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Hi, Bryan Here….
Elijah Wood, most known for his role as Frodo, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy has teamed up with Josh C. Waller and Daniel Noah to form an indie film company called ‘The Woodshed’. The Woodshed will focus on horror/sci-fi films mostly according to Deadline. If this sounds weird to you, it shouldn’t be. Elijah has been an avid horror and genre fan for a long time. Don’t forget he was the sadistic killer and cannibal in ‘Sin City’, he was in the horror film ‘The Faculty’, and he is the sinister killer in the remake of ‘Maniac’. His horror chops are very strong, plus he loves the genre.
“I’ve been a fan of horror and genre cinema in general since I was a child and have become increasingly passionate about the idea of there being a space in which horror films that take their subject matter and characters seriously could be produced,” he said. “What was born out of a conversation of our mutual love for the genre and what we felt was lacking in a broad sense, especially from the US market, became The Woodshed.”
Elijah, Josh, and Daniel will all run the upcoming Nightmare City festival, which will feature Elijah’s ‘Maniac’ remake. Nightmare City includes 73 total events: 45 repertory screenings, 10 live music concerts, 8 LA film premieres, a blacklight poster art show, and even magic and comedy events.
Here are some of the projects lined up for ‘The Woodshed’:
* Curse The Darkness, a socio-political zombie film scripted by Brandon Maurice Williams to shoot in February in Florida in partnership with Cinipix Films. Building on the research of anthropologist Wade Davis, the film takes a grounded approach to Haitian zombie practices to tackle immigration issues. Lawrence Inglee is also a co-producer.
* Henley, a feature transfer of the 2012 Sundance short written by Clay McLeod Chapman and Craig Macneill. Macneill will direct and Noah Greenberg is producer as well as cinematographer. The film is described as an intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath as he first discovers his taste for killing.
* The Ivan Ford-scripted Harrow, to be directed by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe (Lost in La Mancha, Brothers of the Head) chronicles an unlikely friendship between an earnest female doctor and a shady photojournalist as they become trapped together in a town that has been quarantined as it experiences a number of disturbing paranormal events.
* The Peter Charles Melman-scripted It Was Cruel, to be helmed by Shadow of the Vampire’s E. Elias Merhige. The film uses the horror genre to confront the spiritual corruption that many Jews were forced to accept in order to survive WWII.
I’m super psyched for this collaboration. The world needs more original horror films. Cant wait to start seeing films from ‘The Woodshed’.