One of the most exciting upcoming horror projects is Death House, which brings together some of the most iconic horror character for an Expendables-style event film for the genre.
We reported back in February that the film, to be directed by Harrison Smith, would unite the likes of Englund with Danny Trejo, Michael Berryman,Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Barbara Crampton, Doug Bradley, Ken Foree, Camille Keaton and Don Shanks.
However, Gunnar Hansen passed away in November. Hansen had penned the script and was set to reprise his role as Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, while really acting as the driving force the project. Englund stopped by Belfast Comic-Con this past week and briefly commented on Death House, but it may not be the answer some hardcore horror fans would want. He said that, because of that setback, he’s not exactly sure where the project lies.
“I’ve heard about the project but I’ve never been given a script. I don’t know other than Kane Hodder and Tony Todd from Candyman that’s involved. Obviously without Gunnar, I’m not so sure what’s going to happen with it.”
He continued: “If you have to careful with the internet, because I’ve got like 5 or 6 really cool projects that they haven’t attributed to me yet and they’ve some things with my name attached that I’m not even doing.”
So, it doesn’t look too good regarding Englund’s involvement in Death House but he’s definitely not slowing down.
During the Q&A, Englund discussed upcoming projects that he is certainly involved in, including The Midnight Man, which he revealed will hopefully drop early 2017. He then moved swiftly on to Nightworld, summarising the plot tantalisingly as “what happens if the door to purgatory gets stuck open.” Englund revealed that Nightworld will be slightly more ‘arty,’ whereas The Midnight Man will ‘deliver the goods,’ sure to be a much more straight horror flick with jumps and scares.
As for Death House, the recent set photos showcased appear to point that the project is moving forward without Englund, which is disappointing. It has an unspecified release date for sometime in 2017. Below is the official synopsis and teaser poster. We’ll have more interesting Robert Englund stories for you soon…
“The Death House is the Area 51 of Evil… a subterranean government facility that holds humanity’s worst on nine levels. Hell, Dante’s ninth level, holds the Five Evils… the “dark stars” of Death House. These individuals are so heinous they can never walk among society again. They may also be supernatural. Agents Toria Boon and Jae Novak have their own dark pasts, arriving at Death House to tour its levels and observe its denizens first-hand as well as the medical and mental experiments of Drs. Eileen Fletcher and Karen Redmane.
“Their depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of WWII. Prison cells are virtual reality holo decks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. The victims are homeless, bused into Death House to play literal victims while killing habits are studied. The results are sick, but only a hint of what goes on here. Hell literally breaks loose inside the facility when an EMP device detonates, killing all power and communication and… releasing every prisoner. Boon, Novak, and Fletcher are caught in a race against advancing prisoner hordes led by occultist Neo-Nazi Sieg.
“The monsters are freed, and they’re going down. Boon and Novak’s fight through Death House turns into a house of horrors gauntlet; their only hope of escape is descending into Hell and enlisting the help of the Five Evils. Events culminate in a violent face-to-face standoff with absolute evil… only to find that they have traveled down a rabbit hole and through a looking glass. Black is white and white is black and the definitions of good and evil no longer apply. Who are the monsters? Who will escape?”