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Who’s the ghost with the most? The new Aussie haunted house
chiller 18 may actually be a contender. Fango scared up some exclusive pics
(many of the gnarly-lookin’ spooks themelves!) from the film, which comes from
ACOLYTES screenwriters Shayne Armstrong and S.P. Krause (the latter also making
his directorial debut on the film) and features makeup FX by DAYBREAKERS Fango
Chainsaw nominee Steven Boyle. The producers describe 18 as "THE ORPHANAGE
meets PARANORMAL ACTIVITY."
"18 is independent and largely funded by the filmmakers
themselves," says Boyle, who also toiled on BLACK SHEEP, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and
UNDER THE MOUNTAIN, and recently designed the shark and makeup effects for BAIT
3D. "And although I’m sure they won’t have difficulty finding a distributor,
there is (to my knowledge) no one onboard as of yet. It’s rare that I do such a
low budget project that I have this much faith in, but I really do like what
I’ve seen so far. It’s one of the most exciting projects I’ve done in a while.
And the creature/ghost effects are some of the most disturbing I’ve ever done.
They are more of the physical THIRTEEN GHOSTS-type."
Production on 18 took place between two short films, HUGE
and RARER MONSTERS, also directed by Krause. Armstrong and Krause first met the
star of 18, Robyn Moore, on the set of the children’s sci-fi series K9, based
on the character from BBC’s DOCTOR WHO. 18 began principal photography in late
2010 in Queensland and wrapped this year. Armstrong and Krause are a
Brisbane-based screenwriting partnership with several other scary screenplays
currently in development, including 6 MIRANDA DRIVE (recently greenlit by
Lionsgate) for WOLF CREEK’s Greg McLean. The duo also rewrote the $30 million
shark movie BAIT 3D and penned a Gothic Western, A MURDER OF CROWS, for
producers Michael Robertson (BLACK WATER, THE REEF, Fango’s ROAD KILL) and
Murray Pope. The busy scripters are also adapting the horror manga THE DREAMING
for Tokyopop and Odin’s Eye, plus writing both the English language remake of
the Swedish horror-thriller NEXT DOOR and an original horror-action screenplay
called BLACK ECHOES.
Here’s the lengthy official synopsis for 18:
"Struggling actress Victoria Marshall returns home from
England to clean up her deceased father’s estate at her childhood home but soon
discovers that a labyrinth of junk isn’t all that her estranged father might
have left behind…
"It begins with things moved around, footsteps in the lonely
halls above her as she works downstairs, laughter from dark places that should
be empty. Little things at first; nothing threatening, nothing that could hurt
her. Then they reveal themselves and she knows for sure… There are unquiet
spirits in Number 18 and they’re angry—very angry—with Vic Marshall.
"But who are they? What do they want? All Vic knows is the
apparitions look like teenage girls with hidden faces and filthy red hair. At
first, Vic is unwilling to believe that her deceased father murdered these
girls, but Vic’s estranged little sister, Emma, knows it’s true. Their father
abducted, raped, tortured and murdered these girls in their family home after
both daughters moved away and the evidence is the three rotting, mutilated
apparitions that plague the family house.
"Emma has been aware of it for sometime. She’s long accepted
their father wasn’t the man they thought he was and Vic will have to as well.
Emma is determined that they will complete the clean-up, sell the house, divide
up the money and Vic can run away again, this time forever. It’s not Vic’s
right to dig around and make a mess out of things. Let it all be forgotten with
their father. Besides, whatever is in the house has never harmed her. Not yet.
"But Vic won’t let it go. Can’t. Maybe there’s another way
to look at it… maybe their father didn’t harm these girls. Maybe someone else
did. Someone still very much alive and watching the house from the shadows…
"Vic persuades Emma that the real killer could be someone
they both know—and knew from childhood. Someone close to the family. And they
have a clue—a long repressed memory when they were both just little
girls—something they saw that they didn’t understand at the time—something that
lies in a corner of the property beneath tons of building materials that 20
years later will be brought from the darkness into the screaming light of day.
"But Vic is running out of time. The apparitions are growing
impatient, belligerent and violent. No longer content to merely haunt Number
18, their mission is to terrorize and brutalize the Marshall sisters. If the
entities lurking in Number 18 can’t have justice, then they’ll at least have
Watch for more exclusive 18 pics soon!
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