John Nicol’s Sinister Film, ‘Underneath: An Anthology Of Terror,’ Starts Its Festival Run

John Nicol’s new anthology, Underneath: An Anthology of Terror, looks like a good one, horror fam! We first brought you news of the film in 2017, and now we’re here to say that everything is finished anda festival run is on the way.

From the press release:

Featuring five terrifying tales bound together by something that waits from beyond… EVIL IN CHAPTERS

Filmmaker and writer John Nicol unleashes his second independent feature titled UNDERNEATH: An Anthology Or Terror, a collaborative effort featuring two additional directors Andre Becker and Cory Ivanchuk.

UNDERNEATH: An Anthology Of Terror is now complete and has begun a 2021/2022 film festival run. Since announcing the film, we have submitted UNDERNEATH to a slew of festivals around the world. As of November 1, 2021, we have been accepted into The Psychedelic Film and Music Festival, the Hastings Rocks Film Festival, and the Fortean Film Festival. UNDERNEATH just won Best Actor (Brent Baird) & Best Original Score (Andre Becker) at this year’s Toronto Independent Film Festival of CIFT.

UNDERNEATH is a grassroots, self-financed anthology comprised of five chapters, an epilogue, and several mind-bending vignettes that are all bound together by something unnatural and sinister:

“Beach” (the vignette sequence), written & directed by John Nicol (CHANNEL ZERO). “An unstable individual who is convinced that ominous cracks in his basement may in fact be a breach into Hell itself… Is he in direct communication with demons, or has he opened a portal into their realm of terror? Poisoned by the revelation of five tales, he succumbs to the mental strain on his increasingly damaged mind.”
Chapter #1, “6 AM,” written & directed by John Nicol. “A seemingly loving father of two is running out of a prescription that keeps his otherworldly visions at bay. Day by day, visions of murder and demonic influence take hold as Daniel succumbs to a maddening revelation.”
Chapter #2, “Ms. Shapen,” written & directed by Andre Becker (SECRET SANTA). “A seemingly normal television set transmits the haunted memories of a killer.”
Chapter #3, “PASSAGES,” written & directed by John Nicol. “A has-been author discovers that passages in his writing can cause intense visions of madness… and that he can inflict the visions upon others and himself.”
Chapter #4, “Certain Point Of View,” written by John Nicol & directed by Cory Ivanchuk. “An experimental blast of demonic madness as seen through the eyes of those possessed.”
Chapter #5, “I Can Change,” written & directed by Andre Becker. “A deranged young man is convinced he can transform into a demonic creature.”
“Entropy” (epilogue), written & directed by John Nicol. “Another experimental entry that wraps up the entire anthology – a haunting piece that seals the experience.”

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