Xavier Gens is attached to direct House of Horror for producer James Wan.
Gens landed on the horror scene with the ultra-violent French horror film Frontiere(s) and currently has the post-apocalyptic thriller The Divide opening in theaters uncut on January 13 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.
House of Horror will find Gens returning to straight-up scare fare.
Wan announced his intentions to produce a slate of horror films with Icon Entertainment months before Insidious hit theaters earlier this year. House of Horror, written by Max La Bella, is the first project announced under the Wan/Icon Entertainment partnership. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) was once attached to direct.
To the left, you'll find sales artwork. Here is a previously-released synopsis for the film:
The Devil made me do it.
The House of Horror is a horror-thriller that centres around a gruesome crime scene. The film is shot with a blend of found footage, interrogation video, news cameras and classical cinematography. The film focuses on the aftermath of a horrific massacre; five college students, brutally murdered inside a decrepit, abandoned home.
We are thrown right into the mix as the lead Detective, Mark Lewis, and the police departmentâ€™s psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein, question a suspect. The young man at the centre is John Ascot, bound by handcuffs in a mobile command station. During the interrogation, John explains everything leading up to the deaths of his friends.
We discover that they were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house believed to be haunted. What started out as a harmless activity turned into something truly terrifying and more than they ever could bargain for. John explains to the police that he isnâ€™t responsible for his friendsâ€™ deaths, but rather, it was the house. He tells them he believes the house is a gateway to hell; a place of concentrated evil.
We slowly witness an eerie change in Johnâ€™s demeanour through the course of the movie. Things take a disturbing turn when John hints at the notion that he is possessed by the Devil. Detective Lewis and Dr. Klein are forced to unravel the mystery of how Johnâ€™s friends were murdered. All this leads to a stunning revelation about the man theyâ€™ve been interrogating and a gut-wrenching conclusion.
Source: Ryan Turek, Managing Editor