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Elijah Wood and SpectreVision Will Bite into Zombie Territory with 'Curse the Darkness'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! August 25, 2014 at 4:43PM

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."
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The SpectreVision trio
The SpectreVision trio

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.

Watch our Sundance exclusive interview with the SpectreVision team here. They host an annual SpectreFest at LA's Cinefamily.

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This article is related to: Elijah Wood, News, SpectreVision


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