Gigi Saul Guerrero
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Following some promising praise from producer Eli Roth, 10-31 finally has a director attached, and we are so ready for this film to be a reality. Deadline has reported that Orion Pictures has brought on Into the Dark alumni Gigi Saul Guerrero to direct the project that Roth has called “one of the best, scariest premises for a horror film that I have read in years.”

Guerrero — actress, writer, director, and co-founder of Luchagore Productions — is a rising voice in the horror sphere with several shorts (Evil Dead in 60 Seconds, Luchagore Christmas), series (The Purge, La Quinceañera), and anthologies (ABCs of Death 2, Mexico Bárbaro) under her belt. Her feature-length debut, Culture Shock, is the mosttalkedabout episode of Blumhouse/Hulu’s Into the Dark, and she currently has a first-look film and TV deal with Blumhouse that will see her write and direct new content for the studio. And that’s all on top of her current deal with Screen Gems for an untitled film based on the mythology of Santa Muerte.

10-31 follows a young woman who takes her niece and nephew trick-or-treating and discovers a note inside a candy wrapper that says there’s a killer loose on her block.

Roth is extremely confident in 10-31, saying that it has “all the ingredients of a new classic”. The script was written by Peter Gamble (Trenches) and Ian Shorr (Trenches, Splinter), based on a story by Laurie Ashbourne and screen story by Kathy Charles.

It’s exciting to see such a talented filmmaker find success in the genre, especially in a time where female filmmakers are often overshadowed by their male counterparts. Given Guerrero’s track record of excellence, we can’t wait to see what she has in store for us with 10-31.