House of Purgatory is headed to DVD this week. The film, written and directed by Tyler Christensen and distributed by Terror Films, had previously only been available via Amazon Prime and other streaming services.
The director spoke with iHorror this week in anticipation of its release and said he was excited to make the jump to DVD.
“I feel like companies are getting away from that,” Christensen explained. “but I still love a hard copy of a film. I still have my DVD collection, and I think horror fans like having that physical copy as well. I like the ridiculous amount of space my DVD collection takes up in my house!”
For those who haven’t seen it, the film tells the story of four teenagers who set out on Halloween night to discover a legendary haunted house. Upon entering however, they find much more than they expected. They house knows their secrets and is ready to use them against the unsuspecting teens.
The film stars Brian Krause (Charmed, Sleepwalkers) and Anne Leighton (Grimm) as well as Laura Coover, Marika Engelhardt, Aaron Galvin, and Brad Fry.
Christensen admits this wasn’t the story he initially intended to tell when he finally decided to make his first film. He was researching a different urban legend when he came across one that he’d heard as a kid. The problem was, he’d never realized it was an urban legend!
“It was about this haunted house that you’d go through that was so scary they’d refund your money for every floor that you couldn’t make it through,” the director laughed. “I read that and I was like, ‘No, my friend’s cousin went to that haunted house! It was like two hours from where I grew up!’ The more I said it out loud, the more I realized it really had been an urban legend!”
With that idea, he was off to the races, writing a script that became somewhat personal as it came to life.
“When I was growing up, the worst thing that you could do was to disappoint your parents in some way,” he said. “So I focused on that. Each one of these kids has a secret and I knew how those secrets had affected my own life growing up. The anticipation of my parents finding out that I was gay and how disappointed they might have been was so heavy in my mind back in high school.”
Luckily for Christensen, his coming out went rather smoothly, but he knew that it could have gone very differently, and he infused his characters with that sense of dread and created a haunted landscape that would lay those secrets bare.
Check out the trailer below!