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by Indiewire
April 1, 2013 7:07 PM
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Project of the Day: A Psychological Thriller Takes on the 1972 Spektor Island Massacre

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.


Tweetable Logline:

TEN is a collectivist, post-exploitation psychological thriller devised as a possible explanation for the 1972 Spektor Island Massacre

Elevator Pitch:

No one is who they seem. Not even you.

TEN is a collectivist, post-exploitation psychological thriller devised as a possible explanation for the events of the 1972 Spektor Island Massacre. On a cold December afternoon, ten women arrive at a mansion on Spektor Island, famed for years of reported hauntings and strange activities.

The all-female cast film is a response to exploitation, slasher, and thriller films, with particular focus on the storytelling prominent in b-movies and genre films from the 1950s-1980s. It explores the meaning and fluidity of identity and takes a number of surprising turns.

Production Team:

Producer: Sophia Cacciola
Director: Michael J. Epstein
Cinematographer: Kelly Davidson
Written by: Michael J. Epstein, Sarah Wait Zaranek, Jade Sylvan, Sophia Cacciola

About the Production:

"There are many movies in which ensemble casts of men or ensemble casts with a token women or two perform, but there are virtually no movies with ensemble casts of women in non-gender-specific scenarios. Our goal with TEN was to create a film with a cast of women participating in action that has little to do with being a woman. In fact, with the exception of one character, the script would hardly need rewriting if it were all men. The movie is not really about ten women, so much as it is about ten characters who happen to be women." -- Sophia Cacciola

Current Status:


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  • Jeff Buderer | April 3, 2013 3:06 PMReply

    I really appreciate the idea of making a movie around real life - a massacre on a island. Really it doesnt get any better than that for a good thriller. Definitely a movie I would like to see once its completed.

  • MJE | April 2, 2013 2:39 AMReply

    Thanks so much! For anyone who'd like to check out more, a teaser is now up at our web site