Elijah Wood’s Woodshed Acquires ‘Toad Road,’ Announces ‘Girl’

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The Woodshed, the new horror shingle from partners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller has announced two new projects — the original production A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and the completed feature Toad Road (review) from writer-director Jason Banker, reports Variety.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an Iranian western about vampires that will mark the feature debut of writer/director Ana Lily Amirpour. The film is described as a love story set in a fictitious Iranian ghost town reeking of death and loneliness, where a strange and jaded population is haunted by a lonesome vampire who preys upon the city’s most depraved denizens.

Shot in widescreen black-and-white and entirely in Farsi, everything from the characters, the look, a modern soundtrack of 60′s inspired Western guitar music and Iranian pop make the film a mythical mash-up of genre and culture.

The Woodshed is partnering with Blackout Films and Random Bench on Toad Road, which will be the first film to go out under “The Woodshed Presents” endeavor. The Woodshed partners discovered the pic when programming Nightmare City, a horror film festival collaboration between The Cinefamily, Cinespia and The Woodshed that is currently unfolding around Los Angeles.

The Woodshed will present the U.S. preem in Los Angeles on Oct. 23 as part of Nightmare City. Pic earned awards for director Banker and star James Davidson at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.

Banker produced his first narrative feature, Toad Road, in collaboration with Random Bench principals Liz Levine (“Camp Hollywood”) and Adrian Salpeter (“The French Guy”).

Pic blurs the line between documentary and narrative to create a disturbing portrait of drug use in youth culture wrapped around a terrifying supernatural event on New Jersey’s infamous Toad Road, the site of a true urban legend about the gate to Hell.