TAGLINE: “Four countries. Five films. Terror is a universal language.”
“One by one, four companions aboard an intercontinental cargo liner are stalked by an impossible shape-shifting creature that can toy with the fabric of reality. Five chilling tales to take you back to the era of true terror.”
Currently in pre-production, Dark Continents‘ press materials namecheck some pretty heady influences: H.P. Lovecraft, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987), John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness (1987), as well as more recent psychological horror gems like The Babadook and Starry Eyes.
The film will consist of five segments set in four countries: Norway, Belgium, Greece, and the U.K. Tristan Risk (American Mary) and Miltos Yerolemou (Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens) are already attached to the U.K. segments. Stuart W. Bedford, Niek D’Hondt, Yannis Zafeiriou, and Alexander Zwart are on board to direct. Bedford and Zwart are also co-writers.
UPDATE 04.29.15: Descriptions of each segment have been posted to the official website:
Wraparound Story: Ijoba (Belgium) dir. Niek D’Hondt
While travelling together aboard an international cargo ship, five companions are stalked by a mysterious being. As one by one the companions fall to the creature, a grim pattern emerges: an incomprehensible eldritch ritual in which their minds and bodies are the key component.
Story 1: Old Travellers (UK)
When her frantic search for her estranged sister draws her to the abandoned village of Crave’s Loft, Bianca Howell, a depressive writer with chronic ADD, finds herself at the mercy of a shadowy cult whose supposed duty is to halt the coming of a race of ancient inter-dimensional Gods; The Old Travellers. But the ritual requires the sacrifice of a chosen one: her sister. With the cultists at her heels, Bianca’s harrowing discoveries force her into a decision; in the one hand is her sister’s life and in the other, the potential fate of humanity.
Story 2: Beyond the Rite (Norway) dir. Alexander Zwart
After accidentally inhaling dust from the skeletal remains of a Viking-era witch, troubled archaeologist Anna Berg begins to lose her grip on reality. Tormented by an increasingly malicious presence, Anna struggles to maintain the balance between work and her responsibility to her disabled daughter. But soon, it becomes clear that whatever it is that haunts her has an ancient agenda of its own.
Story 3: The Music of Euryale (Greece) dir. Yannis Zafeiriou
After over a decade of being missing at sea, Aeson a tormented but determined skipper finally arrives back home. Accompanied by his young daughter, both are running away from something terrible. Aeson hides them both in his old house, only to realize that life has moved on without him. This family reunion is explosive but full of re-surging emotions of love. Alas! What they don’t know is that the supernatural threat they escaped from is about to reclaim them both, at a terrible price. As was foretold thousands of years ago, by the High Priestess of an Ancient Greek Oracle.
Story 4: The Calling (UK) dir. Stuart W. Bedford
When searching for their heroin addicted son Damian, troubled couple Christofer and Amelia Perro enter his known haunt – a disused asylum – only to fall headfirst into the shared psychosis of its destitute, drug-addled inhabitants who talk of a malevolent force that compels them. As they’re drawn further into the hellish bowels of the building they must face the possibility that Damian doesn’t want to be saved… and may even be in league with dark forces beyond comprehension.