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The paranormal slasher Family Possessions receives a DVD and VOD release date on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018. Check out our review of the film by clicking here. For more information about the film’s release along with some kick-ass photos, see the press release below.
Columbia, SC – Horse Creek Productions’ feature film Family Possessions, written and directed by Tommy Faircloth and produced by Robert Zobel, will be released on DVD and VOD on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018. 4Digital Media, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, acquired the North American rights at the Cannes Film Market and the deal was negotiated by High Octane Pictures.
“Family Possessions” is the fourth feature film from Faircloth and stars Jason Vail (Gut, Dollface, Valley of the Sasquatch), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), and in his first horror film since A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” Mark Patton.
The story revolves around a young girl named Rachael Dunn, played by Leah Wiseman (Dollface, Dismembering Christmas), who inherits her estranged grandmother’s house. Rachael and her family move into the house and soon after strange occurrences begin to happen. Rachel soon discovers that her family has been hiding a secret about her grandmother as she struggles with the decision to stay in the house. The film is inspired by actual events and was filmed in a historic mansion in Greenville, North Carolina.
Following up on his campy horror parody Dollface which was released by Breaking Glass Pictures in late 2015, Faircloth was ready to tackle a more serious horror film.
Tommy tested a lot of the elements in Family Possessions in the 2013 award-winning short, The Cabin, which was picked up for worldwide cable broadcast by cable channel ShortsTV. “I love the mix of paranormal with psychological horror with elements of 80’s slasher films”, explains Faircloth. “This film explores all those genres and I am really excited for fans of my other films to see it!”
Faircloth cast Felissa Rose as soon as the script was complete. “Felissa and I have so much fun together that casting her was a no-brainer” Faircloth explains. “I like casting people that are easy and fun to work with so besides the fact that she was in my favorite slasher film, she is just a super person and we get along great!”
Also starring in Family Possessions is Mark Patton. Patton is best known as the first “male scream queen”, starring in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. Mark has also starred on Broadway with Cher and Kathy Bates in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. He also starred in the feature film version as well with Cher, which was directed by Robert Altman.
“Mark told me after we wrapped that he just felt like he shot the male version of Mean Girls” Tommy says. “Mark’s character will bring some much needed comic relief to the film and I was really happy he agreed to be in the film. I mean, he has not done a horror film since Nightmare 2, so this is a big deal for me” Faircloth finishes.
Providing the special effects make-up and creation of the “villain” in Family Possessions was special effects artist Tony Rosen. Rosen is most famous for creating the Annabelle doll used in the film The Conjuring and Annabelle, but he has worked on countless independent films as well. “There are no digital effects in the film. I definitely wanted to keep it as low-fi as possible as far as the paranormal effects went, but I wanted to make sure the kills and my villain were all practical. This is why I wanted Tony” Tommy says.
Faircloth explains, “I am really excited for people to see this movie. Each time I tackle a project it’s like a game to see what all I can do with as little money and crew as possible. This is my biggest film to date but it still feels like friends getting together to shoot a film for fun, and that feel is important to me. If it’s not fun, then I don’t want to do it. The set atmosphere can’t be toxic. Don’t get me wrong, I may still drive my crew and cast hard and we may have some extra long shooting days, but they are getting paid so I don’t feel so bad. Haha!”
Also starring in Family Possessions is Morgan Monnig, playing Sarah Dunn, who is the wife of Jason Vail’s character. Newcomer Erika Edwards stars as Rachael’s best friend Maggie. Erika also served as on-set photographer providing the photo for what turned out to be an inspiration for the poster. She also captured a lot of behind the scenes footage.
Elizabeth Mears (Dollface) plays, Tristen, a fellow mean girl with Patton’s Tyson character. Michael David Wilson plays the character of Kevin and Andrew Wicklum who appeared in “Dollface” as a young Crinoline Head, plays the younger brother to Rachael, Andy Dunn.
Family Possessions played the film festival circuit for a year during 2016/2017 winning “Best Feature Film” awards at Nightmares Film Festival, Reedy Reels Film Festival, Mad Monster Party, Austin Revolution Film Festival, and Myrtle Beach International Film Festival just to name a few.
“I was really happy with the audience reaction to the film as well as the reviews we got. This film seems to connect with a much larger audience than my previous films and I really hope it does well upon its release” Faircloth explains.
You can pre-order Family Possessions on DVD at Amazon and Walmart now or look for it on the shelves once it hits the street on 2/6/18!
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Ryan T. Cusick is a writer for ihorror.com and very much enjoys conversation and writing about anything within the horror genre. Horror first sparked his interest after watching the original, The Amityville Horror when he was the tender age of three. Ryan lives in California with his wife and twelve-year-old daughter, who is also expressing interest in the horror genre. Ryan recently received his Master’s Degree in Psychology and has aspirations to write a novel. Ryan can be followed on Twitter @Nytmare112