Neil Marshall Unleashes Half Human Monsters In His New Horror Thriller ‘The Lair’

July 30, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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Jonathan Howard (Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Skylines, Warner Bros.’ Godzilla King of Monsters), Charlotte Kirk (The Reckoning, Warner Bros.’ Oceans Eight), and Jamie Bamber (UMC’s “Battlestar Galactica,” Cinemax’s “Strike Back,” 20th Century Fox’s Money) are set to star in the new horror-action-thriller The Lair written and directed by legendary filmmaker Neil Marshall (20th Century Fox’s Dog Soldiers, Lionsgate’s The DescentThe Reckoning, HBO’s “Game Of Thrones”).

In the film, “Sergeant Tom Hook is tasked with leading a command to find Lt. Kate Sinclair, a Royal Air Force fighter pilot shot down in Afghanistan. Sinclair, pursued by insurgents, finds refuge in a long-abandoned secret bunker and unwittingly releases a deadly man-made biological weapon – half-human, half-alien, and hungry for human flesh – the Ravagers. Hook and his team, accompanied by a handful of British SAS troops must save Sinclair from the insurgents, and more importantly from the Ravagers before they overrun the area and potentially the world.

Leon Ockenden (ITV’s “Mr. Selfridge”), Mark Stepan (BBC Studios’ “New Blood”), Hadi Khanjanpour (HBO Max’s The Operative) Harry Taurasi (Showtime’s “The Borgias”), and newcomers Kibong Tanji and Troy Alexander round out the cast.

Neil Marshall said “It’s great to be back in the thick of the action with such a stellar cast and crew, and I’m thrilled to be shooting in Budapest again. This movie really captures the mood and intensity of my early work, not to mention the blood and guts. I think horror and action fans are going to get a real kick out of The Lair. “

We are very excited to start production on The Lair. The project received great attention from worldwide distributors when we first introduced it. Neil’s previous film, The Reckoning was a solid success in the independent world, and we know he is ready to take on another great creature feature – a genre he is beloved for. The talented ensemble cast will certainly deliver for horror-action-thriller fans too looking for a dynamic story and an edge of your seat experience,” said Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser (CEO) and Delphine Perrier (COO).


The Lair is produced by Daniel-Konrad Cooper of Rather Good Films Ltd (Dead In A Week (or your money back), The Man In The Hat). Executive Producers include Neil Marshall, Charlotte Kirk, Joe Simpson, Phil Rymer, Simon Williams, and Samantha Allwinton. Funding is provided by Ingenious Media and Ashland Hill Media Finance. Production Services in Hungary are provided by Co-Producers Jonathan Halperin and Daniel Kresmery of Hero Squared (SAS: Red Notice, Archive)

Principal Photography started on July 11th on location in Hungary. Highland Film Group is handling worldwide rights for the film.

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