Fangoria article here
Who’s the ghost with the most? The new Aussie haunted house chiller 18 may actually be a contender. Fango scared up some exclusive pics (many of the gnarly-lookin’ spooks themelves!) from the film, which comes from ACOLYTES screenwriters Shayne Armstrong and S.P. Krause (the latter also making his directorial debut on the film) and features makeup FX by DAYBREAKERS Fango Chainsaw nominee Steven Boyle. The producers describe 18 as “THE ORPHANAGE meets PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.
“18 is independent and largely funded by the filmmakers themselves,” says Boyle, who also toiled on BLACK SHEEP, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT and UNDER THE MOUNTAIN, and recently designed the shark and makeup effects for BAIT 3D. “And although I’m sure they won’t have difficulty finding a distributor, there is (to my knowledge) no one onboard as of yet. It’s rare that I do such a low budget project that I have this much faith in, but I really do like what I’ve seen so far. It’s one of the most exciting projects I’ve done in a while. And the creature/ghost effects are some of the most disturbing I’ve ever done. They are more of the physical THIRTEEN GHOSTS-type.”
Production on 18 took place between two short films, HUGE and RARER MONSTERS, also directed by Krause. Armstrong and Krause first met the star of 18, Robyn Moore, on the set of the children’s sci-fi series K9, based on the character from BBC’s DOCTOR WHO. 18 began principal photography in late 2010 in Queensland and wrapped this year. Armstrong and Krause are a Brisbane-based screenwriting partnership with several other scary screenplays currently in development, including 6 MIRANDA DRIVE (recently greenlit by Lionsgate) for WOLF CREEK’s Greg McLean. The duo also rewrote the $30 million shark movie BAIT 3D and penned a Gothic Western, A MURDER OF CROWS, for producers Michael Robertson (BLACK WATER, THE REEF, Fango’s ROAD KILL) and Murray Pope. The busy scripters are also adapting the horror manga THE DREAMING for Tokyopop and Odin’s Eye, plus writing both the English language remake of the Swedish horror-thriller NEXT DOOR and an original horror-action screenplay called BLACK ECHOES.