Midnight movies have always been a staple at the Sundance Film Festival, from “Blair Witch Project” to “Buried.” Two of the higher-buzz horror titles at this year’s fest were Ana Lily Amirpour’s Iran vampire love story “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” (review here, trailer below) which opens on November 14 via Kino Lorber, while rookie directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s horror-comedy “Cooties,” starring Wood, Rainn Wilson and “Newsroom” star Alison Pill, was picked up by Lionsgate for January 2015 release.
Founded by actor-producer Elijah Wood (“Wilfred”), writer-director Daniel Noah (“Max Rose”) and director Josh C. Waller (“McCanick”), SpectreVision is the rebranded genre-focused production company originally named The Woodshed in 2010. So far SpectreVision’s slate also includes “Toad Road,” which Artsploitation released on theatrical and VOD last October.
The trio have also added a music division, SpectreVision Management, run by Redbird Music Management’s Tim Husom. He seeks to connect filmmakers with such composer clients as Dustin O’Halloran (“Like Crazy,” “Marie Antoinette”), German pianist Hauschka, and Johann Johannsson (“Prisoners,” Waller’s crime drama “McCanick”).
SpectreVision has wrapped production in Medellin, Colombia on “The Boy.” Based on the short “Henley” which played in competition at the 2012 Sundance festival, “The Boy” stars 8-year-old Jared Breeze (“Cooties”) in the first film of a planned trilogy tracking the childhood of a future serial killer, with installments depicting the character at ages 9, 14 and 18, respectively, and ending with his full transformation to an iconic mass murderer.
“The Boy” is directed by Craig McNeill from a screenplay by McNeill and Clay McLeod Chapman, who created the characters in his novel “Miss Corpus.” The duo collaborated on the short. SpectreVision’s Wood, Noah and Waller serve as producers and are partnering with Chiller Films.
In October Spectrevision mounted their first annual SpectreFest in partnership with Cinefamily. They screened the LA premiere of E.L. Katz’s award-winning “Cheap Thrills” “Grand Piano,” starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, and Waller’s own “Raze,” IFC’s horror/action film starring Zoe Bell and Rachel Nichols, due in 2014.