Sometimes there is no greater horror than that which we harbor inside ourselves. Such is the case with Justin R. Romine’s latest indie effort, What They Say. Read on for details!
From the Press Release:
They thought she had the perfect life – wealthy and privileged, an honor student with her whole life mapped out. What they didn’t know was what laid inside of her: pain and anguish, tearing at her until there was nothing left. Lost and alone, the young woman (Heather Dorff) finds solace in the form of a glistening blade, splitting her skin deeply. Her obnoxious sister (Kelsey Zukowski) and her self-indulgent mother (Kitsie Duncan) are completely oblivious to her inner turmoil. She has long since become numb to the world around her, getting that sensual release as the razor cuts deeper; watching the blood drip is all that matters. As soon as the last drop falls, the calm is stripped away from her with it. How far will she go to silence the hunger that now consumes her? Will she be able to regain control of her life, body, and sanity?
Evil lies within. How long will it stay there?
What They Say is based on a short story written by producer and star of the film, Heather Dorff. The whole story, from beginning to end, came to her on the way to work one morning during a dark time in her life. Dorff says, “It reminds me of how far I’ve come emotionally and in life in general since I wrote the short. It’s a story very close to my heart as I really love and cherish the dark tone of the story. I had never written anything similar to the short before then, and since I realized it could be made into a film and started pre-production, it has become that much more important to me”.
What They Say is a short dark drama with horror elements, but it is not a horror film. It centers around the young woman’s inner struggles, constantly fighting against the darkness that lies inside her. We are brought inside of her mind, which she keeps utterly closed off from the world around her. She fears and has weaknesses just like anyone else. Everyone in her life is extremely superficial. They are desperate to shed a positive image of themselves even if they hold ugly emotions inside. The protagonist holds everything on the inside until she can’t any longer, and she begins to lose control. Heather Dorff on her character: “She’s damaged. Broken. I don’t think she knows how to piece herself back together anymore. I don’t think she wants to.”
Co-star Kelsey Zukowski adapted Heather’s short story into the script. “As soon as Heather told me about it, I was immediately drawn to it and knew it was something I wanted to be involved with. It takes your average suicidal demise story and makes it much more visceral and raw – that dark urge inside hungering for more. There’s a great questioning of whether there’s still hope or if it defeating this girl is inevitable,” says Zukowski.
What They Say will be filmed in Chicago this spring and directed by Justin R. Romine of Fathead Films. Keith Romine, co-founder of Fathead Films, is a producer of the project as well. Fathead Films recently wrapped up its short Chicago-based vampire film Afraid of Sunrise, also starring Heather Dorff. What They Say also stars Kitsie Duncan and Tina Renee as the “the best friend”. It is set to premiere at The Chicago Horror Film Festival this September.
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