“Maniac” star Elijah Wood has caught the horror bug. “Manian” is still on hold at the moment at IFC but it will not be the only chance to see the darker side to the young hot actor. Elijah has teamed up with Daniel Noah and John C. Waller to form a genre film company The Woodshed. It will focus on the independent side of cinema where the dark and twisted live for us all to enjoy.
The first projects The Woodshed has lined up are “Curse The Darkness”, a socio-political zombie film scripted by Brandon Maurice Williams to shoot in February in Florida in partnership with Cinipix Films. Building on the research of anthropologist Wade Davis, the film takes a grounded approach to Haitian zombie practices to tackle immigration issues. Lawrence Inglee is also a co-producer. “Henley”, a feature transfer of the 2012 Sundance short written by Clay McLeod Chapman and Craig Macneill. Macneill will direct and Noah Greenberg is producer as well as cinematographer. The film is described as an intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath as he first discovers his taste for killing. The Ivan Ford-scripted “Harrow”, to be directed by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe (Lost in La Mancha, Brothers of the Head) chronicles an unlikely friendship between an earnest female doctor and a shady photojournalist as they become trapped together in a town that has been quarantined as it experiences a number of disturbing paranormal events. The Peter Charles Melman-scripted “It Was Cruel”, to be helmed by Shadow of the Vampire’s E. Elias Merhige. The film uses the horror genre to confront the spiritual corruption that many Jews were forced to accept in order to survive WWII.
There are also talks about collaborative projects with Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus), Nimrod Antal (Predators), Panos Cosmatos (Beyond The Black Rainbow), and vid helmer Ace Norton.