After premiering at 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.
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. Dark Sky Films has shared a brand new trailer as they’ll be releasing on VOD July 27th.
“James and his wife Casey load up their two teenage kids and head out to a remote cabin in Oregon for a weekend trip. When James heads into the snowy forest in search of firewood, he encounters an enigmatic woman passed out in the snow. Bringing her back to the cabin for help, the family has no way of knowing that the woman’s presence is the catalyst for a series of events that will change their lives forever.“
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.