‘DEATH HOUSE’ is looking for new guests

Unless you’ve been trapped on the ninth floor of a secluded high-security prison facility for the past couple of years then you’re probably well aware of scribe/helmer B Harrison Smith’s impending shocker DEATH HOUSE. This past weekend, during the DAYS OF THE DEAD: Louisville festivities, Smith debuted the first full trailer for the film and it looks like audiences are in for one hell of a bloody ride.

Inspired by Lovecraft and Dante and blasting an ensemble of legendary genre names such as Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Bill Moseley, Michael Berryman, Debbie Rochon, Sid Haig and Bill Oberst, Jr., DEATH HOUSE follows two federal agents (Cody Longo and Cortney Palm) as they are forced to fight their way into the bowels of a prison that holds the most dangerous prisoners on earth.

Talking recently to Terror Time, Smith commented on how this wasn’t just a monster mashup of iconic characters for the sake of a mashup and how it was in fact the media that coined the phrase “The Expendables of Horror”:

“For me, “The Expendables of Horror” translates “gimmick.” It seems that film and music and most pop culture is geared for a fourth grade learning level. Just look at the standard Yahoo headlines and what passes for news and you get the point. People should expect more of their entertainment and because many do not, this is why remakes, reboots and regurgitation flourish. The whole “Expendables” thing goes for the lowest common denominator. Many instantly envisioned a Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Pinhead, Candyman monster mashup.

This is not the case. Common sense alone to anyone who has a basic knowledge of filmmaking says the expense to just license these characters would preclude such a thing. To make an “Avengers” type of horror film is a gimmick. Period. It’s stupid. I said it. Many of those characters don’t belong together anyway. They are grounded in different worlds. The hard part of FREDDY VS JASON was meshing the worlds. They just didn’t go. It wasn’t a natural fit and the storyline to get those two together was threadbare at best. Freddy doesn’t belong in the world of the Cenobites anymore than Chucky does. So forcing these characters together comes down to one word: “FREDDY VS JASON” was not much more than a bloody update to “Abbott and Costello Meets Frankenstein.” Directing these folks? It was less daunting than it was sobering to the fact that I was getting to do something pretty special.”

DEATH HOUSE is produced by Entertainment Factory’s Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase and penned by Smith, based on an original story by the late Gunnar Hansen, who will also appear in the film.

Expect the film to release later this year or early 2017, but in the meantime, we’ll leave you with the first red band trailer.

You can also read our full interview with B. Harrison Smith right about here.





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