Part of the marketing plan with Death House is to go grassroots. How many directors make their own web series for their movies? B. Harrison Smith gathered a number of the film’s stars to do personal home videos to punctuate their passion and desire to present Death House as an important film to the horror culture.
“So many don’t know the genre’s history. This is reflected in online comments that reflect an ignorance of the history for the genre by some. Gunnar wanted us to debut the trailer on the convention circuit and reach directly to fans. We are honoring his last wishes.”
Who will be signing at conventions 20 years from now when this legendary group of actors are gone? What films today are the new franchise classic of tomorrow? Death House is a tip of the hat to the heyday of 80s horror while incorporating its rich history.
Smith explains, “This film has so many Easter eggs for fans. For those new to the genre, it’s a roller coaster ride through the funhouse. We made a fresh story, not a monster mashup, and we expect fans to step up their game and not only demand better stuff, but know their stuff as well.”
Horror is fun again without being comedy or satire. Death House serves as a commentary on the symbiotic relationship between good and evil and technology’s new role in it. Enjoy the video, and look for more soon!
About Death House:
Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth.
Dubbed the “Expendables of Horror,” the film blasts an ensemble of legendary genre names such as Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Sid Haig, Bill Oberst, Jr., and a number of other official surprises.
Produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase, Death House is directed by B. Harrison Smith (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, 6 Degrees of Hell, The Fields). Smith wrote the screenplay based on an original story by Texas Chain Saw Massacre legend, the late Gunnar Hansen.
The film is NOT a monster mashup of iconic characters. It is an original story revolving around federal agents Cody Longo (Piranha 3D) and Cortney Palm (Zombeavers, Sushi Girl, Silent Night) fighting their way into the bowels of a federal prison that holds the worst prisoners on earth.
The film is a nod toward classic horror but presenting a fresh, new story inspired from Lovecraft and Dante. Practical effects are mastered through the wizardry of Roy Knyrim’s SOTA FX (Gods and Monsters, Ed Wood).
The film’s release is slated for late 2016/early 2017 depending on distribution scheduling.