‘The Home’ Gets a Little Help from WETA

Concept Art from The HomeOne of the best things about working in this business — the movie geek with a cool website business, that is — is that I get to meet a lot of cool people. Everyone from Frank Miller to Christian Bale to mammoth celebs like Mr. Harry Knowles himself. It is a business that never fails to surprise me. And one particularly cool person that I am now very proud to have met once or twice is Kristoffer Aaron Morgan, who for the most part I knew as ‘that nice chap who hangs out with Eric.’ And by Eric, I am referring to Eric Vespe (aka Quint) of Ain’t It Cool News fame.

Now, thanks to some freshly broken news over at Bloody-Disgusting, I can refer to him as the director of a film entitled The Home, a film that has enlisted the help of Peter Jackson’s WETA team for the creation of practical and creature effects. The film is described as “a visceral horror thriller that follows a firefighter who is nearly killed during a failed rescue, leaving him badly scarred both physically and emotionally. To recuperate, he is taken to a secluded nursing home where the elderly residents appear to be suffering from delusions. But after witnessing a violent attack, he soon realizes that the screams behind the walls are caused by more than hallucinations, and the residents are being preyed upon by twisted, monstrous nightmares that lurk within the home itself.”

The film will be directed by Morgan and is based on a script written by the aforementioned Vespe, who collaborated on the short film Blind, which debuted at the 2004 South by Southwest Film Festival and can be seen below:

As much as I am biased toward this production, having met the participants, I will still say that the concept sounds cool. As well, WETA has done some great practical effects work in the horror genre in the past, including their work on Dead Alive and more recently on the indie horror comedy Black Sheep. So there is a means to be excited about this whole ordeal, for anyone who digs great practical horror flicks.

We will keep you posted on the production, as always.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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