This past weekend marked the debut of the much anticipated indie horror flick, The Scarehouse. In his feature film, Canadian director, writer, producer and filmmaker Gavin Booth takes us into the twisted world of two scorn sorority pledges (played by Sarah Booth and Kimberly-Sue Murray) out for revenge. The two female leads take the audience on an emotional roller coaster of betrayal, revenge and sympathy as their former Sigma Capa Delta sisters begin to arrive one-by-one at their makeshift haunted house; the night soon takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
The film- which was completely shot in Booth’s home town of Windsor, Ontario- got its inspiration from one of the cities annual halloween attractions “In Windsor, Ontario there is a Halloween haunted house open each October called Scarehouse Windsor (yes I borrowed the name!)” said Booth “It is run by Shawn Lippert. Shawn has helped me on many of my filmmaking adventures in the past. One day four or five years ago I was inside Scarehouse Windsor during the daytime when he was setting it up. I learned all about the “Haunt” industry and how funhouses are run. It hit me that when you are in the dark inside a funhouse – if someone working there had malicious plans for you, you would have no chance of winning – they would have the high ground – they would know their way around in the dark – complete home court advantage”. Thus, the premise of The Scarehouse was born.
Although the haunted house in which the film was inspired resides in Windsor, many were confused about Booth’s decision to shoot the complete film in a town known by most for its blue-collar charm.
“People bitch about Windsor a lot” explained Booth “I hear it all the time from people that live here. I know the problem isn’t Windsor. Windsor and Essex County are amazing. You should be so thankful if you live here. You have so much to see and do AND you have an amazing tight-knit community of support for whatever it is you are trying to do. I’ll keep bringing every film production to Windsor until it stops making sense to do so”
Not only did the original setting of the haunted house help to set the scene for this film, but the amazingly talented cast allowed viewers to get sucked into the grotesque minds of those looking for retribution. As the film progressed with its classic horror genre elements, the debut audience winced and groaned as if on que all the while not being able to tear their eyes away from the screen.
This film definitely did not disappoint in terms of horror flicks. packed with stomach turning torture porn-esq scenes and plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments, The Scarehouse was the perfect film to kick off the horror movie season, don’t believe me? check out the trailer below. To catch a screening of the film, head over to Lakeshore Cinemas in Tecumseh, Ontario. Screenings begin Friday October 10th and continue for a full week. for more information on the film visit their website at http://www.scarehousemovie.com