Metropolis Pictures Entertainment’s Poe writer and director Francis Xavier tipped us off to his latest experiment in fear, titled The Legend of Linda Vista, which is set to shoot on January 19th in the titular and infamous L.A. location. Read on!
According to the official PR for The Legend of Linda Vista, here’s what we can expect: In 2010 a team of filmmakers filming a scene of their serial killer/cannibal feature Poe experienced something beyond comprehension. Xavier, the film’s writer and director, along with producer Michael Kureth and co-producer Jo Ann Smith, witnessed something while filming in the vacant hospital that would change their lives forever. To celebrate (Edgar Allan) Poe’s birthday on January 19th, 2013, at the stroke of midnight, the filmmakers, along with five others, will be locked in the Linda Vista Hospital to embark on their own personal journey in order to find the truth of what really lies behind its doors.
With the tagline “Not knowing is more horrifying than the most explicit terror you can ever experience. This is not a SAG project. This is real,” Xavier told us of The Legend of Linda Vista, “I am the creator of this new reality-based haunted hospital film, and starting this week, I will be shooting a series of six webisodes that will appear on YouTube which will feature a great deal of information for the viewer to understand what Linda Vista Hospital is truly known for and which will introduce an up close and personal profile of the five people that I have handpicked to join me on this excursion into the haunted hospital.”
“Following the last webisode, the six of us will be locked into Linda Vista at the stroke of midnight until 6am on January 19th,” continued Xavier, “and I guess we will see if any ghosts will make themselves truly known.”
As for what predicated the filmmaker’s fascination with the structure, which lies in Boyle Heights just east of downtown Los Angeles and was originally constructed in 1903 as a hospital for railroad workers (but in subsequent years has served as the location for countless horror productions), Xavier stated, “After wrapping up shooting scenes for Poe, I witnessed something that I will never forget, and this is the reason I am doing this project. What I saw in that hospital that night fucked me up for life, and I think not knowing is more horrifying than the most explicit terror anyone can ever imagine.”
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