Lunar Pictures and Australia-based Bronte Pictures released the first teaser for their supernatural horror thriller The School, directed by award-winning Australian writer/director Storm Ashwood.
The School follows Amy, an attractive, successful surgeon, who struggles to cope with her emergency room duties and those of a young mother looking after her hospitalized son who has fallen into a coma. After being reprimanded by her boss, Dr. Wang, for obsessively believing her son will wake up, she becomes trapped in a coma/purgatory of her own – The School – where children from her past emerge to taunt and test her to her core, putting in doubt whether Amy will be able to save her son and leave The School.
The School was filmed at the Gladesville Mental Asylum, which was founded in the late 1830’s, making it the oldest asylum in Australia. Unfortunately, the cruel and unusual punishment of its patients was a normality there, including the use of electric shock therapy and both patient and employee deaths were common. There are 1,228 unmarked patient graves on-site providing an unsettling location to capture the supernatural horror elements in the film.
Megan Drury, Nicholas Hope, and Jack Ruwald star.
Blake Northfield and Jim Robison are producers on The School, and Phil Hunt and Compton Ross at Headgear Films (Black Mass) are executive producers. Earlier this year, international sales company Cinema Management Group (CMG) acquired worldwide sales rights, excluding Australia and New Zealand.