Now here’s an exciting partnership: SpectreVision and director Jorge Michael Grau are collaborating on Curse the Darkness. SpectreVision is made up of Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller.
The film is what the trio refer to as an anthropological zombie film, building on the real-world history of chemically-induced slavery widely practiced by plantation owners around the Haitian Revolution of 1803. That’s the poster you’re looking at below.
Set against the modern day backdrop of undocumented workers laboring in the Louisiana sugarcane fields, the story is a terrifying look at the systematic exploitation of the labor force by large corporate entities, as well as a portrait of the plight of undocumented workers in the United States.
Grau will direct from a screenplay by Brandon Maurice Williams. Wood, Noah and Waller will serve as producers.
Says Elijah Wood of the project, We always said we wanted to stay away from the zombie genre, as its been so well covered, but when we read Brandons script, we encountered a take on the genre that simply had to be realized. Curse the Darkness is both a chilling exercise in horror and an incisive polemic against the conditions of illegal immigrants in this country. Casting is currently underway for Curse the Darkness, which will begin shooting on October 27th in Louisiana.
Jorge Michel Grau made an impressive directorial debut with his first feature, We Are What We Are, shown in competition at over 60 film festivals worldwide, including Cannes and the New York Film Festival.