Originally, the script for Death House was penned by Texas Chainsaw Massacre actor and genre icon Gunnar Hansen. Smith rewrote the script, keeping Hansen’s vision intact. Smith even got Hansen’s approval on the script just before Hansen passed away.
In the film, 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 whose depraved experiments date back to the Nazi doctors of World War II. Prison cells are virtual reality holodecks that recreate prisoner environments before they were incarcerated. A special hallucinogenic gas keeps inmates under control. All Hell literally breaks loose inside the facility when an EMP device detonates, killing all power and communication, releasing every prisoner. Boon, Novak, and Fletcher are caught in a race against advancing prisoner hoards led by occultist Neo-Nazi Sieg. The only hope of escape is descending into Hell and getting the help of “The Five Evils”. Events culminate in a violent face to face standoff with absolute evil. Who are the monsters? Who will escape?
The cast list reads like a who’s who of horror and includes stars like Kane Hodder (Victor Crowley), Danny Trejo (Machete Kills), Tony Todd (Candyman), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Dee Wallace (Cujo), Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Barbara Crampton (We Are Still Here), Torsten Voges (31), Camille Keaton (I Spit on Your Grave), Sean Whalen(People Under the Stairs), Richard Speight Jr. (Supernatural), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), Tiffany Shepis (Tales of Halloween), Gabrielle Stone (Rock Paper Dead), Vincent Ward (The Walking Dead), andBill Oberst Jr. (3 From Hell). The two main characters, Agent Jae Novak and Agent Toria Boon are played by Cody Longo (48 Hours to Live)and Cortney Palm (Zombeavers).
Writer-director Harrison Smith is also behind films such as Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, Camp Dread, 6 Degrees of Hell, and The Fields which is currently streaming on Hulu.
If you’re a fan of unique, action-packed, bloody films, you’ll love Death House! In fact, the film made it onto our annual “Top 13 Indie Films Of…” list in 2017.
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Death House is already out on VOD and DVD and is now streaming on Netflix.