Real estate in forested areas never bodes well for people, especially teenagers. Murder in the Woods, a new slasher from director Luis Iga Garza (The Call), is getting a drive-in and limited theatrical release on Aug. 14, then heading to VOD on Sept. 18.
iHorror has an exclusive clip from the movie.
The film stars José Julián (A Better Life, Shameless), Jeanette Samano (ISA, Female Fight Squad), Chelsea Rendon (Vida, Bright), Catherine Toribio (Jane the Virgin), Jordan Diambrini (The Outfield) and Kade Wise (Empire) with a special appearance by Machete himself Danny Trejo.
Before you say, “I’ve seen it all before” listen to what the Garza had to say. “I realized that this type of film had never been done in English for a mainstream audience, where Latinos and people of color are the leads and they are not portrayed in stereotypical ways,” says the director. “This is why, while developing this indie feature, we were very conscious of making sure that there would be a diverse cast in lead roles.”
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Writer and Producer of Murder in the Woods Yelyna De León (Will & Grace) says the film cites lore that is prominent in the Hispanic community.
“For us, it’s important for this story to be universal, but being Mexican-American, it was also important for the script to include cultural Latino references such as El Dia de los Muertos, The Chupacabras, and other stories that are recognizable,” she said. “We purposely showed authentic moments, such as the altars to honor our ancestors, and blessings when we leave the house, memorable experiences that we share with our families.”
Here is a synopsis of the movie followed by the official trailer. Take a look:
Murder in the Woods is centered on a group of college friends who plan a getaway to celebrate a birthday party at a desolate cabin in the woods.
Against his grandmother’s (Soledad St. Hilaire) demands, Jesse (José Julián), a loner-type decides to go on a trip with his friends.
He is immediately smitten with Fernanda (Jeanette Samano), a sweet girl from Chicago whom he hasn’t seen in years.
She is in town visiting her loudmouth cousin, Chelsea (Chelsea Rendon), who is ready to celebrate her birthday and plans to let loose with her boyfriend Gabe (Jordan Diambrini). Tagging along at the last second are Jule (Kade Wise), the class clown pothead, and the very out-of-his-league Celeste (Catherine Toribio). Soon after arriving to the mysterious cabin in the woods, the group of teens discover the dark secret it holds, which forces them to fight for their lives.