As the Marché du Film opens for business, film production, financing and sales triple-threat Epic Pictures Group will set up shop with two buzzy genre projects: the multi-directed anthology film “Tales of Halloween” and Israeli horror feature “Jeruzalem.”
“Jeruzalem” is about two American friends on vacation in Jerusalem who get caught in the middle of a biblical apocalypse as the resurrection erupts on Judgment Day. Trapped between the ancient walls of the holy city, they must fight for survival as all hell breaks loose. Directed by brothers Doron and Yoav Paz (TIFF 2009 and Berlinale’s “Phobidilia”), “Jerzualem” stars Yael Grobglas (“Jane the Virgin”) and is shot entirely from a POV perspective via a head-mounted camera. The found footage-style is a trend among contemporary horror pictures, including recent “As Above, So Below.”
“Tales of Halloween” unites together eleven visionary directors, self-dubbed “The October Society.” This team sculpts ten short films set over the course of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens and axe murderers terrorize unsuspecting residents. Directors include “May”‘s Lucky McKee, “The Descent” and “Game of Thrones” helmer Neil Marshall, Adam Gierasch, Andrew Kasch, Axelle Carolyn, Darren Lynn Bousman, Dave Parker, John Skipp, Mike Mendez, Paul Solet and Ryan Schifrin.
The cast of over 80 horror icons and newcomers includes Joe Dante, Barry Bostwick, John Landis, Mick Garris, Pat Healy, Keir Gilchrist, James Duval and Jose Pablo Cantillo.
Epic Pictures recently executive-produced Sundance-winning Midnight entry “Turbo Kid” and the utterly insane “Entertainment,” starring Gregg Turkington.