The idea for HAUNTED arose out of a podcast myself and my co-writer Dan Weissenberger were having about “Paranormal Activity.” While I championed it as one of the best horror films of the past decade, he was relatively ambivalent toward it, and considered it to be, for lack of a better word, stupid. In the middle of the conversation Dan said, “The only way that it could be done right is if it were done with four cameras.” And so HAUNTED was born.
HAUNTED tells the story of what happens when a group of paranormal investigators finally find what they've been searching for. Andrew, a film student at the University of Michigan, is tagging along with a team of paranormal investigators to document their process for a school project. At first things go according to plan, but as the night progresses, it's clear something in the house doesn't want them there. Taking a unique approach to the concept of "found footage" HAUNTED is presented in a quad-screen/real-time format, showing the audience everything that is occurring inside the house all at once. This bold premise will give the audience, for the first time, the complete experience of what goes on during a paranormal investigation while encouraging repeat viewings, as viewers will be excited to fully see everything they only glimpsed the first time!
To ensure the greatest amount of accuracy, founding members of Ghost Hunters of Georgia were consulted during the screenwriting process; the set-up and actions of the characters are thus as true to life as possible.
The promotional trailer above does not contain footage from the film; instead, it's designed to give you an idea as to what the finished product is intended to look like.
Our goal with HAUNTED is to make a genuinely terrifying and unique horror film, and we hope you can help make that happen. Thank you.
The conception of the script developed out of our desire to create a unique “found footage” horror film that didn’t pander to the audience or rely on standard found footage gimmicks, but with a unique "hook" that makes it stand out from the pack. We’re well aware that the “found footage” sub-genre of horror films has become, for lack of a better phrase, played out, with criticism being lobbied at the ultra-cheap method of filmmaking by fans and critics alike.
With your help, we intend to fully crowd fund this project. The final number of $35,000 came from extensive budgeting, planning, and re-planning the most cost effective way to bring our project to light. If funded, every penny will go into the production of this film. You can check out our “official” website for the film at http://www.haunted-movie.info for updates on the film’s production. Questions concerning the film and its production can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After graduating from Florida State with an MA in Classical Civilizations, Brad McHargue turned his attention to writing about horror on his now-defunct blog I Love Horror. Since then, he has contributed his work to numerous websites, including HorrorSquad by Cinematical, Bloody Disgusting, Fangoria, and The AV Club - Denver/Boulder. HAUNTED marks his first foray into screenwriting guided and perfected by the talent of Dan Weissenberger, a screenwriter working and living in Ottawa, Ontario. His brash, uncompromising, and incredibly honest critiques of horror films have made him a trustworthy voice, and one that won’t be swayed by popular opinion. Together they seek to bring their unique vision of horror to life.
Rachel Katz – Script Editor/Production Manager
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