Independent Australian production outfit Chapter 5 Studios are about to embark on The Faceless Man, their first feature film after a string of shorts.
Written and directed by James Di Martino, produced by Lucinda Bruce, co-produced by DOP Rhys Sherring and starring Sophie Thurling , Lorin Kaffled , Lucas Pittaway (Snowtown) Brendan Bacon (Innuendo, Spin Out), David Beamish (Charlie’s Farm), Albert Goikhman (Cult Girls), Peter Flaherty (upcoming Choir Girl) and Daniel Reader (The Last Hope), with appearances from genre notables Andy McPhee (Sons of Anarchy, Animal Kingdom, Living Space) and Roger Ward (Mad Max, Turkey Shoot), The Faceless Man is described as “…a brutal horror film that blends paranormal with psychological elements” and a film that “…holds true to its horror roots presenting a unique take on the horror genre while blending gore, psychological, slasher, crime, and a touch of old school Ozploitation…”
Wolf Creek, Saw, and the Evil Dead movies are cited as influences.
As for the plot: “Three years after Emily has recovered from cancer, she struggles to adjust back to everyday life. Living in fear of redeveloping the fatal disease, a manifestation haunts her from the depths of her subconscious in the form of a faceless creature; her fear incarnate.
“Emily’s best friend Nina organises a weekend endeavour with the guys to a holiday house secluded in an outback town as a way for Emily to loosen up and have some fun. What started as a casual party weekend soon turns into a series of unusual events.
“The group experience firsthand the unsettling and hostile nature the people of this rural town like to treat city folk with. Emily and her friends find themselves terrorised by the faceless creature stuck somewhere between reality and subconsciousness, while simultaneously being harassed by both the local law and deadly Russian mobsters trailing a specific package of stolen goods.”
“The horror genre is something I feel needs a bit of a shake-up,” Di Martino says. “We need to understand that horror is not limited to gore fests or shock value. True horror stems from people’s fears. Cancer is something that scares many people, yet I see little to no horror films delving into this category.”
Production is expected to start in June, with an expected delivery date of December 2019. Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.