The official trailer for Paul Hyett’s THE SEASONING HOUSE has hit the internet and is quite shocking indeed!
Written and directed by PAUL HYETT (award-winning special makeup FX designer for The Woman In Black, Dog Soldiers, Doomsday, Attack the Block, Eden Lake, Centurion, and more) and starring SEAN PERTWEE, ROSIE DAY, ANNA WALTON, KEVIN HOWARTH and JEMMA POWELL, THE SEASONING HOUSE is a stylish, claustrophobic, nightmarish neo-horror about Angel, a young Balkan girl forced to work in a rape house during an unspecified war. After killing a militiaman, she goes on the run.
Writer/director Hyett explains: “I like to think of the film as a cross between Pan’s Labyrinth, Martyrs, and Die Hard. It’s an uncompromising, action-packed, and claustrophobic revenge thriller set against the backdrop of an unspecified Balkan war. Having worked on so many films over the last few decades, I am totally comfortable with making the leap into directing. It feels like a natural progression for me. While the subject matter is dark, disturbing, and nihilistic, I’m approaching it in a very stylish, glossy, and beautiful fairytale way. The first half is an opiated dream; then the tone shifts as the young girl is dragged out of this darkness, the dream shattered, and a far edgier, fractured and realistic film emerges. I’ve been lucky enough to be working with friends from my previous work, including Sean (Pertwee, playing “Goran”, the brutal militia leader), Kevin (Howarth, playing “Viktor” the shifty proprietor of the eponymous establishment), Michael (Riley, producer), as well as some new friends such as the amazing Rosie Day, who plays “Angel”, the tiny young girl who makes her way around the house via the crawlspaces and spaces beneath the floorboards. Directing The Seasoning House is an enormous pleasure for me, and this will be the first of a series of films I will direct over the next few years”.
Producer Riley adds: “Paul has done prosthetics on many of my films over the last 15 years. His focus, preparation, and creative abilities, coupled with his vast experience on some of the best European films of recent years, convinced me he was ready to put on director’s shoes. On set he is calm, prepared, relaxed, and communicative. With a confidence born of years of experience and virtually ego-free, he commands the respect of the cast and crew so is the perfect director. I look forward to continuing this relationship into the future on subsequent horror/thrillers”.
THE SEASONING HOUSE is yet to receive a release date, either theatrically or home release, after it’s premiere at FILM4 Frightfest in London in August.