AFM ’08: Mute Witness Helmer Goes Nine Miles Down

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First details, art, plot synopsis

On the horror scene, Anthony Waller (Mute Witness) has remained rather quiet since directing An American Werewolf in Paris. He is making a return, however, with screenwriter Everett De Roche (Long Weekend, Razorback) for Nine Miles Down.

Adrian Paul and Kate Nauta (Transporter 2) topline this thriller labeled as a “thinking man’s scary movie.” Here’s a synopsis from the American Film Market:

In the remotest reaches of the Sahara Desert, a sandstorm baters a deserted drilling station. Three days earlier, radio contact was lost, so security patrolman Jack is enlisted to investigate. The station, originally built for gas exploration then abandoned, has recently been revived by an international scientific research team on a discovery mission, which involves drilling deeper into the earth’s crust than has ever been attempted before.

Jack finds abundant food and resources in the complex but, oddly, not a living soul. Stranded by the sandstorm, he is forced to stay the night. The next morning, Jack encounters a beautiful American geologist, JC, who claims to be the last remaining member of the research team.

She tell s how they had successfully breached the roof of a vast cavern at the unprecedented dept of nine miles. Following the discovery, a series of mysterious sightings and hallucinations were experienced by the increasingly fearful drilling crew. Violence broke out, and the team fled the site, abandoning her with two scientists’ corpses.

Although her explanation seems logical, Jack suspects she’s hiding something more sinister. to him, all the evidence points more towards a supernatural phenomenon. JC warns himself against choosing superstition over rationality, citing it as the cause for her team’s escalating paranoia in the first place…

Meredith Ostrom and Amanda Douge co-star.

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