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New Stills From The Culling Hop a Ride Across the Internet

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Another road trip has gone awry for some weary travelers who thoughtlessly pick up a little girl lost, and we’ve got several new stills on tap to show you just how bad things can get when you try being a good Samaritan! Dig it!

Directed by Rustam Branaman, The Culling stars Jeremy Sumpter, Elizabeth Di Prinzio, Brett Davern, Chris Coy, Linsey Godfrey, Virginia Williams, Johnathon Schaech, and Harley Graham.

From the Press Release
The Culling has recently completed production, and this action thriller blends mystery and the supernatural to tragic effect. Produced by Safady Entertainment (Machine Gun Preacher) and Silver Lining Media group, The Culling introduces a young girl who beckons a group of college students to a supernatural trap. In her eerie home a mysterious man, her father, and her mother (Virginia Williams) await them with cruel intentions. The film was helmed by actor and director Rustam Branaman (Project Solitude) in what is sure to be one of the best horror films of 2012!

The tension continues when this group of friends including Emily (Elizabeth Di Prinzio, The Devil Within), Tyler (Jeremy Sumpter, Peter Pan), Sean (Brett Davern, MTV’s “Awkward”), Hank (Chris Coy, Hostel: Part III), and Amanda (Linsey Godfrey) find Lucy alone and lost in a parking lot. They all agree to drive her home and find her parents.

But what they do not realize is that Lucy’s parents have something in store for this small group. Method actor Schaech knows how to terrify the characters with just a look, a grimace, or a shout; and when characters begin to disappear, the true terror begins! This is a fear inducing thriller with an excellent cast that will lure audiences in to something unforgettable.

Elizabeth Di Prinzio also gives a hint of director Rustam Branaman’s directing style: Tthe great thing that Rustam did with this film is staying clear of the slasher and gore part of a ‘horror’ genre film and he shifted towards a feeling of uncomfortability and fear.” Di Prinzio also provides film trivia buffs something to savor: ”The house we shot at was the same house that The Last Exorcism was filmed at.” This is a scary real life abode that strangely draws horror films to it like a moth to a flame.

The Culling comes from a long line of supernatural thrillers that use a haunted location to bring an eerie vibe to audiences. Films like Spider Baby (1968), The Amityville Horror (1979), and Poltergeist (1982) defined the modern era of the haunted house style of film with surreal aspects of filmmaking and mystery. Meanwhile, the Paranormal Activity series of films continue to redefine what is truly terrifying when you are trapped with a spirit in a small and confining space. The Culling will further shape this sub-genre by both building tension through what is not seen and removing characters not deemed worthy by a strange family. After all, the viewer’s imagination knows few limits, and The Culling will test viewer’s limits and ability to withstand horror with a terrifying release scheduled for late 2012.

Synopsis
Five friends head out of town for road trip to a summer concert. A change of plans arise as they find a seven-year-old girl left alone in a parking lot, leaving them no choice but to find her parents. The little girl’s house is well out of the way and secluded. When they arrive at her house, it’s quickly apparent they will have to stay for the night.

What is not is foreseen is the evil nightmare they are about to encounter.

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