story is a terrifying look at the systematic exploitation of the labor force by large corporate entities, as well as a portrait of the plight of undocumented workers in the United States."
"Darkness" marks the rebranded SpectreVision's (founded as The Woodshed in 2010) first plunge into the popular zombie genre. Earlier this year, the trio brought midnight buzz titles "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night," Ana Lily Amirpour's Iran vampire love story, and horror-comedy "Cooties" starring Wood, to Sundance. The films were picked up Kino Lorber and Lionsgate respectively.
Accomplished director Jorge Michel Grau, who will adapt Brandon Maurice Williams' screenplay, directed the 2010 Mexican original "We Are What We Are," the domestic cannibal horror film eventually remade by Jim Mickle in 2013. Zodiac Features will fund and co-produce "Curse the Darkness," along with producers Wood, Noah and Waller.