This saucy yet disturbingly creepy sci-fi-esque poster for David R. William’s MANIFESTATION is the first taste of what to expect from his future psychological horror film. I say future, as he and his crew need the help of horror fans everywhere to help bring his vision to fruition, which is why the team have just launched a Kickstarter campaign in a bid to raise $50,000 to fund the making of the film.
Manifestation is a dark psychological drama laced with moments of intense horror. Following the death of their son, a couple’s terrible sense of loss, anguish and shame manifests into a vengeful physical entity. The couple must confront this entity to achieve closure.
Manifestation can be described as Kramer vs Kramer meets H.R Giger (designer of Alien) or Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf if written by H.P. Lovecraft…with just a touch of Clive Barker.
On the anniversary of the death of their six year old son, Bob pays a visit to his estranged wife Anna hoping to heal their still open emotional wounds.
Their meeting quickly disintegrates into a raging scream-fest as all their suppressed pain and angry pour out and both sink into even deeper rings of emotional hell.
All is energy…even emotion…and energy cannot be destroyed, only changed. Where does hate go once released? Where does heart-rending sorrow, the overwhelming sense of loss, the reptilian drive to exact bloody revenge go once these emotions leave the body? What form might they manifest?
Manifestation takes place in a world that exists at the edge of darkness; worlds of eternal twilight where deeply troubled individuals struggle to make sense of the horrors of their lives, seeking to catch a glimpse of the long rumored light at the end of the tunnel.
But what if what stands between them and the light is the darkness itself?
“….Others were drawn from darker and more furtively whispered cycles of subterranean legend—black, formless Tsathoggua, many-tentacled Cthulhu…and other rumoured blasphemies from forbidden books like the Necronomicon, (or) the Book of Eibon….”
Director David R. William revealed his vision…
“Manifestation is about loss and love, about desire and hate, about the unbearable anguish of having to continue to exist when the person you cherish
above all else in the world has ceased to do so. Manifestation is a horror film that eschews the sort of cookie cutter characters and paint by numbers plotting so prevalent not only in the horror genre but most mainstream films.”
“There will be no compromise to the market, no “dumbing down” to appeal to the least common denominator. Manifestation will be frank and brutal in its depiction of raw emotion, physical violence, and eroticism. Yet it will also embrace the promise of redemption.”
“Working closely with DoP Wolfgang Meyer, we are seeking to create a film that is overwhelming in its portrayal of people collapsing under unbearable tragedy yet refusing to help support each other. We’re going after a very European 70’s art film aesthetic married to a very modern horror sensibility.”
Manifestation will star horror legend and icon Michael Berryman, and actresses Melantha Blackthorne and Debra Lamb. Michael will be playing the role of the lover of Anna, the mother of the dead child – a role completely unlike any this gifted actor has ever played before. I think a real eye-opener for those who think of him as only a “mutant” or “henchman”.
The film also casts Melantha and Debra in roles very different from those their fans are use to. These are two very accomplished actresses who have not had a chance to truly shine in the roles they have played to date – in Manifestation they will play characters who are very human, but very much broken by the circumstances of their lives.