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The Castle is an independent World War 2 based historical horror movie that follows two modern day vacationers who encounter Nazi ghosts haunting their German castle. 

To deliver exciting and unique independent films to fans for top quality entertainment from start to finish. 

Walter and Anna vacation at a Castle in Germany uninhabited since 1945. The Castle has a dark history including it being once owned by the evil SS Nazi Colonel Oskar Hoffman. What Walter and Anna don't know is that the Castle's dark history is about to catch up with them as they end up in a fight for their lives and very souls!

The story continues to present day where the main characters are involved in a scary series of events at the castle when they realize it’s being haunted by evil Nazi Ghosts. We have practical FX, VFX and other high production value things planned for several sequences to enhance the movie’s realism. All in all, when this movie is done it will look as though we spent a Million dollars!

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 The first 10 minutes of the story is set in 1945 during the last days of the war. We’ve planned on having hundreds of German and American re-enactors come out with several Tanks, Armored vehicles and Jeeps to fight in a battle at the Castle that’s supposed to look like it’s in Germany but really it’s in Illinois. 

 There will be a professional pyrotechnician that will give us explosions, blood pack squibs and other practical FX. Additionally, we’ll have 5 top of the line Cameras set for that weekend, we have a great location of course and a seasoned crew that have worked on BIG budget movies and Television projects to make this Movie look amazing!  

 The story that begins in 1945 during the last days of the war. The German SS, led by an evil Colonel Hoffman, have led a reign of terror for the last 7 years, including mass shootings and plundering priceless artifacts and treasures from all over Europe. The Allied forces finally arrive at the Castle as a large battle entails which ultimately ends with the Nazi’s all dying and the Colonel taking his own life. 

Present day Chicago, married couple Walter and Anna plan a trip to Germany planning to stay at a cottage when they receive an email with an offer they can’t refuse, a once in a lifetime offer to stay at the Castle for less than the cottage!

Once they arrive it seems like a dream vacation and fairytale until strange unexplainable things begin to happen as they realize they’re not alone in the Castle! The SS Colonel and his men never left! Now ghosts trapped in a hell they’ve created, with their own evil plans for the couple. 

For Walter and Anna, it becomes a fight for survival and their very souls as the fairytale quickly turns into a nightmare they cannot wake from! 

DSP is an Independent film production company based in Chicago and created out of a true passion for the art, knowledge and business of film-making.

View our other work and projects in film on our website here https://www.distantstarfilms.com/productions

 Distant Star Pictures has been producing films, commercials and documentaries since 2009. Our team is incredibly passionate about film - from the initial creative process from concept, writing, producing, directing and seeing projects through post production. We are a group of highly driven professionals that are ready to dedicate their time, specialty and expertise to help create visions.

 We appreciate all of our backers no matter the dollar amount. We love our fans and that is who we want to make great movies for. Our fans are our backbone and believe in our movie concepts from the start. We love being an independent film company and you guys are who make that happen. 


As an independent film company, we have a wide variety of fans that love untraditional movies. We have built a fan base over the years and are proud to provide such high quality acting in such a unique movie setting and context. 

We are the first to have a Nazi ghost story horror film set in Germany both in historic and modern times. We have a top rated cast and an amazing setting. Our experience from our past work has propelled us into this moment. We use new film techniques and blend them with classic techniques to provide a thrilling horror movie experience based on a historical World War 2 theme. Just don’t dock us for inaccurate ghostly details. We are here to entertain. 

The location is a big one: we filmed in a one of a kind home that gave an amazing backdrop and really adds to the overall horror and historical theme. This film has a BIG battle sequence and the perfect blend of the World War 2 and horror genres. Our actors really make the difference in pushing The Castle into more than just a run of the mill horror film. It will definitely become a film you’ll want to watch more than once, and you’ll discover more and more each time. 

We are a Chicago based film crew and wanted to film in Illinois. We searched high and low for the perfect location. We came across a large mansion that was perfect. It resembled European influenced architecture, perfect for our German castle setting. The actual location was built by a former Newspaper owner. In the story, we say the Castle is built in Germany on the mass graves of Germanic barbarians slaughtered by the Roman empire centuries earlier. 

DSP is an Independent film production company based in Chicago and created out of a true passion for the art, knowledge and business of film-making.

Walter

Lew Temple

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Lew Temple is an American film actor, perhaps best known for his roles as Axel on The Walking Dead, the character of Ned Oldham in the action adventure thriller, Unstoppable which also starred Denzel Washington, Chris Pine and Rosario Dawson; directed by Tony Scott, and Cal the diner manager in the comedy-drama Waitress.
 

Born and raised in the Bayou Country of Louisiana, Temple is an extraordinarily diverse actor who often is compared to a chameleon: he has the unique ability to take any character and make it his own. Other film credits include the ranger, Hollis in the summer, 2013 Disney blockbuster The Lone Ranger, alongside Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer; Locus Fender in the action film Domino, starring Kiera Knightley and Mickey Rourke, directed by Tony Scott and Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects with Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, William Forsythe, and Sherri Moon Zombie.

Anna

Tierza Scaccia

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Tierza is a dramatically trained actress from New York. After moving to Chicago, she trained in improv. Upon graduating from the three top improv training schools she began performing regularly at IO Theater. She has been in half a dozen feature films and countless shorts and pilots and commercials. Tierza’s also produced and hosted 3 seasons of the TV show Outside Explorer. Known for TV Movie: Verräter, Two Parts Bourbon, One Part Murder! As well as Heaven Is Hell and Meter Maid.

Jim

Mathew Ashford

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Matthew Ashford graduated from NC School of the Arts. He continued theatre and moved to New York City and cast as Drew Ralston on One Life to Live, which led to a second TV show Search for Tomorrow. Matt quickly made the role of "Jack Deveraux" his own and won several awards for his portrayal of the popular Days' character including Soap Opera Digest's Best Villain in 1989, a Super Couple and Best Wedding award as well as the Best Comedic Performance award in 1992. 

Matt has additionally played on such TV shows as: The Bay, Dharma & Greg, Providence, Friends and Charmed as well as the movies: Chronicles of an Exorcism and Species. 

Colonel Hoffman 

Jerry Lynch

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Jerry Lynch had a love for movies as a boy growing up in a small town in Ohio putting on small neighborhood productions with friends beginning his acting career in the 90’s in both theater and film. To Jerry, the thrill of acting is bringing to life the characters on script and challenging the imagination. He has appeared as both an actor and producer in more than 30 titles. 

Jerry is best known for his role as the villain Dane Krist in The Spirit of Mumbai, and as the evil Captain Schweitzer in the TV Movie: Verräter. Additional titles he is known for include gangster Carmine Lione in Banger, playing the omnipotent God in: Touched by an Angel, Alexandro in Bloodline and as the villain Rome in Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption. 

Johanna

Shannon Lee

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Shannon Lee began her career in entertainment doing print, promotional and runway modeling. After a few years of working in the industry, she discovered her passion for acting and has pursued different roles and genres. Shannon is best known for Distorted, Crashing Darkness, TV Movie: Verräter, the TV series Café Kremlin and the movie Crisis Function. 

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