Sunday, August 17, 2014

NEWS: The Houses October Built Coming Acquired by Image/RLJ

The Houses October Built sounds great. Let's set our a horror movie inside haunted attractions. Sure the rest of the plot sounds moderately formulaic (see full release notes below), but the atmosphere could more than make up for any deficiency in creative narrative. It kind of reminds me of the basic theme behind House of 1000 Corpses though I'm fairly certain it will lack some of the things that made that effective ie a glimpse at Sherri Moon Zombie's ass crack. Image has acquired the rights for North America and we should have a review once a date is released. We'll keep you informed about upcoming news regarding a DVD.
We've included one still from the movie which features a common haunt icon, the evil clown. I like the look just fine, but it's quickly becoming overused (not clown horror, just this look).

Full release on the acquisition below.


LOS ANGELES (August 15, 2014) – Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired the North American rights to the haunted house thriller THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT. Produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity)and Zack Andrews. The film is directed by Bobby Roe and stars Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe and Jeff Larson. The deal was announced today by Image Entertainment’s SVP of Acquisitions, Mark Ward.

“THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT is an instant Halloween classic,” said Ward. “This is a film that audiences will seek out year after year – and will be just as terrified each time they watch it.”

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT takes you where no other Halloween film has gone before. Beneath the fake blood and cheap masks of countless haunted house attractions across the country, there are whispers of truly terrifying alternatives. Looking to find an authentic, blood-curdling good fright for Halloween, five friends set off on a road trip in an RV to track down these underground Haunts. Just when their search seems to reach a dead end, strange and disturbing things start happening and it becomes clear that the Haunt has come to them …

"We found out that over 35 million people go to Halloween Haunts each year,” said writer/director Bobby Roe. “But out of all the horror films out there, no one has touched on these places. It's untapped. So we decided to tell a story centered around the holiday and set it in the world of Halloween Haunted Houses."

The deal was negotiated by Image Entertainment’s SVP of Acquisitions, Mark Ward, and WME Global and Preferred Content brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

Recent Image Entertainment releases include Devil’s Knot with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and directed by Atom Egoyan, Rage with Nicolas Cage and Danny Glover, and the horror sequel Wolf Creek 2.

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