As we told you last week, production on Busted Buggy Entertainment’s upcoming supernatural film Holy Oak is slated to begin in early January in Texas, and now we have the exclusive first word on the film’s cast and crew.
Written and directed by Bryan Ryan, Holy Oak marks Busted Buggy and Ryan’s second collaboration after working together recently on the horror short film, “The Guest”. Also serving as producers on the project are Mel House of Upstart Films and Heather Wixson of Final Girl Films.
Coming on board for Holy Oak are award-winning cinematographer Will Barratt (Frozen, Hatchet II) and special effects maestro Robert Hall, owner of Almost Human Special Effects Studio (The Crazies, Devil). Even though casting is still currently under way, indie horror favorite AJ Bowen (The Signal, The House of the Devil) has signed on for the lead role of Detective Albright. Bowen recently received praise for his performance in A Horrible Way to Die, garnering a Best Actor award during the prestigious 2010 Fantastic Fest.
Joining Bowen are up-and-coming actress Courtney Daniels, who has been cast as Holy Oak’s female lead, Kim Mallory, as well as iconic genre actor Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) who’ll portray Phillip, Kim’s father; Pisha Warden; Andre Bolourchi; Jessica Whitaker; and Corbett Tuck. Production is set to begin on January 6th, 2011 in Central Texas.
“I am beyond thrilled to have a talented group of actors like AJ, Bill, and Courtney all coming on board to help bring my vision of Holy Oak to life,” said Ryan. “Both Bill and AJ are brilliant actors in their own right, and Courtney is going to prove to audiences to be quite a discovery of talent. Holy Oak is shaping up to be a dream collaborative experience for me as a director.”
When asked about the timing on the project, Executive Producer and President of Busted Buggy Dan Cunningham simply stated, “This project came together much quicker than expected, but with a great script from a talented, up-and-coming director, a phenomenal pair of actors in the leads, and an experienced, desired cinematographer on board, it make sense to move forward and get this film in front of audiences who are asking for a film of this caliber.”
Over a century ago in the small Texas town of Holy Oak, a curse was born, all of the residents mysteriously disappeared, and the tiny settlement was wiped off of the map. Today the only surviving member of the cursed family finds herself drawn to an overgrown plot of land on the outskirts of where Holy Oak once stood, searching for her long lost father, Phillip Mallory, a horror novelist who went missing years before.
Along with her father, a handful of friends, and two detectives, Kim discovers that not everything is as it seems in Holy Oak as the witches and other ghostly beings in the unearthly woods re-appear to let them know that the curse of Holy Oak is far from a legend and their unspeakable reign over the area may have only just begun.
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