Fiction surpasses reality in Francesco Giannini’s debut horror feature Hall about a highly contagious and deadly virus spreading rapidly in a hotel hallway. This highly stylized genre film, blending mystery, suspense, and sci-fi elements, is part of a new horror franchise that Franky Films is developing out of their studio in Montreal, Canada.
Hall’’s story unfolds in real-time (or almost) to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats. When a hotel hallway is ravaged by a dreadful airborne virus, pregnant Japanese runaway wife Naomi is tragically thrust into the fight of her life. After getting infected, she wants to escape but is forced to crawl her way through other helpless and scattered victims. In the room next door stays Val, a mother trapped in a toxic marriage. Val must also navigate her way out of the hotel and walk through the long and narrow stretch of isolated carnage, all while desperately looking for her young daughter Kelly and keeping out of sight of the remaining contagious sufferers. Will these two women get out of there alive?
“It’s a strange coincidence that our film is coming out at the same time as the devastating Coronavirus crisis,” says director Francesco Giannini. “I never thought that the fictional story of virus contagion we’ve created in Hall would become a reflection of reality within such a close time frame between the release of the film and the pandemic occurring right now. However, the ideas and themes explored in the movie have been in my thought process for a while due to the previous viruses outbreaks I’ve had witnessed,” he adds.
Today, Dread Central is thrilled to exclusively premiere the teaser trailer for Hall (embedded at the top of the article), along with the first look images below.
Starring Japanese star Yumiko Shaku as Naomi, Carolina Bartczak as Val, Mark Gibson as Branden, Julian Richings as Julian and Bailey Thain as Kelly, Hall is a Franky Films production.
About the Director:
Francesco Giannini is a Montreal based Canadian director and producer, founder of Franky Films. He has directed eight award-winning shorts including The Flare, which premiered at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival. More recently, Giannini took on his first major film project as Executive Producer & Producer with the horror-thriller Woodland Grey, directed by Adam Reider. He would simultaneously produce his directorial debut with the psychological horror Hall, slated for a 2020 premiere. Furthermore, his previous experiences as an actor, cinematographer and editor have all helped him hone his craft as an author storyteller, combined with his ability to turn projects with minimal budgets into movies lauded for their high production value. Giannini currently has two other scripts in development, both finalists at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships Awards and official entries of the highly curated Black List in Hollywood.
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