New horror flick to chronicle first real-life haunted house in America

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Oct 17, 2017, 1:46 PM EDT

Back in 1936, a famed New York journalist published an article about the first documented haunted house in U.S. history. Now, more than 80 years later, that harrowing story is about to come to the big screen as a horror movie titled Splitfoot from Fox Searchlight. 

The article titled Voices Through the Trumpet (which was also the original title for the movie) was published by The New Yorker in 1936 and was written by journalist and bestselling author Carl Carmer (Stars Fell on Alabama), who wrote several books focusing on American myths, folklore, and tales.

Like the article on which it is based, the movie takes place in the 1930s and follows the true story of a reporter who travels to Upstate New York to the secluded psychic community of Lily Dale, New York, which at the time was the “mecca of American spirituality, a place where a person can’t even buy property without proof that they talk to the dead.”

So far, so intriguing. While our intrepid reporter is sceptical there’s actually such a thing as the spirit world, the temptation to contact his dead son will prove way too tempting and leave him open to something far worse than the dead. Hmmm. Could that something worse than the dead be demonic in nature? Something along the lines of that other famous haunted house movie based on a real case, Amityville?

According to Deadline, Fox Searchlight had tapped Antonio Campos (Afterschool) to pull double duty by rewriting the script originally penned by J.T. Petty (The Burrowers, Batman Begins the video game) and sitting in the director’s chair. Campos is fresh off his recent stint as producer of USA’s buzzy mystery TV series The Sinner, starring Jessica Biel.

There’s no premiere date or casting news for the project yet since Campos will take another stab at the script first, but Splitfoot certianly sounds like a project worth keeping an eye on. What do you think?

(via Deadline)