3 items from 2014
Wimpenny discusses how he came to be involved in the project, and how he went about remaining faithful to the tropes of the ‘ghost story’ genre, and yet remain unique in his own right. He also tells us if he too is able to feel the suspense of the piece as an audience member, and a little about his sophomore endeavour, The Mandrake Experiment.
So how did you first get involved in Blackwood, and what was it that attracted you to the project?
I worked with Adam Morane-Griffiths the producer, and Joe Hill, the writer, ans we teamed up eight or nine years ago. We met through mutual friends and we all liked similar projects, so we made a short film with Russell Tovey, »
- Stefan Pape
★★☆☆☆The haunted house has become such a recurring trope in horror literature and cinema that it's now a bona fide sub-genre in its own right. From modern semis to labyrinthine old mansions, there's little that's more innately spooky than feeling unnerved in one's own home, while filmmakers have utilised that communal fear sublimely in offerings from The Haunting (1963) to The Innkeepers (2011). The latest British entry into this communion comes in the form of Blackwood (2013), the feature debut from director Adam Wimpenny, based on the first screenplay by artist J.S. Hill. It's a strange film with some interesting ideas that ultimately rest on perfunctory storytelling, leaving the piece short on tension.
- CineVue UK
The project is produced by Josh Sugarman through the Tenafly Film Co. “Outliving Emily” is directed by Eric Weber from his own script, based on his short story about the tumultuous marriage of a couple, Tim and Emily Hanratty, over half a century.
- Dave McNary
3 items from 2014
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