After a slew of negative reviews out of Fantastic Fest, the filmmakers behind Applecart took their film back to the editing bay to retool it for a fresh premiere at last year’s Cinepocalypse in Chicago. Now, MPI has picked up the film to sell at the forthcoming EFM in Berlin.
Conceived and directed by first-time feature director Brad Baruh, the newly-titled Dead Night is told in a dual storyline exploring two very different perspectives about a family’s murderous encounter in the woods.
The film boasts performances by Brea Grant (Rob Zombie’s Halloween and H2, “Dexter,” “Heroes”) and 80’s horror icon Barbara Crampton, who starred in From Beyond and Re-Animator before popping back up in modern horror films such as Adam Wingard’s You’re Next and We Are Still Here.
Also starring is AJ Bowen – who broke out in David Bruckner’s festival smash The Signal before toplining A Horrible Way to Die, You’re Next, as well as Ti West’s House of the Devil and The Sacrament – with Sophie Dalah (Satanic Unbroken), Elise Luthman and Joshua Hoffman.
The cast get together for what seems like a fairly standard “cabin in the woods” tale and then it gets weird… and weirder… and super gory. Utilizing both a documentary-style news format and a classic, cinematic narrative, the film is said to explore genre themes with a new twist on structure.