The Devil’s Den is the freshest entry in what’s now practically a horror sub-genre: Eager-beaver ghost hunters who find themselves out of their depth.
And judging from the just-released teaser trailer, things are gonna get wet. Not with ectoplasm, but good old-fashioned, Earth-realm blood.
The grindhouse-influenced movie centers on a crew of paranormal investigators who go spirit hunting near Gettysburg, PA. Their academic exercise gets real-world scary when they encounter the inhabitants of a haunted house.
The film’s creators promise The Devil’s Den is “In the style of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 meets House of 1000 Corpses meets Evil Dead.”
I found the trailer vague, but that’s exactly what I like in a teaser. It communicates a concept rather than a story, and whets the interest. I’m particularly interested in learning the relationship between the torturers and the haunted house. Are they ghosts that manifest themselves in physical form? Or are they mortals serving at the sick pleasure of the inhabiting spirits? These questions, and the fact that I live about 15 minutes from Gettysburg, have me eager for more.
The Devil’s Den is still in its early stages, and is written and directed by prolific creature actor Kent Wagner (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: 2017, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween: 2018). The cast is front-loaded with horror legends John A. Russo (Night of the Living Dead: 1968) and Lynn Lowry (The Crazies: 1973). Christy Johnson (The Conjuring: 2013), Gary Lee Vincent (Killer Campout: 2017), and Matt Burns (Bottom Creek: 2017) help round out a cast of mostly indie players.
The film’s indiegogo campaign offers perks like early digital access to the movie, T-shirts, credit listings and more. Filmmakers are shooting for an October release. Keep clicking PopHorror for details.
Until then, check out www.devilsdenmovie.com for a link to the film’s indiegogo page, and to register for email updates on the movie’s progress.