If you’ve ever watched reality television, you’ll know that hauntings, home renovations, and hoarding situations can be an absolute nightmare on their own. In The Hoard, a showrunner makes an ambitious attempt to combine the three into one Reality TV show. From the looks of the chaotic, madcap trailer, it’s not the “cleansing” experience they had hoped for.
This self-proclaimed batshit horror/comedy follows a group of Reality TV stars trying to produce a pilot episode for their comeback series, “Extremely Haunted Hoarders”. On their first mission, they attempt to reform a legendary hoarder who owns four condemned and haunted properties.
With equal parts ensemble comedy, paranormal investigation, hoarder intervention and house-flipping misadventure, The Hoard chronicles how the ultimate reality show turned into a deadly nightmare.
The Hoard is directed by Jesse Thomas Cook (Septic Man, Monster Brawl, The Hexecutioners) and Matt Wiele (Ejecta, Exit Humanity), and written by Tony Burgess (Pontypool, Hellmouth). Burgess also stars in the film with Lisa Solberg, Ry Barrett (The Heretics, The Drownsman), Elma Begovic (Bite), Marcus Ludlow, Justin Darmanin and Barry More.
Cook takes a fresh approach to the “found footage”/mockumentary style by framing The Hoard as a Reality TV show that genuinely has reason – and strong motivation – to dig through these creepy (and definitely haunted) properties.
It fully takes advantage of the sensationalized nature of these reality tv shows, but cranks it up an extra few notches to embrace the outrageous opportunities. With its tongue firmly in-cheek, The Hoard looks completely fucking bonkers.
The Hoard will have its World Premiere at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival on Sunday November 25 at 7:00pm at the Royal Theatre in Toronto, Ontario. For future screenings and other information, you can follow the film on Facebook.
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Check out the poster and trailer below.