Lovecraft Lives: THE DARK BELOW rises in 2016

the-dark-below-2015-13-04-34The Dark Below is a dark, cerebral, H. P. Lovecraft-inspired horror film hitting the festival circuit in coming months. Currently wrapping up post-production, this indie flick is seeking distribution for a general release early next  year. The official press release and teaser trailer can be found below.

Press release:

The Dark Below is a psychological horror film about a young scientist whose discovery of a malevolent entity sets her on a bloody descent into the jaws of insanity. Blending the gut wrenching futility felt in Lovecraft’s best work with slimy practical creature and gore effects,  the  film  promises  to  bring  you  a  deeply  disturbing  new  addition  to  the international horror scene.

Read the official synopsis below:

“During a traumatic accident whilst on a deep-sea dive in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Olive, a gifted, young marine-biologist discovers an unearthly creature. Losing her dream job, Olive smuggles the creature home, intent on studying it in her  basement,  unbeknownst to  her devoted boyfriend Matt.  Whilst struggling to re-adjust to landlocked life and recover from her recent trauma, Olive begins to realize that she and the creature share a symbiotic bond that drives her to carry out its sinister will.

Plagued by gruesome nightmares, her fractured memories of what happened during the accident in the depths of the ocean begin to unravel and reveal an eldritch horror far older and malevolent than she could ever imagine, one which she has unwittingly set free.  Olive’s obsession leads to madness as her discovery consumes her entire humanity, with deadly results for those around her.”

The film is the feature film debut of director Stewart Sparke and writer Paul Butler, two independent filmmakers from England looking to bring this unique British horror film to audiences. “We want  the  viewer  to  feel  the stomach curdling  dread of  knowing  that  there  are unfathomable creatures slumbering in  the dark places  of  the world and  see the consequences if we wake them” writer Paul Butler says of the story they are telling. “Anna Dawson (Olive) did an unsettlingly good job embodying the role of a woman slowly losing her grip on reality and the audience should be prepared to be dragged along for her descent into the dark below.”

Director Stewart Sparke explains why gore fans and devotees of old school practical creature effects will find something to enjoy “You  will  see  the  monster  go  through  a  few  stages  in  its lifecycle  on  its  way  to  becoming  an  eldritch  horror  worthy  of  Lovecraft.  Every  day  of  shooting  ended  with  cast  and  crew covered in blood and slime, which comes through in some particularly disturbing and visceral sequences in the film.”

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Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
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