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There’s a HAUNTING AT THE BEACON in the supernatural
thriller that makes its U.S. disc debut in September. Read on for the
details/art and comments from writer/director Michael Stokes, plus some
Filmed under the title THE BEACON and arriving September 13
on DVD and Blu-ray from Take 2 Releasing, this is the second feature from
producer Sally Helppie’s Texas-based Sabbatical Pictures, which previously made
the Stokes-scripted violent actioner EXIT SPEED. It stars THE HOLE’s Teri Polo
(1st and 2nd photos below) and David Rees Snell as Bryn and Paul Shaw, who are
trying to put their life back together following the death of their son.
After they move into the Beacon Apartments, Bryn starts experiencing visions of
a little boy who died there, and comes to believe that freeing his spirit will
allow her to contact her own dead child through him.
“I love mayhem movies like EXIT SPEED,” Stokes tells Fango,
“but THE BEACON is intentionally old-school, with a character-driven story, a
deliciously eerie score by John Majkut and practical makeup effects by maestro
Vincent Guastini of REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and DOGMA.” The cast also includes
Elaine Hendrix as a neighbor who lusts after Paul, and Ken Howard and genre vet
Michael Ironside as policemen who investigate the frightening events
surrounding the Shaws. “Michael has been a friend of mine for years, and he’s
been very supportive of me as a writer,” says Stokes, whose scripting credits
also include BRAM STOKER’S SHADOWBUILDER and THE MARSH. “Having him in my
directorial debut made the experience feel complete.”
THE BEACON was lensed at the Rogers Hotel in Waxahachie, TX,
which proved to host a few apparent ghosts of its own. “I heard stories from
several people about bedcovers being pulled back and items being moved,” Stokes
reveals. “Some people saw orbs, and one crewmember heard children laughing and
crying outside his room every night around 3 a.m.” The building’s elevator,
which plays a prominent role in the movie, also had a habit of trapping hotel
staff, usually after a big day of shooting. “We shot one scene in what is
supposed to be the hotel’s most haunted location,” Stokes recalls. “There was
no problem with the equipment, and our sound man checked the playback to
confirm everything had recorded properly. Still, when the DAT tape reached the
lab, it was blank. None of the dialogue had been captured. The actors had to
dub the scene.
“Good, creepy fun,” Stokes continues. “If there were ghosts, they were a lot less malevolent than the
ones in the movie.”
HAUNTING AT THE BEACON nabbed the Best Feature Film and Best
Actress prizes at the 2009 Paranoia Film Festival. Take 2’s discs will present
the movie in 16x9-enhanced widescreen with 5.1 audio; no special features have
been announced. Retail prices are $16.98 for the DVD, $20.98 for the Blu-ray.
See the trailer below the photos and find out more at BEACON’s official website and Facebook page.
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