Brad Anderson Updates Us on Eliza Graves

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Brad Anderson’s particular brand of intensity first caught our attention in 2001’s low-budget indie horror hit Session 9. Anderson’s follow-up thriller The Machinist helped propel a much-praised (and emaciated) Christian Bale on the path to becoming the Dark Knight.  With 2008’s Transsiberian and 2010’s Vanishing on 7th Street to his credit – as well as a fistful of Fringe episodes and a Masters of Horror installment – Anderson has shown little sign of stopping. 

His latest film, the Halle Berry-starring The Call, is a breathlessly paced ride racing into theaters Friday, March 15th; and he’ll be back behind the camera soon for Eliza Graves, an adaptation – written by Joseph Gangemi (Fear Itself) – of Edgar Allan Poe’s short “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether.”

We caught up with Anderson last week to ask him about the film. 

Here’s what he had to tell us: “Eliza Graves is a movie that we’re setting up now that’s based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story, about an asylum at the turn of the century. It’s a very cool, patients-have-taken-over-the-asylum story. We’re kind of the in the process of casting that and getting it off the ground. I’ve always wanted to do a darker period type story, and I love Poe’s stories. So this is a good combination.”

A synopsis released last fall described the film like this: A young doctor comes to apprentice at a mental institution and meets a beautiful patient that he falls in love with amidst a set of circumstances, which may be more complicated than they seem.


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