James Wan is seriously hot property in the world of horror after the incredible success of the brilliant Insidious, and so any news of a new film with him involved is gonna get fans excited. We brought you new months a go that Wan was working on writing a new horror story, and today’s news confirms that the film is now in motion. House of Horror is written by Wan and the screenplay has been adapted by Max La Bella. However the best news is that Xavier Gens will be in the director’s chair, and this is very very good news indeed. Gens is the French director who gave us the vicious and nasty Frontier(s), a film which made Hostel look like a kids film, he also brought us the video game adaptation of Hitman, and more recently and more importantly, the stunning looking The Divide (due for release early 2012). Gens is a great call to direct, and the pairing of him and Wan can only deliver fantastic results. I can’t see anything going wrong with this one, check out the synopsis:
The Devil made me do it.
The House of Horror is a horror-thriller that centers 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 department’s psychologist, Dr. Elizabeth Klein, question a suspect. The young man at the center 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 isn’t responsible for his friends’ 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 John’s demeanor 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 John’s friends were murdered. All this leads to a stunning revelation about the man they’ve been interrogating and a gut-wrenching conclusion.
By Matt Wavish