Uncork’d Entertainment will distribute Byron Turk’s The Bates Haunting, on VOD August 6th. Described as “Scream meets Scooby-Doo,” the indie thriller is one of those films that uses a haunted attraction as a backdrop for its tale and was shot in rural Pennsylvania, at Arasapha Farm’s original Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride: One of America’s top Halloween attractions.
The story? Agnes Rickover visited the Bates Motel and Haunted Hayride looking for some Halloween fear and fun. Instead, she witnessed a tragedy: The fiery death of her best friend Lily making her dramatic debut on the Hayride.
After a year spent obsessing over the horrible accident, Agnes takes a job at The Haunted Hayride, hoping to face her trauma and to exorcise her demons. She thinks this could be an investigative opportunity as well, and when her new co-workers end up victims of mysterious accidents, she knows it is. With her new sidekick Clyde, Agnes must figure out whom – or what – is behind all of this mayhem before more people die.
The film co-stars Zachary Fletcher in his debut starring role as Junior Bates and the late Ryan Dunn. Featuring a wild cast of characters ranging from ghouls and goblins to an overzealous chainsaw wielding theater actor, “The Bates Haunting is part haunt, part hunt, full of spirits and the spirited.”