Back in February, we reported that a number of genre icons were coming together for a new film entitled Death House, which has been dubbed The Expendables of Horror. At the time, we didn't known when production would begin, or if a release date had been set. Today, we have word that principal photography is about to wrap, and the filmmakers are eyeing a late 2016 or early 2017 release date. Photos from this horror-thriller have also been released, giving us our first look at legends such as Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace and many more.
Two federal agents fight their way through nine levels of Hell inside a secret prison known as the Death House. A facility-wide prison break turns their flight into a tour of horrors as they push toward the ultimate evil housed in the lowest depths of the earth. Entertainment Factory's Death House is about to wrap principal photography in Philadelphia, PA. Dubbed the "Expendables of Horror," the film blasts an ensemble of legendary genre names as Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Sid Haig, Bill Oberst, and a number of other official surprises. The movie also features the last performance from original Leatherface himself Gunnar Hansen, who passed away in November 2015 after filming was completed. Many of these stars are featured in the first photos, courtesy of Dread Central.
Produced by Entertainment Factory's Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase, Death House is directed by B. Harrison Smith (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers: Elephant's Graveyard, 6 Degrees of Hell, The Fields). Smith wrote the screenplay based on an original story by Texas Chain Saw Massacre legend, the late Gunnar Hansen. The film is NOT a monster mashup of iconic characters. It is an original story revolving around federal agents Cody Longo (Piranha 3D) and Cortney Palm (Zombeavers, Sushi Girl, Silent Night) fighting their way into the bowels of a federal prison that holds the worst prisoners on earth.
The film is a nod toward classic horror but presenting a fresh, new story inspired from Lovecraft and Dante. Practical effects are mastered through the wizardry of Roy Knyrim's SOTA FX (Gods and Monsters, Ed Wood). The film's release is slated for late 2016/early 2017 depending on distribution scheduling. With the release of these photos, and principal photography coming to a close, hopefully the first trailer is just around the corner.
Director Harrison Smith has previously said that Death House will blend the grittiness of Assault on Precinct 13 with the gore of Saw and the action of Jurassic Park. Other classics such as Escape From New York, Resident Evil and The Wizard of Oz also provided inspiration for this unique tale. Take a look at the first photos below from Death House, and keep your eyes peeled for the first trailer.