Borrelli Opens a Box of Shadows


Shooting begins this month, teaser poster

Visual effects artist Mauro Borrelli is in pre-production on his third feature directorial effort. He begins shooting Box of Shadows in Los Angeles on June 29th and we’ve got your first look at the teaser one-sheet.

Borrelli’s latest horror film centers around a group of college friends who discover a 15th-century coffin that allows them to experience the world as ghosts. While their first adventures in the spirit world are playful and innocent the “box of shadows” soon brings out the group’s most dangerous impulses and desires. The friends find themselves pulled into a world of evil where they learn the line between life and death is there for a reason.

Scott Svatos co-penned the script with Borrelli whose extensive visual effects background includes Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, Pirates of the Caribbean and the upcoming The Wolfman. Borrelli also directed Goodbye, Casanova and Haunted Forest.

Box of Shadows is a chance to bring some of the big budget techniques I have learned to a smaller, edgier film,” says Borrelli. “It’s a very different kind of ghost story. Although you have classical elements like ghosts and hauntings, you also have a story that deals with addiction and uncontrolled desire in a very modern way. What would happen if you had a machine you knew was deadly but could help you get everything you ever wanted? Would you use it?”

The producing team includes film festival veteran Scott Rudolph, Ed Polgardy (Laid to Rest), Gabriella Stollenwerck (Dead End, Big Nothing) and Domiziano Arcangeli (Umberto Lenzi’s Black Demons, Lucio Fulci’s The Ghost of Sodom).

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