Backwoods Thriller Black Fly Inspired by Real-Life Serial Killer
Jason Bourque makes his feature directorial debut with Black Fly, which draws inspiration from real-life serial killer Noel Winters. The killer, who at one point lived not far from a young Bourque, butchered at least four people in the 1980s, including his girlfriend.
Per Screen Daily, Shoreline Entertainment has acquired rights to the backwoods thriller and will introduce it to international buyers at the EFM. Black Fly presents a fictionalized account of Winters’ story through the eyes of his estranged younger brother.
The film stars Matthew MacCaull, Dakota Daulby, and Christie Burke.
Jake and Noel Henson are two estranged brothers haunted by a troubled past. Their father died in a hunting accident, their mother committed suicide, and over the years they lost touch. After escaping from his abusive uncle, Jake seeks refuge with Noel, who now lives with his girlfriend, Paula, in the old family farmhouse. Located on an isolated island, it’s the perfect place to find solace and re-connect after years of separation. Or so Jake thinks.
Soon after his arrival, Jake realizes his older brother has become a hard drinker with an explosive temper. A short fuse of paranoia and abuse has been ignited in the farmhouse, and the days unfold with creeping unease. It’s family versus morality as Noel’s psychopathic tendencies propel them all into a nail-biting nightmare. For Jake, he must question “the ties that bind.” Will he be strong enough to stop his brother’s terrifying rampage?