Gothic Productions International, a Philippine company funded by U.S. independent resources, has finished shooting it latest production, a horror film titled Darkest Night, in Luzon. The film has almost all Filipino actors, as well as American DJ Perry of “The 8th Plague,” “Wicked Spring” and many other popular U.S. horror films. The film also sports Malaysian talent, to round out its international cast and crew.
At best, most “original” U.S. horror films are remakes of Asian films that somehow lose their magic in translation, according to Perry.
“Darkest Night” unfolds in a “found video and documentary” style. “Its story plops American Perry right in the middle to allow western audiences to experience a “holiday” trip away from home. Eastern audiences will identify with the many vivid Asian characters, as well as the local and family setting. Perry’s character in the film, Ken Tyler, is introduced to the traditional Filipino parents of his Filipino fiancé, Susan Reyes, played by Anne Gauthier, during a Christmas Day family reunion. What follows is a dark, horrific trip not to be missed, as demonic forces come into play.”
The film is now in post production and will have a November or December 2011 premiere. This opening is expected to be followed up by theatrical play in the Philippines and then across eastern Asia. Talks are currently underway with distributors in the U.S. for the rights.
“Darkest Night” combines western demons with eastern spiritual traditions to come up with an original recipe for suspense and terror.