Forget those lame haunted houses where the actors hired to scare you can't even touch you. Horror director Anthony DiBlasi (Last Shift) will take you to an extreme haunt in his upcoming film Extremity.
What's a haunt, you ask? Let Mr. DiBlasi explain:
"Many of us love to go to haunted houses around Halloween, the local place down the street, universal studios, a haunted hayride... but extreme haunts are the places you go where you can feel like there are no rules," he tells SYFY WIRE via email. "And for the most part there isn't. This guy isn’t just going to jump out and scare you, he’s going to hog tie you, wrap duck tape around your face, and lock you in a box for two hours."
Watch the first trailer for Extremity below:
"Extremity is really about... the need some of us have to test our limits, and to find out what happens when we get there," DiBlasi adds.
Dana Christina (Chrissy on Wynonna Earp) stars as Allison, a young woman who loves horror and confronts it for 12 straight hours at the haunt in an effort "to confront her own fears and conquer the tragic past which haunts her."
When it came to specific influences on the movie, DiBlasi says that classic haunts were indispensable. "I’d say the medium of the haunt itself, really. Absorbing as much as I could about places like McKamey Manor, Heretic, and Blackout," he explains. "But also normal haunts as well. Jon Schnitzer’s doc[umentary] Haunters: The Art of the Scare is a great doc to watch on the subject. And he delves into the mainstream world of haunts but also McKamey Manor."
Check out two of the film's posters:
While DiBlasi is no stranger to the genre of horror (having directed and produced films like Last Shift and Midnight Meat Train), he insists that there aren't rules or lessons that you can transfer from one scary project to the next.
"Horror affects everyone differently and there is just no one way to scare someone," he said. "I think the takeaway is horror fans want to go on some kind of emotional rollercoaster, they want to feel a range from joy to dread. Some want to be grossed out others want to be brought to tears. But I think what we’re all looking for is to feel something visceral in a lot of different ways."
That said, the filmmaker believes that the project was sort of like a spiritual follow-up to his 2009 directorial debut, Dread, a movie (based on a short story by Clive Barker) about three college students who set out to find out what people fear the most.
"It’s a psychological film," stated DiBlasi. "It deals with very traumatic events in people's lives. Real things that could happen to any of us... or have happened. It deals with how people struggle with those daily fears and traumas. It’s not a movie filled with 'boos,' but I hope it resonates with people on an emotional level. Hopefully, after they watch the film, people want to talk about these things that terrorize them psychologically. I think the masked villain, who we call Redskull, in Extremity says it the best: 'We all wear masks... but it’s what’s underneath that scares us.'"
Written by David Bond (Boogeyman: Reincarnation) and Rebecca Swan (Maskhead), Extremity was produced by Bond for Dark Elegy Films and will receive a limited theatrical release from Dread Central Presents (domestic) and Epic Pictures (international) later this month. The movie premieres on Sep. 17 in Los Angeles and becomes available to buy/rent on VOD and Blu-Ray, starting Oct. 2.